Artwork from around the world

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Last year the Society for All Artists (SAA) issued a challenge to its 45,000-plus members across 57 countries, inviting them to go for a world record collection of pieces of art…

The result was a staggering 32,283 pieces of artwork, each one about the size of a business card, which if you laid them end to end would stretch for 2.87 kilometres!

On this weekend’s show, the Girls Around Town’s very own Tina Bettison (herself one of those thousands of members) will be talking to the SAA’s Richard Hope Hawkins about the mammoth task of putting them all together into a record-breaking exhibition and how you can get to see it.

A membership organisation for amateur and professional artists and arts clubs, the SAA was formed in 1992 and is based right here on Newark’s Brunel Drive.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Richard joins June and Tina in the studio to explain how and why it all began, the services it provides for members and the open days and other things it gets up to.

Bag yourself a bargain with an annual pass…

civil war centreDid you know that, for less than the price of two Day Tickets, you can buy an Annual Pass that allows you into Newark’s number one visitor attraction as often as you want for 12 months?

The Girls Around Town didn’t, until Michael Constantine from the National Civil War Centre joined them in the studio for yesterday’s show…

Standard admission to the centre is currently £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for 5-16 year-olds, with accompanied under 5s admitted free. But pay just £11 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for 5-16s and you can return whenever you like for a WHOLE YEAR!

Open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week until the end of March 2016 (10am till 1pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, summer opening hours from 10am till 5pm), you’ll find the National Civil War Centre on Appletongate next to the one of the other jewels in Newark’s crown, the Palace Theatre.

Check out the website for the story behind the centre and all the latest news of what’s on offer. There’s even an app to download which lets you explore key sites along the National Civil War Trail and experience the dramatic stories of characters including Charles I and John Twentyman, a local eye-witness.

With new temporary exhibitions every few months, not to mention regular special events and activities, there’s always something different to see and do for all the family at the centre.

So why not take advantage of these fantastic value passes?

On the trail of sculpture in Southwell

swan_sanctuary_largeThe Girls Around Town are on tour again this Saturday, as Sue heads off to Normanton, near Southwell, to experience Sculpture in the Sanctuary.

On the opening day of the month-long event, she’ll be reporting back live to the studio as she takes a look at the exhibition of contemporary and traditional sculpture set in the tranquil nine-acre Swan Sanctuary at Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre.

sculpture in the sanctuaryOn show throughout August will be a stunning selection of pieces by many well-known artists from across the country, who work in a variety of mediums from alabaster, bronze and ceramics to glass, steel and stone – all available for purchase, with prices ranging from £20 to thousands!

Back in the studio, Tina and June will be going even further afield – if only by phone! They’ll be talking to the celebrated author and Cosmopolitan agony aunt Irma Kurtz at her home in France, ahead of her appearance at the Books in the Castle festival on Saturday 8 August.

Tune in from 10am to 1pm or listen online for all this and more from the girls this weekend…