Students from Etone College along with Art Teacher Hollie Palmer and Mayor of Nuneaton
Mayor and Consort with Nuneaton Artist Gemma Brown and adopter Corinne Davies
ART ALERT CLUB NEWS - DECEMBER 2016
Art Alert met for their annual Christmas lunch at the Attleborough Arms on Friday, 2nd December and enjoyed good food and a lively atmosphere.The Group have been busy finalising work for their exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition starts on the 17th December and runs till 22nd January. Entitled "Where the Mood takes us"; visitors are invited to explore the way in which they can have an emotional response to the artwork on display. There will be a large variety of work to see, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, pottery and glasswork.
Also on display at Bedworth Art Centre, is a selection of paintings by Art Alert member Nadine Shaw. Nadine uses a variety of mediums, and her work will be on display until the end of December.
NUNEATON OPEN ARTS TRAIL 2016
Nuneaton had its very first Open Arts Trail on the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2016 and everyone agreed it was a resounding success with lovely weather and a great amount of interest. Local artists group Art Alert, along with other artists, used various venues around the local area and opened their own homes, gardens and studios to members of the public for two days with many of the works on display for sale. Visitors were able to follow a trail map and visit up to thirteen venues including The Heritage Centre, Scout Headquarters, Greenmoor Road Allotment Pavilion and St James Church. A rich diversity of work was on display including paintings, ceramics, textiles, stained glass, wood turning and jewellery. Everyone on the trail was able to see artists doing demonstrations, and homemade cakes and soft drinks were available at many of the venues. Footfall was measured, and the amount of visitors surpassed all expectations. This is an event that will definitely be repeated.
ART ALERT NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2016
Art Alert held their monthly meeting at The Attleborough Arms on Friday, 2nd September.
Member Claire Botterill is delighted to be informed that her painting "Glasgow School of Art" has been selected for this year's Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Art at the Menier Gallery, Southwalk, London. Claire is an established fine art artist whose work includes landscapes and floral studies in a wide variety of mediums. Most of meeting was spent discussing the Open Arts Trail in which Art Alert is heavily involved. The Arts Trail, a first for this area, takes place on the 24th and 25th September and talented artists will be showing their original work at venues across the region, including Bedworth Arts Centre, Nuneaton Heritage Centre, Nuneaton Scout Group Headquarters and Greenmoor Road Community Allotments. Also various artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public. Trail maps are available from Nuneaton and Bedworth Libraries, Town Hall, Abbeycraft or can be downloaded from www.artalert.nuneaton.co.uk. This promises to be a wonderful event, and several of the venues will also be offering refreshments.
ARTS TRAIL 2016
24th & 25th September
Download brochure & map here.
For more info contact:
Tel: 02476 735878
Local artists are invited to take part in an exciting Nuneaton Arts Trail to take place on September 24th & 25th 2016 in several venues in the area. The Trail is open to friends and partners as well as Art Alert members and we aim to include a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. We have several artists who are opening their houses and gardens for the event from Fillongley to Bedworth, plus the Heritage Centre, George Eliot Hospital and Greenmoor Road Allotment Shed.
Do you have a home studio you would like to share? Are you part of an art group who could put on a display of work? Would you be interested in joining another artist to show a contrasting selection of work? Warwickshire Open Studios are supporting this Trail and we will be producing quality flyers and PR materials, which with good local press coverage and extensive networking will ensure local coverage and good attendance.
If you would like to join in with this ground breaking opportunity to put local art and artists on the map please contact us at email@example.com or call 02476 741276 with expressions of interest ASAP. A kick off meeting has been arranged for Friday 29th April 11:00 at the Attleborough Arms, Highfield Rd, Nuneaton CV11 4PL - so please join us then.
ART ALERT CLUB NEWS
Lin Goodwin is a valued member of Art Alert, who is always involved in exhibitions and community events and maintains the group's Facebook site.
She is delighted to be featured in the website painters-online.co.uk and one of the paintings which can be seen is " Songbirds", a mixed media picture in pastels and coloured pencils. Lin works from photographs and recently became interested in bird watching and this painting is one of the results.
