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TAKE PART ART March/April 2011

arts NK’s newsletter


Innovat ion

Of Boggarts and Boggles! First, Find Your Talent!

Economic Development Putt ing Art on the Map

Taking Part

CTRL. ALT.DEL. Sign Up Here! Wooden Characters?

Healthy Communit ies Healthy HeARTS!

Innovation In 2006, Lincolnshire County Council, along with district Local Authorities and the Lincolnshire Arts Forum made a successful application to the Arts Council England ‘Thrive’


to the March / April issue.

artsNK gets busy with Lincolnshire One’s Thrive programme; Art on the Map takes on a new look; Hearts are set to start beating faster in Sleaford; Read about all of this, plus dance, wood carving and an invitation to grasp the nettle!

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programme – an initiative that supports organisational development programmes throughout the Arts sector in England. The resultant grant was awarded to ‘Lincolnshire One’ project to explore new ways of working and assess how, through greater collaboration, Lincolnshire could deliver higher quality arts services to our communities and make the arts infrastructure in Lincolnshire stronger and more sustainable. Lincolnshire One's aim, working through the strands of venues, agencies, practitioners and arts development officers, is to explore new models of delivery that can safeguard the future of Arts services in the county ensuring that we can continue to provide even greater 'Art for everyone'. artsNK is involved in Lincolnshire One at many different levels but the two most immediate initiatives are the two which follow here:

Of Boggarts and Boggles!

North Kesteven’s very own professional arts venue, The Terry O’Toole Theatre at North Hykeham, is proud to be a member of Lincolnshire One Venues [or LOV], thereby

working collaboratively with other venues countywide on exciting and innovative new theatre, dance and music projects. This month, anticipation is high at The Terry O’Toole Theatre The Buried Moon as we look forward to the premiere of a spine-tingling piece of children’s theatre ‘The Buried Moon’, which has been created by Derbyshire-based 'Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre' especially for 3 theatres in the county: Stamford Arts Centre, Louth Riverhead Theatre and the Terry O’Toole Theatre. ‘The Buried Moon’ is a hair-raising, spineshivering, boggle-hunting adventure, based upon a traditional Lincolnshire folktale about the beautiful Maiden of the Moon who comes down to the Lincolnshire Fens and is captured by nasty, creepy-crawly boggarts and boggles! Suitable for the young (and young-at-heart!), the show will be performed at the theatre on Saturday 5th March at 3.00pm; tickets are just £5 – or a discounted Family Ticket (4 seats) may be booked for just £18. Also on offer is a fun, family workshop with the 'Babbling Vagabonds' before the show where participants can create their very own Boggle or Boggart puppet to take home! The Puppet-making workshop runs from 1pm to 2pm, with tickets priced at just £2.50. To book to see The Buried Moon, call the Box Office: 01522 883311 or go online to and click on the online booking link.

First, Find Your Talent! artsNK is also involved in developing the ‘agencies' strand within Lincolnshire One.

A successful ‘Speed Networking’ event at the end of last year brought members of the agencies together, some for the first time, and now a second event is to be held on 14th March. This event will seek to tease out the best way of marketing the agencies, thus furnishing them with better tools for self-advocacy and for publicising the achievements of the Lincolnshire arts and cultural sectors at both local and national levels. This will reflect and build on the unique strengths of the agencies and act to find synergies between them. The event will start with an inspirational video, ‘Finding your talent’, by Ken Robinson, followed by a series of interventions to draw out some very innovative ways of working in the future.


Economic Development

Harding House Gallery

The Collection

Putting Art on the Map! Most of artsNK’s programme is about getting people to have a go at an art activity, but it also plays a role in supporting the artists and professionals living and working in the area. Over the past few years artsNK has supported NK artists taking part in the St Martin’s Gallery County wide open studios scheme, opening up their work space and inviting residents and visitors in to see their work. This year, the artists have decided to try a new approach, coming together to create a larger, high quality exhibition at the Natural World Centre, Whisby, showcasing some of the fantastic talent which exists in North Kesteven. The new approach has also created the opportunity to highlight the other exhibition venues around the county, so that anybody inspired to see more will know where to go. artsNK’s Photography Officer, Jane Harrison, has been trekking around the county to capture unique pictures of Lincolnshire’s Galleries which will feature in a mini exhibition as part of the Open Studios show at the Natural World Centre, Whisby, from the 14th to the 29th May.

