Stuff is happening this weekend with a run-up to Christmas in the air and bonfire night and hallowe'en not quite over. There are lots of art exhibitions opening with Polly Cruse and Jocelyn Wickham at Fairhurst Gallery in Bedford Street, Anwar Mirza at Moosey Art in Bridewell Alley opening tonight, Outpost and Anteros Arts exhibitions opened yesterday (Wed 4 November), with Paint in the Undercroft and Alphonse Mucha opening at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts tomorrow Friday 6 November - see www.artinnorwich.org.uk for details
Also, many congratulations to winners of the EDP/Jarrold East Anglian Art Awards, especially my favourite The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century by Hugh Aldersey Williams. Overall winner was Threads by Julia Blackburn, a biography of Sheringham fisherman and artist John Craske and our own Joyce Dunbar won the children's section with Pat-a-Cake Baby, illustrated by her daughter Polly. You can see the full list of nominations and award winners here
The awards ceremony galvanised me to have a day of work on the Sir Thomas Browne website as I am on a crusade to make him more popular than Strictly Come Dancing (well, maybe not quite!) but at least better known and appreciated. Did you realise that he coined several words that are now intrinsic to our lives such as 'electricity' and 'computer' in the 17th century! Fascinating man.
And if you haven't sorted your Christmas card out, we will soon have Sistema in Norwich Christmas cards for sale. Kindly sponsored by Art Angels, they will enable you to support this brilliant programme whilst greeting your friends. They are in production now, details will follow next week.
The deadline is looming for Cley 16. The curator Hugh Pilkington is encouraging individual artists, artist groups, galleries, schools and courses to apply. There are also opportunities for live art, performances, organ or other concerts in the church at Cley so if you have an idea, make a submission and get in the conversation - deadline 17 November. Details are on www.cleycontemporaryart.org
Norwich Hackspace is learning lots about 3D printing by supporting the printers at Norwich Castle that are printing pieces for hands for children with no fingers. The Build Your Own exhibition is still running at the Castle where you can see the printers plus all sorts of other gizmos. The Hackspace is open for membership although we had a set-back this week with the very sad news that one of the founder members and cornerstone of Men's Shed and Hackspace, Steve Skoyles had a tragic and fatal accident on Monday - we are all devastated as he was a top chap and will be terribly missed by us all.
And finally, there's a very special Celebrity Puppet Auction at Norwich Puppet Theatre, on Wednesday 25 November with a viewing of the puppets at Mandell's Gallery on Friday 13 November - details are below.
Bound to have forgotten something but there's so much - check www.artinnorwich.org.uk for art things and www.musicinnorwich.org.uk for concerts and Twitter and Facebook for all else. Sorry if something is wrong - let me know and I will amend!
in the Undercroft
Below the War Memorial, City Hall St. Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
PV Friday 6th November 7 - 9.30pm
7th - 29th November
10 - 5 Wednesday - Saturday, 11 - 4pm Sunday
NEW EXHIBITION at Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts
ALPHONSE MUCHA: IN QUEST OF BEAUTY
7 November 2015 - 20 March 2016
Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is one of the most celebrated artists of the fin-de-siècle. Rising to international fame with his elegant designs for decorative panels, and stunning advertising posters, ‘le style Mucha’ became synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement.
The exhibition explores the work of the artist, around the theme of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. The show includes over 60 works drawn primarily from the collection of the Mucha Trust, focusing on drawings, paintings, photographs and iconic posters, such as Gismonda, Mucha’s first poster designed for the actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Find out more and book tickets>
If you like fireworks,
the Big Boom is kicking off in the city centre, run by the indefatigable City Council events team, it's free - details here. The city centre will be the place to be tomorrow night with the Undercroft opening too
Saturday 7 November
INTRODUCTION TO TAIKO
The Drums of Japan
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7th at 10.30am - 1.30pm
Adults £25, Aged 14 - 15 £15
VENUE: 47-51 Pitt St, NR3 1DE
WATCH US IN ACTION: www.vimeo.com/taikocentre
Artists' XMAS BAZAAR on SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 10am-4pm
The Chapel, Park Lane
Don Oswin - cards and watercolours
Gail Durbin - jewellery
Jennie Durrant - raku pots
Deborah Garland - ceramic decorations and small sculptures
Annie Hall - quirky original gifts and cards
Peter Kent - cards, books and drawings
Vanessa Lubach - small prints and cards
Ray Striker - wooden games etc
Linda McFarlane - jewellery
Coffee, tea and cake in aid of Cancer Research
Wednesday 11 November
NCAS talk by Professor Neil Powell on Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm.
Debugged and Debunked: Curatorial Myths and Mysteries.
This year Arts Review published its ‘Art World Power 100’, 77 of which were curators and museum directors. Over the past 3 years curation has taken off as a cool line on the CV for artists, would-be gallerists, semioticists and former scientists. So what is all this interest in curation all of a sudden?
Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts takes a provocative look at the practice and theory of curation and talks about contemporary curatorial practice in a range of contexts, from the commercial galleries of London and New York, through to touring show packages, self-curation and the pitfalls of vanity publishing.
The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
Members of NCAS £2.50, non-members £4.00. Please pay at the door.
