Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Sun 8 May 2011

    Mark Watson To Perform in Bromsgrove

    MOST people aren't troubled by questions of this sort in their everyday lives, but award winning comedian, author, sports pundit, husband and father Mark Watson is.

    Every time he announces a set of tour dates, there are disappointed tweets from all corners of the UK not covered by his travels.

    Despite Mark's reputation as one of the hardest-working and most-constantly-travelling comics around, it almost seems as if the only way to ensure happy gig-goers is if he allows fans to dictate his entire schedule.

    So, via his daily blog, Mark invited fans to suggest destinations for his 2011 shows.

    Over the past few months he's been sifting through suggestions and calculating the most popular choices from what remained.

    From now until Christmas he will traverse the country to perform at more than 50 specially requested towns, Bromsgrove being one of them.

    He'll dole out a mixture of old favourites and new material, experimental stuff and greatest hits to those who have previously been deprived of his trademark wit.

    A load more stops will be added for the autumn, as one of the UK's most eager-to-be-liked comics trundles obligingly around the nation.

    Mark Watson will be bringing his latest show Request Stop to The Artrix on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23.

    For tickets, call the theatre box office on 577330 or visit the website artrix.co.uk.

    For more information on the show, visit www.markwatsonthecomedian.com.

    Reprinted from a Tweet from The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Thu 5 May 2011

    Performers required for Bromsgrove Carnival

    Bromsgrove Carnival is just a few weeks away and organisers need more young performers to come forward and have the chance to shine.

    Talented youngsters in music, dance, theatre and comedy are needed to keep the thousands expected as this year’s event entertained.

    There is set to be a main stage and a second smaller stage set up in Sanders Park, in Kidderminster Road.

    The entertainment begins after the procession on Saturday, June 18, at 1pm, and runs until 8pm.

    Preparations for this year’s carnival weekend are now entering the final stages and there is still time for Bromsgrove groups to enter the trolley procession.

    Among those who took part last year were samba band Someone at the Door, the Basement Project, and town scouts and girl guides.

    Groups can make a trolley based on a theme and enter for free. The carnival’s organising committee will even provide a trolley.

    Carnival organisers are also appealing for people to get involved as volunteers.

    A variety of roles are available including a procession or race marshall, stage hand, DJ or MC, crowd control or safety marshall. Applicants will need to be 18-years-old or over in most circumstances.

    To register for the parade, or anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, contact festival chairman Ian Perrygrove on email, ian [dot] perrygrove [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Bromsgrove%20Carnival) , or call Ian on 07739577209.

    Ian said: "We've got 18 hours of stage time for the best of Bromsgrove talent to fill and we need even more performers to help pack it.

    "Contact us to join the line up for the weekend, enjoy the atmosphere and give Bromsgrove a great weekend."

    Anyone wanting more information can visit Bromsgrove Carnival’s website, bromsgrovecarnival.org, or become a fan of the carnival on Facebook page facebook.com/bromsgrovecarnival.

    Reprinted from Bromsgrove Messenger 5th May 2011

  • Tue 3 May 2011

    Local Artist's Exhibition at Bromsgrove Library

    Art lovers can view the work of a Redditch artist at a Bromsgrove library this May.

    Gareth Davis, 33, is holding his first Worcestershire exhibition at the Stratford Road-based library.

    Inspired by the birth of his son, the artist decided to paint pieces of the animal kingdom, as seen through the eyes of the young.

    The painting styles of pop-art and impressionism are brought together in the paintings, relying heavily on rich and textured colours to create original art.

    The exhibition is available to view for free at the library until Saturday, May 28.

    For more information about Bromsgrove Library click here

    Gareth can be contacted by emailing grumpus [dot] art [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Library%20Exhibition) .

    Reprinted from Bromsgrove Messenger 3rd May 2011

  • Wed 13 Apr 2011

    Art Fund Increases Spending by 50%

    The Art Fund, which currently distributes £4.5m annually, will increase its funding to £7m a year.

    It said the move was in response "to the severe financial pressures facing most institutions".

    The charity has given more than £24m to 248 museums over the past five years through grants and fundraising.

