May Newsletter

Its May!

Here's the rundown of whats going on at west studios.

Upcoming Events



Young Contemporaries 2019

 10.5.19 - 24.5.19 10am till 4pm
The young contemporaries are a collective of students from Chesterfield College. They have planned and set up their own professional contemporary exhibition held at west studios. Previous young contemporaries have done their pieces in many different styles of art varying from sculpture, photography, prints and ceramics.
Closing date for all entries: 12pm, 10 June 2019.

Click here to find out more and see previous young contemporaries!

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Derbyshire Young Artist of the year 2019

14.6.19 – 28.6.19
Chesterfield College have launched their yearly competition to find the next Derbyshire young artist of the year, students from year 4 to year 13 are invited to have some fun and produce a painting, collage, photography or sculpture on the theme of “environment and me”. The finalists’ artwork, across a range of age and competition categories, will be exhibited in West studios gallery as part of our Arts Festival taking place from 14- 28 June 2019. The young artists will be invited to a special ceremony where the winners will be announced and presented with prizes!
Click here to find out more information and how to apply.

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'Without Malice Or Ill Will' Play by Ray Castleton

19/06/19 7:30pm
Come and join to see a heart-warming yet  humorous story come to life.
The story of a man gripped by the dilemma of facing the choice between family, friends, community and the duty to his oath and uniform.
Tickets are £10 each, which will definitely be worth the experience!

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Location: Recital Room
Give us a call if you need any further information or to hopefully buy some tickets!
Contact & Tickets: 01246 500799

 Summer Event 2019

17/08/19

 This will be a workshop style event similar to the Christmas event. Announcements will be made in the coming month about the workshops available.

Enquiries: hello@weststudios.co.uk


Courses starting in September 2019

Whether you just want to pick up a new skill or you have been working in the industry for years. These courses are for anyone at any level. Beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Click below to find out the dates, prices and any additional information.
Silversmithing
Ceramics
Video Editing
Visual Effects
Studio Photography
Photoshop
Printmaking
Clothing Making and Design

Chesterfield Grammar school exhibition

9.11.19 – 13.12.19 10am till 4pm
The building of west studios used to be the Chesterfield Boys Grammar School. There have already been a few projects that have been worked on over the past few years with the Old Cesterfieldian Society, a group of ex-students from the school. The latest collaboration together is an exhibition of artefacts from the school that varies from an old school magazine to silverware to elements of the uniforms like hats and ties. More information about this exhibition will be coming soon!

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Exploding Boxes

£12.50

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Belovedly
Zipped Pouches-£8.50
Clip Purses-£15

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Kumihimo Jewellery

Necklaces - £10
Earrings - £5
(Made using a traditional marudai which is made from smooth, close-grained wood).

Monthly Edit ~ May

This month, we have asked another of our enthusiastic work experience students to give us a run down of our Monthly Edit. Moni has researched our sellers featured in this months Edit. Let’s see what she found out…

Showcasing an abundance of vivid colours, this months Edit has a strong abstract theme running through it, which is sure to brighten up your life! This Edit is a strong reflection on the month of May; animated, playful and refreshing, it’s been constructed to offer the perfect transition from those dark, dreary months into the vibrant summer waiting right around the corner!

The Full Edit

The Full Edit

Prints (in the background) by Arwyn Quick, £24

Prints (in the background) by Arwyn Quick, £24

Cards by Arwyn Quick, £2

Cards by Arwyn Quick, £2

Arwyn Quick is a retired art teacher who has a passion for colour, (clearly). His work has been shown across the country and attracts a wide audience due to the variety of his work, from realism to completely abstract, however all of his work has been inspired by the influence of landscapes, nature and our very own Derbyshire Dales.

These abstract card designs work ambiguously and can be used for any occasion, the prints can be a brilliant gift or striking art piece in your home, provoking conversation with the kaleidoscopic nature of his mesmerising designs.

