Monthly Archives: January 2013

Plank 2013 – Artists Wanted For Community Workshops

In just 3 weeks time, Market Rasen becomes an Art Gallery from 2 Feb-2 Mar for our Arts council funded ‘Plank 2013′ Festival!

Arts and crafts workshops will be held throughout the month, as well as diverse exhibitions by independent designer/makers from Lincolnshire displayed in a range of unusual places and spaces including our high street.

As seen in our previous post the Plank 2013 Arts and Crafts Festival will be a celebration of Market Rasen’s assets and qualities, namely: our markets, racecourse, beautiful countryside, golf course, shops, woodland, biking and hiking routes, train station and our heritage and  architecture. We are looking to involve the whole community.

Call for workshop submissions – can you host an innovative workshop?

We are seeking proposals from artists in the Lincolnshire area, for half day workshops (of 2 ½ hours each). The workshops will have an emphasis on community participation and will be as accessible and inclusive as possible to all ages and abilities.  Proposals across all art forms will be considered.  Artists must have current CRB, £5m public liability insurance. Priority will be given to those artists who have previous experience of working in a community setting.

We are encouraging volunteers and emerging artists to help / shadow our workshop artists which will be an extra pair of hands for you as well as valuable experience for the person involved.

As we are topping up funding with corporate sponsporship there will be a large number of workshops available so you may apply for as many as you wish but all must have their own focus with no follow-on workshops accepted.   The aim is to provide as many people as possible with a ‘taste’ of a new art experience.  All workshops will take place in under-utilised community venues so some flexibility may be required by the artist.

Artist fee:         Up to £200 a day/£100 half day + travel @ 25p a mile (please state your fee on application and whether inclusive of travel/materials)

Application process:

– Email submissions preferred to the Town Centre Manager, Nicola Marshall at: mrbigtowncentremanager@hotmail.com

– Or by post to: Nicola Marshall, Town Centre Manager, Market Rasen Business Improvement Group, 27 Market Place, Market Rasen, LN8 3HL

–          APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight Sunday 20 January 2013

Applications should include:

–          A maximum of 6 images that are representative of your work (or links to websites)

–          CV

–          Any specific requirements ie: power, performance space preferred, materials etc

–          Up to 500 words about you and your work/experience and an outline of your proposal for ‘Plank 2013’ community arts workshops

–          Links to websites, videos etc.

–          A copy of your CRB and public liability insurance

–          The names of 2 referees (these will only be contacted if you are short listed)

ALL IN ONE PDF DOCUMENT PLEASE

You will be notified if you have been short listed by: Friday 25 January

A mutually agreeable date will be arranged for interview (but must be between 28 Jan & 1 Feb) and travel will be paid @ 25p a mile

We very much look forward to receiving your proposals, all applicants will be notified whether or not they are short listed and feedback readily given if required.

 

Plank 2013 – Market Rasen Arts & Crafts Festival

 

Market Rasen becomes an Art Gallery from 2 Feb-2 Mar for ‘Plank 2013′ when diverse exhibitions by independent designer/makers from Lincolnshire will be displayed in a range of unusual places and spaces

It’s exciting to be involved in the first Market Rasen Art Festival. It was great meeting the other artists and people involved. I am looking forward to working alongside other artists and seeing the art that emerges from the surrounding areas. – Seb van B

We are thrilled that as part of Market Rasen’s Portas Town Pilot status the Arts Council England has awarded the town’s business improvement group (MR BIG) £10K to deliver a community-focused arts festival in the town.

For 4 weeks in February 2013, Market Rasen will become an art gallery with work being exhibited in unusual places and spaces to create an arts trail, including: empty shops, railway station, market place, high street shop windows, pubs, cafes, school and church.

In case you’re wondering, the ‘Rasen’ of Market Rasen comes from an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘planks’! It also means ‘bridge’ so it seemed the perfect name for a festival that will create links within the community and its rural hinterland.

The festival is organised by volunteer director of community, arts & culture, Sarah Lamballe, led and curated by established yarn bombing, mixed media community artist Carol Parker, along with early career Market Rasen artist Seb van B part of Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot journey since the first Extraordinary Market Rasen Portas Pop-Up Market, plus emerging artist Richard Chuck whose work is inspired by the stunning Wolds landscape and is a celebration of the rural area’s unique assets.

I was so impressed by Market Rasen’s imaginative Portas Pilot video that I applied to be part of their first MR BIG market and I’m now a lead artist for ‘Plank 2013′. I have never met such a determined, astute, positive, energetic and lovely group of people; goes to show what you can do if you join forces and aim high! – Carol Parker

Outline Brief

The Arts and Crafts Festival will be a celebration of Market Rasen’s assets and qualities, namely: our markets, racecourse, beautiful countryside, golf course, shops, woodland, biking and hiking routes, train station and our heritage and  architecture.

Additionally we would like to recognise the unique character and personality of our town: friendly, traditional, rural, genuine, vibrant with great potential and a community spirit.

