Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Fox Spirit Books Featured Business January 2016

Fox Spirit believes that day to day life lacks a few things. We need the fantastic, the magical, the mischievous and even a touch of the horrific to stave off the banal and humdrum.
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A small indie press based in Leicestershire, Fox Spirit Books works with authors and artists from Leicestershire and worldwide to bring fantastic stories to the reading public.  It started in 2012 with a plan to put together an anthology ‘Tales of the Nun and Dragon’ and has grown rapidly since.  In 2015 Fox Spirit won the British Fantasy Society, Best Independent Press. As of January 2016 Fox Spirit have over forty titles out. While mainly focussing on genres like sci fi, fantasy, horror, crime, and all the blending they offer, the press also has a small book of poetry based around fox mythology from local poet V.C. Linde, a translation on a fencing manual that was lost for 400 years (The Second Giganti) under the Vulpes imprint and will be launching a line of martial arts manuals and biographical works under FoxGloves.
Director and commissioning Editor Adele Wearing has lived in Leicestershire most of her life and in addition to running Fox Spirit, has been involved in running local lit events such as the Fox Bites short readings evenings, open to all local writers and the 2014 Leicester Comic Con run by Leicester Shootfighters’ Nathan Leverton. Adele is a regular on panels at events like Edge.Lit and also gives occasional short courses or seminars aimed at new writers making first contact with the industry.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Perin Townlson Ceramins: Featured Business of the Month

Perin Towlson Ceramics is our Featured Business of the Month as well as being featured on our Home Page, please read below for exciting news about her recent commission

Perin Towlson is the artist & ceramicist  commissioned to design and make the ceramic pots used for the re-interment of Richard III in March 2015.

The handmade porcelain lidded pots were made to commemorate his life and contain the soils from the places where the King was born, lived and died. The soils were combined in his coffin during the re-interment ceremony.

Three lidded porcelain pots comprise a set and each lid has a different mark. Identified by having one dimple for his birth place (Fotheringay Castle, Northampton), two dimples for where he spent his adult life (Middleham Castle,Yorkshire) and three dimples for where he died (Bosworth, Leicestershire).

Leicestershire based artist Perin, a De Montfort University graduate, worked closely with Michael Ibsen a distant relative of Richard III who was also the maker of the royal coffin and wooden casket on this, her first commission.

She was offered the commission through her membership of Creative Leicestershire, an arts organisation supporting local artists.

One set of pots is on display in Leicester Cathedral and one at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Creative Leicestershire July Ebulletin

You may have missed it but you can now view the Creative Leicestershire ebulletin here, the month of July may almost be over the jobs, info and opportunities will still be relevant.

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Monday, 18 May 2015

LSA Student Award Now Open

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Leicester Society of Artists and West End Gallery are working together to promote the practice and appreciation of original art.  In its first year the LSA Student Award is funded by West End Gallery and supported by Creative Leicestershire.
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To qualify for the award you should be in full or part time education at a college or university in Leicestershire, studying a foundation course or degree course in any art or design discipline.  The award includes prizes from our sponsor West End Gallery:
  • £300 for the winner of LSA Student Award 2015
  • £50 for two runners up on the shortlist
The winner of the LSA Student Award 2015 will be announced here on Wednesday 7 October 2015. The winning work will go on display at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in the LSA Annual Exhibition from 6 November 2015 – 9 January 2016. The winning student and runners up will be invited to exhibit in West End Gallery during 2016.
Visit the LSA website to find out more. 

Crafty Sew&So

Crafty Sew&So runs creative craft and sewing workshops, parties and events from their studio in Sileby and at other venues around Leicestershire. As well as regular sewing socials, dress king courses and home craft workshops, Crafty Sew&So will also be hosting the Arts tent at Barefoot festival for their second year.
Enquiries for similar events are welcomed!
Go to www.meetup.com/craftysewandso to discover our upcoming workshops or why not hire the Crafty Sew&So team to entertain you and your guests for a hen do, birthday party or corporate event.
We are also happy to discuss any private or corporate dressmaking and product commissions. Contact sarah@craftysewandso.com with any enquiries or to find out more go to www.craftysewandso.com

Monday, 20 April 2015

Our April ebulletin is here...

Our April ebulletin has landed and is full of brilliant opportunities including funding, jobs, call outs and learning. Check it out online here or subscribe and have it delivered straight to your inbox every month... easy!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Congregation: gathering or collection of people or things

A collaboration of work by two ceramic artists Katherine Staples and Sonya Viney. Intriguingly both artists have similar inspirations, yet their working techniques and outcomes are normally very different. Katherine and Sonya have joined forces to fulfil their own brief to plan, design and create an installation within The Congregational Church, Blaby, Leicestershire.This site specific installation ‘Congregation’ speaks of the essence of place not necessarily the building, but of the people and their value. It is an inspirational collection of hundreds of handmade ceramic vessels celebrating an extraordinary sense of equality, inspired by religion and a place of worship but not religious, it is about the people; the congregation.Staying true to the identity of the church with its poor beginnings and minimal decoration, the vessels are plain on the outside whilst the interior of the vessels glimmer, with a colour palette of glazes inspired by water and the sea bed. Individuality comes from what is on the inside, strength and power comes from the multiple. Every piece has a value, each piece is unique and the accumulation adds to the whole.

To view this exciting and unique exhibition please visit: The Congregational Church, Park Road, Blaby, Leicester, LE8 4EDTel 07760 427758 or 07884 398061 for more details

Preview Fri 17th Apr 5-8pm (Invitation Only)
Sat 18th 9-4pm
Sun 19th 11-4pm  
Fri 24th April 9-2 
Sat 25th April 11-3
Sun 26th April 11-3 
Fri 1st May 9-2
Sat 2nd May 11-3
Sun 3rd May 11-3 
Fri 8th May 9-2
sat 9th May 11-3
sun 10th May 11-3
Fri 15th May 9-2
Sat 16th May 9-3
Sun 17th May 10-2