Lin is a self-taught artist and she uses art as a therapy which helps with her poor health and disability. Although she is proficient in many different mediums, her favoured one is coloured pencils and she is a member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. Her favourite subjects are vehicles and animals. Lin had her first solo exhibition at Bedworth Arts Centre in 2012 and as well as exhibiting with Art Alert, also shows work regularly at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. She won a First Prize at this year's Festival of Arts with a pastel drawing of two lions entitled "Happy Couple". Lin has work on display all around the world including USA, Canada, France and Spain.
CLUB NEWS JULY 2016 - ART ALERT AT NUNEATON LIVE
Local artist's group, Art Alert were delighted to be part of Nuneaton Lives on Saturday and luckily, there was only one downpour to contend with.
"The TreacleTarts' " stall was very popular as they were selling delicious home made cakes, and "Men in Sheds" were displaying their handmade wooden goods such as bird boxes, mug trees, wooden owls and garden ornaments. Art Alert had a varied display of members’ paintings and pottery for sale.
Art Alert member, Pam Hyams is busy organising an exciting "Open Arts Trail" to take place 24/25th September. Talented local artists, professional and amateur will be sharing their works in their own studios, Scouts HQs, an Allotment Pavilion, The Heritage Centre, halls and their own homes. Most of the work will be for sale and light refreshments available at some of the venues.
Anyone interested can obtain more information from www.facebook.com/northwarwickshireopenstudios
ART ALERT DISPLAY IN ABBEYGATE
Example work by Art Alert member Nadine Shaw is on display in the Abbeygate Shopping Centre in Nuneaton.
ART ALERT MEMBER EXHIBITS AT NUNEATON ART GALLERY
Hilary Morris - Coastal Moorings
9 April - 5 June 2016
Nuneaton & Bedworth Museum & Art Gallery
Riversley Park, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU
Hilary returns to Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery to present a selection of 'pen and ink' and colourwash pieces.
Pictures depict different boats on different beaches and harbours. There will be artwork for sale in this show.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS - MARCH 2016
Art Alert met at their new venue, the Attleborough Arms, at the beginning of the month and members were asked if they could donate a piece of work for a Fine Art and Illustration Auction at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. The organiser, Emma Phillips had helped at the Art Alert Gallery and also with "Escape" - a group linked with Art Alert, as part of her work experience. Several pieces were donated and the Auction held on Friday 11th March was a great success, with all proceeds going towards funding an "End of Year Degree Show. There has been a change of work on display at George Eliot Hospital Outpatients, and member Nadine Shaw now has a varied selection of paintings on show. Member, Hilary Morris will be holding her fourth exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. The display is entitled Coastal Moorings, and is a collection of pen and watercolour paintings inspired by Hilary's love of the British coast. The exhibition commences on 9th April and work will be on display until 5th June.
WORLD WAR 1 Project
Listen to a Radio Interview about WW1 memories here
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS – FEBRUARY 2016
The Art Alert group held their first meeting this year at their new venue, the Attleborough Arms, Nuneaton.
The artists are currently moving around venues with their displays, and Julie-Ann Simms has moved from the People’s Café, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park to George Eliot Hospital, where she is showing a group of paintings depicting park life, and a collection of sculpture made from recycled items. Following Julie in the café in Bedworth is Lin Goodwin. Lin's speciality is coloured pencils, and she has several new pieces of art on display, "Stand Off”," Otters" and "Irma the Snow Leopard" from Twycross Zoo. Hilary has moved her seascapes from the George Eliot Outpatients, where she was pleased to sell two pieces of work, and they can now be seen in one of the empty shop premises in Abbey Gate. Following the success of the WW1 piece of collaborative textile work, the group is staying together with the aim of producing another piece of work, possibly depicting canal life. This would be a result of a forthcoming canal trip on 16th March, to which Art Alert members are invited.
'9 Weeks' - An Art Alert HLF project
Through research, working with local historians and interviewing people with memories and memorabilia, Art Alert have explored the time when in 1915, 3,000 soldiers were billeted to Nuneaton and housed with local families to be acclimatised before being sent to Gallipoli. Research tells of a sense of excitement and romance, of local businesses, social activities and sports clubs being revitalised and personal stories both tragic and joyful.
Working with professional artist Alisha Miller, and professional textile artist Zara Merryfield Day, a group of volunteers have created a textile hanging to capture the story from the perspective of the women at home.
