Friday 13th - Monday 23rd October
Social Media Sunday
Sunday 15th October
Bright and early, 6.00 - 7am a 3-way talk via FB Messenger with dear friends & ACT supporters Von Striker in Dallas and Mr Johnny Kim in Los Angeles! Yes I do get up early especially to talk with USA friends about business!
Time to THiNK
Tuesday 17th October
Up early with the lark again. Attended D2N2 breakfast meeting at BioCity, Nottingham, 8.30-11.00am at their Discovery building. An impressive line up of guest business speakers with Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG, speaking about Nottingham’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023; and Dr Glenn Crocker, Chief Executive of BioCity Nottingham, talking about the site’s facilities (the new £30m BioCity Discovery building was part-funded by D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation). This was followed by D2N2 Officer Matthew Wheatley, Growth Plan Manager, speaking on D2N2’s use of EU funding and its European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation.
Later that day 6-8pm I attended Business Business Networking at Rudyards. Hadn’t attended for quite a long time so was good to catch up with everyone led by Celia Clayton of Pin Sharp Marketing. Said my one minute bit updating everyone on ACTivities and telling everyone to buy their art prints by Joe Ganech and Marcus Gilmore now on sale from Nottingham TIC and Robin Hood Legacy/Robin Hood Experience. They were impressed!
Wednesday 18th October
Waved off ACT artists and my son, Marcus Gilmore to the city for his NCN lecture before he then headed to Ruddington presenting to Wig Wag brands creative agency at 2.00pm. He said it went great and they were very impressed with his illustrations of Wag especially Inspector Wag!! They requested more follow up creations so well done Marcus!
For me? A spot of domestic health maintenance! 11.45-12.30pm Beeston Dental Practice for a hygienist clean-up. Right cheek numbed!
I concluded my day 6.30-10.00pm with a fantastic evening with dear friend Fiona Greenslade at her and Tan’s House at Edwalton. What a brilliant interior designer/builder and landscape designer Fiona is!! Marvellous spread of food and sizzling company with 7 of us (photo below), great fun and laughter! Thank you Fiona! Xx
Have you heard about Hoodwinked?
... all before lunch!
For lunch I met up with Peter Bullock for catch up on PR and comms for Peter’s Shoes. Thank you Peter, always a delight to talk with you about upcoming events and publicity. And thank you so much for heeling and restoring my black suede boots!
Afterwards, I drove up to Nottingham Castle and dropped off bag to the Gatehouse Shop with all of Marcus’s and Joe’s mounted art prints (5 of them total) for Rachel James, NCMuseums Commercial Manager so she can select for display in the Castle shop and Newstead Abbey shop.
To end the day... 6.00-8.30pm I popped in to Beeston's White Lion Bar & Kitchen to see the preview of ACT represented artist Sara Gaynor’s Photography project showcasing her and her local fine art photographer students artworks. Fabulous get-together with Marcus, Sara, Matt, Amanda, Sheila and more. We all tried on Matt’s wicked wonderfully-made witch’s hat and Amanda took photos of us all! Can’t wait to see them us all on Facebook Amanda lol!!!
Everyone has a book inside them?
Friday 20th October
Dropped off some watercolours (by Leonard Searle) kindly sent to me by Miss Joan Searle in Suffolk, to Jenny Aldridge, Visitor Ops Manager, at Canalside Heritage Centre. Joan is daughter of Arthur Leonard Searle, 1900-1986 who was President of the Nottingham Society of Artists, and teacher of woodwork and metalwork.
Visit the Canal Heritage Centre mini-museum upstairs to see how the Searle family is connected to the Beeston Spray family and see photographs (and copied paintings) of both family members. Entry is £2.90 to the restored interior of the end Weir Cottage downstairs and upstairs. A real treat! I also discovered this amazing Beeston history website.
To end the week...
Marcus and I spent hours removing the canvases ACT artist Angelos Mavraidis (at his request) from their frames following the ensamble OutThere Exhibition so can be dispatched flat packed cost effectively back to Angelos' studio in Athens. Fine artist best friend Pam Miller said I should write a book with suggested title - "Fun, Flirtations and Fairs (The Joys of Being an Art Agent)" - Yes Pam, I think I will!!
Best Cake in Town
Media Catch Up with Caron
Almost at the end of this blog epic! 1.30-2.30pm Back home I take a call from Marilyn Comparetto who is an amazing international artist/agent and gallery/destination owner in Hertfordshire.
I finished off packaging Angelos’s paintings ready to be dispatched from local Post Office on Tuesday.
I ended this day Relaxing with Daisy, after her walk, and we settled on the sofa together to watch bits and bobs on TV. One programme broadcast on BBC4 I'd like to share with you. The Sussex garden feature was superb, mesmerising and meditative, you must see it on catch up if you can… programme of the year contender!!
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