Carre Street Gallery

Bend in the River Gallery

The Hub

Pete Moss Gallery


Taking Part CTRL. ALT. DEL. The boys from Fresh 101 have had a bit of ‘down time’ since the beginning of the year, in preparation for an extremely busy 2011!! They have been working on a new show piece, called 'CTRL. ALT. DEL', which was initially conceived as part of a two day residency with professional choreographers Donald Edwards and Sherona Knight. The boys undertook two days of heavily physical workshops, which focussed on several dance styles: physical theatre and contemporary plus commercial street-dance. At the end of the two days, the boys had plenty of material to create their new piece! ' C T R L . A LT. D E L ' focuses on the virtual gaming world where there are elements of controlling, altering and deletion. The dancers use athletic movement to embody concepts of unity, personal respect and courageous action. There is also conflict, and a show of team strength in their quest to 'break' the game. As they progress through the levels, the audience will wonder - who will control, who will alter, who will be deleted? The boys have been successful in being commissioned by Dance4’s Nottdance festival to perform at the StreetMartial Performance event, on Sunday 6th March. In addition, the boys have yet again done themselves proud and gained a place in 2011’s U.Dance East Midlands regional youth dance platform, hosted by Dance4 and Youth Dance England: a prestigious event for which only the best youth dance groups from the East Midlands gain selection. This event will take place on Sunday 27th March at Leicester’s Curve. We wish them the very best of luck for their forthcoming performances and for continued success during the rest of the year!!

Sign Up Here! For those who don’t know, the Nettles is a small area of land between the courses of the old and canalised Slea in Sleaford. It was lying uncared for and full of nettles when artsNK decided it would make an interesting area in which to do some outside arts activities. The area was subsequently cleared and landscaped, and new artworks were begun. It’s looked after and been developed by a fine band of committed and talented volunteers, whose capacity for hard work is only equalled by their love of good food (their reward for a good day's mowing, weeding, clearing, carving and creating is a hearty bowl of home made soup)! Jane Harrison, artsNK's Photography Development Officer, has just created a splendid new sign to make sure people don’t miss the site as well as having the dual purpose of inviting them to come and join in (see the Front Cover photo). Marion Sander, artsNK's Visual Arts Assistant, has just announced the next volunteer activity days, so feel free to drop in and lend a hand. As usual they will take place on Mondays, 10am3pm on 7th March, 4th April, 9th May and 13th of June at the Nettles next to Sleaford Leisure Centre.

Wooden Characters? Having completed taster sessions last summer a s p a r t o f W e l l i ng o r e P a ri s h Co u nc i l ' s refurbishment of the Mill field, a keen group has begun work with artist Helen Link on a huge old oak to create a signature carving for the village. The design incorporates a story teller and a monk figure, together with a mysterious Wellingore Knight and his lady. The sessions constitute the first in a series of projects artsNK hopes to organise along the villages to create new trails and artworks that can form an extension of the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage trail. Can you see what it Helen is yet? sketches out the Monk character before the group gets to work with mallets and chisels. (Photo by the artist)


Healthy Communities Healthy HeARTS! Cogglesford Mill

artsNK has been working with the NK outreach team to devise a new trail around Sleaford that can help residents remain healthy as well as encourage visitors to enjoy some of the town's fantastic public artworks. Leisure Connections expert, Donna Lill, has created specific exercises designed for use with existing street furniture, walls and landscape from Cogglesford Mill and around the town. This, together with new specially designed equipment, will produce a stimulating programme, enactable en route, to keep mind, body and senses in trim. The trail will include information about the town's many artworks in a specially produced leaflet as well as being enhanced by plaques and way markers along the route. The trail has been put together for two reasons: firstly, because Sleaford, with its range of public art, attractive river and rich heritage, is a nice place to walk; secondly, to encourage more people to walk and take gentle exercise.

Performing Arts Team

Contacts to email: firstname.secondname@

Visual Arts Team Nick Jones Visual Arts Manager 01529 411190

Sarah Graves Visual Arts Assistant 01529 411193

Marion Sander Visual Arts Assistant 01529 411193

Jane Harrison Photography Development Officer 01529 411192

Elaine Knight Performing Arts Manager 01529 411195

Laura Rawlings Dance Development Team 01529 411196

Amy Dalton Dance Development Team 01529 411197

Kat Anderson Dance Development Worker 01529 411196/7

Dave Groom Music Development Officer 01529 411199

Alison Duncombe

Business Management Administrator

01529 416290

Debbie Wiles Finance Administrator 01529 411191

01522 870251

Louise Thompson Vitality County-Wide Project Officer 01529 411194

Administration Team Jo Turpin

Theatre Development Officer - Terry O’Toole Theatre

Muriel Marr Project Administrator 01529 410595

Jayne Olney Marketing and Communications Manager 01529 308717


artsNK Newsletter Mar/Apr 2011  

artsNK Newsletter March/April 2011

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