The textile hanging and an information banner will be exhibited throughout the area.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS – NOVEMBER 2015
Art Alert met at the beginning of November at Nuneaton Heritage Centre and welcomed two new members, Julie-Ann Simms and John Freeman.
John's work includes woodcutting, printmaking and acid etching. Julie-Ann has taken the brave step of leaving work and starting life as a full time artist. She likes to work on different projects in various media including pastel, watercolour, ink and collage.
Two of her recent projects are "Park Life", which explores the sense of escape parks can create for a range of people through the seasons and "Do Take Muriel Out" inspired by the poem of the same name written by Stevie Smith, which is rooted in nostalgia for the 1950s.
Members have a busy month with work on display in various locations around the town.
Lin Goodwin's beautiful work in coloured pencil is currently on show in AbbeyGate, Nuneaton. One of her pictures "Zebra's Kiss" won an award at this year's Festival of Arts. Hilary Morris has her pen, ink and colourwash seascapes, along with John Commane's pottery, on display at the Outpatients department of George Eliot Hospital. John's pottery is also part of "Take Five" an exhibition of five artists' work at Nuneaton Museum.
New member, Julie-Ann has work from her project entitled "Park Life" in The Peoples Cafe, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park.
Men in Sheds
We are a group of men who meet twice weekly to socialise, share skills, make stuff, and have a cuppa and a chat. If you are male, want to get out more, meet new friends and have a go at being creative with friendly guidance, then come along and have a try.
No previous experience necessary.
We meet every Tuesday & Thursday at Nuneaton George Eliot Hospital from 10:00 till 12:00.
(Come in by the Maternity entrance; by Lucy Deane Renal Unit.
On arrival call 07486 437459 to be met
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2015
Art Alert members have a new home. North Warwickshire and Hinckley College have kindly offered to share their impressive premises in Abbeygate in Nuneaton with us. The group warmly welcomed Roger Elsegood back to Chair the September meeting there after he had suffered a bad injury to his ankle following a fall.
Our first event in Abbeygate will be the "Big Draw” to be held in conjunction with the college, and the theme is "Pop Goes Nuneaton", a graphic story/pop art theme. The event takes place on Saturday, 24th and Wednesday, 28th October from 11.00am to 3.00pm. There will be more information nearer the date.
Also on display in another shop premises in Abbeygate is work by one of our members, Jim Kirkwood. Jim is an experienced artist and his varied work includes landscapes and portraits
Member, Hilary Morris received good news from Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. They have offered her an exhibition at the Gallery in Riversley Park from April to June 2016. Hilary works in pen and ink and watercolour, and her exhibition will be called "Coastal Moorings" a collection of pictures inspired by beaches, harbours and estuaries around the British coast.
Another Art Alert Member, Pam Hyams has her beautiful nature inspired paintings currently on display at the new creative hub L.C.B Depot, Leicester. Her work can be seen there up until 8th October.
We also have work on display in the café, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park, Outpatients Department at George Eliot Hospital and Fishbowl Gallery, Bedworth.
ART ALERT EXHIBITION AT FISHBOWL GALLERY, CIVIC HALL, BEDWORTH
Tues 1st September for 2 weeks
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS - JULY 2015
Art Alert has been busy this month, mainly in their involvement with the "Nuneaton Lives" event on Saturday, 4th July. The weather was sunny and warm for the volunteers on the four stalls manned by Art Alert, Men in Sheds, Escape Community Arts and The Treacle Tarts. Men in Sheds had made small wooden bird seed feeders at their workshops, and Escape and Art Alert encouraged people to paint them. They could then be screwed to a wall or a tree for the garden birds to feed from. If all that painting made you hungry, Nuneaton WI group - The Treacle Tarts had a delicious selection of homemade cakes on the adjoining stall, all made by their members.
On June 27th and 28th, Pam Hyams, an Art Alert member opened her home and garden as part of Warwickshire Open Studios. Her home and garden were full of flowers, which set off her beautiful paintings inspired by nature. Tea and cakes were on offer together with an opportunity to watch a watercolour demonstration by Pam. Art Alert meet for an informal get together every first Friday of the month at 11.00am at Nuneaton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road. Anyone is welcome to come along or you can find us on our Facebook page which will also have news of all our up and coming events.
