Junction Arts are delighted to annouce that First Art an exciting three year project funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places fund aiming to connect people with great art and cultural experiences in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire has begun.
A consortium of cultural and community organisations will be working in partnership to deliver this ambitious programme to engage new people with the arts. To read more click here: http://www.junctionarts.org/first-art/
We are also looking for an experienced designer to produce branding and a logo for the project click on the link to find out more First Art Branding Brief
Junction Arts are delighted to have secured National Portfolio funding for the period 2015-2018. This will enable the organisation to continue to deliver a wide range of community arts programmes and also extend its exhibition programme.
Paul Steele, Managing Director at Junction Arts said:
“We are really pleased to have been awarded National Portfolio funding for a further 3 years and thank the Arts Council, England for their continued support. We are very excited about our future programme, which promises a range of stimulating new arts activities and events delivered with communities in Bolsover, North Derbyshire and the wider East Midlands region.”
Details about the new programme will be available on the Junction Arts website later in the year.
Water, Petals, Clay
The launch of Water, Petals, Clay was a resounding success! The exhibition of photographs that celebrates the thriving tradition of Well Dressing in the communities of North East Derbyshire was kick started on the 11th June, when members of the Well Dressing community cames to admire their hard work.
The exhibition, which will run between the 9th June and the 15th September 2014 at the Creswell Crags Visitor Centre, shows the continuation of an ancient art used to decorate wells, springs or other water sources using natural materials. To begin, a design, often honouring the local history and landscape, is ‘pricked out’ onto a clay base before being filled with areas of colour and texture created by natural materials such as petals, seeds, and leaves. The temporary panels are a celebration of the communities of the Magnesian Limestone area of North East Derbyshire, who were involved in the project ran in conjunction with Bolsover District Council. To get involved with this ancient tradition, there are free family workshops led by artist Judith Brunt on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August, between 10.30am and 3.30pm at Creswell Crags Museum and Visitor Centre. The exhibition and workshops are fantastic opportunities to participate in this piece of Derbyshire’s heritage.
Click here to download our leaflet: Well Dressing Events 2014
To get involved click on the timetable of events in the area WELL DRESSING-Timetable
Well Dressing Links:
Fantastic Time delay video of Well Dressing – Whitwell 2012
NE Derbyshire and Further Away – Well Dressings
We’re happy to report that we have completed Year 3 of the Limestone Journeys
programme. Visit our web pages here to see what fabulous work we’ve been doing.
Open Call For Artists: ‘Drawing The Way’ Sculpture Trail on the Archaeological Way, Derbyshire (Limestone Journeys) Junction Arts
Closes: Monday 16 June, 12 noon
Initial proposals are invited for the creation of two or more art pieces to be located on the route of the developing Archaeological Way in Derbyshire, a multi-user trail connecting Pleasley Pit Country Park with Creswell Crags. The artworks will be located on the former Langwith Branch Line (on a multi-user bridge over the A632) and at Poulter Country Park, and should interact with the ambitions and significance of the project. Artworks should be designed to take into serious consideration resilience to vandalism and theft and present a minimum maintenance liability. Artists should carefully consider suitable materials, which could include mild steel plate, metal, concrete and stone.
Deadline for proposal submissions: Monday 16 June 12 noon
- Artists shortlisted for interview will be notified by 6pm, Friday 20 June
- Preferred dates for interview are Thursday 26th & Friday 27th June
- The successful artist will be informed of our decision by 5pm on Monday 30th June 2014.
- Interviews will take place at Junction Arts in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
The artist fee will be in the region of £21,000 including all costs related to the project such as materials, fabrication, installation, expenses and travel.Artists must have Public Liability Insurance at a minimum value of £5M for the period of work outlined above. They will also have an enhanced DBS certificate (CRB) dated within the last two years or be willing to apply for one with support from Junction Arts. For more information on the project brief, please Click here to be directed to the opportunities page.
Bring your friends and family on Saturday 3rd May to Shirebrook Christian Centre’s Open Day.
Drop in anytime from 10.00am-2.00pm to make a mosaic at a free mosaic workshop.
An artist will guide you through to produce a lovely piece of work to take home.
