The Droitwich Arts Network Blog

John Heminge- the Droitwich man who saved Shakespeare for the world

Heminge 1A temporary exhibition about John Heminge will be held at Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information centre, St Richards House in the summer holidays. The exhibition has been a joint venture between the Heritage Centre Staff, John Armstrong and Alan Davey.

John Heminge was baptised at St Peters Church Droitwich Spa on 25th November 1556. Heminge in partnership with Henry Condell edited Shakespeare’s first folio in 1623. Without the first folio Shakespeare’s works could have been lost forever.

Visitors will have the chance to learn more about this often overlooked son of Droitwich. There will be children’s activities available throughout the summer holidays, including a quiz and Shakespeare brass rubbing (small charges apply).

For more information contact Droitwich Spa Heritage & Information Centre. Telephone  01905 774312

E-mail [email protected].

Centre open 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am-1:30pm on Saturdays.

DAN members at Summer Exhibition in Artrix

The third Open Summer Exhibition is opened at Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove. The exhibition is stretching on all three floors of the gallery with a fantastic display of 47 artworks from 29 artists working across Worcestershire and West Midlands. This year, the selection and planning was in the hands of Young Curators from North Bromsgrove High School. Their choice of contemporary paintings, photography, digital art, prints and objects shows clearly their art knowledge and the well-thought concept that brings together diversity of artists and art styles. The students also have a selection of their own art, which forms an exhibition in the Vestibule Gallery (on 3rd floor).


DAN members on the Artrix Summer Exhibition: (l-r) Claire Hilton, Stewart (top) and Ruth (bottom) Bourne, Tamara Jelaca

Peter Hawkins is an artist-in-residence in the Meetbox

Peter Hawkins was an artist-in-residence from 20th until 27th June. Peter was in the Meetbox during the whole week, painting his new picture. The theme of the painting is a bit unusual for Peter who is the best known for his meticulously realistic landscapes. He chose to paint a scene from a busy Spanish street market full of people.  We all looking forward to see this painting finished. 

The Meetbox micro-residence: Tamara Jelača (6 – 13 June)

The Meetbox is hosting one-week micro-residence for local artists. It is a great way to give to the artists a space to work and present their art, but also for public to be introduced to local art scene, to meet artists and see them working on their newest artworks.

In the period from 6th to 13th June, artist in residence was Tamara Jelača. She was working on her embroidery for a design of the music album cover for 3-piece composition for piccolo titled “Shakespeare’s Winks”, composed by Argentinian composer and pianist Juan María Solare