Since the last update, we have had news from the Arts Council about which arts organisations they are supporting with core funding, ie contributing to overhead costs of running an organisation (National Portfolio Organisation) rather than just funding project by project. I am pleased to say that all of the four Norwich NPOs retained their funding (Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Norwich Arts Centre, with the British Centre for Literary Translation joining forces with Writers Centre Norwich). In addition, two new organisations Seachange Arts in Great Yarmouth and Creative Arts East, based in Wymondham will be NPOs from April 2015.
Norfolk Museums Service has also retained its status as an MPM, a Major Partner Museum, (you can read about it here) and has also recently absorbed the Norfolk County Council Arts Service under the management of new(ish) director Steve Miller who relocated to Norwich from the Ironbridge Museum in Shropshire.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival has retained management of the Bridge which aims to connect children and young people with culture in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
This is all great news for Norfolk as it helps to secure funding until 2018 and strengthens the arts and culture infrastructure in the county in the face of a drop in funding from local authorities across the UK. Well done to those organisations, especially the new NPOs.
Well done also to those organisations that bid for NPO but didn't get it awarded as they work extremely hard year-on-year to deliver high quality arts, often to groups of people who find it hard to access arts and culture for a variety of reasons in a rather hand-to-mouth way, depending on project funding and frequent applications to Trust and Foundations to keep their work going, which takes a lot of energy and resources. If you have a favourite arts organisation, perhaps now is a time to think about whether or not you could help to support our fantastic arts provision here in Norfolk. We are lucky to have so much choice and a little bit of regular giving really helps most organisations.
More sad news is that well-known artist, stonecutter and musician David Holgate died on 30 June after a short illness. His life was celebrated at a funeral service at Norwich Cathedral last week on 17 July, with a full nave. David was one of Norwich's art treasures as well as one of the nation's best letter-cutters. He will be badly missed in the arts community in Norwich. Our sympathies to his family. You can read more about his life here.
Anyway, onto events and things happening in and around Norwich
The next issue of Art in Norwich is due out soon, which is produced on behalf of the Norwich Visual Arts Forum by Culture Shift. Look out for copies of the handy-sized booklet in the first week of August - all over the city esp Forum, Norwich Cathedral and all arts info racks. There is still an opportunity to be listed in Art In Norwich if you are a visual art group or artist, or a curator running exhibitions, plus a limited amount of advertising space if you would like to support Art in Norwich. If you are interested, please get in touch at email@example.com. If you are an artist or curator and would like to come to the next Visual Art Forum meeting on Thursday 24 July, please get in touch.
There are lots of visual art exhibitions, with new ones opening every week. Picking out a couple I would go and see the exhibition in the Undercroft beneath the Memorial Gardens in front of City Hall, which is part of the European-funded Monument project run by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art. It shows how well the space can be used and is an important exhibition relating to World War One. It is open Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm.
Another I wouldn't miss is Malca Schotten's drawings entitled Maternity - her work when she was carrying her third child and soon after and signalling a move to her trademark large charcoal and chalk drawings. It is at the Fairhurst gallery in Bedford Street,
City Centre, Norwich NR2 1AG until 9 August Mon - Fri 10-5pm Sat 10-2pm
www.fairhurstgallery.co.uk (A related exhibition which was at STEW is now ended)
Talk at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 24 July 6-7.30pm
Unique opportunity to hear Paul Moorhouse, Twentieth Century curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London in conversation with John Virtue on Thursday 24 July 6-7:30pm in the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Exhibition Gallery Three
Tickets £8, £6 concessions, includes a drink on arrival.
Booking essential, call 01603 593199. www.scva.org.uk
Please follow the Art in Norwich blog for regular updates on art exhibitions or visit www.artinnorwich.org.uk
Same applies to music. Music in Norwich is a publication and website which aims to roundup and showcase all of the music organisations whether professional or amateur who are active in Norwich and surrounding area. The next edition is due out in the first week of September but you can sign up for updates at www.musicinnorwich.org.uk.
if you are interested in listing or advertising in Art in Norwich or Music in Norwich please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
For music fans this week:
Today there is a free organ recital at Norwich Cathedral at 11am and for opera fans, Theatre Royal Norwich has the Freiburg Opera for three dates of a Wagnerfest (Parsifal Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 plus Tannhauser Sunday 27 July)
Two concerts at Anteros Arts in Fye Bridge Street (start of Magdalen Street)
Thursday 24 July, 1pm
Richard Ove Stokkereit plays classical guitar.
