Thursday, 17 May 2012


Just a little reminder to all the participating artists (Art in the Shops and Exhibitions) that a short artist statement needs to be emailed to as soon as possible so that she can get them all printed and laminated.

Thank you.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Be Creative – have a go...

As you know Sherwood Art Week isn't all about art and artists, it gives you the opportunity to have a go at various workshops throughout the week.

This is what we have lined up for this year.

Art Marquee Saturday 16th June at Sherwood Festival, Woodthorpe Park

Come along to see demonstrations and take part in a range of drop-in workshops between 12 – 6pm at the SAW Art Marquee at Sherwood Festival.

Workshops take place at the Sherwood Workshop on Mansfield Road unless otherwise stated. Each workshop costs £3 and includes all materials.

Book your place by calling 07864 028 147

Monday 18th June

CROCHET A FLOWER 10am – 12noon

Margaret O’Mara

Learn to create a decorative crocheted flower,beginners welcome.


Viv Bowling

Make yourself a pretty chain using beads, wire and simple tools, add a pair of earrings or make a Shamballa bracelet.

Tuesday 19th June


Laurie Woodruff

An opportunity to mould, decorate and get messy in a supportive, understanding environment.


Michaela Waldram-Jones

Design and make a simple piece of jewellery using roller printing techniques.

Wednesday 20th June


Shamila Chady

An introduction to creating art using found or recycled objects. Materials will be provided or bring small found objects and materials to work with.

Hands on Pottery, The Place Activity Centre:


4.30pm - 5.30pm & 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Come and make something with clay. For adults and children.

Thursday 21st June

PAPERCRAFTS 10am – 12noon

Alex Cross

Layer, sculpt and mould paper to create beautiful 3 dimensional flowers for cards, gift wrapping and other projects.


Christina Williams

Try your hand at lino cutting. Cut a lino block and print it on the press. Bring a design or be spontaneous!

Friday 22nd June

MOSIACS 10am – 12noon

Sophie Robins

Introduction to making mosaics using glass tiles and recycled crockery.

LIFE DRAWING 1pm – 3pm

Sofie Dobbebaire

A dynamic life drawing session, explore a range of experimental mark making techniques. Suitable for all levels of ability.

Sunday 24th June

Sherwood Community Centre:

GLASS PAINTING 1pm - 2pm & 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Vesse Ashley, Crafty Glass

A Walk in the Transition Sherwood Garden and Community Orchard followed by glass painting on recycled jars inspired by the walk.
Children over 7, must be accompanied. £2 per item

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

What’s happening for Sherwood Art Week 2012?

Since the beginning of 2012, groups of volunteers have been organising this year’s Sherwood Art Week.  It was a bit of a late start but we have been busy planning a week packed with different events and activities.

Sherwood Art Week 2012 is taking place during the week 16th to 24th June

We start with the Art Marquee at Sherwood Festival on Saturday 16th June in Woodthorpe Park.  Nearly 80 local shops, pubs and businesses will be taking part in Art in the Shops, with a wide range of different artists and makers exhibiting their work all week.  We have a programme of have a go workshops organised throughout the week.  Exhibitions of local artists work will be held at a range of community venues (St John’s, St Martin’s and Methodist Churches, The Place and Sherwood Community Centre) from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th June.  The Secret Garden Craft Fair returns to the United Reformed Church, Edwards Lane on Saturday from 11am – 6pm with over 40 stalls, food, music, children’s quarter and exhibitions.  We will have an information stall in Room Full of Butterflies throughout the week for information and bookings.  In addition, a number of community projects (renewing some of the artists’ panels on the sides of the bus depot, a library mural, ATCs and schools work) have been taking place before the actual week begins.


Sherwood Art Week is entirely run by volunteers and its success depends on a range of local people getting involved.

You’ve probably realised we’ve already got quite a few people giving up their time to make all this happen – believe it or not, we’re quite enjoying it!

We also have some volunteers who’ve helped out before and have promised to do it again but we still need more…..

We have something for everyone from the preparation and physical setting up of the exhibitions and craft fair, to distribution of publicity material, to helping out at events, to simply telling your friends and neighbours what’s happening and inviting them along.  If you are thinking of getting involved, there is a list of some of the roles in a separate email to follow.

If you would like to volunteer at Sherwood Art Week 2012, please come to a meeting on:
Saturday 12th May 10.30am - 12.30pm
at The Place Activity Centre, 2a Melrose Street, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2JP
or contact us by emailing or call us on 0115 844 7181 or 07864 028 147.

