June Newsletter

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Well, hello there!

How have you all been?

We have another Work Experience student with us this month and he has very kindly put a short newsletter together for us. Take it away, Oliver!

June Newsletter

Here is an update on what is happening up at West Studios in June.

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Life Drawing with John King

As always we have another amazing set of evening sessions with John King coming up, these sessions will take place on both the 1st Tuesday & 3rd Wednesday of every month (you choose which you would like to attend). Join John in his working studio as he guides you through portraiture in various media as you develop and progress with your skills in his tuition. Each session costs £17.50 and runs from 6pm - 9pm.

If you do wish to attend these sessions, please contact John King by email: John@wallspacevisualarts.co.uk or by phone: 07795804793.

West Studios Summer Workshop Event

Our West Studios Summer Event will include a range of workshops with Petit Booche, Sombrero Printmaking, Sparky Ink Studio, Ray Castleton and many more to be confirmed.  

It will be taking place on Saturday 17th August 10am until 3pm at West studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 7LL. 

The prices are from £7.50 - £12 per session; please book your place early so you are guaranteed a place in these sessions.  

And any enquiries or questions please contact us by email: hello@weststudios.co.uk or by phone: 01246 500799

More details to follow…

More details to follow…

Pomegranate Youth Theatre

The Pomegranate Youth Theatre & Gekkota Arts offer weekly drama workshops at a low cost. If you love acting and preforming this is suitable for you, all participants will develop a range of performance skills within these workshops, including physicality, script, confidence, improvisation and movement. Even if you do not want to take part but love drama why not come down and watch these mind blowing performances.

Here are a few performances that will be taking place

If you have any enquiries about upcoming events and where they take place, please visit their website to learn about everything you need to know.

Derbyshire Young Artist of the Year

Chesterfield college launched their yearly competition where they find out who the next Derbyshire Young Artist of the Year is.

This year, students from Year 4 and Year 13 were invited to have fun and produce a painting, photography, collage or sculpture on the theme “Environment and Me” .

The judging is currently underway and we can’t wait to see who is successful!

The finalist’s artwork will be exhibited in West Studios professional gallery space to inspire and share the wonderful piece to students and members of the public. The young artists will also be invited to a special ceremony where the winners will be announced and presented with prizes to congratulate them on their hard work.

Without Malice or Ill Will; a play by Ray Castleton

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Come and join to see a story about a man working as a coal miner and then becoming a police officer 10 years later, he then faces his old friends across the picket lines during the year-long strike and has to face a dilemma of facing the choice between family, friends, community and the duty to his oath and uniform.

Come down to West Studios to purchase tickets to this wonderful play, tickets will be £10.00 and the play will be on the Wednesday 19th June 2019 and located at the recital room at Chesterfield College with entrance via West Studios.

The start time will be 7.30pm.

Give us a call if you need any further information or to purchase some tickets.

Contact & Tickets: 01246 500799     We do hope to see you there.

Courses starting in September 2019

Here are some courses that will be starting in September 2019 up at West Studios, even if you want to pick up a new skill or if you having been working in the industry for years these courses are fit for you and anyone else at any level (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced)

Here are the courses we offer through West Studios:

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Silversmithing
Ceramics
Video Editing
Visual Effects
Studio Photography
Photoshop
Printmaking
Clothing Making and Design

To find out any dates, prices and any other information that has not been mentioned please click the links above and they will take you to the courses we offer.

…last, but not least…

West Studios Shop has had a little move around

Just a quick update, the West Studios shop has had a little move around and also stocked up on amazing goods, we hope to see you come down and browse the wonderful things we sell and we hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Thanks, Oliver!

Chatty and informative, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The boy done good!

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 

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?

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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.