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  Mad in England  

Mad in England
28 November - 20 December
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 - 5, Fridays and Saturdays 9 - 5
29 High Street, Stroud GL5 1DZ

Mad in England hosts a one-stop pop-up shop and studio for all your needlepoint needs and some other cool stuff- many of the designs will be at sale prices. There will be colourful kits to suit all ages and stages and some other makers goodies for sale. Makers Demos will take place on Saturdays, and you can drop in anytime for stitching advice. Part of SVA's Art In Empty Shops programme.
www.madinengland.com
www.facebook.com/madinengland

 
  Pennies Make Pounds  

SVA Christmas Art Sale
with Golden Dinosaur Bone hunt & Pennies Make Pounds
Friday 5 December 6-9pm
Saturday 6 December 10am-3pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

A selection of SVA artists will be opening their studios for a special christmas sale. Holly English will be presenting "Pennies make pounds!" upon entry to the painting studios, by giving away festively inspired collectable money. The ultimate good will gesture of free money. This project questions value - of money, of art, of your time.It's kind, not desperate.... Adam White will be hiding over 60 Golden Dinosaur bones around town in shops, museums and secret places in Stroud. The Lucky finders of the treasure can bring the bones to SVA's studios on Goodwill night where they will win an original artwork or an object of extreme beauty!

 
  Pop Up, Don't Preach  

Pop Up, Don't Preach
Friday 5 December 1-9pm
Saturday 6 December 10am-5pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Robbins and Roberts present 'Pop Up, Don't Preach', a pop-up shop with students from SGS Stroud College, selling unique and unusual artworks and creations for two days only. There will be a large range of affordable one-off pieces, including printed and screen-printed t-shirts, printed tote bags, a range of artworks made using wood, printed home furnishings, coasters, brooches, jewellery, cushions and more. All works have been designed and hand-made by the students. Grab an affordable artwork while you can - only open this weekend Friday and Saturday.

 
  The Ones  

The Ones Host the John St Social Club
Friday 5 December 7-11pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

A special John Street Social with the usual selection of film clips and tracks but with additional live performance from The Ones marking the release and launch of their Diviner EP. 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...
£1 membership on the door

 
  Reimagining Pluto Emily Joy  

Reimagining Pluto
Emily Joy

Goods Shed, Stroud, GL5 3AP

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 11am-3pm
A major new rammed earth piece by Emily Joy, the final part of the 'Gifts for Mother Mnemosyne' exhibition programme. A fleet of clay boats made by members of the public during the Reimagining Pluto workshops will also be exhibited.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Also supported by Stroud Festival,SVA and the Museum in the Park.

www.giftsformothermnemosyne.wordpress.com

 
  John Hegley  

Mr Fluffypunk’s Penny Gaff presents
The Winter Warmer with John Hegley

Saturday 6 December doors 7.30pm
SVA, 4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA

Hosted by poet and comedian Jonny Fluffypunk, 'Mr Fluffypunk's Penny Gaff' brings to Stroud some of the best, quirkiest and most interesting performers from the UK's comedy, spoken word and alternative cabaret scenes. December's 'Winter Warmer' special features the legendary comedian and poet John Hegley- the patron saint of spuds and specs; the bard of barkers. There's support from Stroud Football Poet Crispin Thomas, performance artist Uta Baldauf and our regular favourite, 'doom-poet' Bill Jones, plus DJ's til late, silly competitions and possibly a film or two.

Tickets: £8.50 advance, £10 on door.
Advanced tickets can be bought online here
or from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ

 
  SVA members Christmas supper club  

SVA members Christmas supper club
Wednesday 10 December 7pm - Full and Associate members
Wednesday 17 December 7pm - Full members
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Two special Christmas Supper Clubs - the first of a regular supper club which will bring members together in a convivial atmosphere hosted by specially chosen culinary experts. Our christmas chef is the wonderful Sally Kinnear. These supper clubs are open to full and associate members only. If you are an artist and would like to join or need to renew your membership (it's only £2.08 a month) please get in touch: briony@sva.org.uk or tel 01453 751440. We have limited places so please book your place as soon as possible.
Tickets: £12 per head for 2 course meal not including drinks. Book online here.

