As we are running up to Christmas there are lots of artists studios and exhibitions plus Christmas concerts as we hit the festive season. There are some listed here but keep an eye on www.artinnorwich.org.uk and www.musicinnorwich.org.uk for updates as they are coming in thick and fast now.
Congratulations to Norwich Arts Centre who have been awarded the NME Best Small venue award, soon after being awarded the People's Choice award in the Norfolk Arts Award. It is really important that we treasure and value our brilliant small venues such as NAC, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich Playhouse, The Garage, Maddermarket and so on and make sure that we support them by going out and buying tickets - so I have included links so that you can check out what they have on soon. Speaking of which, Norwich Puppet Theatre are booking for their Christmas Show Beauty and The Beast - book really soon as these tickets will sell out!
The Norwich Lanes also won the Great British High Street award, for anyone who wasn't already aware of how lucky we are to have lots of independent shops, bars, cafes etc here in Norwich.
Read what they had to say here and congratulations to all that work hard to give us great places to go in Norwich
On the downside, I went and said goodbye to Keir Hardie Hall this week as they have closed their doors as a result of the building being sold off to gaming company Laserquest. This is a bit of disaster to the cultural community of Norwich
So without more ado, here are my tip-offs for this week...
The Anteros Arts Foundation, 7 – 15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ
Anteros is open Mon - Sat 10-5pm, the exhibition continues until 5 January 2015.
In the Undercroft opening tonight
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECT: DAVE CHARLESWORTH & BEN JUDD PRESENT 'ENSEMBLE’ & OPEN SUBMISSION EXHIBITION
The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk, NR21NH
Saturday 22nd - Friday 28th November 2014, 12-5pm
Opening Event: Friday 21st November 2014, 6-9pm
The Featured Artist Project and Open Submission Artists have been announced for SAVORR XII – the twelfth in a series of temporary exhibitions opening on Friday 21st November for one week only - this time taking place at The Undercroft site underneath Norwich City Centre's War Memorial.
Selected for the Featured Artist Project, Goldsmiths graduates, Ben Judd and Dave Charlesworth (Director of South Kiosk gallery, London), present 'Ensemble' which includes works by Turner Prize winners Gillian Wearing, and Mark Leckey, influential experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, contemporary artist Lucy Clout, 1930s musical choreographer and filmmaker Busby Berkeley, as well as Sarah Baker, George Gurdjieff, Yvonne Rainer, Jim Shaw, Jonathan Trayner, Becca Voelcker, and Richard Whitby.
The Open Submission show will include artworks by Carl Rowe, Henry Driver & Rebecca Liles, Henry Jackson Newcomb, Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente, Lizzie Feather, Marco Giordano, Michael Bussell and Olivia Forster & Alisa Besirevic.
Saturday 22 November at The Owl Sanctuary
Attila the Stockbroker + Leanne Moden + The Future Of Music, £8 adv, £10 otd
The Clash meets Hilaire Belloc! High energy performance poet and songwriter Attila the Stockbroker comes to Norwich on Saturday 22 November at The Owl Sanctuary touring his 7th collection the ‘UK Gin Dependence Party and Other Poems’.
‘Whether he’s ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something magnificent about Attila in full flight' (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 4)
At The Birdcage, Pottergate 27 November
Time Out With Tina
This event is running from 07 October 2014 until 18 December 2014. It is next occurring at 27 November 2014 8pm
Tina Bradshaw (aka Bev Bishop) started her performing life at The Birdcage five years ago.
This lovable comedy character makes her return this autumn as the self proclaimed style guru, beauty ambassador life coach and social entrepreneur.Expect glamour, giggles and of course gorgeousness at her hilarious cabaret nights as well as some very special guests.
‘Tina wants everyone to make everyone gawwwwwwwwgus and she does this with glamour, humour and love’ Karen Buchanan, Radio Norfolk.
