Junction Arts on tour in the Netherlands with EMPAF

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.
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National Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

National Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

National Holocaust Memorial Day event: We were delighted to be involved in this years National Holocaust Memorial Day event in Chesterfield on 27th January. Delivered by a wide local partnership the event was a great success and began with a series of poetry readings by young writers who attend Chesterfield Write Here group and LGBT youth groups. The young people worked with writers River Wolton and Sarah Thomasin and wrote new work inspired by this year’s HMD theme Journeys. Joe, Kerri, Susan, Matt and Lee (pictured above)  read their own work and other work from their group to great acclaim. We would especially like to thank Polonia Chesterfield for contributing funding towards the costs of the writing workshops. Voices of the Holocaust, a holocaust education theatre company who have worked internationally, performed a very moving piece entitled Fragile Fire about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which was followed by Drut’syla Shonaleigh, an amazing storyteller, who kept the audience enthralled with her traditional Jewish tales. Members of the VOH cast also found time away from rehearsals to meet some of the young writers who are doing their Silver Arts Award. This was really useful and will help them to complete Unit 1 ‘learning about artists and arts organisation’. To view the poems written by the young poets click on the images below:

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Limestone Journeys Year 3

Limestone Journeys Year 3

Limestone Journeys Junction Arts is one of the nine partners in The Derbyshire Magnesian Limestone Landscape ‘Limestone Journeys’ project, an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) scheme, led by Creswell Heritage Trust. This Landscape Partnership grant brings £2.9 million into the scheme area. Junction Arts has been a major contributor in this bid. Limestone Journeys Year 3 Junction Arts Project Co-ordinator: Aly Stoneman Junction Arts has run 10 projects during 2013 as part of The Derbyshire Magnesian Limestone Landscape ‘Limestone Journeys’ project. Our creative projects are designed to bring new skills and individuality to our participants, taking place in schools, colleges, local communities, and with the general public. There were also commissioned artworks designed for site-specific installation and performance.

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Bolsover Lantern Parade 2013

Bolsover Lantern Parade 2013

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Rural Routes 2013

Rural Routes 2013

Rural Routes We are currently delivering a new poetry project in Crich Junior School, Wirksworth Junior School and Calow CofE Primary School, led by Derbyshire Poet Laureate Matt Black. Two days of workshops were held at each school and involved journal making and experimenting with poetic forms to create a poetry map depicting pupils’ journeys to school and the different forms of transport used. Participants have also made site visits around the main routes to school to gather information and written odes to various forms of sustainable travel, which they performed as part of a fun ‘poetry slam competition’ at the end of the second day. The project focuses on the experiences of Key Stage 2 children living in rural areas and is being supported by grants from Travel Smart and Derbyshire Community Foundation and by contributions from participating schools. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="ID"] We will be delivering further workshops in the Autumn.

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OLD SCHOOL – NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

OLD SCHOOL – NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Old School was a new arts and heritage project to uncover and collect memories of Fountaindale School in Mansfield. The project was supported by Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Service and was delivered by Junction Arts. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="4" orderby="ID"] Fountaindale School has a fascinating history, from it’s beginnings in 1957 when it was known as ‘Thieves Wood School for Very Severely Handicapped Children’ to it’s present incarnation as a ‘Specialist SEN School’ for children with physical and sensory needs. A new school is being built on land adjacent to the current buildings and we wanted to capture some of the stories that have shaped it’s development. Junction Arts worked with artist Nathan Portlock and staff and students from Fountaindale school to create an exhibition of photographs and written excerpts of interviews recorded by students. Once the interviews were recorded along with ambient sounds of the school an audio sound track was produced. The exhibition has completed it's tour which was very well received. You can listen to it here Old School Audio Soundtrack We have the full interviews for you to read , please click on the names below and you will be directed to the full transcript. Paula Ballard Mark Dengel Glen Mcpherson Steve Phillips Pat Tomlinson Jennifer Lysaght Julie Coupe-Stephens Angela Hatter Rosie Harrison Neil Goddard Phil Gamble Sooty

