Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Call To Artists - SAW 2012

Saturday 16th June – Sunday 24th June 

What is Sherwood Art Week?
SAW is a week of art events and exhibitions located in and around the heart of Sherwood. We aim to celebrate the creativity of people in Sherwood and encourage a sense of community by providing opportunities to showcase local artists’ work and give people a chance to make their own art.

Features of the Art Week include Art in shop windows, the Open Air Craft Fair, Open Studios, Exhibitions, Workshops & Demonstrations, Talks & Film, Music and opportunities for involvement by local children.

The event is keenly supported by local businesses, residents and the Neighbourhood Management Team for Sherwood & Mapperley and is organised entirely by volunteers who are artists and local supporters. Each organisation and business involved provides space for SAW events free of charge. Contributions from local businesses, Artist fees and grants help to fund the event.

Sherwood Art Week is entirely organised and run by volunteers.  
There is a core group which meets fortnightly and sub groups meeting on a regular basis to organise Art in the Shops, the Art Marquee, Exhibitions, the Craft Fair and Community Art.
If you are interested in getting involved in any way, from organising activities to publicity, from helping to set up events and exhibitions to fund raising please contact us at interest@sherwoodartweek.co.uk  or call Anita on 0115 844 7181. 

Call for Artists

Please submit the Statement of Interest Form (download links below). Forms can be collected at the meeting on Saturday 4th February or from The Place or send a large SAE (with correct postage) to The Place Activity Centre, 2a Melrose Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2JP.

Please copy the form if you are planning to do more than one activity.
Applications for the Craft Fair will be a separate process, details to follow soon.

Statement of Interest
Submit the Form with images of the type of work you do that you might show at this event (by post or online) and the £15 entry fee (by post only).  Cheques payable to ‘Sherwood Art Experience’.
You can bring these with you to the Artists’ involvement meeting on Saturday 4th February at 1pm at The Place or send in by no later than Monday 20th February 2012.

·      If you are planning to do more than one activity please make a separate application for each one.
·      You must include images of your work with your Application Form.
·      Fees are part of the revenue that pays for publicity and marketing, expenses and technical costs, and entitles the artist to sell work without paying commission.

Who can apply?
·      SAW is a community event and priority will be given to artists local to the area, but artists within the County will be considered.
·      All entrants must live, or be professionally based, in the local area (and not beyond the county boundary).
·      All entrants must be 18 years and over.


1.     Work must be set up by specified deadlines.
2.     All work must be original and the property of the artist entering the event.
3.     The number of pieces of work you can show will depend on your allocated space and the nature of your work. You will be notified.
4.     Work must be clearly labelled with title, medium, name, price (or NFS), contact details.
5.     Artists must be responsible for installing their own work with support from the Technical Team.
6.     Insurance for own artwork will be the responsibility of the Artist.
7.     Public Liability Insurance will be in place at each venue for the duration of the Art Week.
8.     Anything hazardous and a risk to safety will not be accepted - the organisers reserve the right to make the final decision in the event of dispute.

Art in the shops
·      PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT PROPRIETORS AT THIS TIME to avoid inundating them with enquiries - you may write the name of your preferred shop on the statement of interest form.
·      Work must be set up no later than Friday 15th June 2012
·      All work must remain in place from 9am Saturday 16th June to 6pm Sunday 24th June

·      All artists showing work at one of the exhibitions will be required to invigilate for at least one 3 hour session.
·      Work must be set up no later than Thursday 21st June 2012
·      All work must remain in place from 9am Friday 22nd June to 6pm Sunday 24th June
·      The Place Activity Centre will have separate arrangements with their members who want to display their artwork or demonstrate their craft skills on their premises.  All artists who want to exhibit in other venues in Sherwood or a shop window must provide the Statement of Interest Form.

Workshops/Art Marquee
·      All workshop leaders must have their own public liability insurance. 
·      All workshop leaders must comply with the Sherwood Art Week policies and procedures.

Download Application Form (PDF)
Download Application Form (word document)

Friday, 20 January 2012

Breaking News!

Dates for Sherwood Art Week are now confirmed as Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th June 2012.

Sherwood Festival in Woodthorpe Park will take place on Saturday 16th June where we will have a range of artist-led activities.   Art in Shops will be back and taster workshops will take place throughout the week.   Exhibitions will be open for 3 days from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June with the Craft Fair on Saturday 23rd June.   
More dates for your diaries over the coming week...
You’ll be very welcome to one or all of these meetings. You just need to bring your support, ideas and enthusiasm!
Craft Fair subgroup:  Wed 18th January, 7.30pm
Sherwood United Reformed Church (1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AA just off Mansfield Road behind the Sherwood Manor). www.sherwoodurc.co.uk   

Art In Shops subgroup:  Mon 23rd January, 7pm
The Samuel Hall, (Weatherspoons, The Old Bus Depot, Sherwood, NG5 2JN) 

Exhibitions subgroup:  Mon 23rd January, 7pm
The Samuel Hall, (Weatherspoons)

Community Art/Art Marquee subgroup:  Mon 30th January, 5pm
The Samuel Hall, (Weatherspoons)
Artists Involvement Meeting:  Sat 4th February, 1pm
The Place Activity Centre, 2a Melrose Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2JP  www.theplaceactivitycentre.org.uk

The next email will outline all the volunteer roles we need filling!  There are lots of ways to help in the lead up to SAW as well as during 16 – 24th June.  If you are interested in curating an exhibition venue, managing a community arts project, fundraising, stewarding or simply moving tables, the more volunteers the better!
Looking forward to keeping you posted.

With thanks and best wishes

SAW 2012 Core Team

Sunday, 8 January 2012

SAW 2012 Information & Meeting Notes

Happy New Year!
Many thanks to all those who completed our survey and came to the Involvement Meetings in Oct and November 2011. The notes of these meetings are available at the link below.

Now that we have finally updated the database and organised our emails we hope to be in touch more regularly with news from the newly formed subgroups and core organising team on how you can get involved in SAW2012.

Please email interest@sherwoodartweek.co.uk with your contact details if you would like to help with any of the following strands and shape Sherwood Art Week in June this year...

Art in Shops
Art Marquee
Community Art
Craft Fair
Core Group

...or just come along to the one of the forthcoming meetings:

Community Art subgroup meeting on Mon 16th Jan, 6pm at The Oak Tree, Mansfield Rd, Sherwood.

Involvement Meeting on Sat 4th February, 1pm at The Place, Sherwood Depotactivity centre, 2a Melrose St, Nottingham, NG5 2JP.

Hope to see you there!
With best wishes
The SAW team

Meeting notes 26/11/2011