We’d also like to talk to you about ideas for a large mosaic we’re planning for the Coffee Brook Cafe garden in the summer.
Come along anytime between 10.00am -2.00pm
Christisan Centre, 18-26 Main Street ,Shirebrook,
Archeological Way Branding and Logo Design Project
Limestone Journeys Landscape Partnership Project
Expressions of interest are invited for an experienced designer to lead and deliver an interpretation and branding development project for the new multi-user trail ‘The Archaeological Way’ which is located in the Limestone Journeys Landscape Partnership Scheme Area of NE Derbyshire.
The successful applicant will work with Years 9 & 10 pupils from Shirebrook Academy to develop ideas for the branding and logo, which will be used on the trail ID, way markers, QR codes and leaflets. The designer will reference these ideas to develop the final design, which should connect with the existing Limestone Journeys logo, and a more detailed brief will be developed with the designer in advance of the school sessions. The designer will be expected to work closely with scheme partners Bolsover Countryside Partnership and Junction Arts during the project.
For futher information click here to be directed to our Opportunities Page
Junction Arts are busily preparing to join other members of the EMPAF partnership at this year’s International Community Arts Festival(ICAF) in Rotterdam which takes place in March. This week prior to the festival Paul Steele is touring The Netherlands with the Caravan of Dreams (the customised Junction Arts van) visiting a number of Dutch arts projects. With two EMPAF colleagues Paul will talk to and film the people who are involved in and participate in these projects. The edited film will be shared with delegates at 2 workshops during the Festival to provoke debate about what we consider is ‘best practice in socially engaged art.’
This is an exciting opportunity for Junction Arts. We will use it to showcase our projects to a wider audience and to develop relationships with international artists and arts organisations.
Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January 2014
Junction Arts are supporting Chesterfield’s contribution to this important commemoration at the Donut Creative Arts Studio. Voices of the Holocaust, an organisation dedicated to promoting holocaust education will be performing Fragile Fire, the true story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Junction Arts have coordinated a series of writing workshops for young people. Members of the Chesterfield Write Here group have worked with writer and poet River Wolton to create new work inspired by this year’s HMD theme Journeys and LGBT young people from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby attended workshops led by writer Sarah Thomasin.
CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR POEMS
They explored stories about the persecution of LGBT people in the holocaust and in today’s world. Jake, Morgen and Lee will share their poems on the subject of the gay holocaust survivor Gad Beck.
The workshops have been funded by Polonia Chesterfield.
This years 20th Lantern parade was the “best ever”
and the weather was fantastic, to see more pictures visit our lantern parade page:
Junction Arts is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It is a participatory arts organisation which has built a reputation, during the last 30 years, for outstanding, transformational work in the arts through partnerships and collaborations within the rural areas of the East Midlands. Junction Arts is part of the National Portfolio of Arts Council Organisations and raises additional funds for individual projects and programmes.
Each year Junction Arts carry out community projects involving local communities to build confidence and social cohesion whilst producing a high level of art. Our programme is diverse and develops arts projects for all ages and abilities. The work is delivered by a small staff team, freelance artists and supported by a team of volunteers.
The trustees and staff of Junction Arts are always looking to improve how the organisation operates at all levels and we are seeking to expand our board to help us through an innovative and challenging stage in our development.
How to Apply
We are welcoming expressions of interest from committed professionals and would particularly be interested in appointing a new Treasurer.
Please send an overview outlining your reasons for wanting to join the Board and what skills / experience you can offer along with a current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please visit our website www.junctionarts.org or contact Paul Steele, Managing Director of Junction Arts on 01246 209219 if you would like an informal discussion.
Free Family Celebration Weekend at Tapton Lock
Tapton Lock Celebration Weekend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September, 11.00am-4.00pm at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, Chesterfield S41 7JB.
Come along to the banks of Chesterfield Canal for a vibrant weekend of arts and leisure activities including live folk music, street theatre performances, floating film screenings, have-a-go canoe rides, art workshops, craft stalls and Dr Bike service. During the weekend there will also be celebrated guest appearances by Canal Poet Laureate, Jo Bell, folk singer Judy Dunlop and Chesterfield Folk Club.
