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  Blues man  

John Street Blues
Thursday 18 September 8pm
4 John Street GL5 2HA

£5.00 on the door £3.00 concessions/members.
Musicians donate what you can.
John Street Blues is a monthly Blues night, in which musicians an non-musicians can enjoy blues music from every era. The night encompasses vinyl and digital music, film, and live jams and performances, in which anyone is welcome to participate. This month's event will feature Les Blanck's 'The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins'.

 
  Petrifaction by Numbers Adam White  

Petrifaction by Numbers - Adam White
Special evening opening Friday 19 September 6-8pm
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September 11am – 4pm
Open by appointment Mon 22 - Wed 24 September
4 John Street GL5 2HA

Adam White's creates innovative water colour on a vast scale with themes of 19th century science, derailed logic, scheming and subplots. Off-kilter evolution on an elastic leash. Paleontology without scientific explanations- hopefully you will learn nothing. Adam is an artist based at SVA.

 
  Drawing a Veil - ZoŽ Heath  

Drawing a Veil - Zoë Heath
Special evening opening Friday 19 September 6-8pm
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September 11am – 4pm
Open by appointment Mon 22 - Wed 24 September
4 John Street GL5 2HA

Zoe Heath's work is influenced by the surface texture, traces and marks from found objects. Layers of painting, drawing and print are built and then eroded to reveal a narrative from these objects. Zoe is an artist based at SVA.

 
   

John Street Social Club
Friday 19 September 7-11pm
4 John Street GL5 2HA
Free entry

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

 
 

Rob Auton's face

 

Mr Fluffypunk’s Penny Gaff
featuring Rob Auton and Liz Bentley
Alternative Cabaret with a spoken word spine!

Saturday 20 September 8pm
SVA, 4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Tickets: £7 advance, £8 on door.

Advanced tickets can be bought online here or from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ
Roll up, Roll Up for the 2nd Penny Gaff with your delightful host, Mr Jonny Fluffypunk, Stand-up poet. Sit-up storyteller. Give-up guitarist. This month's featured artist is Rob Auton who will be bringing 'The Face Show' to SVA. This show is about faces. This show is suitable for people who have a face or have seen someone with a face. Following on from 2012's The Yellow Show, a show about the colour yellow, and 2013's The Sky Show, a show about the sky, Rob turns his attention to faces with 2014's The Face Show. 'A talent to watch’ (Independent). ‘We need him’ (Scotsman). 'That's just sad' (Vanessa Feltz). 'Once immersed in his borderline autistic world there are all sorts of bizarre pearls of wisdom to behold.' (Brighton Argus on 'The Sky Show')

Armed with her Casio keyboard and ukulele, Liz Bentley has has had three successful Edinburgh shows and has been featured at events such as Ledbury Poetry Festival, London Literature Festival at Southbank and Alternative Village Fete, National Theatre. Through her experiences of mental health and multiple sclerosis, she strives to smash the apartheid between disability and mainstream arts. '£500 a line and other poems' (the title of her latest book) was a tongue-in-cheek response to the pressure of winning a £5000 writing commission from Shape (disability arts) as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Her show CBT, Crash Bash Trash (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Can Tick Box/Can’t Tick Box) toured the UK in 2011. Her latest show is AAA Rating (Age Anxiety and Alzheimers). 'A peculiar cross between Tracey Emin and Josie Long' (The Scotsman), 'Truly the most indefinable act I have ever seen. I wouldn't want to have missed it' (Three Weeks), 'Bentley is beguiling. Such an exhilarating experience' (Chortle).
More to be confirmed plus films, competitions and prizes!

 
 

Kathryn Clarke

 

 

The Design Studio
Kathryn Clarke and Liz Lippiatt
Friday 26 September - 1 October
Opening Friday 26 7-9pm
Saturday 27 - Wednesday 1 October, 11am-4pm
4 John Street GL5 2HA

A unique show from two designers who have worked both together and alongside each other for many years. Liz designs and prints the finest silk velvets making beautiful fashion accessories and cloth for couture. Kathryn works with sheepskin and fine English wools making bespoke clothing and bags. Liz and Kathryn have studios at SVA.

 
  Man in Pub  

John Street Social Club
Friday 26 September 7-11pm
4 John Street GL5 2HA

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

 
  Cosimic tour poster  

Mississippi Records on tour
'A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music according to Mississippi Records' (A film & talk presentation)
With live acts: Marisa Anderson, Lori Goldston and Dragging An Ox Through Water

Monday 29 September 7pm
SVA, Goods Shed, Stroud GL5 3AP

Tickets: £7 advanced £8 on door
Advanced tickets can be bought online here or in person from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ

A once in a blue moon showcase that features a brand new live film/talk/slide show presentation by Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records label boss and store owner) plus THREE live acts, all of whom have released records on the Mississippi Record label. Marisa plays emotive acoustic and electric whirlwinds, Lori wanders across borders with her atmospheric cello playing and DAOTW gloriously ruptures songs rooted in folk and country traditions. After the hugely successful ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore: Mississippi Records and Alan Lomax archive’ Tour Qu Junktions is super proud to bring you this exciting Mississippi Records bundle. Mississippi Records is modern day record phenomena, where there is never a dull moment and run with the care and passion that it is hard to suppress. Based in Portland, Oregon, USA it is a very local shop and a very outernational record label.
Eric Isaacson who helped set up and runs a lot of the Mississippi Records labels and shop activities is also a wonderful, playful and sincere guide through the highs and lows of music history with a keen eye on the marvellous outsider types. For this tour he will introduce a brand new show film/talk presentation and his fellow travellers are three musicians with super strong ties to the label, all on the bill and performing.
Marisa Anderson is a composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist inspired by Delta blues, West African guitar, country and western radio from the 60s and 70s, gospel, noise, rhythms, cycles, mortality and praise.
Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic is full, textured, committed and original. Collaborations famously include Nirvana, David Byrne and Cat Power. Lori also co-founded Black Cat Orchestra.
Brian Mumform’s Dragging an Ox through Water perform songs rooted in folk and country traditions, though ruptured, complicated, and complimented with broken textures of feedback, drones, tape hiss, and homemade oscillators. Brian has collaborated with TJO, Chris Johanson, John Wiese, Makino Takashi, John Butcher, Gino Robair, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Vic Chesnutt, Pete Swanson, and many others.

Watch Mississippi film clip
WATCH LORI GOLDSTON VIDEO
WATCH MARISA ANDERSON VIDEO
WATCH/LISTEN TO DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER

 
  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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