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Arts News, November - December 2020

The 2020 Big Draw Festival - A Climate of Change

Postcards for the Future

This year’s festival of drawing is called The Big Green Draw, because the theme is ‘A Climate of Change’. You are invited to create and contribute pictures with a few words to express your thoughts about how you see or feel things are around you and how they might be changed for the better, or your vision for the future, either locally or globally.

You can create any kind of picture using something that you can draw or paint with – pencils, pens, crayons, pastels, charcoal, paints, nail varnish… whatever you have to hand. The ideal size is a postcard or anything up to A5. There are some suggestions for getting started below and on our social media. There are also some links you can look at for thinking about a green future for our generations and the next.

We would like to collect and share your contributions in two ways: postcards displayed on the front windows at The Forum in Towcester and online, where anyone can see everyone else’s. The collected items will be shown to the Chairman and members of South Northamptonshire Council, for them to see your comments and your creative responses to this theme.

Here's what to do with your picture and words:

  • Anything on paper can be posted or put in the Council’s letterbox at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD (FAO Sue Carverhill) at any time up to Sunday 15 November. If you use a double-sided postcard or piece of paper, your ‘vision for a green future’ words can be on the back of the picture, with your name (unless you wish to be anonymous), age if under 19 and town/village location. Only those with a stamped addressed envelope will be returned.
  • Scan or photograph your picture and submit it on Padlet with your ‘vision for a green future’ words, your name, age if under 19 and town/village or school location,
  • or email your picture, words and details to . We will upload them to the Padlet sharing platform unless you tell us not to. Just indicate if you don’t want your name and location recorded publicly.

You don’t need to look far for inspiration. A walk in a woodland, along a river, up a hill or across fields will provide plenty of things to draw, as well as plants, animals and insects in gardens, or just look up at the sky to see sun, clouds, birds, stars – nature is all around us. Taking time to appreciate it and capture something about what we see is worth doing. This isn’t about producing artwork to be judged or sold, just enjoy having a go and please encourage children to take part.

Further information:

Visual Arts

  • Join our Big Green Draw activity Postcards for the Future
    What’s your vision for a greener future? Closing date Friday 20 November to share - play the videos if you want some ideas to get started.
  • Towcester and District Art Society
    Throughout November, members’ art can be viewed on-line and purchased by card, to be collected on 5 December.
  • Forge Coffee
    In both Culworth and Evenley there is a joint exhibition of paintings by Roy Holding and Paul Wharton, featuring mountain and seaside scenes in bold colours until 31 December.
  • South Northamptonshire Art Trail
    This year’s Art Trail was a great success. If you missed it, or want to contact an artist who is a member of SNA, details and images are on-line.
  • The Heseltine Gallery
    • Exceptional: A-level Painting from The Year That Never Was
    • View the online exhibition
    • Open Exhibition 2021 for South Northamptonshire and North Oxfordshire artists
    • This year’s showcase exhibition will not be going ahead, due to the ongoing restrictions but the 2021 Open will be in the usual May slot during Oxfordshire Artweeks, all being well. Details for artists from The Heseltine Gallery soon or from
    • New blog #LOVEArt and an invitation to respond to inspirational ideas
  • The Christmas Craft Market planned for 20 -22 November at Yardley Arts is now an online event, organised by The Online Artisan

More places to enjoy good quality art

Performing Arts News

  • Live Jazz at The Walnut Tree, Blisworth will recommence on Sunday lunchtimes in December (Bookings essential  01604 858589 and Lockdown permitting)
  • Many Facebook Live events are sharing music by local and invited performers – Northampton’s Great kNight FC, Brackley Folk Club, Woodford Halse Open Mic, Oxford Folk Weekend – well done everyone organising these, taking part and supporting.
  • Can you record a carol or a piece of Christmas music for broadcast on Brackley Community Radio? Contact Bernie Tiller on We’ll all be missing pre-Christmas concerts and carol singing

Event Guidance and Funding

Guidance on managing activities can be found on the Government website and detailed advice for village halls from Northants ACRE which would help with organising cinema screenings and other social activities too.

Funding news for freelance professional arts practitioners and community projects

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