If you’re a lover of all things creative and cultural in Kent, this really is one newsletter you should sign up for.
Based in Faversham, the lovely Helen and Nathalie of Kent Creative Live keep us all posted on the latest events, interesting jobs, exhibitions and much much more.
Here are a few highlights from this week:
The Culture Awards, celebrating the rich cultural life of the Canterbury district and East Kent, highlighting individual and collective achievements and showcasing the quality and diversity of the local cultural scene, from 1st January to 31st December 2012.
You can enter into as many categories as you like and there are just a few simple questions to answer for each so it’s a great chance to showcase your achievements to the rest of the cultural sector.
The deadline is midday on Friday, March 22nd 2013.
If you are thinking about entering the awards this year, visit the Culture Awards website.
Victoria Falconer or Liz Flynn on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01227 862 405 or 862 267
Give your views on Kent’s Creative Future – and get the chance to win a £100 Hamper!
Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is carrying out research into the future needs of Kent’s creative community, on behalf of Kent County Council. More than 60 people took part in their workshops just before Christmas. As a result of these productive sessions they are now looking to get more detail on the priorities for investment and key themes which came up. These include the need for more physical workspace, artist studio provision, hub spaces for freelancers, networks and support services.
You can enter a survey to share with Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy what you think will make the biggest difference in ensuring that Kent has a growing and sustainable creative sector and what the barriers to success you currently experience.
Click HERE to enter the survey
The Art and Artefacts of Weird Whitstable by Quinton Winter
Do you think you know Whitstable? Its landmarks, its nooks and crannies. You sit on the groynes and drink in its taverns. Well, you know nothing….!
You know not of what sits in the dark, in the sea spray and its mysterious legends. Things that have been here for years, seen by few but known by many. There are truths to be told of this old town, truths you must face.
So open your mind, and step inside the archives of Weird Whitstable. Are you prepared to believe?
From 13th February to 31st March 2013
11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF | 01227 281174 | Horsebridge website
An exhibition of paintings by Ramsgate based artist Sarah Stokes.
York Street Gallery
20th to 27th February (Preview Saturday, February 23rd from 2pm – 5.30pm)
Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne (closing on 24 February).
Step into the story books of recent Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne, meet Dad and Willy the gorilla, enter the enchanted forest and play The Shape Game in this interactive exhibition for all ages.
The Beaney, High Street, Canterbury: Website
Our Island’s Voice was established to act a focal point for all those committed to improving the lifestyles of those that live on the Isle of Sheppey. It is a free membership site for islanders, those that run businesses on The Island and those in local authorities and organisation that support The Island and it’s residents.
Its mission is to reinvigorate the local economy, foster enterprise and create jobs, combat rising fuel and energy costs and to repair the islands eco-system.
Our Island’s Voice exists to bring people from The Island together in order to share ideas and work on projects designed to improve the lifestyles of those that live on The Island.
Production of Shakespeare’s Henry V.
A call to theatre crew and cast from the Faversham Creek Trust, setting up a one-day rehearse-and-perform production of Shakespeare’s Henry V in the early summer, as a fundraising event for the Faversham Creek Trust, and for the community as a whole.
Caroline Lamoon from Rising Moon Theatre will be our director. The first Production meeting is NEXT WEEK on Wednesday – details TBA. That is for anyone who’d like to help with the technicalities – staging, lighting, costume, sound, front-of-house, publicity, website, school liaison, etc. (not for actors, yet).
We’re planning an orderly sequence of dates leading up to the performance day: a Workshop on how to speak Shakespeare, then after one week a casting/audition day (everyone who comes along will get a part), then after a month we’ll do the whole thing: rehearse and then perform the play. We’re planning to do it in the Assembly Rooms in Faversham, sort-of ‘in the round’ and in costume. The performance will be done holding scripts and will run for 60 minutes.
For the actors especially, previous experience is not necessary – we want to get lots of people involved. Anyone who wants to take part as cast or crew will pay £20 and we reckon they’ll get a huge amount out of it for their money!
The play itself is of course about war – the battle of Agincourt – but it’s also very funny and has local connections. So we hope you’ll come and support the whole project.
If you could help with any of the production activities – sets, lighting, sound, costume, catering, front-of-house, publicity, photography, etc etc, the meeting next week is for you. I will send out details of when and where as soon as I have them.
If you are interested, or have any good ideas about this, please contact Griselda Mussett on 01795 538821 or email email@example.com
Made In Faversham
MightyFine Things looking for artists and creatives to build up a creative area at the Faversham Market.
Vicky Cox and friends have regular stalls in Faversham and they feel the’ve really benefitted from doing it and from having other creative stalls there. They would love more people to join them to build a reputation for Faversham Market as the place to go to get locally made craft, gifts, cards etc…
The idea is to get a permanent ‘locally made’/ creative presence. People will get used to the idea and come there to buy things/ check it out because of it. This is already happening a bit – and there’s plenty more scope. Exhibitors will take turns to have a stall and/or share stalls so they’re not committed all the time and costs are reduced.
Contact Vicky for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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