Tickets are £5 on the door
Doors open at 8pm
Show starts at 8:30pm
An exciting (fundraising) Evening with celebrated author JANE HARRIS.
Saturday, 29 November, 7 pm, The Curve, The Forum, Norwich. £5, Wine, Words and Q&A.
See http://wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details.
JANE HARRIS (www.janeharris.com) is the author of best-selling novels The Observations and
Gillespie and I. Her work has been translated into 18 languages. In the USA, The Observations won the First Fiction Prize for The Book of the Month Club. It was short-listed for the UK National Book Awards, The Orange Prize for Fiction and The South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. Gillespie and I was short-listed for the UK National Book Awards and long-listed for The Orange Prize.
Jane taught Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia for several years and is currently
teaching the most advanced UEA/Guardian Fiction Masterclass.
Saturday 6 December
The very popular Voice Project is performing again, this time at City Hall - don't miss this chance to hear them.
The Voice Project Choir present Lost and Found
Promenade performance from 100+ voice choir with instrumental and vocal soloists around the much loved iconic Norwich landmark and architectural gem
Saturday 6th December 5pm, 7pm, 9pm £12.50, £10.00
Norwich City Hall, St. Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
Lots of open studios and selling exhibitions by artists as we run up to Christmas
and STEW are running a charity exhibition to raise funds for Nelson's Journey, a charity which helps children who have suffered a bereavement. The exhibition takes place from 11am - 5pm on Sunday 7th December at Stew Gallery, Fishergate.
If you haven't been to STEW, it is artists studios and gallery in an old handbag factory in Fishergate, just by the river off Fye Bridge Street.
Artist Annie Brundrit has an exhibition in her barn this weekend.
Preview early evening Friday, from 4pm
Exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday
Exhibition | FRAGMENT | 21, 22, 23 November 2014 | East Place Barn, South Norfolk
Art Fair East
10 DAYS LEFT - EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST 2014
Norwich is to have a new Art Fair in June next year at St Andrew's Hall. They
are now accepting applications for June 2015, and can offer a 10% “early bird” discount off the price of stands booked and paid for before December 1st 2014.
DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION PACK HERE:
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 10am – 4pm
Dragon Hall’s Medieval Christmas Market.
Annual medieval themed Christmas market with costumed traders from around the UK and Europe. Live music, licensed bar and refreshments.
Dragon Hall, King St Norwich (01603 663922)
£2.50, Under 16’s £1, Under 5’s free
Proceeds from all events at Dragon Hall help towards the upkeep of this wonderful building.
Saturday 13/Sunday 14 December at Yallops, St Augustine's Street
DADADA an exhibition of 21st Century Dada by Paul Carmody
Private view Saturday 13 December 6-9pm
Norfolk & Norwich Festival Opportunity for young musicians and singer-songwriters
AUDITION CALL to take part in Norfolk & Norwich Festival project in May - please pass on to young people you know
· Aged 14-21?
· A Singer-Songwriter who likes to appear on stage?
· A Singer-Songwriter too shy to appear on stage?
· A funny, or beautiful, or angry, or dangerous, or honest, or cool but mainly a nice person?
· Just coming out of a BAD relationship or about to get into one?
· Are you part of the in crowd or a loner?
· Are you in the mood for something different?
· Like to dress up?
· Like to sit around in cars?
· Love to go out or stay in?
· Like dancing?
· Worry too much about your hair?
· Have big opinions or none at all?
Come to the auditions. No experience necessary!
The auditions will be on Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February 2015 at a central Norwich venue (tbc) when we will be asking people to perform 1 or 2 of their own songs and a cover song. We want to hear all genres of music, your own style and what you enjoy performing.
To find out more and request an application pack email email@example.com with ‘I’m a singer-songwriter’ in the subject line. The deadline for applications is Friday 5 December 2014
Those people who are successful will need to be free in the Easter Holidays (30 March – 12 April 2015 – rehearsals will be at some point over these dates, but may not be on all of these dates) for rehearsals and from 11-17 May 2015 (evenings - after school/college) for workshops and some showings
There are some jobs coming up at the Writers Centre Norwich
They currently have three vacancies: Director of Communications, Programme Manager (Learning and Engagement) and Programme Assistant.