Thursday 12 November
Concert at St John's Cathedral
Lunch time concert performed by the children of Gresham's Prep School Thursday 12 November
Free Admission. All welcome Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2PA Tel: 01603 724380 www.sjbcathedral.org.uk
Tuesday 17 November
The Spark! business bootcamp for women is being held on 17th November at UEA Sportspark.
See here for more information and to book: sparknorwich.eventbrite.com
Spark! is for women who are starting a business or social enterprise or who are in the early stages of getting a new venture going. Spark! costs just £15 and is free to UEA students. Last year's event won a high impact award as one of the best events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
100 women booked on last year's event and 100% of those who attended said that Spark! helped them to move forward with their business or idea. Here's some of their feedback:
"Thank you for an absolutely fantastic event. It was so well organised and the content was incredibly useful and really inspired me."
"I thought I would do this in 10 years and now feel inspired to start next year! Thank you."
"Inspiring people and genuine, understandable information delivered within a relaxed friendly social environment."
Spark! brings together excellent speakers, interactive workshops and the chance to meet other women like you. And we''ll also introduce you to great sources of support and advice to keep you motivated after the day is over. Our 'How the did it' panel includes Marion Catlin (the Shift), Emily Groves (Indigo Swan) and cultural and social entrepreneur Anna Mudeka.
You don’t need any business experience to benefit from the bootcamp. By the end of the day you will:
- Know what’s involved in working for yourself and whether it is for you
- Have identified or shaped a business idea
- Have drawn up your business model or started on a business plan
- Have a better understanding of routes to market
- Be inspired by some great speakers and your fellow delegates.
- Be ready to get started or to get growing!
Wednesday 18 November
Norfolk Arts Forum conference and AGM
Wednesday 18 November at Norwich Castle
This really useful annual conference is themed this year on Fund-raising and Philanthropy. It's a must-attend for anyone working in the arts in Norfolk and its free. You can register and find out more details here here
Wednesday 25 November
Norwich Puppet Theatre Celebrity Puppet Auction
To celebrate our 35th anniversary and to raise vital funds to support our education and outreach programme, we are holding a very special Celebrity Puppet Auction of glove puppets decorated by well-known artists, actors, musicians, writers and sports people. We are thrilled to have received puppets from George Szirtes, Helen Ivory, Michael Rosen, Maureen Lipman, Tom Conti, Toya Wilcox, Colin Self, Jenny Eclair and Ella Goodwin, amongst many others including a number of Norwich-based illustrators.
On Wednesday 25 November at Norwich Puppet Theatre, from 6.30pm is an auction to raise funds for to help so sign up asap for a special evening compered by Stewart White of BBC Norfolk and auctioneered by Elizabeth Talbot of TW Gaze.
Tickets for the auction are £15, including souvenir auction catalogue and welcome drink.
Book now via our website or call the Box Office 01603 629 921.
An exhibition of all the puppets will be on show at Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill from 11-17 November, with a private view on Friday 13 November from 6.30pm. A full gallery of the puppets can be found on the NPT website along with details of sealed bids and phone bidding if you are unable to attend the event.
Norwich Puppet Theatre is a much-loved part of Norwich and Norfolk life. Since the creation of the theatre in 1980 by Ray and Joan da Silva, the Theatre has provided generations of children and families with excitement and wonder. Their work has been possible with masses of help from the community, from people like you.
The 2010 auction raised over £7,000, and many people went away with special puppets which they treasure - with your help they will exceed that amount this year!
Plans for a Christmas Fair St Augustines
Rachel is planning a St Augustines Christmas fair for the 12th & 13th December.
She says: 'I have booked Yallops, Nunns Yard & Thirteen A all on St Augustines Street in Norwich. We can also use my studio - 22 St Augustines and see if someone can use the stage, as well as share finns the tailor's space...depending on high response.
The idea is to pack the spaces with all sorts of makers; potters, printers, textiles, bakers, juicers, jewellers etc. We could have a stall that provides luxury gift wrapping, whilst having mulled wine and festive treats in one of the spaces.
I am in touch with the Salvation Army to see if they could come and play in the wider part of the street opposite the church.
Stalls will cost the tiny price of £10 (to help pay for the space and advertisement).
I can provide some tables but please aim to bring your own.
Please let me know asap if you are interested or know of anyone else who might like to take part, it would be wonderful to see the street buzzing with festivity before christmas.
To get in touch: reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07747576886. - Please do so by 14th November so I have an idea of what is happening!
22 St Augustines Street.
Potter / Artist
Bridge Administrator (Full-time: permanent)
Norfolk & Norwich Festival is funded by Arts Council England as one of two Bridge Organisations in the East of England (the other being Royal Opera House). Festival Bridge’s central aim is to provide a direct link or ‘bridge’ between those working with children and young people, schools and communities with arts and cultural organisations in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk.
The Bridge Administrator is an important role providing efficient and effective office and event administration support to the Bridge team which is key to supporting the Bridge work for children and young people. You will bring with you excellent written and verbal communication skills, confidence in dealing with a range of people, high level ICT skills and experience of events administration. Minimum 18 months experience working in an office environment essential.
This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career in arts and cultural administration.
Further information about Festival Bridge is available here
A full application pack is available to download here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies
Deadline for receipt of applications 9.30 am Monday 23 November 2015. Interviews will be held in Norwich on Friday 4 December 2015.
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