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New exhibition in the Meetbox

After NouveauStephen Evans is showing his paintings in the Meetbox until the end of August. Stephen is active member of Droitwich Arts Network and his paintings are often on display in the Droitwich art venues.

One of the newest paintings Stephen chose to show on this exhibition is ‘After Nouveau’  painted in watercolour and ink. Stephen says, “It was taken from a print I found in the October issue of the Artist Magazine 1896. It was an interesting, challenging but enjoyable project and was I very pleased with the finished painting.”

In his paintings, Stephen Evans shows an interest in various topics such as nature, animals, architecture, seascapes, people in action, and he is always willing to experiment with new subject or technique.

To see more of Stephens artwork, please visit his gallery page on this website. 

Up Pompeii this week in the Norbury Theatre

Up PompeiiA cult BBC sit-com from the early 1970’s written for the cult comedian – Frankie Howerd. This brilliantly crafted homage to this TV classic brings out all that was truly captivating about the heyday of bawdy comedy and innuendo and genius of Frankie Howerd.

The story is set in ancient Rome, before the huge eruption (Ooh Missus -see what I did there!) Lurcio (the part written for Howerd), the slave of Senator Ludicrous Sextus, and our hero and guide is attempting to deliver his traditional Prologue and begin proceedings but he quickly gets caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.

Why does Ludicrous not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife, Ammonia, return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius, Ludicrous and Ammonia’s e ete son, ever be able to write a decent love poem? Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be? (Hint – the clue is in the title!) 

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 heritage@droitwichspa.gov.uk.

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