We would like to invite artists the opportunity to exhibit or sell work at this event for a small charge of £20 for the weekend. You will be required to bring along your table, chairs and wet weather cover and places are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more information or to book a place, please email Helena Stenton at Helena.Stenton@derbyshire.gov.uk
Artist Call-outs for two new Limestone Journeys Commissions
Junction Arts is inviting submissions of interest for two separate new projects due to start in October 2013, ‘Wear and Tear’ and ‘Farmlands and Crops’.
For further information about the Limestone journeys project, please visit: http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/limestone-journeys.aspx
Please submit a statement of interest, draft budget and CV to: Aly Stoneman, Arts Project Co-ordinator email@example.com by Friday 30th 2013 at 5.00pm. Please note all artists must have a current enhanced CRB dated within 2 years, Public Liability Insurance, a Driving License and use of a vehicle (as public transport is limited). Interviews will be held in September 2013.
For further information click here to go to our opportunities page.
Pupils, councillors, and project partners came to celebrate the unveiling of the Pleasley underpass mural, pupils from Anthony Bek school had been working with Peter Barber from Urban Canvas to transform an underpass into an amazing piece of art celebrating the local history from prehistoric cave art through the industrial age to the beauty of local flora and fauna. This Heritage Lottery funded project is part of Limestone Journeys programme of work and specific project partners including the Bolsover Countryside Partnership and Derbyshire County Council.
Call for Artists for Bright Winter Nights 2013
Junction Arts are inviting expressions of interest from experienced artists to contribute to the Bolsover Lantern Parade to be held in Bolsover on Saturday 30th November 2013. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Parade, which commences with ‘lighting up’ in the grounds of Bolsover Castle from 4.30pm and proceeds around the town (5pm), finishing at Market Place (approx. 5.30pm) with carols around the tree. We are looking for exciting and innovative light-based artworks to add to the magical atmosphere of this special anniversary of the lantern parade.
Visit our opportunities page for further information.
Whitwell Community Choir: Choir Leader Wanted
An experienced community choir leader is needed to lead Whitwell Community Folk Choir in Derbyshire. The choir formed in Autumn 2012 to write and perform an original new folk song to celebrate the Limestone Journeys project and the local landscape. Since then the choir, which has around 15 regular members, has continued to meet on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm and to perform folk and traditional songs and carols at local events.
The group are now looking for a choir leader who can work with them on a regular basis to help them progress as a sustainable choir, developing their singing skills, writing a new song and helping at least one member to develop as a choir leader. (You can see a film here of the choir performing at The Festival of The Outdoors in 2012 ).
Approx 10 x 2 hour sessions or equivalent (ie weekend half days, or a mixture of both)
1 x creation and recording of a new song celebrating the local area
1 x day support at a public event/performance
The project is initially funded by Limestone Journeys with the aim that the choir will continue working with the choir leader with funding obtained through subscriptions and grants, with the possibility that a choir member could eventually lead the choir, or share that role.
Artist Fee to be agreed, please specify your daily rate in your expression of interest.
Please submit a statement of interest, draft budget and CV to: Aly Stoneman, Arts Project Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 10th June 2013 at 5.00pm. Please note all artists should have a current enhanced CRB, Driving License and use of a vehicle, and Public Liability Insurance. Interviews will be held in June 2013.
Junction Arts are very pleased to announce they as part of a consortium have been successful in their bid for the Arts Council Creative People and Places Fund for “The First Art” project.
The project “First Art” is based around that 14,000 years ago the only Ice Age rock art in Britain was inscribed onto the surfaces of the caves at Creswell Crags.
These ancient links between people, art and landscape will be ignited once again in this exciting project which brings together artists and communities across Bolsover, Mansfield, Ashfield and North East Derbyshire in a creative exploration of the distinctive landscape and stories which have shaped the areas, industrial, social and cultural life.
Grant recipient: Creswell Heritage Trust
Other consortium members: The Prince’s Trust, Junction Arts, City Arts (Nottingham), and community representatives from the Bolsover Partnership and NAVO
The grant offer (over three years): £1,500,00
Junction Arts would like to say congratulations to Hilary from the High Peak area who won the free prize draw by filling in our arts survey. Hilary will shortly recieve a box of cupcakes delivered to her door. We’d also like to thank everyone who took part, there was a great response and many of you offered to be part of our focus group or volunteer at our events which was very encouraging.
