Arts and culture

Arts News, October 2021

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Daily to Friday 22 October: Royal Photographic Society’s Visual Art Group Exhibition

The Heseltine Gallery has reopened with a superb show of photographic prints by members of the RPS’s specialist group, including the annual award-winning images. The Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2QR. Daily, 10:00am to 4:00pm, admission free. Information on exhibitions on the galler website, art-related blogs and on the RPS VAG, website which has a virtual tour of this exhibition, originally selected for 2020.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 10: South Northamptonshire Art Trail

South Northamptonshire Art Trail organised by artists, provides opportunities to enjoy and buy art works, meet the artists and watch some demonstrate their skills, for ten days in October. There are painters, wood turners, photographers, sculptors, digital artists, textile artists, glass fusers, jewellery makers, printers, ceramicists, upcyclers, weavers, polymer clay crafters and more!

With 51 artists exhibiting at 20 venues, there’s sure to be plenty to please everyone. Printed directories are available from artists’ venues and Vitreus Art Gallery at Bell Plantation (Towcester) and from the various cafes and pubs offering refreshments to add to enjoyment of the Art Trail. Check the directory for opening days and times for each venue.

Saturday 2 – Wednesday 6 and Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 October: Art Exhibition for the Woodland Trust

Artist Ruth Harris opens her home studio to show sketches and paintings from her Millennium Way walk for charity after the 2020 lockdown, with other paintings and selling cards and sundries to raise money for The Woodland Trust. The Studio, 5 Elm Drive Brackley NN13 6ES. 11:00am to 4:00pm. Information: 07903 551937.

Sunday 3: Jazz @ The Walnut Tree

Lunchtime jazz with Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats. Hot jazz led by stride piano ace Dave Browning with Allen Beechey (trumpet), Richard Exall (reeds), John Petters (drums), Keith Donald (bass) and Brian Butler (trombone). The Walnut Tree, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12:30-3:00pm. Restricted numbers, socially distanced, real ales, great hot food, bar snacks. Tickets in advance only £15. Call Tad on 01604 858549.

Friday 8 and Saturday 9: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

The Middleton Cheney Singers present classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney. 7:30pm Friday, 2:30pm Saturday. Tickets on the door or from choir members.

Saturday 9 – Sunday 17: OCTOBERFEST 21

Enjoy eight days of post-lockdown celebrations at OCTOBERFEST21 in Newbottle. Talk and exhibition of local history, harvest festival, concerts at St James’s Church:

  • Saturday 9, 7:30pm: The Adderbury Ensemble performs quartets by Haydn, Dvorak & Ravel.
  • Sunday 10, 7:30pm: Scarecrow sing and play their own brand mix of folk, rock, jazz and blues
  • Thursday 14, 7:30pm: Soprano Miriam Allan and pianist Steven Devine (playing a 1790 Broadwood piano) perform Haydn’s English Canzonettas.
  • Saturday 16, 2:30pm: Come and Sing or Play. All welcome, all levels, all sorts of music. Free.

Information and tickets (also at the door, subject to availability): Newbottle Octoberfest

Sunday 10: Jazz @ The Walnut Tree

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends play “Basin Street to Harlem” featuring some exciting additions to the repertoire! Tad Newton (trombone), Gary Wood (trumpet), Mike Wills (clarinet/sax), Alan Haughton (piano), Ronnie Fenn (drums).The Walnut Tree, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12:30-3:00pm. Restricted numbers, socially distanced, real ales, great hot food, bar snacks. Tickets in advance only £15. Call Tad on 01604 858549.

Sunday 24: Jazz @ The Walnut Tree

The Jake Leg Jug Band featuring Alex Clarke (sax/clarinet), BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist. The Walnut Tree, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12:30-3:00pm. Restricted numbers, socially distanced, real ales, great hot food, bar snacks. Tickets in advance only £15. Call Tad on 01604 858549.

Sunday October 31: Jazz @ The Walnut Tree

Pete Rudeforth’s All Stars - swingin’ dixieland with Pete Rudeforth (tumpet), Richard Exall (reeds), Andy Flaxman (trombone), Mao Yamada (bass), Tim Huskisson (piano) and John Elmer (drums). The Walnut Tree, Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS. 12:30-3:00pm. Restricted numbers, socially distanced, real ales, great hot food, bar snacks. Tickets in advance only £15. Call Tad on 01604 858549.

Information is current at the time of issue. Please check all organisations’ updates, especially if there are changes to government guidance which affect public opening and activities.

More community and wellbeing events and activities can be found on Brackley Events Watcher, Renew 169 (Towcester) and libraries’ Facebook pages.

More arts and cultural information including Black History Month see West Northamptonshire Culture.

Funding and advice

West Northants Council Community Funding Grants

We are now taking expressions of interest for Community Funding Grants online. The application process which can be submitted and reopened if the need for amendment, change or additional information is required. Are you planning an arts project that would benefit our communities next year? The Grants Officer will advise, on receiving your form.

The latest information can be found on South Northants Volunteer Bureau and you can sign up for the regular newsletter.

Arts information, opportunities and funding: Arts Council England. Sign up for the newsletter for updates so you don’t miss new grant opportunities. Also details of how to enjoy many exciting cultural activities and projects from around the country.

Creative Lives supports creativity for all and is a good source of information, including guidelines on restarting group activities.

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance also has a wealth of resources and information.

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