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The Gordon Russell Museum in Broadway – dedicated to one of Britain’s most influential furniture designers

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The Museum, located in the original Grade II listed workshop, celebrates the work of the renowned 20th century furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell MC and that of his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire.
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Vision for Cirencester gets the green light

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A major partnership project to transform Cirencester in the 21st Century was given the seal of approval by Cotswold District Council today.

A Vision for Cirencester aims to make the town of one the UK’s most attractive and economically viable market towns, befitting its role as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds.’

CDC is working closely with Cirencester Town Council, Gloucestershire County Council, local organisations, businesses and the community to shape the Vision.

At a full Council meeting today (January 29), Cotswold District councillors endorsed the Vision document, which sets out five themes to be tackled: Character, Connectivity, Commerce, Choice and Culture.

Portfolio holder for Development Services Cllr John Birch said after the meeting: “This is an exciting time for Cirencester as all the projects and strategies under the Vision umbrella are being drawn together to help us plan for the future. It’s important to stress that Cotswold District Council is just one of a number of partners involved in helping to shape and deliver this Vision.” Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Exhibition at Where I fell In Love Gallery

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Sunday 25th November – Sunday 27th January 2008 Shipston-on-Stour Warwickshire

A Christmas Exhibition at the well known and well loved Where I Fell In Love Gallery at Shipston -on-Stour.

Painting by Lynette Pierce, Judy Symons and Sarah Mayne.
Ceramics by Sonia Lewis, Lucinda Brown, Ian Rylatt and Anthony Eccles.
Sculpture by Janine Hadley, Julia Gatrill and Joao.
Glass by Jonas Bragi Jonasson.
Wood by Roy Dutton and Mark Hancock.
Jewellery by Andrea Thorpe and Wendy Jones.

A wonderful array of artists and exhibits. Something for everyone and a super place to view and have a cup of coffee in a very relaxed atmosphere. Search out that special Christmas special.

Where I Fell In Love Gallery
The Shambles
Market Place
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 4AG
Telephone 01608 663809
www.whereifellinlovegallery.com
The Gallery is open Sunday to Thursday 10.00 – 17.30 and until 21.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Make Bronze Age jewellery at Museum session

Events, Features by Adam 2 Comments »

Silver Wrist Workshop (c) Corinium Museum 2007Master the art of Bronze Age metal working at an adult day session being held in Cirencester later this month.

Keen metal workers are invited to the Corinium Museum in Park Street on Saturday November 17th, where they can make a beautiful wrist torque from pure silver, using the same technology used in Bronze Age England.

Metal smiths in the Bronze Age (1000BC) developed a surprisingly high level of skill in bronze and gold working, using twisting and forging methods to make wrist and neck torques. At this workshop, participants will use these same methods to make their own wrought silver wrist torque, complete with twisted body and tapered ends.

Working with pure silver rod and artist Neil Burridge, they will explore forging with stone tools, experiment with different twisting techniques and experience common problems found with work-hardening or heat-treating certain metals.

Pure silver is rarely seen today, being much softer to work. As it does not tarnish and always returns to the soft, white colour of the moon, one can understand why some ancient peoples valued it as highly as gold.

The day school will run from 10am-4pm and tickets cost £45 per person, including materials and tea or coffee. Lunch is not included, and booking is essential.

For more details, to book a place, or to find out about other events, please call Helen Arbon on 01285 655611 or email museums@cotswold.gov.uk

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Master mosaic making at Moreton session

Master mosaic making at Moreton session

Events, Features, Places by Adam 1 Comment »

Mosaic Mirror (c) Debbie Stirling 2007Put your creative skills to the test in Moreton on the Marsh this month when the Moreton Area Centre hosts a mirror-making art event.

The single day session – which takes place on Tuesday November 13th – will allow keen pupils to make their own mosaic mirror using pieces of broken china, porcelain and other materials. To add a personal touch, artists can bring along any special bits and bobs they wish to include in their designs, while local artist Debbie Stirling will be on hand to offer help and advice.

The pupils will also learn how to cut and fix china to create their own personal piece of art work which they can take home with them. The finished mirror could then hang in a favourite room of the house, or perhaps be given as a Christmas present.

The session runs from 10am to 4pm and tickets cost £35 per person, which includes materials and tea or coffee, although lunch is not included. Booking is essential and anyone interested should contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881.

For more information on this and other events taking place, please contact Helen Arbon at the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611.

Moreton Area Centre – High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AZ

Master mosaic making at Corinium Museum session

Events, Features by Adam 2 Comments »

The Hare Mosaic at the Corinium Museum, CirencesterDesign and make a beautiful mosaic at this exciting day school for adults, taking place at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, on Tuesday 30th October.

Using the stunning Roman mosaics at the Museum as their inspiration, participants will make their own unique mosaic with the help of tutor, local artist Debbie Stirling.

Where I Fell In Love Gallery – The French Connection Exhibition

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French ConnectionSunday 19th August – Sunday 7th October

The Where I Fell in Love Gallery is holding its next exhibition titled “The French Connection” featuring paintings by Denis Blondel & Martial Molitor, ceramics by

Armel Hede, Mathieu Casseau, Marie-Pierre Meheust, Marc Uzan, Florence Bruyas, Eduordo Constantino, Sophie Pavot, Christian Toublanc, Christina Guwang, Herve Rousseau, Isabelle Pammachius, Francoise Dufayard.

