School art project celebrated

Two local school children are celebrating after being recognised for their artwork at one of Worcester’s most well-known museums. Their creations, together with those of their classmates, are on display at the Museum of Royal Worcester and the adjacent Royal Porcelain Works from today, Thursday 23 January until Sunday 2 February 2020.

Students from a Worcester school celebrated at the Musuem of Royal Worcester

Flynn Howlett and Hanna Bogusz, Year 5 children at Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School in Worcester, have been crowned the winners of their class art project judged by the Museum of Royal Worcester. Kayla Bradley and Monty Barr were highly commended in the judging.

The museum is next to the historic Royal Worcester factory site in Severn Street, also home to the Royal Porcelain Works complex.

The art project was the brainchild of Year 5 class teacher, Stella Astill, who decided that the class should create Worcester scenes in the style of painter L.S. Lowry, famous for capturing industrial cityscapes, to link to its ‘Battles and Beyond’ class theme.

Rather than producing a ‘normal’ painting, the children were encouraged to create a commemorative plate design that represented Worcester’s main industries including Lea and Perrins sauce, shoemaking, and porcelain.

The Museum of Royal Worcester agreed to ‘judge’ the class’s creations and to recreate the winners’ designs on actual ceramic plates courtesy of ex-Royal Worcester artist Tony Young. The children will have these plates to keep.

“I was very proud of all the children’s plates; they worked so hard on them and really cared about how well their finished item turned out.  As their teacher, I found the whole experience so worthwhile for the children and the development of their art skills. Having the involvement of the Museum gave them purpose and focused them on creating the best piece of art which they possibly could.  We would like to say a big thankyou to both the Museum and Tony who were so helpful and accommodating throughout the whole project.”

Stella Astill, Year 5 class teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School

Sophie Heath, Director at the Museum of Royal Worcester, said: “We are delighted to have played a part in supporting this fabulous school initiative. We were impressed with the concept of bringing together Worcester’s industrial history and tradition of commemorative plate design at Royal Worcester; as an organisation, we are committed to engaging the next generation with Worcester’s proud porcelain and creative heritage and were therefore keen to encourage and support the school’s project. As part of celebrating and welcoming the children we are proud to be featuring a display of all the class’s work in our 20th Century gallery during February 2020”

Sara Matthews, General Manager at Royal Porcelain Works said: “Along with the museum, we also wanted to recognise and invite all the children involved in such a wonderful project to our historic site.  We have been very impressed with the quality, inspiration and endeavour in the children’s work and are delighted to feature a selection of their artwork in our foyer display cases.”

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Offices available for creative businesses

Incredible Office Let opportunity within Royal Porcelain Works, above Goodroots and next to the Museum of Royal Worcester.

Would your business suit being in the heart of THE cultural centre of the city?

  • Set in the heart of a stunning regenerated area of the former Royal Porcelain Works factory site
  • Combination of open plan offices with a meeting room and board room
  • Parking: unique given the property’s central location
  • Recently refurbished to an extremely high specification
  • 2040 sq ft (189.5 sq m) NIA

High Quality First Floor Office Accommodation available at Royal Porcelain Works

This first floor suite lies within the Royal Porcelain Works; a vibrant new cultural development in the heart of the city. The former Royal Porcelain Works factory site has been gentrified to provide luxury residential and office accommodation, you are surrounded by history and lots of character. The office is located within walking distance to the City Centre and junction 7 of the M5 being only just over 2 miles away.

Worcester is a great location which is situated just over 30 miles of south Birmingham, 27 miles from Gloucester and 23 miles from Hereford. Whilst offering ideal transport links, this allows the city to be a perfect base for businesses in the Midlands. Worcester has three mainline railway stations including a direct service to London Paddington.

Description
This stunning first floor office accommodation is accessed via a private entrance which fronts onto Severn Street.

Main office features include:
• Modern and spacious feel
• Private office/meeting room
• Allocated parking for two spaces
• Stair & lift access to the first floor
• Flexible working environment

The suite offers a very flexible working environment having an open plan office offering a modern feel whilst holding the character and history that surrounds it. The building is adjacent to the Henry Sandon Hall.

Studio / Office 887 sq ft 82.4 sq m
Meeting Room 332 sq ft 30.8 sq m
Private Office 237 sq ft 22.0 sq m
Ancillary Accommodation 584 sq ft 54.3 sq m
Total 2,040 sq ft 189.52 sq m

For full details and to arrange a viewing, visit Right Move or contact GJS Dillon on 01905 676169 or email:
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Christmas at Royal Porcelain Works

Worcester’s leading centre for art and culture has published it’s programme of events and activities for the festive period.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – is organising a number of festive events throughout December.

