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Get your mini-skirt on! Mary Quant’s in town

The swinging sixties comes to Droitwich in October with an event celebrating the life of miniskirt pioneer Dame Mary Quant.

Mary Quant is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the V & A Museum in London, but now examples of her work are being brought to Droitwich by V & A contributor Ruth Lowe, who will talk about the early life, career, and designs of this iconic British designer.

Dame Mary is known for her sleek, streamlined and vibrant designs that revolutionised womenswear and defined the look of London in the 1960s. Her garments borrowed from men’s clothing, took risks and blurred gender lines to create ‘unisex’ clothing. She is credited with defining the look for a new generation of women who rebelled against pressure to dress like their mothers. 

Ruth Lowe, an authority on Mary Quant, has appeared on the Antiques Road Show and The One Show, and was featured in the Financial Times’ monthly magazine ‘How To Spend It’. She is an avid collector of all things Quant, including an original Mary Quant designer mini car.

Droitwich Camera Club 2019-20 programme

DROITWICH CAMERA 2019-20 PROGRAMME
(see our website for full details of all events)
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2 Sept Open Evening: An introduction to Droitwich Camera Club

9 Sept Photograph Critique by Club Members

16 Sept Tai Chohan: ‘From Sandwell to India’ – Wildlife, Tigers and more

23 Sept Workshop Evening – Basic Processing; Storing Images; How to Prepare for a Competition; Focus Stacking and more.

30 Sept Sarah Howard: ‘An Image Seen’ – The thinking and techniques behind successful landscapes

7 Oct Monthly Competition 1: Subject: ‘Open’ – DPI’s Only Judge: Brian Swinyard 14 Oct Paul Ward: An Insight into My Work

21 Oct Roger Evans: ‘Sports Illustrated’ – Tips & Tricks from a professional

28 Oct Club Image Gallery – Members share some of their images and tell the stories behind them.

4 Nov Monthly Competition 2: Subject: ‘Portraits’ – Prints Only Judge: Michael Krier

11 Nov Andy Beel: The Digital Monochrome Print

18 Nov Colin Trow-Poole: Preparation of Panels

25 Nov Inter-Club Competition vs Kidderminster & Studley (at Kidderminster) Judge: Terry Livesey

2 Dec Monthly Competition 3: Subject: ‘Shapes & Textures’ – DPI’s Only Judge: Peter Gennard

9 Dec Philip Dunn – Street Photography

16 Dec Social Evening 23 Dec NO MEETING – Merry Christmas

30 Dec NO MEETING – Happy New Year

Tristan Harris has became the honorary patron of Droitwich arts

Local editor and stand-up comedian Tristan Harris has become the first honorary patron of Droitwich Arts Network (DAN).

Tristan, Editor and Worcestershire Hub Manager for Bromsgrove & Droitwich Standards will now play a key role in promoting and supporting a string of arts-based community events and activities, including visual arts, performing arts, photography, media, written and spoken word, music and crafts.

This year DAN held a highly successful art exhibition at Hanbury Hall and is organising a display of mail art to be held in Droitwich Library later this year. The network delivered Droitwich ArtsFest in 2017 and 2018, DAN will also organise next year’s festival, to include  art, music, dance, drama and creative writing events across the town. DAN mounts several art exhibitions each year and has a monthly programme of meetings and activities.

Chair of DAN Helen Karakashian said Tristan was uniquely placed to champion all forms of art in Droitwich. She commented: “Tristan has had poetry and short stories published in anthologies, written songs and plays, edited a literary magazine and presented on hospital and community radio. He performed a brilliant comedy stand-up routine at the ArtsFest last year and his children’s play, ‘Little Green Fingers’, staged in the Norbury Theatre’s studio was a great success. We are delighted he has accepted our invitation to be patron.”

Stephan Evans’ Gallery of Wild Animals

DAN member Stephen Evans is keen to show his artworks to the art audience and fellow artists. Stephen enjoys trying different styles and media, and we can always expect something new from him. This time Stephen shares the group of his paintings of wild animals.

“I have always been interested in large wild animals with a special fondness for large cats, particularly leopards and tigers”, Stephen says. “I have put together a gallery displaying a small selection of some of these incredible creatures painted with soft pastel chalks. It is a wonderful medium to use which I found ideal for my chosen subjects. I enjoyed ‘Painting for Pleasure’ these fascinating animals but I was inspired as well because many are sadly on the verge of extinction.

He continues, “I look forward to sharing some more of my paintings from my wildlife portfolios again. A selection of the range of subjects that I ‘Paint for Pleasure’ can be viewed by visiting www.droitwichartsnetwork/gallery-stephenevans/  ”  

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