Please follow the link below to find the details of these exciting jobs.
Norwich Playhouse has available office space
There is a wonderful chance to run a small charity or business from an office in a theatre! We have a partly furnished office space measuring 12’ 8” (3.9m) x 15’ 9” (4.8m) available for rental on the first floor over the foyer of the theatre. The large sash windows look out on to the landscaped green in front of the building. There is use of a lobby and a fully-fitted kitchen with eating area on the same floor and use as agreed of an accessible meeting space on the ground floor. The well-loved Playhouse Bar and riverside terrace are open daily. The office is available now at a rental of £300 pcm plus VAT on a one or two yearly lease, and is inclusive of rates, light and heat. All interested parties should contact Caroline Richardson on 01603 612 580 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and a site visit.
Culture Shift update 3 October 2014: Norwich Fringe Festival, Norwich Sound and Vision, Magdalen Street Festival and much more
Coming up very soon there are a number of events you shouldn't miss
Reminder of the two events that I sent out yesterday
Tonight, 3 October, the next show in The Garage season of performance is Titus , a short play about a ten-year old boy. It's short and sweet and it's only an hour so you can catch it and then go an do something else, or have an early night in. Tickets are only £5 for under 25s, and there's a 3 for 2 offer, which also applies to full price tickets at £10. So take a couple of friends and share the savings. Full details and booking are here, also tickets on the door
Sounds of Silents: Gothic Film: Gothic Fiction
There is also a great event on 10 October if you like the Gothic genre. In a historic church there will be short readings by 5 writers of new Gothic Fiction, including Words and Women 2013 prizewinner Dani Redd and our own Helen Ivory. After a short break (and a bar with Bloody Marys) there's a screening of 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu with a live soundtrack by musicians Minima. This event is part of Norwich Sound and Vision and organised by write2screen and Cinema Plus.
Norwich Sound & Vision 9/10/11 October
Norwich Sound and Vision is in its 5th year. It’s a music industry conference and music festival with events all over the city for three days.
This year, there is also a Craft Beer Festival for the three days 12-9pm in St Margaret’s Church with our favourite Redwell right in the middle of it. Much of the action takes place in Norwich Arts Centre, where the Jungle Brothers are playing Check out the Norwich Sound and Vision programme here
Norwich Fringe Festival 11-25 October
Norwich Fringe Festival is upon us again, bringing a selection of new work from home-grown artists and one or two visitors from elsewhere! This annual, volunteer-run festival is expert at creating opportunities for emerging and established artists and performers, involving venues across the city.
You are invited to the opening, 11 October, in the Undercroft – there will be a day of music and visual art, including an Ipad Jam and Sistema in Norwich , so you can mix and match Norwich Sound & Vision, Norwich Fringe and the Magdalen Street Festival.
For 2014, the main Fringe venue is the Undercroft under the Memorial Gardens in front of City Hall, an interesting informal space which will have a visual art exhibition throughout, with 6 artists presenting a range of work, including augmented reality and sound installations. In the Undercroft this year we also have events such as performances, workshops, quizzes and music.
Other things may ‘pop up’ during the Fringe, especially in the Twilight Hour 6-7pm, so it’s a good place to drop in and see what’s happening. If you haven’t visited the Undercroft before, you have every reason to do so this October. Many events are free or donations, but for ticketed events, you can book through the website. Up-to-date listings will be on the website www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk Facebook.com/norwichfringe and via Twitter @norwichfringe13.
