May 2010

Artists get notice as Bally closes down

Posted by Tim Lenton on 20 May 2010 at 18:08 in Journal

Tags: art alive bally closure paston studios

Sir John Paston's grave in the church View image

The shock news this week is that the Bally Art Factory is closing. InPrint artist Annette Rolston, together with founder member Rupert Mallin and many others, has been given notice by Targetfollow and will have to get out of her studio by June 8. This means the cancellation of workshops as well as moving and storage problems. The Poetry Vending Machines (remember them?) will be looking for a home, so if anyone is interested, get in touch with Rupert.

This will give an added piquancy to the imminent Open Studios event, which kicks off this weekend (May 22, 23, with private views on the 21st). A must for all who have an interest in the innovative, quality art that has been on show there over recent years, and in the artists who have been working there.

Also of interest to InPrint followers is Art Alive at St Margaret's Church, Paston, on May 29-31 from 10am to 4pm, where the Paston Book will be on show. The handmade book, of course, was made with the help of several InPrint members, and printed by Annette.

Further Art Alive details:

May 29, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm – workshops in paper, calligraphy, willow, letters and poetry with an invitation to learn about the Pastons and the uses of flax and herbs in the 15th Century, and an evening Great Barn tour led by Ash Murray, Natural England. Book through Jo Berry on 01263 720743.

May 30, Minstrels Gallery workshops: music from the time of the Pastons at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (£3). Service – Latin Compline at 7pm on May 30: Father Paul Atkins will officiate.

May 31, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm. Refreshments. St Margaret, Paston, NR28 9TA, www.pastonheritage.co.uk

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Launch party for Caroline's book

Posted by Tim Lenton on 8 May 2010 at 17:37 in Journal

Tags: caroline Poetry

A launch party for Caroline's new poetry book, Yes (see below), was held at her home in Fakenham on May 2. A crowded house enjoyed an afternoon out of the usual bank holiday weather of rain and cold wind, with the bonus of some delicious food and two sessions of songs and poems from Caroline and her friend Dee (the Songbirds), with Caroline on keyboards. Really good stuff. I recommend booking them for gigs immediately. Fellow InPrint members Tim Lenton, Annette Rolston and Mike Fenton were also present, as was Paston poet Kay Riggs and Bally artists Martin Laurance and Geoffrey Lefever.

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