An invitation to Cultural House Party on 5th December at Chalkwell Hall from 11am until 4pm.
As we wrote earlier this month, Southend Borough Council (SBC) are making a bid for Southend to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2013.
The bid will be put together by Southend on Sea Borough Council (Culture Dept) – part of the bid document is to outline an ambitious and exciting cultural programme for the year of 2013 that will demonstrate that culture is a key part of the Borough’s future.
Everyone keen to contribute their ideas to this bid, is invited to a special Cultural House Party at Chalkwell Hall in Chalkwell Park on Saturday 5th December. Drop in at any time between 11am and 4pm!
This collective brainstorming day is being organised by Arts organisation METAL, in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. There will be plenty of tea and biscuits, some activities to participate in, and lots of opportunity for conversation and ideas.
“Southend has a huge wealth of creative and dynamic talent so we really want to involve as many people as possible in preparing this bid.
“The Council together with METAL is very keen indeed to create a vivid picture of the current cultural climate, as well as a shared ambition for what can be achieved in 2013 and beyond.
“The winning city/town will become a focus for national attention in 2013 and could host high-profile media events including the Turner Prize, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, The Brits and the RIBA Stirling Prize as part of their year in the spotlight.”
An innovative new museum is being planned for the Southend’s seafront to host the Saxon king’s treasures discovered in 2003. The building would also offer a new space for the Beecroft Art Gallery and The Southend Central Museum. The Southend Council hopes to fund the building from an extra government funding.
But Patsy Link (the founder of the Saxon King in Priory Park group) campaigns for the museum to be placed where the relics were originally found – in the Priory Park. Her group has prepared a plan for a Saxon hall and Saxon village and she said these plans could be realised by 2012 as opposed to the more ambitious scale of the seafront museum.
You can view the Saxon King in Priory Park group’s plans TODAY at the Spread Eagle pub from 8.30pm.
What do you think – should the relics stay in the Priory Park or would you like to have a new museum on the cliffs?
A Southchurch Christmas @ Southchurch Hall Museum
Saturday 28th November – 10am to 4pm, FREE ADMISSION
A special event looking at how Christmas was celebrated during Tudor and Victorian times.
To help create that special Christmas atmosphere there be carol singing from 12.00pm and Tudor madrigal singing from 2.00pm. Throughout the day there will be other things to see and do including traditional ghost stories…
Refreshments are available, and there will also be some opportunities to buy a limited range of hand crafted gifts.
The boarded shops on York Rd have been transformed into a street art gallery. Artists – but also passers by – are invited to contribute their remembrance related work. The boards will be repainted by the end of the month, but the spontaneity of the project inspired its initiator, Christine Robinson, who says she’ll now become a street artist:
IF YOU’D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE, EMAIL CHRISTINE on seachange AT talktalk.net or simply turn up next Monday!!! Have you seen the York Road project? What did you think? Share your comments below!
Westcliff Art Trail was started by Westcliff Artists in 2008 with the aim to improve the cultural profile of the area, inspired by comments from residents who wanted more visual arts to be promoted and showcased locally.
Aspiring and established artists who live or work in the SS0 or the SS1 areas exhibit their work for a week in May. They use local business premises and community areas in and around Hamlet Court Road as gallery spaces.
The work varies in media and includes oils, screen-printing, ceramics, 3D, digital and textiles. Participation in the Trail provides opportunities to raise cultural aspirations for local people, offering opportunities for creative engagement on an individual basis and also raising awareness of career pathways within the creative and cultural industries.
Next year’s Westcliff Art Trail will take place betwen 14-22 May
The deadline for application is 7 January 2009. Any Southend artists can apply but the priority will be given to those with SS0 and SS postcodes.
CLICK HERE for the APPLICATION FORM or email: organiser AT westcliffarttrail.co.uk
During the month of November, local artists will decorate the hoardings that cover the recently closed York Road Market which was originally built in 1919 to provide work for soldiers returning from the WWI.
The initiator of the project and Founding member of Southend Credit Union, Christine Robinson, said: ‘Art enable us to give expression to our deepest feelings. With daily news of more soldier deaths, it seems appropriate to mark their sacrifice…”
The artwork should be completed by the end of the month. If you’d like to take part in the project, get in touch with Christine on seachange AT talktalk.net
For one day only TAP plays host to CoExist’s Open Studios and Winter Art Fair, an eclectic marketplace featuring locally-based Artists and Craftspeople offering gifts you most definitely won’t find on the High Street.
Email coexist AT hotmail.co.uk for more information on being part of the event!
Here you go! Another opportunity for people in Southend that MAKE STUFF and it’s FREE!!!
OPPORTUNITY TO SELL YOUR WORK @ YMCA Indoor Market
12 December, the YMCA ETC shop will be transformed into an indoor market. We’d LOVE to hear from any young people who’d like to trade. If you’re aged between 16 and 25 and create any of the following products and would like a place to sell them, get in touch!:
• Arts and crafts,
• Design your own clothing
• Jewelry and accessories
• Paintings and photography
• Pottery, soaps, and candles
• Are you an artist or in a band with CDs to sell?
1st come, 1st served – so if you are interested in having a stall – please either call Jane on 07534 503544 or better still, send an email to: contact AT deliciouspr DOT com
There’s NO rental fee for the space – the SOUTHEND YMCA is offerring you this opportunity to earn some money before Christmas absolutely free.