ART ALERT & MEN IN SHEDS 'NUNEATON LIVES' STALLS
Sat 4th July 2015
Art Alert and Men in Sheds both had stalls in Abbey Street, Nuneaton on Saturday 4th July as part of the Nuneaton Lives event.
Men in Sheds made birdfeeders and these were painted by members of the public on the Art Alert stall.
NUNEATON TOWN CENTRE SHOP FRONT TRAIL: “Cinemas of Nuneaton Past”
From 20th June to 12th July 2015
23 Nuneaton town centre venues will take part in a shop front trail event created by Escape Arts Nuneaton Group, in partnership with Nuneaton Business Alliance and Warwickshire County Council.
Escape Arts Nuneaton received a grant from WCC Councillor Bob Hicks to research and deliver a project relating to ‘Nuneaton Cinemas of the Past’, in readiness for Nuneaton Lives 2015 event on July 4th. The project consists of an exhibition of artwork, facts and memories gathered during workshops and open days at The Heritage Centre, plus the town centre shop front trail.
Escape Arts will also be showcasing their cinema artwork at George Eliot Hospital.
The activities are included in Warwickshire Open Studios, so visitors are able to view other Escape Nuneaton art projects which will be exhibited at the Heritage Centre for Open Studios, including their textile project ‘Our Nuneaton Lives’ and a collaborative project ‘Let’s Yarn Bomb the Parlour’
To take part in the Nuneaton Town Centre Shop Front Trail: “Cinemas of Nuneaton Past”, download the map and question PDFs, seek out the numbered posters in the participating venues and answer the clues. Return forms to Katz (venue 16) to enter a free prize draw.
Alternatively, a map and questions sheet may be obtained from Katz.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS - JUNE 2015
The group are currently holding their monthly meetings at the Heritage Centre, Avenue Road since we lost our pop-up gallery. We are still looking for any possible empty premises suitable for display of members work. Currently we have a display of cinema related paintings by member Roger Elsegood on display in empty shop premises in Abbey Gate. This is in connection with the Town Centre Shop Front Trail - Cinemas of Nuneaton Past, an Escape Arts event. Running from 19th June to 12th July this will be a film themed shop trail involving 23 shops. Maps and Question sheets can be found on various websites including Art Alert, Nuneaton Lives, WCC News, "Memories" and Escape Arts.
We are making plans for "Nuneaton Lives Festival " on 4th July. We will be having four stalls manned by Escape Community Arts, Men in Sheds, Treacle Tarts and Art Alert. They are planning workshops, displays of members work and home made cakes.
Finally, we had to say a sad farewell to Kath Jones, one of our founder members, who will be very much missed. Kath is moving away but has promised to come back and join in our events whenever she can.
POPPY MOSAIC NOW IN ROPEWALK
ART & CRAFT WORKSHOPS
Every Thursday 10am-1pm
DROP IN – ALL WELCOME
Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2015
It was rather a sad monthly meeting for the group, as our time at the Pop Up Gallery in Abbey Street has to end. We have been really fortunate that the initial three-month lease has lasted for 15 months. The gallery has been a great success with sales of arts and crafts, regular displays and community events. But the premises are now to be let.
The gallery closes at 4.00pm on Saturday, 11th April but the Heritage Centre in Avenue Road have kindly offered us the Schoolroom as a permanent exhibition space as well as an area for our meetings. In the meantime the Lego Club and Men in Sheds will also be held there.
Unfortunately, due to the problems finding a venue, our planned sewing classes will have to be put on hold, but we are hoping to restart them in the autumn.
Art Alert will still be holding exhibitions and community events as before and are planning to become involved in "Nuneaton Lives" again.
The poppy mosaic is now completed and looking spectacular and will soon be on permanent display in the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.
Member's work is always on display in George Eliot Hospital outpatients. At the moment paintings by Adrienne Barton and jewellery by Claudia Forster can be seen. We also have work exhibited at the café, Miner's Welfare Park, Bedworth and at the Community Café in Nuneaton.
Member, David Witcomb has a display of his accomplished pen and ink drawings at the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery entitled "Historical Gems of Warwickshire" and is on until 31st May.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS: MARCH 2015
The Art Alert Gallery in Abbey Street is still proving popular, with many visitors returning regularly to see new pieces of work and displays.
We are currently holding an exhibition in the shop front window of "Scenes of Nuneaton Life". There are a variety of drawings, paintings and photography depicting Nuneaton. Most of the items on show are for sale. We plan to make this a regular feature every few months with a different theme each time, to give new inspiration to our artists.
