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  'Playing with the Gods', Clare Bottomley  

Robbins and Roberts present
'Playing with the Gods', Clare Bottomley

Private View 17 October 6-9pm
18 October – 1 November
Tuesday - Saturdays 10am-4pm
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA

This first event at Robbins and Roberts is an exhibition of photographs by young artist, Clare Bottomley. 'Playing with the Gods' is an exhibition of photographic works by award winning artist Clare Bottomley who documents herself, family and friends in poses that often reflect upon religious iconography, addressing uncomfortable issues in society. Clare was awarded the prestigious Deutsch Bank Award in 2013 whilst completing her MA at RCA, London, where she also received the RCA Fine Art Bursary in 2012. Robbins and Roberts is a new gallery project at SVA, John Street, Stroud. Artists, Lorraine Robbins and Soozy Roberts will be taking over the running of the recently refurbished and purpose designed gallery space in the centre of town, from October, hosting a series of challenging and critically considered exhibitions and events.

 
  wanderers desk Emily Joy  

Gifts for Mother Mnemosyne
an exhibition by Emily Joy

Private View 17 October 6-9pm
18 October – 9 November, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 4pm
The Museum in the Park, Stroud
Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AF
6 November - 28 November, Thursday – Friday 11am – 4pm
Goods Shed, Stroud GL5 3AP

Stroud based artist, Emily Joy will be ramming over 10 tonnes of earth to make a new series of sculptures for her solo exhibition at the Museum in the Park and the Goods Shed. ‘Gifts for Mother Mnemosyne’ will explore how the past is recalled through the imperfect copy that is memory, language and image, and will be complemented by talks, film screenings, tours and a programme of workshops which will direct the form of a major new piece of work. The exhibition at the Museum in the Park also includes ceramics, drawing and projection, which combine to create a sense of character, a wanderer or traveller searching for a home. A major new rammed earth sculpture, formed using an old boat, will be created in the Goods Shed. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 
  Wednesday Night at the Fights  

Studio Nine presents
Wednesday Night at the Fights
Wednesday 22 October 7pm
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Tickets: £5 on the door

Studio Nine presents Chaplin vs Keaton, the fight of the (last) century! Chaplin's masterpiece The Immigrant is up against Keaton's fabulous The Goat with live SVA audiences getting to vote for who wins. The New Champ each Wednesday night climaxes the show with their own Surprise Classic short comedy. Live piano with silent comedy works best with an audience that has had time to coalesce into a bonded group. To help with this process we are featuring, before the main bout, what we are calling Selected Short Subjects. These include a 'Story Behind The Song' reading (a tale called 'Hollywood Beauty'), plus a few songs with lyrics by Leo Robin and also (uniquely) a bit of live cartooning, showing off one of Albert's failed comic strips, The Nudists. Book yourself in now for an evening where our own elderly polymath, Albert Lamb, will be offering Stroud something completely new and different in the fun department.

 
  Oliver Offord  

Oliver Offord hosts John Street Social Club
Friday 24 October 7-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
£1 membership

The John Street Social Club is a series of weekly friday night club socials hosted by different artists each week with visuals and audio to share in a non precious environment. The format: decks, laptop, and a selected number of selected youtube clips of archive footage and informative curiosities...

 
  Hot Feet  

Hot Feet EP Launch
with Cocos Lovers and The Magic Lantern
Saturday 25 October 8pm
Goods Shed, Stroud GL5 3AP
Tickets: £8 advanced £10 on door
Advanced tickets can be bought online here or in person from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ

As part of a UK tour, local band Hot Feet launch their eagerly awaited second EP, Mist Is Dust. Their set will be preceded by the intimately mesmerising songcraft of The Magic Lantern, fresh from the release of his second album, and followed by Kentish afro-folk 7-piece Cocos Lovers, who run the Smugglers record label on which all three artists are releasing their new material. This is sure to be a journey of musical splendour - start the evening quietly listening; finish with raucous dancing and hollering!

