The joy of colour

Painter Cherrie Mansfield and fine art photographer Richard Nicholls reveal how they created five designs for Worcester’s new outdoor gallery project – via Worcestershire Open Studios.

New creative grant awarded to Worcestershire artists

Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council have selected twenty Worcestershire artists to receive a new grant to create a piece of work inviting participation and connectivity. The artists will all be working to the deadline of the end of May to present their final pieces of work digitally.

No Particular Order, 2020. Matías Serra Delmar. Mixed media on 11mm OSB board, timber supports, sand bags. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy: Amber Sparrey.

New Art West Midlands x Coventry Biennial alumnus Matías Serra Delmar is currently exhibiting his work No Particular Order in the windows of University of Worcester’s Art House building. It is a University of Worcester exhibition, presented by New Art West Midlands in association with curator Sylvia Theuri, currently New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curator in Residence.

The Art House is University of Worcester’s flexible creative hub in the city centre. Hosting fine art and illustration courses, it provides an open studio, workshop and exhibition space. Located on Castle Street, it was originally built in 1939 as a car showroom for Lord Austin of Austin Motors. It underwent major redevelopment in 2018 to become an additional campus for the University of Worcester. The large showroom windows at the front of the building host exhibitions of work, engaging a wider public and providing a cultural offer to the city.

No Particular Order, 2020. (detail) Matías Serra Delmar. Image courtesy: Amber Sparrey.

First shown in 2019, No Particular Order makes use of the raw materials found encircling construction sites in fast-growing cities across the world. As a Spanish artist raised in Argentina and now based in the UK, Matías is interested in the universal aesthetic of the hoarding and its common purpose to obstruct the view of a landscape in transition.

This artwork includes a nod to Buenos Aires, the artist’s home for some years, where a consequence of the socio-economic crisis meant that unfinished buildings would often remain hidden for decades, behind hoardings that prevailed as the dominant image of the cityscape. Frequently intended as a surface upon which to project the promising future that lies beyond, for Matías the hoarding tends to become the site for a more honest representation of the place in which it stands; a site that is made local, relevant and responsive by those who inhabit the city.

This exhibition is the third in the current series, following a collaborative drawing commission led by artist curator Cedar Lewisohn and Nathaniel Pitt, and most recently an installation by artist Chris Olton. The show forms part of a programme of exhibitions building profile and support for the space. We feltMatías’ work would sit well in the space, relevant to the ever-developing cityscape and the public realm as a key site of cultural experience.

No Particular Order can be seen in the windows of The Art House building until 26 April 2020.

New Art West Midlands x Coventry Biennial alumnus Matías Serra Delmar is currently exhibiting his work No Particular Order in the windows of University of Worcester’s Art House building. It is a University of Worcester exhibition, presented by New Art West Midlands in association with curator Sylvia Theuri, currently New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curator in Residence.

Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou. Photo by Andre Pattenden

On Thursday 16 January 2020 from 5.30-10pm the Arches Festivals presents Light Night Worcester, the first of four brand new festivals for the city.

Light Night is inspired by the connections we have with each other and the world around us, and features a programme of light installations created by local and international artists, music by Worldbeaters LED drummers, a large colourful umbrella spectacle by worldwide performance producers, Cirque Bijou (who are joined by 50 performers form the local community) and giant illuminated seesaws that make sounds as you bounce. These are shown alongside installations from first year students at the University of Worcester and a specially commissioned graduate light-based piece of work.

The festival is part of The Arches Worcester project delivered by Worcester Cultural Partnership, made up of Worcester City Council, The University of Worcester, Severn Arts, The Arch Company and Worcestershire County Council.

Wave-Field by CS Design and Lateral Office with a soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama. Photo by Art Emaar.

 

Laura Worsfold from Severn Arts who are leading the festivals strand said:

“We are all very excited about bringing new arts experiences to the people of Worcester and in particular, the number of opportunities for young people and new creative businesses that this programme will offer. Festivals have a huge impact on cities, as we have seen through City of Culture projects in Liverpool, Hull and now Coventry. We aim to celebrate the uniqueness of Worcester through presenting outdoor spectacle, debate, challenge and innovation and to raise the profile of artists, creative professionals and new emerging talent in our city.”

Light Night Worcester is free to attend. The full programme for the evening can be found here.

On Thursday 16 January 2020 from 5.30-10pm the Arches Festivals presents Light Night Worcester, the first of four brand new festivals for the city.

Cirque Bijou, who will be performing at Worcester Light Night.

Cirque Bijou, who will be performing at Worcester Light Night.

Worcester is to welcome four new festivals in 2020, showcasing national and international creative talent whilst supporting local emerging work.

Worcester Light Night, a free festival taking place across the city centre on the evening of Thursday 16 January 2020 will see the area animated via light installations and live performances.

Atmosphere, will take place on Saturday 25 April. With a strong focus on the environment and the world we live in, there will be discussions, talks and live performances either inspired by the environment or with a clear message about the environmental and natural world.

Disrupting the Norm taking place from 6 – 11 July will feature a mix of pop up events and accidental art – making the everyday less ordinary in a fun and playful way for the duration of the festival.

The fourth of the new festivals is Worcester’s International Story Festival which will take place in October – A 10 day city wide festival dedicated to stories; old stories, new stories, our stories, other people’s stories.

All four festivals are funded through The Arches – Worcester project by the Department of Culture Media and Sport Cultural Development Fund.

 

Worcester is to welcome four new festivals in 2020, showcasing national and international creative talent whilst supporting local emerging work.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/five-areas-to-share-20-million-to-unleash-creativity-across-the-nation

Five locations across England to receive a share of £20 million to invest in local culture, heritage and creative industries and help drive economic growth, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced today.