"Men in Sheds" is our new group aimed mainly at retired men with time on their hands who can meet for a cuppa and a chat and try their hands at different skills, including wood turning. The group is currently meeting at the Art Alert Gallery, Abbey Street but are desperately looking for more suitable premises where they can practise their skills. An empty unit or large shop close to the town centre would be ideal. They would also appreciate any donations of unwanted wood or tools. If anyone can help, they can contact Alan Fox on tel. no 07882 946495.
Group member, David Witcomb is holding an exhibition of his skilled pen and ink drawings of Warwickshire in the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in April and May. More news on that next month.
Our Sewing Club run by Nadine and Alice will start again on 16th April for 5 - 6 weeks. The club, aimed at novices who need some help with their sewing skills, runs for 5 - 6 weeks from 7.00 - 9.00pm, Thursday evenings at the gallery. Anyone interested can contact Nadine on tel.no. 02476 312916.
Anyone who would like to visit our Gallery can find it in Abbey Street near to the Co-op, and we are currently open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am - 4.00pm but are hoping to re-open on Fridays as well, as from April.
The Poppy Mosaic is now complete and waiting to be installed at the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.
The piece has been worked on by Queens Rd School, Escape Community Arts, members of Art Alert and members of the public during open sessions at the Art Alert Gallery.
MEN IN SHEDS
Exciting new project coming up - Watch this space!
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS – FEBRUARY 2015
The Gallery is quiet at the moment, as to be expected after Christmas, but this is giving the members time to plan events for the coming year, and to get painting in readiness for our next event which will be an exhibition entitled "Scenes of Nuneaton Life". All of the works will be by Art Alert members and will be on display from the beginning of March in the gallery, Abbey Street.
For the first time this year, we have decided to participate in "Warwickshire Open Studios 2015". This exciting event is an opportunity for artists to show their work at a variety of different locations in the local area and Art Alert plan to have an arts trail for the display of members work at venues, including our Gallery in Abbey Street, Community Cafe, George Eliot Hospital outpatients, Bedworth Fishbowl Gallery and The Mayor's Cafe in Bedworth Miners Welfare Park. The event takes place on 27th June until 12th July at around 144 venues in Warwickshire.
Following on from our successful involvement in the World War One Heritage Fund Project, Art Alert, in conjunction with Queens Road School and Escape Arts are in the process of producing a beautiful glass mosaic featuring poppies, which will eventually be on permanent display in the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.
The "Men in Sheds" club, set up for men with an interested in handicrafts to meet and share a cuppa and a chat, got off to a flying start with an initial meeting at the gallery with Alan and Scott. The group are planning to visit the very successful "Men in sheds" group in Stratford to gain inspiration and ideas.
Our popular "Love Lego Club" for 7 - 12 year olds takes place every other Saturday at the Art Alert Gallery, and commenced on Saturday 7th February from 10.00am until 12.00am. The club is also held every Wednesday from 3.45pm to 5.15pm.
There will also be more painting workshops held by local artist, Claire Botterill, whose work is always on display in the Gallery on 12th and 22nd February from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
LOVE LEGO CLUB Ages 7 - 12
For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nuneaton Festival of Arts 2015
Here’s the upcoming calendar of events for the 2015 Nuneaton Festival of Arts.
Most Art Section events take place at Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Nuneaton.
More info can be found in the Festival of Arts Syllabus 2015.
Sun 8th Feb 2015
Mon 9th Feb 2015
Fri 13 Feb 2015
Sat 14th Feb 2015
Sun 15th March 2015
Mon 16th March 2015
1 Victoria Street,
Sat 7th March 2015
ESCAPE ARTS CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2014
Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and what a year it’s been!