Magnetic Butterflies by Art and Minds Killamarsh, £2 & 50p

Magnetic Butterflies by Art and Minds Killamarsh, £2 & 50p

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Arts and Minds Killamarsh are a non profit organisation with a primary purpose of helping people out of isolation and loneliness, in regard to mental health. This organisation tackles a very current and important problem and by buying just one of these beautiful butterflies you would be supporting a worth while cause.

The water-marble design of the butterflies is hand done and with the unlikely medium of nail polish, this allows the magnets to be waterproof and durable decorations projecting summer!

Fabric Wallets by Blue Oxen, £5

Fabric Wallets by Blue Oxen, £5

Blue Oxen is an ethical and sustainable fashion brand based in Chesterfield. Unlike many other clothing brands Blue Oxen are conscious of their impact on the planet therefore use fabric from Kenyan locals or up-cycled materials.

Former Chesterfield College fashion student, April Spence, created Blue Oxen to offer a sustainable clothing company for the public.As well as making wallets she also creates clothes based on individual commissions incorporating modern contemporary styles combined with subtle African themes and inspiration.

Sausage Dog Tote Bag by Rollerdog Designs *reduced to £13*  Print by Arwyn Quick, £24

Sausage Dog Tote Bag by Rollerdog Designs *reduced to £13*

Print by Arwyn Quick, £24

Stacked Sausage Dog Cushion by RollerDog Designs, *reduced to £10*

Stacked Sausage Dog Cushion by RollerDog Designs, *reduced to £10*

These fun and quirky sausage dog designs by Rollerdog are a cute, unique piece dog lovers will adore. The velvety soft cushion and durable tote bag are items radiate a lively, summer feel.

Hand stitched Sari Silk necklace by Fiona Gypsy Bunting, £22

Hand stitched Sari Silk necklace by Fiona Gypsy Bunting, £22

Last but definitely not least of this months rundown of must haves is a hand stitched pom pom necklace. Fiona Gypsy Bunting is an artist who draws lots of inspiration from nature and folklore as well as using her artwork to express herself. This necklace is such a unique and original piece that you wouldn’t find anywhere else! We also have three new designs that have just come in today!

As with all of our items, if anything catches your eye we can reserve it for you to come and collect. Just give us a call on (01246)500799 or email on hello@weststudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Are You The Next Derbyshire Young Artist of the Year?

Chesterfield College launched their annual competition to find the local Young Artist of the Year at the beginning of this month. They are inviting school children in Year 4 to Year 13 to get creative and produce an illustration, a painting or collage, photography or a 3D sculpture on the theme of “The environment and me”.

Finalists’ artwork, across a range of age and competition categories, will be exhibited here at West Studios as part of Chesterfield College’s Arts Festival taking place from 14 – 28 June 2019. The young artists will be invited to a special ceremony where the winners will be announced and presented with prizes.

James Marples, Marketing Manager at Chesterfield College said:

“Over the last few years we have seen some amazing artwork from the young artists of Chesterfield. We are excited to be running the competition again this year. It is brilliant to be able to exhibit work from the artists of the future at our Arts Festival. The theme for this year is very topical and one which I hope will inspire people to get creative.”

Joseph Higgingbotham – Category winner of Young Artist of the Year 2018

Joseph Higgingbotham – Category winner of Young Artist of the Year 2018

Joseph Higgingbotham winner of the Visual Arts Year 12-13 category in 2018 said: “It’s great to see my work on the wall of an actual gallery open to the public, I’m very proud of myself to be honest!”

Oliver Lea, winner of the 3D category last year explains, “It’s a great competition and I’m really happy to have won. I’ve produced a few pieces with PLA plastic going through a 3D pen that I then draw with to produce sculptures.”

Oliver Lea – Winner of the 3D category of the Young Artist of the Year competition 2018

Oliver Lea – Winner of the 3D category of the Young Artist of the Year competition 2018

The closing date for the competition is 10 June 2019. More details, including terms and conditions of the competition can be found by clicking here