Friday 25 July, 1pm
Lunchtime Concert: Hannah Woolmer & Daniel Roberts
Hannah Woolmer is a highly respected violinist with prolific experience as a recitalist.
She has performed in many of the UK's classical music venues.
Internationally acclaimed Pianist Daniel Roberts performs solo recitals, chamber music performances and concerts with orchestra.
Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich Telephone 01603 766129
A ticket for £5 covers admission to one or both concerts
Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) has just finished its first year!
NCYM staff are appointed by the Guildhall in partnership with the Norfolk Music Service and we run a range of activities for students aged 8 - 18. The emphasis is on encouraging enthusiastic and able musicians to take part in a full morning of musical activities. We are presently running 3 choirs, a range of string/wind ensembles from grade 2 - grade 8+, improvisation sessions, general musicianship classes, classical guitar/percussion groups, theory and a tango band! Individual lessons are also available on some instruments.
Read more about it here.
Sistema in Norwich Orchestra play at Sandringham Flower Show
Wednesday 30 July
There is an annual Royal Flower Show which is really popular and a chance to see the grounds of Sandringham. This year, Sistema Norwich have been invited to play in the Royal Marquee for Prince Charles and Camilla. The Royal Marquee is not open to public but Sistema in Norwich will have a stand in the main garden show and we hope that some funds will be raised. Come and support the orchestra and have a lovely day out . Check the Flower Show website for tickets.
Opportunity for writers
Norwich is UNESCO City of Literature and to celebrate this, and Visit Norwich, Writers' Centre and Norwich BID (Business Improvement District) have launched Norwich City of Stories, a campaign to tell the stories of the city.
Submit your writing to City of Stories & celebrate Norwich City of Literature
The City of Norwich wants to see your writing!
City of Stories is a new campaign which celebrates Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature and the people and places that make this fine city so wonderful. If you’re a writer who loves, lives in, or has some connection to Norwich, Visit Norwich would like you to submit your city themed writing – you could have your work showcased online and in print.
We know that you are the city’s best storytellers, and Visit Norwich would like to give you the chance to share your work across the streets of Norwich. If your submission is successful your work will be published digitally, and appear in the real world on beer mats and posters, giving you valuable exposure.
Details of how and what to submit are here. Deadline for submission is 31 July.
There will be a launch event in August.
Hostry Festival Norwich - call for artists September 1st 2014
En Plein Air Competition
22nd & 23rd October 2014
Paint Out Norwich, a unique outdoor event where up to 20 selected artists will paint En Plein Air at some of Norwich's finest historic landmarks, over two days.
The days set aside for painting are Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd October 2014 and the public will be invited to watch the work in progress. Over the two days selected artists will be stationed at some of Norwich's most iconic and historic sites and streets. The works will be exhibited at the Norwich Cathedral and judged by a panel of experts. Prizes will be awarded following a live auction and gala reception with the People's Choice Award winner revealed at the end of the 2014 Hostry Festival.
Interested artists are invited to submit applications by September 1st 2014.
Prizes to be won:
First Prize - £1,000,
Second Prize - £500 ,
Third Prize - £250
People's Choice Award - art materials hamper (provided by Norwich Arts Supplies)
For more information, submission guidelines, rules and regulations please visit http://www.paintoutnorwich.org/submissions/apply
Norwich Fringe Festival – Call for submissions.
This year's festival is due to take place 11-25 October and submissions are open for another couple of weeks until 15 August. If you would like to take part either as an artist, performer or venue please submit via the form at www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk. Norwich Fringe Festival is a platform for local talent.
There is a move to build a group of people interested in setting up a hackspace/makerspace in Norwich. Hackspaces are community workshop spaces where people can make things and have access to equipment such as lasercutters, 3D printers and such things. If you are interested in joining a group, please email me email@example.com
Words and Women: One
I have also been asked to tell you about a publication
by women writers based in Norfolk – 'Words and Women: One'.
To buy a copy just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
also available for Kindle for £3.99 and from iBooks.
Unthank Books is also a great resource for people wanting to write or publish their own books have a look at what they do here http://www.unthankschool.com/
Wymondham's Great War - project with schools
World War 1 Commemoration Project with the Wymondham Cluster of schools
- follow news of the project, read local stories and memories and get previews of the young people's work. This is an exciting 12 school Heritage Lottery Funded Project.
Norfolk Chapter What Next? meetings continue every Wednesday 12-1pm at either the Writers' Centre or NORCA with a view to bringing people involved in arts and arts development together on a regular basis to help advocate the case for arts and culture. All are welcome to come.