We had an amazing 9 months - 6 months longer than anticipated - in The Art Studio. Thank you to the Co-op for allowing us to use the space for so long. During that time we organised many workshops including print, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, needle and wet felting, watercolours, floristry and creative writing, bringing people into Nuneaton Town Centre and thus achieving our aims and satisfying the brief for Warwickshire County Council Footfall Funding which initially took us there. We worked with Abbey Ward residents, both young and old with the bird feeder project thanks to funding from Abbey First, were involved in the Art Alert project celebrating the life and achievements of Reginald Stanley, opened our doors for Warwickshire Open Studios and created wonderful banners, bunting and flower cart for the Nuneaton Lives event in spite of finding the studio flooded just 2 weeks before the event with much still to be completed. But we did it!! We were also involved in Compton Verney's world record breaking attempt for the longest ever bunting and we won a 1st Prize in the Nuneaton Festival of Arts with 'Archimboldo'. We were very fortunate to have Alisha Miller as artist in Residence for the first 3 months while she worked on her Bus Station project, now installed - take a look next time you're near the bus station. The artwork looks wonderful. Alisha also ran a very successful Lego Club which continues as before but now in the Art Alert Gallery, 23e Abbey Street where you can also attend art and craft workshops as advertised on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Alert-Nuneaton/225950737592907. The Art Alert Gallery exists through the support of Escape Arts and to promote Escape Arts in Nuneaton so do encourage friends and family to call in and take a look at the wide range of beautiful and unique gifts on offer all created by local artists and crafts people.
Now we are happily ensconced in the lovely Heritage Centre and would like to thank everyone for making us so welcome. I think we all agree it’s a wonderful venue. We’ve completed our final project of the year with Zara and again, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s been great having her working with us and we can’t wait to see the finished hangings. We’ve achieved more than we ever anticipated this year and would like to thank all those who ran workshops and our volunteers, and everyone who attended them, Art Alert and Escape Community Arts for their invaluable support in sustaining our project and those who gave and continue to give us funding, without which, none of it would be possible. We can look forward to the next year knowing that funding has been secured that will enable us to continue running Escape art and craft group for many, many months to come. Our first session is on January 15th when we’ll be revisiting our painting skills, with a twist! Corinne and Joanne will also be involving the group with a local mosaic project and there will be opportunities to try our hands at traditional crafts. More will be revealed in 2015! We wish you all a peaceful and joyous festive season and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Mel, Corinne and Joanne.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS - DECEMBER 2014
Art Alert held their annual Christmas party again, at the Attleborough Arms on 5th December, and with good food and wine a great time was had by us all.
The Gallery has been decorated and is looking very festive, with a selection of our normal arts and crafts along with unique hand made Christmas decorations. Up until the end of the year, the gallery is open three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00am until 4.00 pm.
Anyone visiting Outpatients at the George Eliot Hospital will be able to see our popular Godiva exhibition, which will be on display there for the next few months.
Art Alert member, Hilary completed her commission of Durham Cathedral and Castle.
The customer was delighted with the painting and it is now hanging on his wall.
The Group is still working with local history and heritage groups to tell the story of the 3000 soldiers, billeted to the Stockingford area before being sent to Gallipoli.
Corinne Davies is asking anyone who has any memories to contact her on 07792 053757 or email her at email@example.com.
The information will be used to produce a banner, tapestry and small exhibition in town.
ART ALERT MONTHLY NEWS - NOVEMBER 2014
After a busy October, our group are expecting this continue until the end of the year.
Following the success of our Godiva exhibition, we are currently holding a World War One inspired collection of member's work. As well as some wonderful pieces of art we also have World War One memorabilia on display. The exhibition is in the front window and inside our gallery in Abbey Street and all the work will be for sale. The exhibition will end at the end of November.
Also, Art alert are working with local history and heritage groups to explore when 3000 soldiers were billeted to the Stockingford area before being sent to Gallipoli, and are asking for anyone who has memories to share to contact them. The information will be used to produce an information banner, tapestry and a small exhibition in town. Anyone with information can contact Corinne Davies on 07792 053757 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Kath Jones was pleased to sell her beautiful painting of an owl in flight at night, but even more thrilled when the customer commissioned her to paint another picture of a puffin. Kath specialises in wildlife paintings, and some of her work can currently be seen in the gallery. Another member, Hilary Morris, was also delighted to be commissioned to paint Durham Cathedral by another customer. Hilary said, “The painting is a challenge which I like, and I am really enjoying creating a picture of this beautiful building in pen and ink and watercolour.”
Sewing classes run by Nadine and Alice will be starting again on 3rd November until 8th December, and there are still places left for anyone who would like to improve their sewing techniques. Pop in the gallery for more information.