 
  Stroud Short Stories  

Stroud Short Stories
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Sunday 26 October 8pm

Stroud Short Stories returns for the 8th time with ten specially selected stories read by their authors. This time expect tales about a girl who joins a wild forest dance, a woman playing host to a strange creature, and aliens in Tesco's. So come prepared for anything! To submit for future events, please email your stories (up to 1500 words) to submissions.sss@gmail.com and visit our website http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/

 
  Wednesday Night at the Fights  

Studio Nine presents Wednesday Night at the Fights
Wednesday 29 October 7pm
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Tickets: £5 on the door

Studio Nine presents Chaplin vs Keaton, the fight of the (last) century! Chaplin's masterpiece The Immigrant is up against Keaton's fabulous The Goat with live SVA audiences getting to vote for who wins. The New Champ each Wednesday night climaxes the show with their own Surprise Classic short comedy. Live piano with silent comedy works best with an audience that has had time to coalesce into a bonded group. To help with this process we are featuring, before the main bout, what we are calling Selected Short Subjects. These include a 'Story Behind The Song' reading (a tale called 'Hollywood Beauty'), plus a few songs with lyrics by Leo Robin and also (uniquely) a bit of live cartooning, showing off one of Albert's failed comic strips, The Nudists. Book yourself in now for an evening where our own elderly polymath, Albert Lamb, will be offering Stroud something completely new and different in the fun department.

 
  Bandit 13 Superstition  

Bandit 13 Superstition
presented by Maidenhill School, SVA and longtrainride.co.uk
Thursday 30 October Doors open 7pm
Goods Shed, Station Yard, Stroud GL5 3AP
Tickets: Adults £12 Children and concessions £6
Advance tickets from Trading Post & Maidenhill School

Bandit the music workshop is back with a new theme of 'Superstition' meaning that the students will write songs about certain points in time. Special guests will be talking and performing on the subjects. BandiT is a three day rock and pop workshop for 70 students aged 7 to 17. Students throughout the community come together to form bands and to be creative in writing, recording and performing.The prime function of the workshop is to give young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to gain experience in musicianship, creative song writing, recording techniques and performance skills. The Workshop project will be held at Maidenhill School on 27-29th October with the final performance at SVA. Applications are still being accepted for bandit 13. Click the link to go to the Bandit website and down load the application form http://banditmusicprojects.co.uk/

 
  Social Johns  

Site Festival Open Studios hosts
John Street Social Club
Friday 31 October 7-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
£1 membership

The John Street Social Club is a series of weekly friday night club socials hosted by different artists each week with visuals and audio to share in a non precious environment. The format: decks, laptop, and a selected number of selected youtube clips of archive footage and informative curiosities..

 
  Alison Cockroft sculptor  

Site Festival presents
Autumn Open Studios

Friday 31 October 6-9pm
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November 11am-6pm

Various artist studios and venues across the Stroud District
Looking for gift inspiration? Artists are opening for a special autumn Open Studios weekend where you'll find contemporary hand-crafted unique presents for the upcoming festive season. Featuring a selection of Site Festival Open Studios artists across the district, visitors will be spoilt for choice by the variety of work for sale, with a collection of work that ranges from ceramics, paintings, textiles, jewellery, prints, and many more. An online Open Studios directory showing which artists are open will be available at www.sva.org.uk (Photograph by Nigel Noyes)

 
  Regular meets & workshops  

 

 
     

Life Drawing
Starting Tuesday 16 September 7-9pm
4 John Street GL5 2HA
Untutored, bring your own materials, drop in classes. We simply share the costs of the model.
£3 per session

 
  Stroud artists books   Artists Book Club
First Wednesday of each month
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

A shared space for our artists books and practice. We are open to new members. We hope to meet regularly at the same time and place on the first Wednesday of the month. Each month we will explore a different theme and the suggestion for our next meeting is edible books. Free
 
     

Creative Writing
Starting Wednesday 17 September 6.30-8.30pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

All are welcome - beginners and experienced writers. Each blank sheet of paper is a new beginning. The activity called creative writing involves investigation and discovery of your inner resources. It is a journey of self-discovery. It is fun. It is challenging and, as it reveals the power and uniqueness of your imagination, you will be surprised and delighted. The only risk is that you may get hooked. All it takes is pencil and paper and a slipping free of the internal censor. You will have a sense of having triumphed over your negativity, of having entered the jungle of yourself, explored it and realized there is always more to discover. You will have work that expresses your unique individuality that you can share with others.
More information: Rick: 01453 758215 email rickvick96@yahoo.co.uk
£5 per session

 
  Coffee Pot  

Artist Hub
Starting again Friday 18 April
SVA every Friday 11am - 12 noon

A series of weekly Friday morning coffee breaks for artists to meet, share ideas and find out more about what's going on at SVA

   

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