As this activity is a spin off from our Portas Pilot win, with the focus on regenerating the British High Street, we are also keen that this project is inspired by the ideas of TRANSFORMATION and REGENERATION.

 Call for Submissions!

We are seeking proposals from artists in the Lincolnshire area, to exhibit, showcase or perform their work at ‘Plank 2013’; emphasis to be on quality of work with visual impact to create a striking display across all art forms.

‘Plank 2013’ is an arts and craft festival to raise awareness of the quality and quantity of arts practitioners in the county and an opportunity for established, as well as new emerging artists, to promote their work.  We will work together to create a sustainable annual showcase for the arts in Lincolnshire and to put our county on the ‘must see’ list of festival. We don’t have to be big to be successful, we aim to be small but different; amazing and accessible; inclusive and incredible!

Surprise us! Collaborative proposals are encouraged either from groups of artists or innovative cross art form partnerships as well as individual submissions.  2D, busking, installation, textiles, film, soundscape, live performance, whatever it is you do, we want you.  Work can be something you have already completed that you want to exhibit or a new piece that you would like to promote.

You provide the artistic experience and we will provide the venue.

Having lived on and around the Lincolnshire Wolds most of my life I’m very excited to be involved in the upcoming Arts festival taking place in Market Rasen. The town itself is a great small market town that should be proud to show off the talents of its local artists. All too often small towns with the charm that Market Rasen has are overlooked for this type of exciting event. – Richard Chuck

Stage One – Application process

–        Email submissions preferred to the Town Centre Manager Nicola Marshall at: mrbigtowncentremanager@hotmail.com

Or by post to: Nicola Marshall, Town Centre Manager, Market Rasen Business Improvement Group, 27 Market Place, Market Rasen, LN8 3HL

–        Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 20th January 2013

Applications should include:

–        A maximum of 6 images that are representative of your work, including approx dimensions of the work to be displayed, the medium and other relevant info.

–        Any specific requirements ie: power, performance space preferred (although you may have to be flexible on this one but that’s part of the fun!)

–        Up to 500 words about you and your work and an outline of your proposal for ‘Plank 2013’

–        Links to websites, videos etc.

Stage Two – Selection outcome

You will be notified by midnight on Friday 25th January 2013 of the outcome of selection.

After this the team will match up your work with the various venues and supply contact details for you to arrange to view the display area and arrange installation or rehearsal.

Terms and conditions

  1. ‘Plank Festival 2013’ reserve the right to curate the trail, based on submissions that answer the call and the number of available displaying venues.
  2. By submitting you are agreeing to allow Plank Festival to use images and written material to promote the art trail and your practice.
  1. If selected you are agreeing to deliver your work to the organisers preferred venue and allowing them to install your work.
  1. Work to be installed by Friday 1st February 2013
  1. Work to be on display until close of the Festival on Saturday 2nd March 2013.
  1. Plank Festival is hoping to arrange an auction of any unsold work immediately after the March market. (Full details of auction t&cs to be provided in response to any application).
  1. Unsold work to be collected during the week 4th March or by a date arranged with the venue.
  1. Plank Festival will produce a trail map guide of the selected artists which will be available in outlets around the town and through a download link on Market Rasen BIG blog.
  1. Artists are responsible for their own public liability insurance and Plank Festival cannot insure their work so will not be held liable for any costs incurred.
  1. Plank Festival reserves the right to prioritise selection of works by location: 1. Local 2. Regional
  1. Plank Festival does not set out to make selling opportunities, however works can be sold on the artist’s behalf if priced, via MR BIG and unsold work sold after the festival via auction (tbc).

Plank 2013 Arts & Crafts Festival funded by Arts Council

 

Open Meeting for Business, Thurs, 10th Jan, Holy Rood Schoolroom

We’re looking forward to seeing as many Market Rasen businesses as possible at this Thursday’s meeting.  Doors will be open at Holy Rood School Rooms (entrance opposite the Red Lion, parking to the rear) from 7pm.  We aim to get started at 7.15pm prompt.

This meeting is intended as an update to members and our regular traders.  As usual it’s open to business owners or their representatives.  The meeting will involve an opportunity to meet Town Centre Manager,  Nicola Marshall, and we’ll be making a quick presentation on progress and pitfalls to date, with the opportunity for questions and answers.

For those traders who have LN8 postcodes and are not yet members, please bring £2 – paperwork will be available for you to sign up to our Community Interest Company, should you desire. We’re always on the look out for new members, especially those keen to volunteer and get involved in helping achieve our Portas Pilot objectives.

Although the meeting is not open to the public, topics discussed will be shared afterwards with the wider community via our Market Rasen Facebook page, Market Rasen Twitter stream and the local Press as appropriate.

Hope to see you there. If you can’t make it for whatever reason but wish to give feedback or raise topics for discussion, please drop a line to mrbigtowncentremanager@hotmail.com

MR BIG