Volunteer Roles

Before Sherwood Art Week starts

Provide help / technical assistance for artists to install artwork in shops
Develop Map or trail for Art in Shops and Exhibitions
Develop school worksheets/guides for local primary schools
Organise feedback questionnaires for SAW visitors/users
Develop fundraising activities
Collecting and preparation of artists’ statements
Preparation of press releases and following up opportunities for press coverage
Help collating information for SAW leaflets, website etc
Identify areas for publicity
Distribution of publicity

During Sherwood Art Week

Art Marquee at Sherwood Festival at Woodthorpe Park on Saturday 16th June

Help set up for workshops and demonstrations
Assist workshop leaders
Steward marquee
Promote Sherwood Art Week to residents at Sherwood festival
Take bookings for activities/workshops taking place during the week

We need volunteers to act as information givers at a central point in Sherwood during the week
Taking bookings and payments for workshops
Promote what’s going on during the week

Exhibitions Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June

Help with setting up in different exhibition venues before Friday 22nd June – moving and setting up display boards, signposting, help artists install work etc
Take part in stewarding the exhibition venues for the weekend
Help dismantling exhibitions and returning all equipment to storage on Monday 25th June

Craft Fair on Saturday 23rd June
Help with setting up on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd morning – constructing market stalls, getting site ready, signage, helping makers set up stalls
Stewarding on the Saturday
Dismantling on Saturday evening
Returning equipment to storage on Monday

Please come along to the Volunteer Meeting on:

Saturday 12th May 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Place Activity Centre, 2a Melrose St, Sherwood

and bring a friend! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


If you would like to be a part of Sherwood Art Week 2012 volunteer to help.
It could be erecting stalls, painting boards, hanging stuff, manning the exhibitions or one of many other jobs that need to be done to make SAW2012 another brilliant event for Sherwood.

Please come along to the Volunteers Meeting

Saturday the 12th May 10.30am -12.30pm


The Place, Melrose Street, Sherwood. 

Voluntary Artist Brief

Sherwood Art Week and Sherwood Library are looking for an Artist or group of Artists to create a design/mural for the walls of the stairway in Sherwood Library.

We would like the design to be:

·         Welcoming and unique

·         Appealing to people of all ages

·         Lead people up the stairs – possibly following a trail

·         Bright, but not overpowering; pleasing to be eye, but not bland!

It would be great if the design could be reflective of the local community and uses of the Library in some way.


We are hoping for simple and effective 2D images on the walls above and/or below the handrail  in an appropriate, sustainable medium.  
Between 8th May and 14th June (a period of approx 5 weeks) we hope the selected artist will be able to meet with the Library Manager to discuss design ideas and arrange times to complete the artwork in time for the start of Sherwood Art Week on 16th June. 


There is a very minimal budget to cover the costs of paint of £100.  In keeping with all of Sherwood Art Week projects, Artists are giving their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.


Application deadline: Monday 7th May 2012    Completion deadline: Friday 15th June 2012.


Please send a brief covering letter and some images of your previous work to or send to Alison Walker, Library Mural, Spondon Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 4AB.   
Your application will be considered by the Library Manager, Alison Walker, and representatives from some of the library users.  If you would like to see the space or have any enquiries, please visit Sherwood Library during normal opening times.    


Monday, 6 February 2012

Artist Trading Cards Registration Call

Sherwood Art Week annual Artist Trading Card event is coming to the Textile Workshop this summer, and we are looking for artists of all ages and disciplines to register now.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art. They can be created with any material imaginable. Cards can be made from paper, wool, wood, clay and more. The event is for local artists to network and see the variety of work produced. The actual ‘swop’ is not open to the public, but an exhibition of all the cards will be on display after the event at Sherwood arts week.

The registration deadline is March 16th 2012. A week after registration, participants will be contacted to confirm the number of cards they are required to create for the June trading event. If 50 people sign up for this program, participants will be requested to create 51 ATCs for trading at the June event etc.

Cards can be produced in editions (a limited number of the same card), series (set of cards with a unifying theme), or as singular originals.

The main requirement is the size: cards must be the same size as modern baseball cards <>  or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm x 9cm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ATCs must be self-produced and signed by the artist. The artists' name and contact information as well as the card title and the edition or series number is written on the back.

That trading event will be on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm at the Sherwood Workshop c/o The Textile Workshop. More details on the event program will be announced in the summer.

For more information phone at Carla 07799020174 0r Clare 0115 9604626
or to register by email at