Festival Fortnight comes to Newark and Sherwood

Open Studios Notts is back and, in just a couple of weeks’ time, Festival Fortnight will be taking place across the county.

From Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 June, over 100 local artists in around 50 different venues will be welcoming visitors into their studios, homes and gardens to share their work and their process. 

Here in Newark and Sherwood, you can visit artists in Newark, Southwell, Upton, Lowdham, Collingham and North Clifton

And a little further afield at Thoresby Park, five resident makers are joined by an additional eight artists and craftspeople to create the Shine Festival of Fine Art and Craft which features ceramics, fine art, jewellery making, land art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile crafts and more.

Open from Wednesday to Sunday during the two weeks of Festival Fortnight, there will be talks, demonstrations and workshops to enjoy over at Thoresby Park.

Copies of the OS Notts brochure are currently available in libraries across the county and you’ll find full details of all the artists and events taking place in and around Newark here, with a full list for Nottinghamshire here

And for all the latest news, make sure you follow OS Nottts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Time to get crafty – with cake!

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that cakes feature on the show fairly frequently – and this week is no exception!

But when former co-presenter Tina Bettison joins June on air again on Sunday, they’ll be talking about much more than just baking cakes…

Because Tina will be inviting everyone to get crafty and make a special one to share on social media to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Open Studio Notts

Whether you want to draw or paint, sculpt or sew, write a poem or sing and dance – or bake, of course! – anything goes. All you need to do is photograph or video your creation and post it on social media using the hashtag #osnottscake.

There are four different categories

  • Practising artists (for whom art or craft is their main income source)
  • Adults over 18 (not making an income from art or craft)
  • Young people (over 12)
  • Children (under 12)

Entries open on Monday 19 April and you have until Monday 14 June to get yours online – just include your name and category on the post and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize in the Crafty Birthday Cake Competition!

Tina will have more details when she’s on the phone from just after 11.10am this weekend and she’ll also be sharing the latest information about how artists across the county will be showcasing their work during May and June both virtually and, if the gradual easing of restrictions permits, by opening their doors to welcome visitors into their studios.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online to find out more…

And in the meantime, get your thinking caps on so you’re ready to join the party and get crafty with cake!

Catching up with Carriages

Time for another catch up on Girls Around Town next weekend, when Wendy Baird and Suzie Jones join June and Rachel to share some of the highlights of the nine months that have flown by since Carriages Café first opened its doors in Newark last August…

Nominated in the Best New Venue category of the prestigious Nottinghamshire Food & Drinks Awards for 2018 (watch this space for details of when and how to vote later in the year!), Carriages has quickly become a popular spot for meetings, leisurely lunches and afternoon teas, as well as the perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee and snack while waiting for a train.

It’s also been home to wide range of events, with cupcakes on Valentine’s Day, a Christmas Fair and a Syrian-themed evening just a small sample of what’s been on the menu recently. And its Community Café is now a firm favourite with customers who want to meet old friends and make new ones while enjoying a three-course meal for just £3 every Wednesday evening and – if they wish – give others the chance to eat or drink free at Carriages by taking part in the Pay It Forward scheme.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for news too of  what’s in store for the months to come – including Carriages‘ involvement in the Newark Book Festival and in the Newark line-up of this year’s Open Studios Notts, when visitors will be able to see Suzie working in situ on one of her whimsical pieces of artwork…