The Fringe Twilight Hour – on many days you will find short performances in ‘the Twilight Hour’ 6-7pm in the Undercroft. This is a time when people can drop in on their way home after shopping or work, or on their way to the pub, cinema, theatre for an evening out. And you can see the exhibition at the same time. Drop in and see what the Undercroft has to offer and check the website for updates to the programme. #fringetwilight
We also have more visual art at STEW, The Birdcage, Franks Bar and the Wharf Academy, and performances in the Wharf Academy, The Birdcage, The Garage, The Mash Tun and The Waterfront.
Associate events have been organised by colleagues and linked to the Fringe as they may interest a Fringe audience and so have included them in the Fringe programme.
Coming to Norwich this year, we have Seska from Brighton with a children’s and family comic magic show ‘Expect the Unexpected’ which sold out 9 shows at the Brighton Fringe and Moving On Theatre from High Wycombe who had a sell-out run in Edinburgh this year with their show of Piaf songs called ‘Love Conquers All’ who will be performing three times, including a matinee, at the Wharf Academy on Oak Street.
Terence Blacker and Something Happened will be performing at The Garage – they also have had successful tours at many festivals around the UK and this will be a superb night not to be missed. Tickets available from Theatre Royal Box Office, on the Fringe website and on the door.
Many people have been fascinated by the unusual sound quality of the Undercroft and musician and composer Roger Eno was one that could not resist the temptation to play with sound in the space. From a broken instrument, he has devised a ‘Bell Piano’ – come and play it yourself and find out how you can make your own soundscape.
Norwich-based band, Stromm have taken the opportunity to try out their harmonies in the underground atmosphere of the Undercroft and Manos Duras are a trio whose improvised sounds will loop around the pillars evoking a chilled and responsive mood.
Exciting also is a short play, Phoney, which uses the atmosphere Undercroft as a dimly-lit alleyway where two muggers hide having stolen a phone. As text messages come through, they get increasingly threatening giving the muggers an uncomfortable dilemma. There are several free performances so that you can catch one late at night or early evening on the way home or before you go out.
Edwin Pope aka Mutant Vinyl from Bournemouth will play on the opening day Saturday 11 October 12-7pm when we will also have other activities, all free inc Ipad Jams, Sistema in Norwich Chamber Group and Stromm plus the exhibition with many of the artists present to talk about their work.
16 October, the Mash Tun are hosting an acoustic night Fringe Folk @ The Mash Tun with a full line-up of Norwich-based musicians in this newest of Redwell Brewery hostelries and curated by young musician Daisy Wilson.
Look out for the face of the Fringe in venues, pick up a flyer and follow the Fringe on Twitter @norwichfringe13 to get the best from its pop-up form.
Magdalen Street Festival 11 October
This is a one-day festival celebrating the varied cultures of Magdalen Street and the diverse nature of the shops and activities there. There’s loads going on from 11am-5pm so check their site here.
Norwich Hackspace – first event Intro to Arduino Monday 6 October 5.30-7.30pm Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library
A hackspace is like a community workshop, run by members who want access to larger tools and things like laser cutters and 3D printers that they may not have at home. It’s also for any form of making or creativity as well as engineering and electronics. People join the community and share skills and equipment. A full hackspace is a physical space rented by the community of members but in the beginning, the first step is to build a community of people who would be the membership of the hackspace.
To get things started, a group has formed on Meetup (easy to keep in contact) and we have started to run small events. The first is an Introduction to Arduino – little gadgets (micro-controllers) that you can programme to do things such as switch things on and off – and more complex tasks too. So if you are interested in either Arduino or the hackspace, come along to the Library at The Forum on Monday 6 October 5.30pm, 2nd floor. Register at the Meetup event site, and hope to see you there.
Saturday 4 October at Hewett School
Stilts workshops for both beginners and those with some experience of stilt walking. Soren Nielsen from Scarabeus has been working with NORCA to develop a new group of stiltswalkers. Each workshop has a beginner’s and advanced section. A key focus of the workshops is developing performance routines as part of processions and events. There are 12 places on each workshop.
