Newark exhibition explores freedom and survival and promotes peace around the world

As part of the international art festival Big Draw 2022, an extra special exhibition will soon be opening its doors to visitors here in Newark

And if you want to find out all about it, you need to join June and her two guests Susi Wright and Lynne Whitfield in the second hour of this weekend’s Girls Around Town!

Inspired by the white rose Memorial Gardens of the National Holocaust Centre in Laxton and in remembrance of the six million Jews murdered in the holocaust, Six Million White Roses will feature paintings, ceramics, glass and sculptures on display in the ground floor Gallery Space of The Buttermarket in Newark’s historic Market Place.

“Exploring freedom and survival and promoting peace around the world, the exhibition is dedicated to the victims of the holocaust, to victims of war worldwide and to those who stand up to hatred,” says Susi.

“And we couldn’t have wished for a better venue to pay this tribute to them – not only is it right in the centre of town and easy to access, it’s light and bright, the perfect place to showcase the work done by many talented artists.”

Following a Private Viewing on Friday 4 November, the exhibition will be open to the public daily, except on Sundays, from Saturday 5 to Saturday 26 November between 10am and 3.30pm, with free admission to all.

To find out what inspired Susi and Lynne to join forces to bring Six Million White Roses to Newark and learn a little about some of the work that will be on display, don’t forget to Put On Your Sunday Best between 10am and 12 noon, whether it’s on 107.8FM, on the free Radio Newark apps, on Alexa or online

And in the meantime, make sure you put a note of those all-important dates in your diary so you can see for yourself the outstanding work produced by all of those artists and makers!

A once in a lifetime opportunity for artists of all abilities

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that guest Susi Wright unfortunately wasn’t able to join June on air last weekend.

Plans are already being made to get her into the studio as soon as possible but in the meantime here’s the information she was going to share about two events she’s bringing to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum next month, aimed at artists of all abilities, whether professional or leisure painters.

Art promoter Susi of Meander and Mooch Gallery has joined forces with local artist and art teacher Lynne Whitfield to work with the Centre in the run up to Come Back To Colour

An exciting exhibition which takes its name from this year’s Big Draw Festival involving more than 28 participating countries, highlighting the rediscovery of mental and physical health, vitality and vibrancy, and cherishing joy, freedom and survival.

Totally original and inspirational in their content, the two special events hosted by Lynne and Susi at the Holocaust Centre will form part of a major exhibition and potentially a national tour later this year.

Taking place on Sunday 24 July, the first event starts with a tour of the Centre, its beautiful rose and sculpture gardens, the museum and exhibitions.  

The tour will be followed by a talk by professional artist and holocaust survivor Ruth Schweining, who decided to show her parents’ lives through her art. She does this through all mediums from paint and charcoal to fused glass, the latter because, in her own words, “it is fragile and can shatter easily, as did their lives”.

After a break for lunch, Lynne and Susi will be running a workshop aimed at further inspiring those taking part in the event to plan out their art for the forthcoming exhibition.

Then on Tuesday 26 July the second event is en plein air, set among the 1,000 scented roses and the sculpture gardens, giving participants chance to absorb and be inspired by the wonderful and peaceful memorial gardens.

There is a small fee of just £20 for each event, which includes free entry to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and all its events for one year, together with submission into the art exhibition.

To book a place or find out more, just click on either of their names here to email Susi Wright or Jill Robinson.

Be a tourist in your own town

How well do you know the town where you live?

When you’re planning a day out with friends or family, do you tend to overlook the things right there on your doorstep?

If you’re a regular listener, you’ll know that Radio Newark has been running its Love Where You Live campaign throughout 2019, highlighting some of the businesses, shops and attractions that make this part of Nottinghamshire so special.

Now, assisted by local experts, the Girls Around Town are homing in on some of the things the area has to offer – and where better to start than right on their own doorstep, in and around Newark?

In the first hour of next Sunday‘s show, June and Rachel will be taking a quick virtual tour of some of the jewels in Newark’s crown.

Then, with a little help from guest Sophie Farrell, they’ll be finding out about another outstanding spot nearby which might not be quite so familiar to you…

As marketing and communications manager for the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton, Sophie will talking about some of the attractions of this small village to the north of the county, known far and wide as the only remaining working “open field” farming village in Europe still operating this ancient system.

And of course she’ll have lots to say about the National Holocaust Centre, from its foundation in the 1990s and its permanent exhibitions to its extensive education programme and some of the conferences and other events which will be taking place over the coming months.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon to hear from Sophie how the Centre goes about its aim of Remembering the past and protecting the future

And, if you haven’t already done so, find out how, where and when you can discover more by visiting the only national museum in the UK dedicated to teaching and learning the lessons from the Holocaust.