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Memory Lane

Memory Lane

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 took place and also were delivered in Hope, Hulland Ward, Bakewell and Chesterfield. Overall there were 15 weekly sessions for approximately 60 participants that were supported by approximately 10 volunteers. [caption id="attachment_4088" align="alignleft" width="147" caption="Hartington Group in action"][/caption] Memory Lane is a reminiscence and heritage project in which participants worked 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 of personal significance was identified and participants were supported to create an image of that building. The images were 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. To view the artwork click on the images below: [caption id="attachment_4683" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Hulland Ward Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4684" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Hope Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4686" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on the image to see Chesterfield Artwork"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4667" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Click on image to see  Bakewell & Hartington Artwork"]Link to Bakewell and Hartington Artwork[/caption]

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Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands

Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands

The exhibition phase of Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands is now well underway. Over the last six months we have successfully delivered over 85 workshops, working with over 250 people across the 6 counties of the East Midlands. We have met some amazing people along the way, heard many wonderful stories, produced and discovered some striking images and uncovered valuable material in the archives and museum collections, but more importantly, the young people have witnessed first-hand living farming heritage. All the research has been reflected upon and interpreted to create a strong visually stimulating exhibition that has now begun its regional tour. Currently in the Corby Heritage Centre it will visit venues large and small until July 2014, including schools, county museums and Record Offices and local community venues. Included in the exhibition are the 6 brand new contemporary maps created by the participants. They worked with artist Danny Callaghan to interpret their discoveries using a variety of creative techniques and produced unique pieces of artwork. A complimentary leaflet has been produced and is freely available from all the exhibition venues. Download the  Combine Leaflet here. Information about all dates and exhibition venues can be found on the website : www.combinefarmingheritage.org The project website is where you can find information in full of everything that has taken place since the project began. Of particular importance are the audio oral histories recorded by the young people who carried out a series of interviews with people in from farming communities. They offer a valuable insight into everyday farming and rural life past and present, some amusing, others quite poignant. There is also a facility to contribute your own stories by clicking on the contribute icon on the Home page. To celebrate the project we have produced a commemorative book to tell the story and share the findings. A Celebration Event was held at the Rutland County Museum in November where all participants and partners came together for the first time. We presented everyone attending with their own copy of the book to take home and share with family and friends. Click here to view the Combine book There  have been numerous positive outcomes from the project so far, for participants and partners. Here are some comments from some of the people involved: Christopher Weir. Principal Archivist (Public Services), Nottinghamshire Archives. "Combine: Farming Heritage | East Midlands provided a wonderful opportunity for the Archive Service to support this pioneering project and engage young people with archives. We organised a workshop day for school children that gave opportunities for the children to work with quill pens, see conservation at work and view hundreds of years of history. The day generated huge enthusiasm and it was a privilege to be part of a project brought ‘history to life’. Being involved with Combine was a great opportunity for the Archives to develop it’s ‘learning outreach’ strategy and engage young people and we congratulate Junction Arts on initiating this excellent project." Dave Robertson. Teacher at The Kingswood School. "This was a very interesting and necessary project in that our students are what I would call semi-urban! Corby has a strange industrial past despite being situated in a very rural county. This project enabled the students to reflect on their agricultural forbears and gave greater understanding of their home turf. The ‘gentleness ‘ of approach facilitated open response from our students. This in itself is no mean feat!" Elizabeth Simpson Farmer Northants. "I was always on the farm when I was a little girl and I can remember being put in the hay rack or a trough to keep me out of the way. I could watch everything from there but not get knocked over by the sheep. As soon as I was old enough I would pick up the lambs and their mothers, the ewes, would follow me round."

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Rural Living

Rural Living

In 2013 we have completed three Rural Living Events: The Bolsover Adventure Sports Festival at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre Sun 14th July 2013 Bring It to the Bowl on the 8th August 2013 in Bolsover Tapton Lock Celebration Weekend on the 14th & 15th September 2013 See pictures here of the first Junction Arts project under the Rural Living programme. (more...)

Holocaust Memorial Day- 27th January 2014

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.

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Limestone Journeys Year 3 Pages

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.

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Lantern Parade Huge Success

This years 20th Lantern parade was the “best ever”
and the weather was fantastic, to see more pictures visit our lantern parade page:

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Junction Arts Call for Board Members

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 paul@junctionarts.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.

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TAPTON LOCK CELEBRATION EVENT 14th &15th September

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

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Opportunity for Two Artists Deadline Extended to 30th August 2013

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 aly@junctionarts.org 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.

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Pleasley Underpass Transformation

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.

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Call for Artists for Bright Winter Nights 2013

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.

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Artist Opportunity-Choir Leader

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 ).

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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.
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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 aly@junctionarts.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.

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