With a variety of Pottery Painting, Workshops, Craft Fairs and Exhibitions, plus much more available, there is something for everyone this festive season.

Etsy Made Local
Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December, 10.00am to 5.00pm

With more than 20 sellers attending across this two day free event, offering shoppers a wide range of unique and meaningful gifts, all part of the site’s aim to encourage people to both source and buy locally this Christmas;

Christmas Pottery Painting
Saturday 7, Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 December, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and Sunday 1 and Sunday 1 December, 10.00am to 4.00pm

These events offer a range of different Christmas ceramics to paint including a plate for Santa and a baby’s first Christmas bauble.  Booking is essential.

“We are delighted to announce our Christmas programme.  The spaces at Royal Porcelain Works offer themselves perfectly for such creative events as we are all about showcasing the county’s artistry and craftsmanship.  We look forward to welcoming you to join in our festive fun!”

Sara Matthews, General Manager of Royal Porcelain Works.

Book Club
Monday 2 December, 7.40pm to 8.40pm

This month’s book choice is the festive ‘Skipping Christmas’ by John Grisham.  Free to attend, no booking is necessary.

Christmas Wreath Workshop
Sunday 8 December, 9.30am to 11.30am, 12midday to 2.00pm and 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Delivered by Sweet Ginger Flowers, attendees will create a luxury festive door wreath, using traditional techniques and premium British foliage.  Booking is essential.

Christmas Arts
Sunday 8 December, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Participate in Art will host 17 artists and artisans offering unique oil and watercolour works, photography, pottery, glassware, jewellery, mixed media, soft furnishings and original pieces, prints and gift sets.  Free to attend, no booking is required.

Watermarks – An Exhibition of Watercolours
Saturday 14 – Friday 20 December, 11.00am to 4.00pm

This exhibition will host watercolours by local artist David Birtwistle, who, for nearly half a century, has been painting Worcester scenes and the local countryside.  It will also include recent examples from his travels in France, Italy, India and Ireland.  No booking is required at this free event.

Christmas Table Decoration Workshop
Sunday 22 December, 9.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Delivered by Sweet Ginger Flowers, attendees will create a Christmas table centerpiece, using a variety of flowers, premium plant material and seasonal foliage.  Booking is essential.

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Plates reinstated on historical site

Worcester’s leading centre for art and culture has unveiled a series of hand painted ceramic plates.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – has reinstated 30 plates in what used to be the Victorian showroom of Royal Worcester, the Henry Sandon Hall.

The original plates were also housed in the Henry Sandon Hall, which was built in 1851 to showcase the world famous porcelain.

The project – which took 3 months to complete – was undertaken by Royal Porcelain Works resident artist Tony Young; just like in the Victorian period, these hand painted plates – depicting local scenes and wildlife- will be on show for visitors to enjoy as well as serving as a lasting legacy to Tony, a local artist who has an established relationship with the site.

“In reinstating the plates, we are creating a new piece of history for the Henry Sandon Hall, whilst also recognising the incredible talent of Tony who has dedicated his career to the Works and is an integral part of the team here today.”

Sara Matthews, General Manager of Royal Porcelain Works.

Resident Artist at Royal Porcelain Works, Tony Young – who has been an artist all his working life – began his career at Royal Worcester in 1970, shortly after his fifteenth birthday. In 1971 he was named ‘Best Animal and Bird Artist’ by the renowned ceramics expert Henry Sandon.

His many special commissions have included painting the Queen’s corgis, as well as paintings for the Sultan of Oman. Tony has also built up a reputation for his repairs and restoration work which he also undertakes on site; these have included around 600 red poppies from the public art installation at the Tower of London which commemorated the outbreak of the First World War.

The original plates were housed in the Henry Sandon Hall which was built in 1851 to showcase the world famous porcelain. Displayed in wall mouldings, the designs were hand painted by the artists who worked there.

The Bransford Trust – which owns the site – is currently developing an area on site which formerly housed the Trade Showrooms; scheduled for completion early next year, the spaces will be available for artists to lease.

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


Curation of first 'Foyer Arts'

The Foyer of the Royal Porcelain Works is the ideal space for the display and presentation for sale of artworks. PIA have worked with the Royal Porcelain Works on many projects and the Foyer Arts Exhibition space is the latest venture in the support and promotion of the Arts and Culture in Worcester.

Open 9:30am to 4:30pm daily from 30th October 2019, in The Foyer at Royal Porcelain Works

The first Artist to be displayed in the new and vibrant space is Worcester based Stereo-graphic Projection and Nature Photographer – Anthony Pearson.

Anthony likes photographing trees, flowers, people, urban details and all the other stuff he sees around him.

