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Put Your Best Pencil Forward

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
Put Your Best Pencil Forward was a Big Draw project - a national campaign to encourage more people to get actively involved in drawing - run in partnership by Voluntary Arts Ireland and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery.

There were over 230 entries from all over the UK and Ireland which were displayed on the Facebook page. Curators from the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork then chose their favourite 20 drawings to be exhibited in their prestigious gallery space later this year.

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Epic Awards deadline is looming!

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
One of the initiatives we've recently launched at Voluntary Arts is Running Your Group - a one-stop shop for instant guidance on all aspects of running a voluntary group. If you haven't already signed up, go to runningyourgroup.org and create an account to get loads of brilliant free resources.

You can find out more in our Running Your Group weekly webcast, which goes through some of the benefits of signing up and gives you top tips on different subjects. This week, I was speaking about the fa...
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Twelegram

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, October 4, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
The artist Caroline Jaine has come up with a brilliant idea for an art exhibition. 'Twelegram' is a display of messages sent in by Twitter users from all over the world using the hashtag #twelegram. Caroline has made these messages into printed telegrams which are being displayed at Cobbles Yard Post Office in Cambridge from 4th - 20th October 2012.

I was very excited when Caroline tweeted me to say that my twelegram was going to be featured in the exhibition! Here it is in all its glory:
 
 

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Epic Awards 2013

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
It's that time of year again when we (by which I mean Voluntary Arts, the organisation I work for) are on the look out for groups from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who can demonstrate 'Epic' amateur arts / crafts activity in 2011 - 12. This could mean improving life in their local community, working across generations, using technology in a creative way or simply achieving something really special with their artform or craft.

The Epic Awards are free to enter and groups have until 30...
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Amateo

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, June 28, 2012, In : Photo shoot 
Last week I was at 'Everyone's a Winner' - the Amateo 2012 conference held at Cecil Sharp House in London taking photos to record the event.

Amateo is the European network of national amateur arts support bodies (equivalent organisations to Voluntary Arts, who I work for), of which Voluntary Arts was a founding member. Members take turns to host the conference, and in this Olympic year it was our turn.

The programme consisted of 3 strands:
  • 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • The impact of amateur arts act...

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Young At Art

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : Photo shoot 

Today I have been taking photos of some wonderful paintings by Ken Clasper and Bill Moore in preparation for the YOUNG AT ‘ART exhibition in October which is being organised by my friend Sheila Swinburn.

Ken will be 90 in October and one of his unfulfilled ambitions was to have an exhibition of his paintings. This led Sheila who had no knowledge of art let alone how to organise an art exhibition, to try and fulfil an old man’s dream. For advice she made contact with the Disabled Arts Club ...
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Epic Awards: The Movie!

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Arts and crafts 
It's been another fantastic year for the Epic Awards and it's been a privilege hearing about so many inspiring arts and crafts projects from around the UK. Here's a video I made to showcase the winning groups, who were:
  • Peterborough Male Voice Choir who turned their fortunes around with their innovative 'New Directions' project.
  • Phizzfest, a community arts festival in Dublin.
  • Renfrewshire-based drumming group, The Buddy Beat who made a wonderful video documenting the impact music had on their re...

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Book Review: The Art of iPhoneography

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Book and magazine reviews 
The Art of iPhoneography by Stephanie C Roberts


I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book and it didn't disappoint. It's a really quick read, but there's enough in there to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Stephanie starts with a brief look at the basics of how to capture photos with an iPhone. I suspect most people will just skip this bit as I did. Then she looks at a few key apps for editing. It was interesting to find out the apps that she rates and...
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