Amazingly this is the first Culture Shift of 2016 so Happy New Year to you all. I have been busy with a number of things including planning a bumper edition of Art in Norwich to help promote Norwich culture and the opportunities for visiting out and around Norwich and Norfolk for people who will be coming to the city for the British Art Show 8 which will be hosted by Norwich Castle, NUA and the Forum from June to September this year. It is a great chance for Norwich to profile itself around the country and on the European mainland so I am producing a 96pp booklet which will not only list the various artists groups and organisations in the area but also will contain visitor information, articles and maps to guide people around and enlighten them about the joys of Norfolk and especially its capital city Norwich - it's quite a lot of work so keep an eye out for developments as I will need help getting the publication (both hard copy and pdf) out and about so that people plan a longer stay in Norwich.
I am also working on an arts and wellbeing conference which will take place at Open on 27 April - more about that too but save the date if you are an artist interested in working in the wellbeing sector or someone working with people in the fields of therapy, social care, mental health and wellbeing or health and would like to find out more about about how you can work with the arts sector - the conference will be a report back on the Norfolk Health & Wellbeing programme, and about how we can use the learning to bring these two sectors together, bridging the gap and making it easier for them to work together - more about that too but Save the Date!
Meanwhile there is lots happening:
manipulate Visual Theatre Festival at Norwich Puppet Theatre - Culture Shift special offer!
Now who thought puppetry was just for kids? Well here is something properly for adults. Norwich Puppet Theatre partners with Puppet Animation Scotland to host a programme of special performances and masterclasses for adults as part of manipulate - an annual celebration of innovative international puppetry, visual theatre and animation from 30 January - 7 February. See the full programme at www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/manipulate
Culture Shift members can get 20% off full price tickets to the opening show 'Kwaidan' by Roug28 Theatre on Saturday 30 January.
Enter promo code Shift16 when you book online at www.puppettheatre.co.uk/whats-on/puppetry/kwaidan or call the Box Office on 01603 629 921.
There are lots of other shows - Light: a night of animation films curated by Prof Suzie Hanna on Wednesday 3 February and Birdheart on Friday 5 February just to pick out a couple. There is also a list of professional masterclasses though a couple have sold out already - Norwich Puppet Theatre has a growing reputation as a centre for the professional development of puppeteers.
In aid of Sistema in Norwich
An Exhibition and illustrated talk by photographer Peter Everard Smith at Flint Hair, St Benedicts
Wednesday 17 February 7.15pm
Internationally-renowned photographer specialising in shots of musicians
Curated by David ReesFlint Hair, 24 St Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4AQ
Exhibition launch with illustrated talk given by photographer Pete Smith whose career can be seen to document particular and developing elements of Britain’s culture and arts from the 1960s to the present. He has taken photographs of many well-known stars of the music world
Pete will be selling signed limited edition prints at the exhibition at a special rate of £275 plus VAT, and making a donation to Sistema for each print sold. Prints can also be ordered via email@example.com throughout the exhibition
Tickets £10, including wine and canapés, book online at www.sistemanorwich.org.uk
Proceeds to support Sistema in Norwich
The exhibition will run until 20 March 2016
Only 60 tickets available so early booking essential
www.sistemanorwich.org.uk to find out more about Sistema
Thursday 4 February at the BBC in the Forum, Millennium Plain Norwich at 11am
The national BBC Get Creative team is running a networking event where you can find out more about how you can publicise your arts and creative events and activities via the BBC Get Creative campaign website and become a Champion. BBC Get Creative is a campaign to encourage more people to get involved in creative activity and to broaden people's thinking about what counts as arts and cultural activity - it's not all about the formal arts but all the things that people do for fun and that they enjoy. The event is free but please book via Eventbrite here. And have a look at the website BBC Get Creative
And we also have the Arts Development UK conference coming up in Norwich on 23/24 February, The Halls, Norwich
This is mainly of interest to those of you working in the Arts but Arts Development UK is pretty much what it says on the tin and the conference is an annual event, this time in Norwich.
AD:UK is an association of people who work with the arts to try and improve people's lives in one way or another by working directly with people, such as young people, people with disadvantages, with long-term illness, disability, mental health issues or just to help to inspire people to do more with their lives on an active basis - or with communities to help make places better to live in. They also lobby Government, politicians and influencers to advocate for the value of the arts and to have a say in the development of arts policies - a voice for the arts. For people like me it is the nearest we get to a union, a body to fight for the sector and support for professionals.