 
  Stroud Jazz Sessions Trumpet  

Stroud Jazz Sessions presents Nick Malcolm
Thursday 11 December 8.30-11.30pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
Tickets £5 (£3 performers)

Join us for a great performance set from Nick, which opens up into our energeti-frenetic jam - all welcome, singers, players, listeners. Stroud Jazz Sessions is a hub for all interested in jazz. 2nd Thurs of the month at SVA.

 
  John street folk  

Geoff Robbins
hosts the John St Social Club

Friday 12 December 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...
£1 membership on the door

 
  Yore Emmeness  

Robbins and Roberts present
Yore Emmeness
New works by Kate Merry and Daniel Sparkes

12 December - 17 January
Private view Friday 12 December 5-8pm
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10-4
SVA 4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA

Emerging from the genre of Comic Abstraction, Merry and Sparkes apply interventions into the quotidian fabric of life, injecting it with dark, comic motifs. Kate Merry creates playfully mutated hyper-idols that are simultaneously staunch and titillating. Found objects and painted clay combine in appealingly abject sculptures, strange and colourful products of a pervasive cognitive dissonance.Daniel Sparkes works predominantly in 2D, making dusty graphite drawings and using paint that flows like Peyo's ectoplasm onto found imagery, all with his uniquely absurd 'Seussian' landforms. The fused cartoon elements impose a personal gallows vision awkwardly onto our conventional, now seemingly flatter, world.

 
  Deadly-Creatures Presents Loaded  

Deadly-Creatures Presents Loaded
Saturday 13 December 8pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Deadly-Creatures Presents is back! This time we bring you the psychedelic Loaded from London with support from Sheena. Opening the night, Dollhouse UK have returned from the ashes with a new line-up; we're very excited. With music from the Deadly Creatures DJs. Free compilation CD with every advance ticket.
Tickets: £6 advance, £7 on door.
Advanced tickets from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ

 
  The Front Room  

The Front Room with Four Mile House & Peluché
Thursday 18 December 8pm
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

After a successful sell-out debut, The Front Room returns to SVA for a pre-Christmas night of live music and DJs.
Tickets on sale from Trading Post. £6 in advance or £8 on the door if there are any left!
More here - Four Mile House Peluché

 
  John street fun  

Sam Clarkstone
hosts the John St Social Club

Friday 19 December 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...
£1 membership on the door

 
  Great Western Lights  

Great Western Lights
Friday 19 December 5-8pm
Goods Shed, Stroud, GL5 3AP

Great Western Lights is a one way ticket from Nothing to Nothingness calling at Something departing from the Goods Shed on Friday 19 December 5pm. Refreshments will be served from the buffet car. The journey takes about a month and stops for new passengers at weekends 10–4ish. Your captain and crew on this epic voyage recalling the golden years of astral projection might include some trepid artists including Hal WJ, Neil Walker, Jack Wimperis and Reuben Forster. Special reservations can sometimes be made on daskardan@gmail.com or 07790990648.

 
  Disco Sucks presents Christmas Sucks  

Disco Sucks presents Christmas Sucks
Saturday 20 December 9pm-3am
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Disco Sucks return to deck the halls of the SVA with lights, smoke and speakers. Two room of festive fun from underground disco to balearic. 100% Christmas spirit guaranteed. Early ticket purchase strongly advised as this event is likely to sell out.
£6 advance from Trading Post £8 on the door if available.
18 + only

 
  Uplifter poster  

The Uplifter
Saturday 3 January 2015 9pm-3am
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Throw into the mix The Uplifter UK show, the beautiful market town of Stroud nestled amongst the Cotswolds, along with one of Uplifter's favourite venues in the UK - SVA, all together at once and you've got something really quite special... "We still haven't quite worked out exactly what makes The Uplifter/SVA shows so special but they are pretty unmatched for our shows in our books" Tom Uplifter
Roots Reggae, Traditional Jamaican Ska & Heavyweight Dub with Live Percussion. Featuring DJ Selector sets, Special Guests, Animated Projections, Live Brass, Good Vibrations
http://www.theuplifter.co.uk/

Tickets: £6 in advance / £8 on the door
Advanced tickets from Trading Post, 26 Kendrick Street. Stroud GL5 1AQ

 
 
Regular Workshops
 
  Life Drawing  

Life Drawing
Tuesdays 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

 
  Artists Book Club   Artists Book Club
First Wednesday of each month 11am
4 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA
Free

Stroud Artists' Books provides a shared space for our artists' books and practice.
 
  Creative 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

 
  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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