Dennis Gould and Jeff Cloves poster  

Dennis Gould and Jeff Cloves
host John Street Social Club

Friday 4 April 7-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
Free entry

Surviving RiffRaff Poets Dennis Gould and Jeff Cloves will perform work from their book RiffRaffRocks. RRR is about music: thirtyfour popular singers jazz and rocknroll musicians (plus a few poets) appear in its pages from: Blind Lemon Jefferson to Anita O’Day Aretha Franklin to Bob Dylan Miles Davis to Dinah Washington. They – and loads more celebrate the rhythm of our lives poetry performance 9 – 10pm meanwhile at the decks Ella Fantasia will also celebrate with her own mix of cool jazz hot swing Rhythm and Blues and Rockanroll. RiffRaffRocks published on 4th April by Ourside Stroud will be on sale at SVA for two quid and commemorates Pat(ricia) VT West who was part of the wandering troupe RiffRaff Poets from its first gig in St Ives 1971 and thereafter until her death in 2008 SVA beatniks – be there or be square.
Free entry

 
sixties hair   Back with the Sixties
John Street Social Club Saturday Special
Saturday 5 April 7-11pm
SVA, 4 John St, Stroud GL5 2HA
Emelie Kucharzik hosts a John Street Social Club with 'Back with the 60s.' Formal 60s retro dress, pop art with live and recorded interventions.
Free entry

  BandIt gig  

BandiT 12
Thursday 10 April 7pm (doors open)
Goods Shed, Station Yard GL5 3AP

Bandit 12 has the theme of 'Time' 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 55 students aged 8 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 7-9th April with the final performance at SVA.
www.banditmusicprojects.co.uk
Tickets: Adults £12 Children and concessions £6. Advance tickets from Trading Post & Maidenhill School

 
  Trumpet  

Stroud Jazz Sessions presents Stuart Kingston
Thursday 10 April 8.30-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Stroud Jazz Sessions is delighted to host Stuart Kingston, a superb trumpeter as special guest for the April Jam. See you there for our usual energetic jam and performance mashup night! Stroud Jazz Sessions is a hub for all to listen or perform jazz, 2nd Thurs of each month at SVA.
Tickets £4 (£3 performers) on the door

 
  sociial animals  

John Street Social Club
Friday 11 April 7-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

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 limited number of selected youtube clips of archive footage and informative curiosities..
Free entry

 
  Mambo dancers  

Mambo Mama
Saturday 12 April 9pm- 2am
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Mambo Mama is a celebration of exciting, complex, rhythmical patterns that have existed for over 30,000 years. With its roots set deep within the Voodoo religion, this musical journey will take you through the continents of Africa, North and South America, and the Caribbean in a night of Afro-Latin, Boogaloo and Jazz. 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 limited number of selected youtube clips of archive footage and informative curiosities...
Tickets:£6 advanced £7 on the door. Advanced tickets from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street, Stroud GL5 1AQ

 
  Front Room poster  

The Front Room
Saturday 19 April 8.30pm- 12.30am
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

New Live bi monthly music night curated by Mary Holditch and Jo Kašpar featuring: Break Mirrors, Bled White Boy, Four Mile House + DJs.
Tickets £6 advanced £8 on the door. Advanced tickets from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street, Stroud GL5 1AQ

 
  Man at bar   John Street Social Club
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
Friday 25 April 7-11pm

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 limited number of selected youtube clips of archive footage and informative curiosities..
Free entry
 
  cockcroft, Joy and Lax   Redhanded
1 -30 April
Tuesday to Thursday 12 noon- 6pm or by arrangement
74-76 Cromer Street
London WC1H 8DR

This month Redhanded presents paintings by Zoe Benbow and sculpture and installation by Alison Cockcroft, Emily Joy and Aimee Lax. Redhanded is a new temporary art space in King's Cross, curated by artists Sally Hampson and Esther Caplin in partnership with SVA. Redhanded is profiling work and projects that have been supported by SVA in Stroud and will build connections with artists, artist led projects and communities based in London. SVA has established a reputation for injecting energy into run down, redundant and empty properties in Stroud, Gloucestershire. This highly successful approach to local engagement and town centre vitalisation is now being brought to this central, well-established and culturally diverse area of London. There will be regular updates of its programme and workshops in weaving, printing and bookmaking. You are warmly invited to visit by arrangement during other days. Email or visit to join the network.

Regular meets & workshops    

  Life drawing  

Life Drawing
Starting again Tuesday 15 April
every Tuesday 7-9pm
starting Tuesday 3 December
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Untutored, bring your own materials, drop in classes. We simply share the costs of the model.
£3

 
  Stroud artists books   Artists Book Club
Wednesday 2 April 11am
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
 
  writing  

Creative Writing
every Wednesday 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

 
  decribing your work image  

Creative Network
Visual Research: Describing Your Work
Wednesday 2 April 6.30-8pm
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA

How do you go about talking or writing about what you do in a way which is interesting? How do you create a hook so that people and readers are left wanting to know more? This workshop aims to pin down what it is you do in simple, effective and approachable ways. Using a variety of techniques you will develop the appropriate narrative and content about your work. We will work on building confidence in your approach so that you pitch yourself properly to the right audience. The workshops are developed for artists and designer makers but they are open to anyone. The more variety and mix of folk the better! Bring your own refreshments (water, flask of tea, biscuits etc.), stationary (notebook and pencil/pens, ruler, eraser etc.) More information about the workshop contact Abbi 01453 824 804 (Between 9am-3pm)
£5 per session. Payment in advance is essential
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  Pete on the ivories   Wednesday Night Jazz Meeting
Starting again Wednesday 16 April
Every Wednesday 7.30 -10.30pm
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA

4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA (from Wednesday 9 April)
Open jazz workshop/rehearsal/"gig" - all musicians welcome, Pete Rosser leading, channelling Mingus/Brotherhood of Breath/Lester Bowie. Audience also welcome, bar open, chatting encouraged.
Free
 
  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