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 

Monthly Edit - April

This month, Chibesa, our excellent Work Experience student has photographed and written the words for our Monthly Edit. Let’s find out her take on the items I have chosen for you this month.

April this year is presenting to you a seasonal collection of unique items that are bound to add something unique to your decor for this fast approaching Easter. As it has been for most monthly edits now, this display has been put together by our lovely Emma. So why don’t you pop-in, have a chat, look around and then try to resist buying anything from such a wide variety of items. You’re bound to find something for anyone and everyone, whether it’s for you, your children, parents or why not a neighbour?

The Full Edit

The Full Edit

Let’s start straight down the middle with the thing that stands out the most. This Jute Bag by Jo’s Crafts and Bags. It’s simplicity makes it wearable with anything (and it makes for a nice decoration too). Doesn’t this make you want to go on a nice picnic? Or this could be great for an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!

Hare Hanger by Fiona Gypsy Bunting, £12

Hare Hanger by Fiona Gypsy Bunting, £12

Above we have this original, very meaningful, Tree of Life Hare by Fiona Gypsy Bunting. Everyone needs something like this in their home! Whether it’s to uplift you and to remind yourself of all the beautiful things in life or whether you’re trying to embrace a fresh start on a new chapter of your life. The Tree of Life incorporated into the hare represents only positive things so it can only do good to have this around.

Tree of Life Necklace (Hallmarked Silver) by Kate Singleton £45

Tree of Life Necklace (Hallmarked Silver) by Kate Singleton £45

Tying into the image before is this Tree of Life necklace by Kate Singleton made extra special using Russian Amazonite to represent the leaves that bring the necklace to life.

Floral Swallow Necklace by Beams and Bobbins, £9  Bunny Mug by Drawn with a Pencil, £7.45

Floral Swallow Necklace by Beams and Bobbins, £9

Bunny Mug by Drawn with a Pencil, £7.45

This very detailed rabbit mug by ‘Drawn With A Pencil’ represents this colourful season where all the beautiful tulips and peonies bloom. However, I wouldn’t advise letting your rabbit near flowers, especially not tulips unless you don’t mind having your garden devoured.

Bunny Pencil Case, Jo’s Crafts and Bags, £5

Bunny Pencil Case, Jo’s Crafts and Bags, £5

A cute pencil case by Jo’s Crafts and Bags, great for school or even just some of your essentials to carry around with you on a wonderful day of Spring.

White Mug with Platinum Crosses, Peter Swailes, £15

White Mug with Platinum Crosses, Peter Swailes, £15

You can’t go wrong with this Peter Swailes mug. Why you might wonder, well because it can fit into any occassion for anyone. It can be used for its intended purpose or you can get creative with it and use it as a flower pot for example. This will surely add some edge to your home!

Aries Zodiac Banner (SOLD, other signs available), Petit BooChe, £12

Aries Zodiac Banner (SOLD, other signs available), Petit BooChe, £12

Congrats, you’ve almost made it to the end. Well, hang in there because you’re not going to want to miss this! Up next is this Zodiac Banner by Petit BooChe. This simple hand-stitched design would be a great gift for any star sign. It’s simple and gets the point across.

Bee Plaque, Sombrero Printmaking, £12

Bee Plaque, Sombrero Printmaking, £12

Last but not least is Sombrero Printmaking’s Bee plaque. Celebrate the return of the busy little bees with this handmade piece hanging in your hive.

As always with our items in the Gallery Shop, most of these are one off’s or totally unique. Drop us a line if anything takes your fancy here.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed for Easter from 19th -23rd April, inclusive.

April Newsletter

Hello April! Hello New Website!

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We begin British Summertime by being able to tell you about our fantastic, new look website! You'll still be able to find out all the information you need and want but we have some new features that will help you to keep up to date with what we're doing, who we're seeing, what we're selling and, more importantly,  how you can be a part of all that. Have a look by clicking here...

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We have begun the planning process for our creative short courses for next year. We will be running Silversmithing, Ceramics, Video Editing, Visual Effects, Studio Photography, Photoshop, Printmaking and Clothing Making & Design. Click here to find out more.

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Whatever your event West Studios offers a contemporary and relaxed environment for any occasion. Throughout our meeting rooms you have access to free Wi-Fi, projectors and an interactive screen. Ideal for any event, all three of our spaces can be booked out and provide a natural flow from one room to another. Click here to view.

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Did you know that S40 Local magazine (and sister publication, S41 Local) are published here at West Studios? S40 is celebrating 10 years since it began this month! Simon Patteson, editor of S41 Local interviewed Paul Chapman to find out how he did it and what the future holds. Find the interview here.
Fantastic illustration by Hannah Bluish.

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More news from our Tenants; Jonathon of Petit BooChe will be at 'The Family Showcase' event with his beautiful, handmade felt toys and nursery decor. It is being held at The Roundhouse in Derby on 14th April. There will be up to 100 stallholders both indoors and outdoors, selling a variety of unique products for all the family. Pop down and have a look! More information here.

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The Almost Complete History of the Theatre   'Celebration'.   The Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Gekkota Arts help to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Pomegranate Theatre, which also happens to be Shakespere's birthday! Using characterisation, improvisation, devising, voice and storytelling techniques, our young actors have created new scripts for this unique showcase.l Tuesday 23rd April 7.30pm. Tickets £12.

The Almost Complete History of the Theatre
'Celebration'.

The Pomegranate Youth Theatre and Gekkota Arts help to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Pomegranate Theatre, which also happens to be Shakespere's birthday!
Using characterisation, improvisation, devising, voice and storytelling techniques, our young actors have created new scripts for this unique showcase.l
Tuesday 23rd April
7.30pm.
Tickets £12.

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Competition Time! Tenants S41 Local and Helen Rowan Photography are running a competition for you to win a Bluebells mini-shoot with Helen! 

Time to get creative ... well if you're under 10 that is!

Be sure to enter the competition as featured in the April edition of S40 & S41 Local to win a fantastic Bluebell Photoshoot with Helen Rowan Photography

Check out the video below for details and be sure to get your entries in by Friday 26 April.

Happy snapping.

Here is a link to the video for more information.

The search is on for the Young Artist of the Year 2019. Click the link below if you know any talented young artists who would welcome the chance to have their work exhibited as part of our Arts Festival being held at West Studios.  For more information,  click here .

The search is on for the Young Artist of the Year 2019. Click the link below if you know any talented young artists who would welcome the chance to have their work exhibited as part of our Arts Festival being held at West Studios.

For more information, click here.