Also this month we held "The Big Draw”, part of an annual countrywide event to promote drawing for all ages. Art Alert have taken part in this event for several successful years, and this year was a free fun art session to create a "fuzzy world" using felt. Art Alert invited anyone to come along to the gallery in Abbey Street and take part and the event proved to be very popular.
In the run-up to Christmas we have extended our opening hours from two days a week to three. You can now visit the gallery on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
As always, any more details of Art Alert Events can be found on our web site, www.artalertnuneaton.co.uk or you can find us on Facebook.
13-Oct-2014 Press Release: Art Alert WW1 Heritage lottery Funded Project
Art Alert Nuneaton is pleased to announce that they have been awarded £10,000 by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a Nuneaton WW1 project to research when the Lancs, Dubs and Royals visited Nuneaton in Jan-March 1915 before being sent to Gallipoli as part of the 29th Division.
The 18 month intergenerational project is seeking to tell the story of when 3000 soldiers from the Lancashire, Dubliners and Royals regiments were billeted with families throughout Stockingford and other areas of Nuneaton, before being sent to Gallipoli in the Great World War. Local Historian Peter Lee, who is collaborating with Art Alert on the project, says “3000 young, fit, tanned, swashbuckling professional soldiers were marched through the town in their full dress uniform to their billets throughout the area to the thrill of thousands of Nuneaton factory wenches whose only romantic prospects had up until that time been grimy miners and brickyard hands. Bearing in mind when this happened no-one knew where all this would end. Many soldiers thought we'll get the soldiering bit done then get back to the girls in Nuneaton!! Few did of course but for those who did there were a few happy endings and a lot of tragedy too.”
Art Alert intend to work with local history and heritage groups, local school children and members of the community to research and collate the local story and ultimately create a textile hanging to represent the event.
As part of the project will explore what life was like for the people in Nuneaton during WW1 and introduce local children to some of the essential home handcraft skills of the time.
Anyone who has any connection, memorabilia or stories they recall being told of the visit and time around WW1 and Nuneaton are welcome to contact the project leader,
Corinne Davies on m: 07792 053757.
WW1 Displays in the Art Alert Gallery
2015 dates to be announced
ART ALERT'S MONTHLY NEWS : JULY 2014
Art Alert opened up the gallery and served tea and cakes on the "Nuneaton Lives " day, and everyone agreed the occasion was a great success. In fact, we loved the bunting which festooned the gallery so much, we have left it in place for the time being. The artwork inspired by Lady Godiva has been moved and can now be seen in the Fishbowl Cafe at Bedworth Civic Hall. Work in the gallery has been changed, and it is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a unique present, or simply to browse and enjoy the work by our talented group of artists which is on display.
The group were at Riv Fest on Saturday, 19th July and had a great time, with help from members of the public, designing and making dance costumes which were displayed on mannequins. Sadly, the event had to cancelled later on in the day due to the awful storms Nuneaton suffered in the afternoon.
On Sunday August 31st we are manning a stall to help raise money for young Jack Oldacres who suffers from a rare skin disorder. The event is to try and raise £15,000 for a hydrotherapy bath to help relieve Jack's symptoms. The event is taking place at Stockingford Pavilion from 12.00 am.
There are still plenty of workshops and art classes carrying on into September, including, painting, felting, sewing, pottery and stained glass. Why not check us on Facebook or pop in to the gallery which is currently open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00pm for further information.
ART ALERT NEWS
Art Alert is going from strength to strength, with our new Gallery premises attracting not only visitors but also new members. All the work on display is by Art Alert members and is for sale at reasonable prices, many items suitable for a small gift. Also, our current display is of the "Godiva Lives" event, which is coming to Nuneaton Town Centre on July 5th, and members have been busy making bunting, as the gallery will be open and taking part in the festivities. Come along to the Gallery in Abbey Street and you can see paintings and models inspired by the story of Lady Godiva in an exhibition of members work.
The next event we will be taking part in is "Rivfest", Nuneaton's own music festival in Riversley Park on July 19th. More news next month.
HELP RAISE £1000 FOR Escape Community Arts
Have a look at our recent fundraising venture - it's a Crowd-Funding campaign to raise £1000 for Escape community Arts to create some amazing art with the community for the Nuneaton Lives Godiva event
COME AND MEET THE ARTIST : Saturday 3rd May 10.30am till 3pm
Mixed media and Textile artist Debbie Squires, one of the artists who helped design and make the silk coat for the six metre high Lady Godiva for the 2012 Olympics, will be demonstrating machine embroidery and soluble fabric techniques at the ART ALERT Gallery, 23e Abbey street Nuneaton.