    The Art Fund also announced its plans to develop and expand its funding programme.

    It said it would run more public fundraising campaigns to save art at risk of being lost from UK collections, such as its recent £6m Brueghel and Staffordshire Hoard campaigns.

    The charity has also formed a new partnership with the National Gallery to offer funded curatorial traineeships in two regional museums.

    Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "I applaud the bold commitment of the Art Fund at a time when so many funding bodies are reducing their support for museums.

    "If our museums are to thrive, we must continue to grow and develop our collections."

    The Art Fund also relaunched its membership card - which will now be known as the National Art Pass - offering free or discount admission to more than 200 museums and galleries.

    Article courtesy of The BBC Web Site

  • Mon 11 Apr 2011

    Some of the UK's leading actors have gathered in London to protest against the recent round of Arts cuts.

    Sir Patrick Stewart, Penelope Wilton and Samuel West are among the stars who have signed and delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for a "coherent" arts policy.

    Last week, more than 200 organisations lost out on annual funding from Arts Council England.

    Sir Patrick told the BBC he felt the cuts were "unnecessary".

    The petition asks the government for an "arts summit" involving funding bodies and artists to give the industry a clear direction.

    "We don't know what policy exists," said Sir Patrick. "We know that we represent part of British culture, which is a massive success. It seems as though we're just adrift."

    Some 695 groups will get funding for 2012 to 2015 - down from 849 - while 110 new groups have been successful.

    West said the arts industry was the "second most profitable sector in Britain" and it was important funding continued to keep the sector going.

    "It ain't broke, so don't fix it, a £100 million cut to a £450 million budget is not minor," he added.

    "We want a government funded Arts Council that allows us to be as successful as we are at the moment and continue to play our part in paying for hospital beds. We're profitable. We want to continue to be.

    "I would accept the need for cuts if they were equal across sectors but I don't think banks are paying their due."

    Courtesy of the BBC web site

  • Mon 11 Apr 2011

    MAS records backs a new school at Bromsgrove's Artrix

    School of rock logo Join My Band is open to anyone aged 12-18

    A new rock school at the Artrix in Bromsgrove is being backed by a Worcestershire-based record company.

    MAS records, based at Kidderminster college and have rock legend Robert Plant as a patron, will give expert advice at the workshops.

    The aim is to give talented youngsters the skills they will need in order to get their first break.

    The workshops are led by Scott Garrett, a tutor with extensive experience in the rock music industry.

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    Robert Plant Robert Plant has been a patron of MAS since it launched

    Scott Garrett says the workshops will help young musicians to get started: "They're kind of aimed at people who are not yet in a band - maybe they've been playing in their bedroom for six months."

    The first workshop is on Sunday, April 10, and will show youngsters how to network with others to form a band, and also teach live performance skills and outline some of the ins and outs of the business.

    The second workshop is on Sunday, May 1, and will look at song-writing, securing gigs and performing rights.

    Each full-day workshop will culminate in a studio gig to showcase what the participants have achieved.

    More details are available from TC Peppercorn, Artrix Education & Outreach Co-Ordinator on 01527 572707.

    Article courtesy of The BBC Web Site 25th March 2011

  • Tue 22 Mar 2011
    We're pleased to announce that Bromsgrove Arts Alive has a new web site. It should make it easier for us to add to and edit its contents, as we're assured that it uses some of the latest "content management software", called Drupal.
  • Tue 1 Mar 2011

    As you may know, the recent Comprehensive Spending Review left local councils facing an average cut of 28%. The non-statutory status of local funding for cultural services has meant that the arts sector is left vulnerable to bear the brunt of these cuts.

    Unfortunately last month, Somerset County Council became the first local authority to announce that it was axing all of its arts funding. Not only has this signalled a cultural decline for the county itself it has also sets precedent for other local authorities. Darlington and Rochdale have followed.

    To prevent lasting damage being done to the arts, I Value the Arts has given supporters in affected areas relevant and useful information about plans for the arts in their community with practical suggestions about how they can make a difference. Of course, the more signatories we have, the more people there are to take action. Find out more about what you can do at www.ivaluethearts.org.uk