Once we’ve analysed the results we’ll make a summary available on the website.
Junction Arts are a participatory arts organisation and we would really appreciate your input in planning our programme.
Here at Junction Arts we are proud that our projects are community led and would like you to fill in our short survey so we can take into consideration your thoughts and ideas.
In return we would like to offer you a chance to win a a box of cup cakes delivered to your home or office over the Easter period in our prize draw.
Deadline for Entries 31st March 2013
To enter the survey please click below:
Junction Arts Survey
Junction Arts Team
Participation in the Memory Lane project has now been confirmed by Age UK Derbyshire. Junction Arts are thrilled to be working with Age UK, whose services include offering older people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities, especially arts activities. Beginning with Hartington on the 1st February, workshops will also be delivered in Hope, Hulland Ward, Bakewell and Chesterfield. Overall there will be 15 weekly sessions for approximately 60 participants that will be supported by up to 10 volunteers.
Memory Lane is a reminiscence and heritage project in which participants will work with an artist to create an imaginary streetscape of memories. During a series of informal workshops, through conversation and by looking at contemporary and archive photographs a building will be identified and participants will be supported to create an image of that building. The images will be illustrated with a short written personal history before being exhibited for friends, family and the wider public to view.
Memory Lane falls within our Health and Wellbeing programme and is funded by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Age UK. Participants from Hartington Age UK looking at archive and contemporary photographs.
ARTIST OPPORTUNITY FOR JUNCTION ARTS: OLD SCHOOL
Junction Arts have an opportunity for a freelance artist/ practitioner to run an arts and heritage project (8 sessions) beginning in late February 2013, these will be delivered as part of the Junction Arts Old School programme.
For further information click here opportunities
On November 7th Rutland County Museum hosted a very special Celebration Event for everyone who had participated in the project. This was the first time all the partners and participants had come together to see the wonderful work that had been produced and was an opportunity to see the exhibition for the first time.
We were very pleased that Gail Pringle from the Heritage Lottery Fund could attend and she presented each participant with a copy of the Combine book. The exhibition has now moved to its second venue, the Corby Heritage Centre, a beautiful thatched cottage in Northamptonshire and will be there until February 2013.
Click here to go to the project page.
Junction Arts are proud to annouce the film premier of “Underground Music” a film about Creswell Colliery Band past, present and future by Ian Nesbitt amd Creswell Colliery Band. The event takes place at Creswell Old Miners’ Welfare, 321 Model Village, Creswell, S80 4BP Weds 28th November 7-9.00pm
Junction Arts staff spent a fantastic day in Littleover Community School in Derbyshire supporting the schools MADDfest, an action packed day for Year 8 pupils to be creative and experience a variety of art, drama and music workshops. Delivering four hour long sessions we worked with 120 pupils who decorated paper bags with images inspired by memories of food, especially things associated with special celebrations and events.
In advance of the workshop, the young participants had thought about what makes a good design and then using collage techniques and brightly coloured tissue papers, created strong final images they proudly shared with the rest of their year during an afternoon showcase.
This year we had an amazing turn out for our annual lantern parade over 1500 people participated. Here are afew snaps our team took , more photos and film to follow.
Community Lanterns Led the parade alongside Junction Arts huge star Lantern which was over 6 foot across. Lanterns in the parade were made by pupils from Brockley School, Palterton School, Bolsover Infants and Nursery School and Stubbin Wood School. Chesterfield College brought three giant lanterns to the parade including a 20 foot cracker! Music was provided by Buxton Samba Band (Battuta), and the parade was led by Olympic Torch Bearer Shaun Brailsford. A Fire Juggler entertained the lantern makers at the Castle from 4.15pm while they took their places in the parade. The parade began at 5.00pm with the annual Fire Sculpture with London 2012 created by Bolsover Alternative Committee and progressed from the Castle around the streets of Bolsover to the Market Place where there were carols around the Christmas Tree, accompanied by Whitwell Brass Band. The weather was ideal, cold but clear and no rain or snow in sight. Everyone had a fantastic time and there was great support by thoses watching at the roadside. Thank-you to all who attended.