‘NUNEATON LIVES’ SHOP FRONT TRAIL COMPETITION
Thursday 17th April, 10-1pm at The Art Studio, New Century Way
Friday 25th April, 11am-3pm at the Art Alert Gallery at 23e Abbey Street
‘Nuneaton Lives’ shop front Trail competition coming to Nuneaton Town Centre for the Lady Godiva Awakes visit.
Art Alert and the Go See Sunflower Team 2013 are delighted to be working with the Nuneaton Business Alliance again on a WCC Operation Footfall project to bring another shop front trail competition to Nuneaton Town Centre this year.
Inspired by the ‘Nuneaton Lives’ Lady Godiva visit on Saturday 5th July, and as part of the build up to the day, the GSS team are creating a shop front trail to find 20 ‘Stanley’ briquettes, inscribed with a word from a George Eliot quote. The bricks will then be donated to the Heritage Centre and form a commemorative wall of the fantastic day that the Godiva sculpture visited Nuneaton. There are 2 workshop dates planned for local residents to get involved in making the briquettes: Thursday 17th April, 10-1pm at The Art Studio, New Century Way and Friday 25th April, 11am- 3pm at the Art Alert Gallery at 23E Abbey Street. All are welcome to come along and help create an arts trail inspired by George Eliot and Reginald Stanley.
Trail maps with entry forms will be available throughout the town from Saturday May 24th and run until Sat June 21st. Follow the press for updates.
ART ALERT MEMBER HOLDS 3rd EXHIBITION AT NUNEATON MUSEUM : 29 March to 27 April 2014
Art Alert member, Hilary Morris is thrilled to be holding her third exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.
The exhibition, “All Things Coastal” is a collection of paintings in pen and watercolour, recalling memories of her holidays on the British coast. Subjects include harbours, fishing boats, yachts and beach huts, in many different venues from Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk to Yorkshire, and are all for sale. Hilary has been a member of local art group, Art Alert for five years and meeting so many other artists has been a great inspiration. The group meet every first Friday of the month, and currently have work displayed at local venues including Outpatients at George Eliot Hospital, the Community Café and The Fishbowl Gallery, Bedworth. You can also see some of Hilary’s work at the Art Alert Pop-Up Gallery in Abbey Street, where members of the group display and sell their art and crafts. Commission from all sales goes to the “Escape” charity. The group also hold painting, drawing, pottery and sewing classes, along with a Lego Club at the “Escape” workshop in New Century Way.
Co-Op Hall Project
Have a look at slides about the project here.
Plus, the Co-Op Hall WordPress website coophall.wordpress.com has been created to document the project . This enables continued contribution of memories to the project, extra footage and extended footage of interviewees and their memories, on line digital oral recordings, and archiving of the photographs and memorabilia collated throughout the research
Stanley's Bricks Abbey Ward Project
This local history project encourages residents of all ages together with local artists to explore the history and legacy of Stanley's Brickworks using it as starting point to create differing works of art
Nuneaton News : Read the full article by Lisa Buckley from the Jan 3rd 2014 edition of Nuneaton News
Nuneaton and Bedworth Post : Read the full article by Mort Birch from the January 2014 edition of Nuneaton & Bedworth Post
Art Alert Pop Up Gallery : From January 2014 our gallery is now open every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Opening hours are from 10.00am until 4.00pm
Our gallery at 23e Abbey Street in Nuneaton and has been made possible by a bid for funding submitted by Escape Community Arts to Warwickshire County Council's Operation Footfall, who have invited Art Alert to host this venue, with a small commission from sales going towards sustaining the project.
The pop-up gallery is being manned by Art Alert volunteers to showcase/sell members work and events. We will timetable a series of window exhibitions, and the gallery will host artist demonstrations and workshops. See our Gallery of Work for examples of what's on display.
Anyone interested in using the space and/or volunteering, please contact email@example.com
George Eliot Hospital
Members of Art Alert have the opportunity to exhibit 2D and 3D work in the Outpatients department of George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton (There is a rota for the exhibits)