As the creative county, Staffordshire always has heaps going on to suit all tastes when it comes to arts and culture. Here’s a round up of some of the highlights
Cannock Discover and Explore
The Discover & Explore programme continues this autumn at Cannock and Rugeley Library.
Saturday 25th and Saturday 1st November Cannock Library 10am – 3pm
Monday 27th October – Tuesday 28th October Rugeley Library 10am – 3pm
As part of Family Learning month, families with children age 5-7 will be encouraged to work together and get creative!
Our autumn programme will get children and families involved in exploring arts & creativity through learning, making, investigating, experimenting, sharing and telling stories. Children can complete their Discover Arts Award through discovering the arts around them, finding out about artists and their work and sharing their experiences with others.
This project is part of a wider research programme to find new ways of supporting learning development in young children and increase levels of quality arts participation among children and their families strengthening family cohesion and encouraging families to partake in fun activities together.
The Discover & Explore blog shows a live account of the project, including the summer programme held at the Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Here you can see the artists at work, discover new ideas and explore arts activities at home.
More at discoverandexploreart.tumblr.com
Image – Jon Williams pottery workshop with the Woolley family, Shire Hall Gallery Summer programme
A 2 day art course exploring the architecture and local townscape of Burton upon Trent. Create your own urban landscape using mixed media, pencils and charcoal with Staffordshire artist Mark Lippett.
You are welcome to bring your own photographs or choose from a selection on the day.
Suitable for adults – all levels of ability welcome
Saturday 22nd & Saturday 29th November 2014
10am – 4pm
Cost £25 (total for both days), spaces are limited, booking is essential.
The Brewhouse, Duke St, Burton upon Trent DE14 1EB
To book, call 01283 508100
This workshop is subsidised by Staffordshire Library & Arts Service & Adult & Community Learning, Staffordshire County Council.
Concessions are available, please ask at reception.
Image – Mark Lippett ‘Last Days’
The Shire Hall Gallery is celebrating the return of its successful annual Contemporary Craft Fair on Friday 7 & Saturday 8 November. Open from 9.00 – 5pm and has free entry.
This year they have 11 exhibitors, including many Staffordshire based artists & designer makers.
With items ranging from handmade colourful glassware designed by Sarah Myatt, to Jack Laverick’s ceramic homeware & lighting, and from stunning textiles by Sue Christian, to contemporary Photography by Jon Cruttenden as well as a wonderful collection jewellery including work by Romayne Curzon.
This event is sure to provide you with a unique special handmade gift that can’t be found anywhere else on the high street.
Spooky Draw with Hannah Humphries
Wed 29th October 11 – 2pm
Come along to our special Halloween arts drop in. Get creative and scare someone with your very own monster!. Free family drop in.
A Printy Christmas with Iain Perry
Saturday 29 Nov 10-4pm
Want to make a special card for Christmas? Why not come along to our festive print day and create your own screen printed cards and envelopes. Free family drop in.
Saturday 13 December 10-4pm
Get ready for Christmas! Come along and make your own personalised willow wands and willow hanging start decorations. Free family drop in.
Art Cart Activities – free drop in self guided creative station available every Sunday and every Thursday in the school holidays.
Christmas Saturday specials 13th and 20th December 10.30am – 3.30pm
Contemporary Prints 15 Nov – 4 Jan
Winter Craft Fair
You can get even more information about what is happening from the Staffordshire county council arts service team here