Thanks to all the members that came yesterday to our AGM – it’s always lovely to catch up with member societies. Don’t forget if you have posters or photos from events we’ve supported we love to share them on here and our other social media channels and we’re keen to promote your events far and wide. You can send things directly to our Web Mistress Nia at email@example.com
The Executive Committee remains the same and Andrew continues as Chair, with Ralph as Vice Chair, Rod as Treasurer and Stuart as Secretary. Details of the contact details are here
Following the AGM we held our usual Executive meeting and agreed grants for Chanteuse – https://www.chanteusechamberchoir.co.uk/ & The Arts Society Stafford – http://www.theartssocietystafford.org.uk/
Our Chair, Andrew, has been busy preparing two excellent forthcoming evening events on local history
Thomas Anson’s musical world and his composer chum Anthony Kammell – including musical illustrations. This includes recently discovered unpublished material.
The Shepherdess’s Secret – The full historical background to the Shepherds Monument and ideas behind 18thc Shugborough – which I will argue are revolutionary, extremely important and little known.
Tickets must be booked through the library.
Telephone: 0300 111 8000
Your call will be answered by Staffordshire County Council’s Contact Centre staff who will be able to deal with your library enquiry
During Sunday opening hours, please call 01785 278351
Fax: 01785 278599
We’re forever trying to build up an image archive of events we’ve supported – so we’re very thankful to the Stafford Choral Society for sending us a copy of their programme for their May concert (along with their post event evaluation form) – you can find out more about the society and forthcoming conferences here – http://stafford-choral.org.uk/
Here are some photos of the Tree of Life the women and children designed in workshops with ICAP artists Helen Wilson and Mark Uttley
“We had a wonderful time as always working with this group. The children are thirsty to learn about anything especially creative)
The artwork was then put together as a large scale composition and individual designs were then digitally formatted and sent to the fabricators to be reproduced in perspex. The work is returned in panels of perspex rather like a jigsaw so it takes a while to piece it altogether.”
ICAP: Independent Community Arts Partnership is an organisation which facilitates innovative and challenging projects with two main artists who specialise in art workshops tailored to suit all ages and abilities. You can find out more about them on their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ICAP.Helen.Wilson.Mark.Uttley/
Good News – We have confirmed that Member Societies still get a 10% discount on bookings at the Gatehouse – we will advise members if this changes.
Furthermore, subject to some paperwork (namely evaluation forms from prior events) we have agreed funding for the following groups:
Stafford Choral Society – grant request £1,000
Musical Theatre Stafford – grant request £700
Musical Youth Theatre Stafford – grant request £300
As of the meeting on the 10th of January we awarded grants of the following amounts to the following organisations:
Adbaston Community Concert Society £340
Stafford Folk Club £450
Stafford Players £700
Konnektiv Arts £995
Remember we have grants of up to £1000 available to member societies – details on our website
Having not been able to hold a meeting in October due to not being quorate the Committee yesterday met for the first time since the AGM in October.
We’re excited to have Interact Arts join our members – and we look forward to helping them with their remit to provide fun, informal learning activities in the community, for vulnerable young people and adults, using drama and activity-based workshops and projects to develop individuals and their communities.”
Tree of Life Project in conjunction with Staffordshire Women’s Aid to engage artists Helen Wilson, Mark Uttley and Hollie Uttley in a outdoor based art project to enhance the children’s outdoor play area at ForWard House.
Keep an eye out for updated form with details of the new committee members on – grants applied for using the old forms will not be accepted – please check you’re using the latest ones available. Stewart our secretary will be sending them out soon. He’s also the person to contact if you wish to put yourself forward to join the committee, or about anything else to do with SDAC- he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Another successful meeting and grants have been awarded to:
StagedRight Stafford Youth Group – for them to put on Just So this weekend
We also confirmed grants for
- Musical Theatre Stafford
- Staffordshire Poetry Collection
Sorry for the delay in anyone waiting to hear from us in the last few months – but we’ve successfully had a meeting and can confirm the committee has agreed to fully fund the following grant applications:
- Adbaston Choral Society’s Autumn & Winter concerts
- Stafford Folk Dance Callers Forum
- Konnektiv Arts
a further application is having to be considered by e-mail but will be resolved asap.
We now have a new complement of money for the support of arts groups in the Stafford Borough – details of how to apply for grants are on our website