Full £10 (£5 concessions & under-18s)
10am to 1pm: Beginners 2 to 5pm: Experienced
South Hall, Hewett School,
Cecil Road, Norwich NR1 2PL
Sunday 5 and 19 October 10am to 4pm
Costume Workshop – Create a costume for Halloween
This workshop will focus on costumes for Halloween and night-time parades. Though the workshops will be linked and progress, there will be the opportunity for new people to get involved each time. Participants can take away what they make.
£25 (£15 concessions) /workshop / £40 (£25 concs) for both
Martineau Memorial Hall, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN
UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra concert: Sibelius and Dvořák
UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra have a new director of Music, Stuart Dunlop and they are putting on their first concert of the academic year on Thursday 13 November at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
The concert, entitled ‘Sibelius and Dvořák’, will include performances of two well-loved and poignant masterpieces, Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 and Antonín Dvořák’s Mass in D Major, Op. 86.
Tickets are from UEA Box Office and more details may be found on http://www.musicinnorwich.org.uk
At the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
REALITY - MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING
27 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
REALITY celebrates the strength of British painting with some of the best and most influential artists of the last sixty years including Walter Sickert, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, alongside contemporary painters including Ken Currie, George Shaw and Caroline Walker.
Tickets: £8/£6 concessions Free admission to permanent collections
Opening Times Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm Saturday - Sunday, 10am-5pm
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
01603 593199 www.scva.ac.uk
New Art Studios in Norwich
Tom Potter is about to launch a new Art Studios project on 1st November and he is actively looking for Art and Media creatives who require reasonably priced studio space.
The studios are in the heart of the city and the Lanes area, being the upper floors of the old Hovells building just down Bedford Street from Franks Bar.
It is a fantastic building with up to 30 open plan spaces in 5 connected zones, over 3 interconnected levels. This should produce a real atmosphere of community and collaboration which many creative people wish for in their studio environment.
If demand is there, alongside the Art spaces, it would be nice to have Graphics / Media people involved in the project, and one of the zones is set aside for this purpose.
Spaces are £20 - £50 per week, with most being around the £30 per week mark, and people are welcome to share with a friend in order to halve the costs.
There are viewings on Monday 13th October at 2pm. If people are interested it is best to email email@example.com.
Details and images are available at www.norwichartstudios.tumblr.com.
Tom’s phone number is 07588 731 731 after 10th October
You are cordially invited to celebrate the Norwich launch of the UEA Creative Writing Anthologies, 2014.
@ UEA Drama Studio @ 7:00 pm October 14th.
Readings and refreshments.
Please also RSVP your interest in attending to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (so we can organise enough free wine).
"An impressive showcase of verve and talent. Ranging from a South African game reserve to a bare-knuckle boxing ring in Brighton; spanning the eighteenth century and an eerie dystopia, these tales of violence, loss, and dubious meat are a taste of the literary future."
-- Sam Byers, 2014
Words & Women Short Prose Competition is open for entries
Fiction, Memoir, Creative Non-Fiction and Life-writing
First prize publication in the Words & Women anthology. 20 shortlisted entries will be published, Judge Sarah Ridgard
Deadline 15 November 2014-
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Communications Assistant – Full-time; fixed term
(November 2014 – 30 June 2015)
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the flagship arts organisations for the East of England. We are one of the most significant arts festivals in the UK with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning.
The Communications Assistant is a key role within the Communications Team, providing a range of support across marketing and communications activity for the organisation.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop a career in marketing and communications. You will bring with you excellent written and verbal communication skills, confidence in dealing with a range of people and high level ICT skills. You will have an understanding of the role of marketing and communications to an organisation, particularly within a cultural environment. You will be highly motivated, enjoy being part of a hard-working and professional team and have an interest in the arts and cultural activities. Minimum 6 months experience in a relevant post essential.
Deadline for receipt of applications 9.30 am Friday 17 October 2014. Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October.
The application pack is available to download here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies