STEYNING ARTS NEWS

Artists and Makers Live & Online Summer Exhibition 2020

August 29th, 30th and 31st and through September

We are excited to announce that 35 talented local artists will be taking part in our “Live & Online” Summer Exhibition. This is a new venture for Steyning Arts.  We’re trying out some creative ways of engaging online while also embracing generous offers from a number of local businesses to show work in shops and eateries all along the High Street.

We’ve teamed up with Steyning and District Business Chamber to organise the exhibition.   It’s timed to coincide with the annual Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival.  Our aim is to share some fresh new creative work with the community and beyond, while helping draw visitors to High Street to support our fantastic local businesses!

At the time of going to press we have artists exhibiting in:

Raft, Sakala 50 and Sakala Home, Foundry Cast Iron, Model Bakery, Vintage & Home, Springwells, Raft, St Barnabas, Old Timbers, Steyning Osteopathic Centre, and Basement 93

Do come along and take a peek at the live exhibits.  Bring your masks.  If you time it right, you might get to meet the artists too.

The online exhibition will unfold as a synchronised series of posts over the Bank Holiday weekend and will carry on throughout September. You can find it on Facebook or Instagram by searching for @steyningarts.  And please help boost our online reach by sharing, liking and commenting on your favourite images.

We look forward to seeing you around the town.

Amanda and Jenny
Co-Chairs, Steyning Arts

Sharing your #LockdownStories through art

Sharing your #LockdownStories through art

As part of its new Vision 2030 Project, Greening Steyning is encouraging people to share their personal experiences of lockdown and their hopes for the future.

They’ve put out a special invitation to Steyning Artists to tell their #LockdownStories through their art.

It could be a painting, a sketch, a photograph, a piece of performance art in your back garden – anything you like!

A time for reflection, a time for change

Alongside the difficulties and suffering people have experienced during this time, there have been many positives too. What have we learned and how can we use this to create a more positive future for ourselves, our community and the environment?

Have you reassessed your priorities in life?  What would you like to change?

Whatever your experiences, Greening Steyning would love you to share them. By sharing we can develop our vision for a healthier, brighter future for everyone.

There’s two ways you can do this:

  • By submitting photos, videos, poems and other contributions via this special Lockdown Stories page on the Greening Steyning website.
  • Using Instagram, with the hashtags #steyning2030, #bramber2030 or#upperbeeding2030

Have you taken the 2030 Vision Survey?

Have you got 15 minutes to share your thoughts on what future you’d like to see for Steyning, Bramber and Beeding?

The 2030 Vision Survey is an online survey designed to bring together everyone’s ideas so we can create a shared vision for what we want our community to be like in future.

To take part in the survey, click this link https://bit.ly/2030VisionSurvey

To find out more about the survey and the 2030 Project if forms part of, visit Greening Steyning’s new website – www.greeningsteyning.org

 

Steyning Arts AGM 2021

Are you coming to the AGM on 20th Jan 2021?  This is your chance to make a real difference to what Steyning Arts is all about. At the last AGM we were thrilled that 20 members came forward to offer help for the activities and events for the year. After the impact of Covid 19 in 2020 we are looking forward to reviewing our activities for 2021 and harnessing members talent and expertise to initiate activities and events.  The AGM is a perfect opportunity to hear what’s in store for 2021 and get to know fellow members – which might be handy if you’re looking to share a venue at the Art Trail.

Steyning Centre, at 7.00pm on Wed 20th Jan.  

Artist meet ups and Meet the Artist 2021

After an enthusiastic response from members at the 2020 AGM we plan to run a monthly programme from February 2021. The programme will include some informal get togethers for artists, Meet the Artist and Artist presentations. We’ll be in touch nearer the time with details of timing and location.

Members only

The Meet the Artist evenings and Artist Meet-Ups are open to Steyning Arts members only. If you would like to become a member, please visit our membership page.

Meet the Artist – 2020 series – Covid-19 Update

The Meet the Artist evenings are currently ‘on hold’ during lockdown. We hope to resume as soon as possible, when it is safe to do so. 

Dates for the first four Meet the Artist evenings are now fixed, and booking is open.  So check you diaries and get your name down soon to avoid missing out. We’re experimenting this year and hosting several of the events in the back room of the Norfolk Arms in Steyning. It’s a bit rustic, but it’s a nice quiet space with a handy bar attached!

These evenings are a great way to meet fellow artists and learn about their motivations, creative process and techniques.  It’s nice and informal – drinks and nibbles are part of the picture.  Booking is free but numbers are limited so you need to sign up online to reserve a place.  For events in artists’ homes they will be collecting donations to cover costs (£3 suggested contribution).

Please be mindful that artists put a lot of effort into preparing for these events. If you book a ticket please put this commitment firmly into your calendar.  If you can’t make it on the night, please use the link on your Eventbrite booking confirmation to cancel.  That way we can alert the host and hopefully pass on your space to someone on the waiting list.

Find out more and book a space here

Members only

The Meet the Artist evenings are open to Steyning Arts members only. If you would like to become a member, please visit our membership page.

Steyning Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition – Covid-19 Update

We decided at the AGM to go ahead in 2020 with a Steyning Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition. We fixed a date with St. Andrew’s Church for early Autumn. There will be a meeting in June to clarify whether this will go ahead or be postponed to Autumn 2021. Decisions will be based upon latest Covid 19 lockdown conditions. Details will be announced in good time once we have a final date for this initiative.

Artist meet ups

This idea of holding some informal get togethers for artists was suggested at the AGM and had an enthusiastic response.  So we’re going to give it a go.  These will run in parallel to the Meet the Artist evenings.  We’ll be holding the first meet up in April, and will be in touch nearer the time with details of timing and location.

Members only

The Meet the Artist evenings are open to Steyning Arts members only. If you would like to become a member, please visit our membership page.

Steyning Arts AGM 2020

Are you coming to the AGM on 13th Jan?  We have treats in store!

AGMs get a bad press, but this one is going to be different!  As well as the Art Book Swap (bring along anything you’d like to swap), we are raising the bar in the drinks and nibbles department.  Dave Tester has kindly offered to organise these, and just happens to be a former professional chef and wine expert.  So that should be worth the trip by itself.  It’s also a perfect opportunity to hear what’s in store for 2020 and get to know fellow members – which might be handy if you’re looking to share a venue at the Art Trail.

Steyning Centre, at 8.15pm on Mon 13th Jan.  

Summer Art Trail 2020 – dates announced

The dates for the Steyning Art Trail 2020 have been announced.

They are:

Weekends 23 – 25 May and 30 -31 May

Make a note in your diary!

Planning is well underway and we will be providing more details closer to the time.

Meanwhile, you might also like to make a note of the The Steyning Festival 2020 dates: 21 May – 25 May. We hope to run our popular “Art in the Park” event again. The Sunday of the Festival there would be a “Green Day” with vegan food stalls, children’s parade and a Jonah and the Whale experience.

 

 

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