"Sometimes I photograph pieces of paper. I also make stereographic projections. A stereographic projection is a sphere mapped onto a 2 dimensional surface. In other words, photograph everything around you, then flatten out the image."

Photographer Anthony Pearson, exhibiting work at Royal Porcelain Works throughout November.

Anthony reflects on some felicitous quotes; “Finding myself out of the gossip, I busied myself taking snapshots of everything in sight, enjoying my dislocation from events. Watching the miniaturized, reflected image swim prettily into focus in my viewfinder, I had the world exactly as I wanted it.” – Jonathan Raban, Arabia Through The Looking Glass.

“I have this funny thing which is that I’m never afraid when I’m looking in the ground glass.” – Diane Arbus.

“I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.” – Garry Winogrand.

For more information on Anthony’s work, please visit www.dankspangle.com

To purchase a piece of Anthony’s work on display at Royal Porcelain Works, contact: Chris on 07713 055999 or email chris@participateinart.com

If you are an Artist and wish to know more about exhibiting your work as a part of Foyer Arts at Royal Porcelain Works, or want to find out how Participate in Art can help you, contact Participate in Art directly.


Artist Work Spaces Available Soon

Royal Porcelain Works is approaching completion of its city centre, creative work space for the arts.

The original painting house will be incubation space for start-up creative businesses and artists, creating a buzzing artist community. The ground floor and first floor workshop spaces will be available either as single spaces or shared collective working spaces for artists, ceramicists, potters, photographers and alike.

The new offering will also house an independent retail unit which will enable artists working on-site to sell their wares.

Office space within the city is extremely limited and Royal Porcelain Works are delighted to offer 1,940sq ft in a penthouse office space, complete with roof terrace, plus 2,250sq ft first floor office space above the Nest café, both of which are available for creative businesses, who would like to be a part of this incredible centre for the arts.

"Royal Porcelain Works raises the profile of the fantastic level of creativity and craftsmanship that exists locally, helping ensure these skills remain relevant to future generations and those traditions for which the city of Worcester is renowned live on".

Sara Matthews, General Manager at Royal Porcelain Works

Royal Porcelain Works is a vibrant new cultural development in the heart of historic Worcester that features arts and crafts, a brand-new exhibition space, a fabulous new eatery and the world-renowned Museum of Royal Worcester.  Located at Worcester’s famous Royal Porcelain Works, this exciting new development is a hub of activity and events for members of the local community as well as visitors to Worcester.

Royal Porcelain works, originally founded by Robert Chamberlain in Severn Street, has been redeveloped by the Bransford Trust to create a new centre for the arts in Worcester – featuring The ‘Henry Sandon’ Hall. The 1852 showroom is at the heart of the development, refurbished to become a 140 seat capacity venue, equipped with the latest audio visual technology.

The Hall sits alongside The Nest; a unique, quirky, casual but comfortable, family friendly licensed Café/Deli serving wonderful fresh, simple food, delicious fair-trade coffee and teas, with an excellent bakery section featuring artisan breads and cakes, regional beers, wines and spirits. Above the Nest is The Studio, named after Sam Driver White, a space dedicated to providing facilities and opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to showcase their work and demonstrate their skills, in a purpose-built arts workshop and studio. These facilities, alongside a gallery and a courtyard, are host to an eclectic mix of events; including theatre, cinema, talks, antiques fairs, farmer’s markets and art workshops and exhibitions.

To enquire about renting Our Spaces, please contact Sara on sara.matthews@royalporcelainworks.co.uk or 01905 677399


Art & Performance Weekend

Worcester’s leading centre for the arts is hosting its first art and performance weekend later this month.

Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – will host the event on the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 24 August to Monday 26 August.

Artists will be showcasing their work at an art and performance event later this month

The event – which has been organised in partnership with Participate in Art – will include the following free events :