Each year, AD:UK runs a two-day conference attracting 150-200 people from around the country and a host of interesting speakers and leaders. There are talks, workshops, study tours, networking and discussion groups - chance to meet colleague from across the UK. This year we have managed to bring it to Norwich at St Andrews Hall. It is a great opportunity to showcase Norwich to the rest of the country but also we will find out about what is happening elsewhere as well as in our own area. Like all good conferences it costs some money but to enable people who live and work in Norwich to attend, there are some special deals. Anyone living and working in Norfolk can attend at the member rate of £285 plus VAT. Additionally, if you are small organisation or individual trading at below £25k, you can attend for £195 plus VAT. Students can come for discounted rates too. If you are self-employed then these fees are tax deductible as professional development so that makes all the difference I reckon. They are also offering annual membership at 2015 prices - if you join now you get an extra two months as the membership runs April to April. There are membership benefits attached.
There are also some joint membership conference packages so you could join as a member of AD:UK. If you are interested to come and receiving this email please get in touch for special offers. www.artsdevelopmentuk.org
Another professional development opportunity for cultural leaders or aspiring
Leading Learning is a well-established and respected leadership development programme run by Sue Isherwood. There are just two places left for this year's cohort which Sue is keen to fill before they start. There is a Culture Shift special offer on this too but you will need to speak with Sue first as costs depend to some extent on circumstances.
The Leading Learning Programme – now in its 8th great year.
Build your leadership abilities, strengthen your resilience and learn to thrive in these straightened times. The Leading Learning Programme is the best quality and value leadership development programme specifically tailored to the public culture and leisure sector. There are still two places at special discount going for the year-long 2016 Programme which is about to start.
Please contact Sue Isherwood in the next few days. She can explain the content, lead you though the application process and sort affordable fees. But please be quick!
New exhibition at EAST Gallery
Last night I went to the opening of a new exhibition at EAST Gallery which is located on the corner of Bridewell Alley and St Andrew's Hill moreorless opposite St Andrew's Brewhouse. This exhibition, the second ever is called Extra Terrestrial : Tess Jaray and Alison Wilding running till 19 March. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm and entrance is free. If you haven't been to this new space you must go and have a look and the work in the exhibition is fragile, tempting, interesting especially the sculptural pieces on the floor - ghostly and architectural. This is all good build up for the forthcoming British Art Show, coming to Norwich in June
And while you are in that area, pop in to the Moosey Art Gallery just up the hill where Frazer Bailey has frequently changing exhibitions with a new starting on Thursday 4 February called 'Sun Shines Out of My Arts' - a solo show by Carl Cashman - 22 Bridewell Alley www.mooseyart.co.uk.
British Art Show job opportunity
Contract for City Coordinator for British Art Show 8 in Norwich
Closing Date: Monday 1 February
For a full job description check here or to apply please contact: Caroline Fisher, Gallery Manager,
East Gallery, C.Fisher@nua.ac.uk
Norwich University of the Arts, Cavendish House, St Andrews Hill, Norwich, NR2 4AEC
Artist residencies and commissions - National Trust, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
The National Trust in partnership with Norfolk Contemporary Art Society would like to appoint three artists for ‘The Makers’ a contemporary art residency and commission project resulting in an exhibition at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk during 2016-2017.
Felbrigg is a seventeenth century house that still retains the feeling of a family home while presenting the precious collections of some of its early residents. There are many fascinating paintings, sculptures, furniture and objects, reflecting making in all its forms and also an extensive library of books and manuscripts. The walled garden includes diverse plant species, fruit and vegetables and is rich in wildlife.
The artists appointed will have the opportunity to become inspired by Felbrigg estate, its house and grounds, during a week long residency from 3 to 8 October 2016. The residency will form a period of research and enquiry and each artist will then work up a proposal for work or works inspired by the place. The work will be made and installed as an exhibition, on view to visitors during summer 2017.
The work produced can be in any material though there are limitations on showing digital/ video works in the house. Work may be made for indoor or outdoor areas of the property including the orangery and glasshouses.
Artist residency: a one-week residency from 3 to 8 October 2016, artists to stay rent-free in a National Trust holiday cottage on site.
Proposal submitted and accepted by end of November 2016
Work to be made between December 2016- March 2017
Exhibition opening April 2017
Fees and expenses
Residency fee £750
Commission fee £3000
Total per artist: £6900
Open to professional artists only, no students
Strict deadline for applications: Monday 1 February 2016 at 5pm
Further information can be found here.
February is Makers' Month at The Forum
February is Makers' Month at the Forum and there will be a whole month, in themed weeks, of arts activity. Norwich Hackspace will be there in the last week with our good friends Print to the People as the theme is Print and Paper. We will be bringing our 3D printer to demonstrate plus some other projects we are working on. There are full details here on the Forum website.
Hypnotherapy Weight Loss Group sessions
Bev Bishop (aka by some of you as Tina Bradshaw) has a serious side to her work. As well as being a comic character she has qualifications in NLP and hypnotherapy and is running some group hypnotherapy weightloss classes at the Orange Grove Clinic throughout February.
So if you are curious about hypnotherapy you can find out more and book for the sessions here
That's all for now, I am away to Sheffield for a couple of days, back with more soon
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