Wood by Marc Ricourt and Glass by Olivier Mallemouche

The last Cup and Saucer exhibition ran from the 14th to the 31st July and proved incredibly popular with 265 entry from over 20 countries. All unsold pieces from this exhibition are being released to charity. All profits will go to Leukaemia Research.

The Where I Fell In Love Gallery is located in The Shambles, Market Place, Shipston-on-Stour.

http://www.whereifellinlovegallery.com

Time for Tea (lots of it) – 262 Cups and Saucers

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262 Cups and Saucers, Photo (c) Where I fell in Love GalleryUntil 31st July – The Cup and Saucer Exhibition – Where I fell in Love Gallery Shipston on Stour

Bruno Dauvin has invited potters and ceramists from around the world to send him one cup and saucer to create the biggest ever exhibition in the world. The cup and saucer must be hand-made from clay – not mass produced- and the piece does not have to functional.

So far he has on display and for sale 262 cups and saucers of all shapes, colours and sizes and from around the world.

Visitors to the exhibition can register (as well as buy) their favourite cup and saucer and the one with the highest vote will be awarded the “Where I fell in Love Gallery Best Cup and Saucer 2007 Award” and a cheque for £500.

The range of designs, styles and colours is amazing. Go and see for yourself.

www.whereifellinlovegallery.com

Where I Fell In Love Gallery
The Shambles
Market Place
Shipston on Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 4AG

Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 17.00

The premises on the Shambles was being run by Bruno as La Blainvillaise French restaurant when Fiona Hufton walked into Bruno’s life. She was working in an art gallery nearby and walked into the restaurant. He tried to impress her with his French culinary ary and his joie de vivre. It was here that they fell in love. They decided to close the restaurant and to create somewhere where their love of art, relaxed social atmosphere and passion for creativity would flourish.

The gallery opened it’s doors on Sunday 24th October 2004.

The 19th Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park

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Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July will see the 19th Cotswold Show take place at Cirencester Park.

This year’s show will feature displays from groups such as the Royal Corps of Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team and the Cheshire Dog Display Team. Other entertainment will include falconry, horse whispering and celebrity otters.

The food village will include produce from all over the UK with stalls, cookery demonstrations and a farmer’s market.

The event will also include a Rural Craft Village with hands on demonstrations of dry-stone walling, bee-keeping, hurdle making, broom making, rope making and saddle making. Children will be able to make their own beeswax candles or corn dolly to take home.

Cirencester Park is approximately one mile outside Cirencester town centre, past Cirencester College & Deer Park School, before the Agricultural College on the A419 Stroud Road.

Tickets at the gate cost £7 for adults and £2 for Children 3-14.

Update 13th July

Tim Relf’s rural life blog has an interesting article about an event at the Cotswold Show where visitors turned valuers to guess guessing the value of a country cottage, some farm machinery and an antique item.

Chipping Campden meeting the demand for bespoke crafted items

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

The Gallery at The Guild, Chipping Campden

Campden, is well known as the home of C. R. Ashbee’s world renowned Guild of Handicraft which occupied the Guild workshops from 1902 to 1908. Indeed, the Guild is still represented at the property through Hart’s goldsmiths and silversmiths. Attracted by the history of the building and Campden’s excellent reputation throughout the arts and crafts movement, a new cooperative of more than a dozen artists and artisans moved into the Guild workshops in 2005, bringing a variety of contemporary and traditional craftspeople together.

There are parallels between the new cooperative and Ashbee’s original guild. Some of the cooperative’s members have given up urban life and fast moving careers to focus on quality of life by moving to the countryside with their families and devoting their time to work which they truly enjoy. As in Ashbee’s day, all of the cooperative’s members face competition from mass produced items but in an age where consumers are faced with more choice than ever before, there seems to be a distinct trend towards bespoke, hand crafted items. Whether it be one original piece of art for that large space over the fireplace, a single cabinet or a hand made kitchen to last a lifetime, consumers are becoming more discerning, perhaps recognising that there is always a price-quality trade off.

The Gallery @ the Guild is a cooperative of twenty two artists, calligraphers, ceramicists, designers, furniture makers, photographers, sculptors and textile artists. The cooperative aims to promote its members’ work and to provide the public with an opportunity to meet its members, each of whom takes a turn at stewarding the cooperative’s various exhibitions. Each exhibition includes a variety of disciplines so that there is something for everyone. The gallery also sells small gifts, hand made cards and limited edition prints to suit every budget.

Also in the same building are Hart’s goldsmiths and silversmiths, Caroline Richardson jewellery and Goody Lou’s shoes, bespoke shoe dying and embellishment workshop.

Tuesday, 29th may to Sunday 24th June
“Finesse”
Liz Allchin, Kate Barry, Emma Clegg, Mary Day, Jeremy Green

Thursday, 28th June to Sunday, 29th July
“Creme de la Creme”

The Gallery @ the Guild, the Guild craft workshops, Sheep Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6DS. www.thegalleryattheguild.co.uk

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10am till 5pm. Closed on Mondays except bank holidays.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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