  • Portraits by caricaturist Andy Meanock;
  • An artist open studio and Meet the Artist sessions, including art work and live creations by Jean Baynham, Jantil Moon, Richard Delingpole and Jilly Oxlade-Arnott;
  • A long gallery of works by national artists including Steve J Harvey, Bic Beaumont, Rebecca Daffeh, Colin Clarke and Sam Fenner;
  • 3D glass fusion by Sarah Greening, glass pendants by Richard Evans and pottery by Chris Greening;
  • The first presentation of the new bone china ranges from fourth generation Worcester Porcelain workers, Josiah and Harry Davis of Kinver Ceramics;
  • White Sock Theatre performing three outdoor plays from its popular ‘Story Book Adventures’, perfect for children and families;
  • Production company Brain Cocaine will be performing a three day live installation of ‘Love Letters’, an organically grown art installation;
  • Music performances by the very talented Andy Meanock and other musicians booking places too.
  • Live Poetry Performances from Suz Winspear, Is Osborn, Claire Walker, Bob Woodroofe, Sue Johnson, Mel Wardle Woodend, Holly Yuille, Amanda Bonnick, Georgie Bull, Sharon Carr, Holly Daffurn, Scott Cowley and the new Worcestershire Poet Laureate Charley Barnes;
  • An extensive pop up bookshop of local and national authors and poets, spanning all genres and styles including a large range of independent authors and titles from both Black Pear Press and V Press;
  • An event information stand for Worcestershire Open Studios – taking place on the same weekend at various city venues – and Worcester Music Festival – taking place on Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September – with site maps, list of participating artists and musicians as well as festival merchandise;
  • Worcester Festival activities will also be taking place at the Royal Porcelain Works during the same weekend, including a set from Vamos Theatre, a day ofTry the Horn and The Worcester Festival Jazz Band;
  • A singing workshop ‘Un-Limit Your Voice’ by the Royal Porcelain Works in-house choir, Voices Unlimited.

“This is Worcester’s first ever art and performance weekend on such a scale and we are thoroughly looking forward to opening our beautiful spaces to host such a fabulous event.  Just a few minutes from the city centre, there will be something for everyone.  We look forward to seeing you there!”

Sara Matthews, General Manager of Royal Porcelain Works

Chris Oxlade-Arnott, Director of Participate in Art said : “Our event looks set to be an amazing weekend of culture with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists.  Suitable for all ages, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture in all its forms.”

The event runs from 11.00am to 5.00pm on the Saturday and Sunday and from 11.00am to 4.00pm on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Participate in Art was launched in 2016 to provide opportunities, support and access to artists, art communities and organisations.  Through exhibitions, galleries, educational services, talks, workshops, supplier partnerships and events, it increases the awareness and approachability of the arts.

For further information please contact the Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email enquiries@royalporcelainworks.co.uk or contact PIA on 07713 055 999 or visit www.participateinart.co/events.


Art Demonstrations by Tony

Royal Porcelain Works – which has been developed to showcase the county’s artistry and craftsmanship – has welcomed ceramic painter Tony Young to share his work and inspiration to residents and visitors alike.

Tony’s work is available to be viewed and discussed either in The Museum of Royal Worcester or in The Studio

Tony’s work is available to be viewed and discussed either in The Museum of Royal Worcester on Thursdays and Saturdays between 10.00am and 4.00pm or in The Studio – above The Nest Café – on Mondays and Fridays between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

The Royal Porcelain Works – which is based on the old Royal Worcester factory site in Severn Street – is a vibrant new cultural development that features arts and crafts, a brand new exhibition area, a new eatery, all sitting alongside the world famous Museum of Royal Worcester.

Tony – who has been an artist all his working life – began his career at Royal Worcester in 1970, shortly after his fifteenth birthday.  In 1971 he was named ‘Best Animal and Bird Artist’ by the renowned ceramics expert Henry Sandon. His many special commissions have included painting the Queen’s corgis, as well as paintings for The Sultan of Oman. Tony has also built up a reputation for his repairs and restoration work which he also undertakes on site; these have included around 600 red poppies from the public art installation at The Tower of London which commemorated the outbreak of The First World War.

“It is really fabulous to be back and I am honoured and humbled to be able to share my work and the inspiration behind it to visitors.”

Tony Young, Resident Artist at Royal Porcelain Works

Royal Porcelain Works was originally founded by Robert Chamberlain in Severn Street and is being redeveloped by the Bransford Trust to create a new centre for the arts in Worcester, featuring The ‘Henry Sandon’ Hall. The 1852 showroom is at the heart of the development, refurbished to become a 140 seat capacity venue, equipped with the latest audio visual technology.

The Hall sits alongside The Nest; a unique, quirky, casual but comfortable, family friendly licensed café and deli. Above the Nest is The Studio, named after Sam Driver White, a space dedicated to providing facilities and opportunities for local artists and craftspeople to showcase their work and demonstrate their skills, in a purpose-built arts workshop and studio. These facilities, alongside a gallery and a courtyard, are host to an eclectic mix of events; including theatre, cinema, talks, antiques fairs, farmer’s markets and art workshops and exhibitions.

Sara Matthews, General Manager of Royal Porcelain Works said: “We are absolutely delighted to introduce Tony and his work to our visitors. Showcasing his skill and versatility is all part of our aim to raise the profile of the fantastic level of creativity and craftsmanship that exists locally, helping ensure these skills remain relevant to future generations and those traditions for which the city of Worcester is renowned live on.”

For further information please contact Sara Matthews, General Manager, Royal Porcelain Works on 01905 677399 or email her at sara.matthews@royalporcelainworks.co.uk.


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