WAW latest – Aug/Sep 2014

Hi again all – in this summer of four seasons’ weather, here’s a review of what we’ve enjoyed so far…

Claire Boswell and her Band – played the most sublime gig in our theatre, to celebrate the launch of her debut album (accurately reviewed in last month’s Slap as ‘a majestic, captivating affair’). Seems an age ago now, but an absolute delight to watch and listen, as was –

August’s Lazy Sunday – a lovely rootsy, folksy, harmony-driven afternoon, in the Café due to inclement weather. Featuring first-timers Kim Lowing and Don’t Touch The Walls as well as locals The Players and Paul Daffurn, it hit the perfect note of both music being the food of love and vice versa.

Worcester Music Festival held their photography workshop with expert shot-meister Mark Hoy. Armed with knowledge from this top day’s tuition, students will submit their work for judgment after the festival, when the top 25 photos will be displayed in an exhibition in the Café Gallery, with a prize-giving presentation on Sunday 28th September.

Before then in the Gallery, up this month is ‘Gods, Dogs and Other Creatures’ – an exhibition of mixed media artwork by Stephen Hewson. A mix of precise imagery and organic materials – can’t wait to see it!

Downstairs in the Cellar Gallery is ‘The Incredible Ink Art of Marsha Parkins’ (which is not an exaggeration). Detailed drawings take you into the landscape of her imagination, and her work is both intriguing and technically stunning. In the piece she has drawn for Café Bliss, there are references not just to it, but also her own travels to Belize and lots more knowing nods at WAW. She made the piece here, in the public gaze, over the last weekend – fascinating and awesome to watch!

As well as looking forward to our part in Worcester Music Festival, we’re really getting excited about our next Lazy Sunday on 14th September. Bands have always been prepared to travel to this venue, but here we have Espai – a rising band from Barcelona – now based in Bristol – ‘a four-piece electronic band, fusing dark, pounding beats, smooth and searing basslines, ethereal textures and general glitchiness with jazzy, soul influences and stunning vocals – their unique sound will take you on a journey through a plethora of landscapes’. Times are:

1pm: James Shead – acoustic rock from Cornwall

2pm: Louise Petit – Folk/ acoustic/ rock from Staffordshire

3pm: Espai – Deep trip-hop, dubstep rhythms and stunning vocals from Barcelona via Bristol, with big following!

4pm: Marie-Claire (Box and a Ribbon) – from Worcester and well-loved – a chance to hear their new material…

Our Autumn Term Courses mostly commence from mid-September, with the exception of Meditation Technique with Buddhist Monk Kelsang Khechog, which starts on Monday September 1st, from 7.15 – 8.45pm. This is a drop in for any and everyone – £6 waged, £3.50 unwaged (full-time students, retired, jobseekers etc) per session. Previous experience not needed! See our website for more details – Likewise for our weekly adult courses in Digital Photography, Ceramics and Pottery, Painting and Drawing, Creative Arts Workshop (through colour), Life Drawing and Watercolour Painting. All dates, times and prices in our courses section.

Also check the site for information of all our Children’s CoursesAll Sorts of Performing Arts classes on Mondays and Wednesdays after school, and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm. Class Act – a fun new confidence-building drama group starts on Tuesdays from 4.15 – 5.15pm (half-price for the first 2 weeks) and After School Pottery Club is on Wednesdays from 4 – 5.30pm. Saturday mornings also features the return of Art Club (10 – 11am), Pottery Club (11am – 12noon) and Teenage Art Club (10 – 11.30am).

Please email, phone (01905 25053) or better still, call in to book.

We always welcome queries from potential volunteers, and creative thinkers with good ideas… Please get in touch.

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