WAW latest – April/May 2014

Well, the Lazy Sunday season got off to a cracking start with a full house (i.e. a packed courtyard and café) for the glittering line-up on April 13th. The sun shone all day – thanks universe! – and we’re hoping for similar meteorological blessings for the May gig on Sunday 11th.

Headlining will be the wonderful Robinson – local hero – and also on the bill are Ali Fawcett (male solo acoustic), Portia Reed (also acoustic – a lovely, haunting voice) and Martin Thorne and Company – a fantastic fusion of east-meets-west blues. His band features John M Charles on sitar, Lorna Joy Davies on cello, Sam Ware on percussion and Martin on blues guitar and vocals.

Speaking of which, Martin played a great solo set at the launch of our latest exhibition(s) last Friday night. He would do! – he is one of the artists, with his amazing ivy sculptures gracing the courtyard and gallery. His work is titled ‘Evolutionary Steps’, which ties in nicely with Andy Roberts’ ‘En Brogue’ – an exhibition of mid-century and modernist inspired prints, illustration and photography. Andy, of Speakersfive, is a graphic designer (and friend of the Workshop) whose love of this period was reflected in his dapper appearance at the launch – wearing the brogues to boot, as these shows are a real shoo-in. (Enough puns – Ed.)

Our next exhibition, starting on May 20th, will be the abstract paintings of local artists Sue Firmin and Dora Williams. You can view their work at www.suefirmin.co.uk and www.dorawilliamsfineart.com

The Vamos Theatre mask-making workshop on Saturday April 12th was a sell out and hugely enjoyed by all who took part. Rachael Savage of Vamos led the day, demonstrating each stage in the process of making a mask from a sculpted mould made by each student. This was then transformed via a vacuum press (?!) into a plastic mask, which was later ‘undercoated’ and decorated – defining its character. A long day and hard work, but absolutely fascinating!

We’re pleased to be hosting events for both Worcester LitFest and Worcester Music Festival in June, as well as acting once more as WMF’s HQ for the festival itself, come August – details to follow, nearer the time.

Meanwhile, the spring/summer term of courses is about to get underway. Lots of classes – in drawing and painting (life study, oils, watercolour, portraiture, exploration through colour), printing (with an expert tutor from the Birmingham Guild, teaching many fields of the discipline) and textiles. – it’s not too late to book yourself in!

The ever-popular Children’s Workshops (pottery and craft) on Saturday mornings are now joined by Teenage Art Club (12-16 years) and Allsorts of Performing Arts (pop dance, cheerleading etc). This took off spectacularly in the Easter holidays, with some really fun sessions.

Please phone the office 01905 25053 or, better still, call in to find out more. And if you have any ideas of other creative things which could happen here, please let us know – we’re always open to new initiatives and interesting ideas…

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