Updated: Jul 8, 2021
I visited Nottingham Contemporary yesterday morning Sat 14th March and really experienced an inspiring few hours downstairs, with over 30 stalls by independent artists, designers and collectives from the city and all over the UK. It continues today Sunday from 11am to 5pm so I really recommend you to go visit if you have the chance. Talking to several exhibitors I discovered many were from Scotland, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. This is Contemporary’s first Print Fair and I predict they will repeat it annually over the following years.
Above are photos of a number of artists and print makers I spoke to. Those I spoke at length to were Nancy Powers (Original hand-printed lino cuts), Leicester Print Workshop, Canadian Geri Coady (Geri Draws Japan), Peter Knight of The Common Press, Crich, Benjamin at Dizzy Ink now at The Carousel 25 Hockley, and Todd Allan Stewart, Montreal Illustrator currently visiting from Dundee for this print fair.
I treated myself to this fantastic print of Montreal street (above) by Todd Stewart toddallanstewart.com Wow! I love your artwork and printmaking Todd. Wonderful to talk with you and about your creative journey from Winnipeg to Montreal to Dundee. Being a qualified architect and urban planning expert, which I have just discovered about you this morning from your website, I now see how you have become a master illustrator of children’s books and editorial. As said to you, I hope you enjoy walking around and looking up at our fantastic city centre & Lace Market architecture tomorrow morning. Being an art tourism expert and promoter, I would love to know how our architecture affects and inspires you.
I’m also currently writing a series of small children’s books (already recorded as diaries with photographs) - The Adventures of Tag and Miss Zippy - based on Tag, my English wire haired fox terrier (with sticky up ears like Tin Tin’s Snowy) and our explorations and adventures together in regional areas of England and Wales. So they will also become small tourism aids for each visited area. See my framed photo below with representational fine painting (actual) by Daniel Rose in pocket fob and my 'bible' Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2020.
At 12.00 I ambled down to another Wow! venue - https://www.yamas.co.uk/ on Thurland Street, Nottingham - to meet up with my InterNations group for superb Greek traditional Tapas & Meze. After two hours there and upon leaving, the restaurant was packed out and people queuing at the door to be seated. I thoroughly recommend this place for superb food and service. Bravo Yamas! Such an enjoyable lunch with international friends who had travelled from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. At 2.00 pm, I drove back home to Beeston and rested reflecting on what an awesome morning I had experienced. Marysia Zipser email@example.com
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
I've created new developments to my GARDEN ART front and back. You can see how my garden developed 2014 to 2019 under our More... Events and scroll down, on our artculturetourism.co.uk website.
At the end of February my front patch was changed from wild flowers area (of 5 years) with ground cover being copied to match the sandy coloured pebbling of my back garden. Existing lavenders, pulmonaria, cyclamen and other perennials remain in place as you can see.
In my back garden the seven year old lavenders had got too woody so are being gradually replaced with new ones continuing with the same and different species. All existing perennials and roses are growing well and being cared for. New roses are being added this month. I do like moving shrubs and perennials around if their current location doesn't suit them and re-arranging the garden colour palette to my taste.
Nature is my inspiration for my writing and blogging as well as my own art. My creative development embraces my sense of place and identity. The wild life visiting my garden increases in harmony year by year. Over the last six years, Art Culture Tourism has been evolving organically to keep in tune with nature, health and well-being. Marysia Zipser
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Last Tuesday 25th February saw myself and our ACT Team - Caron Lyon PCM creative, Inna Schutts and Dawn Lindson - launch our first 2020 podcast, and what an enjoyable and enthusiastic production it was!
Led by Caron, who is our podcasting and ‘extending the audience’ guru, we all met up at 10.00 am at The Bean upstairs,
1 Stoney Street, Beeston,
to set up the laptop microphone to catch our close chat together on all things “What’s On Local” for March.You can listen to it here on the link...
We had a lot to talk about so Caron had prepared a running order schedule with all our relevant event links to information, photos and blogs. It was a slick podcast, thank you Caron! We started off reviewing our experiences about Nottingham #LightNight 7th/8th February and then followed with what events we had selected and were attending during March.
Our special guest, John Currie, director of the Beeston Film Festival, gave a 5 minute talk about this 6th annual event 25th - 29th March. Launch night takes place on Wednesday evening 25th at The Berliner Bar, Chilwell High Road, Beeston from 7pm. ACT is a Sponsor of the BFF for Best Audience Award every year. Thank you John, you were fab!
Catch all the film session schedules and purchase tickets (only £4.00 each) on http://www.beestonfilm.com/ and Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
You can listen to the podcast here and download the Anchor.FM App to your phone. We hope you like it and please 'Like' and leave your 'Comments' after this blog - we’d really appreciate them! www.anchor.fm/artculturetourism
Our monthly Tuesday schedule for 2020 will be as follows, taking place at The Bean Upstairs, where we’ll invite you to pop in and join us as our studio audience including any of our local sponsors & contributors. Our
10-15 minute podcasts will be recorded between 10.30 - 11.00.
Tuesday 24th March
Tuesday 28th April
Tuesday 26th May
Tuesday 23rd June
Tuesday 27th October
Tuesday 24th November
Thank you everyone and let’s see how our ACT-ive audience extends and expands over the following months. We wish you to benefit from our “What’s On Local” podcasts because YOU are our best audience, and we care about you and community.