As part of the Romsey Festival, we are delighted to announce that the Bus of Many Things will be part of the Romsey Arts Trail on 2nd July. On this occasion, the space will be used as a gallery to show the work of Kaz Trinder, (www.accessart.org.uk/kaz-trinder), Ruth Facey, (www.awibc.co.uk/team/the-workshop-gallery), James Nash (britishwildlifeartist.wordpress.com) and TVAF Trustee, Julie Drury. Do hope we see you there!
Test Valley Arts Foundation, with sponsorship from BeWiser in Andover, are supporting local spoken word artist, Cat Randle, with her vision for a Spoken Word Festival in several Test Valley primary schools.
The aims are to give primary school children in years 3 -6, a means to provide spiritual, moral, cultural and artistic development and self esteem by creating and seeing their words in electronic print and communicating to the community.
Initially Cat would like the project to be piloted in 8 schools / education environments, including the home school network and special schools, to ensure inclusivity for all and to give children opportunities for self expression through writing. She is calling for Test Valley schools to take part. "I am excited," says Cat Randle. "This project is a new and fun way to look at English and will help students improve their literacy and boost confidence.”
With the aid of a spoken word artist, the event will commence with a writing competition which includes poetry, prose, flash fiction and short skits and the schools themselves will judge the entries by popular vote. All the winners from the schools will be displayed and performed at The Lights in Andover and an i-book anthology will be created to provide an affordable teaching tool to schools that can be used as part of Key Stage 1 as the reading and spelling words will be included as part of the contest.
It is anticipated that this project will commence in June and develop throughout the next academic year. Ultimately it is hoped that this will develop into an annual spoken word celebration.
If you/your school is interested in taking part, please contact Cat Randle on 07841032093 or by emailing her at: email@example.com
We are getting off to a great start in the 2017 events season. The Bus of Many Things will be at Andover's A Fest on 23rd April, and the wonderful Kaz Trinder (who might be wearing her red hat again) will be running an arts workshop for one and all from the bus. Do come along and join in the fun and also help to raise money for local charities.
Further dates for the bus to put in your diary:
8 July - Art in the Park, Romsey
15 July - Hillier Gardens, Romsey
16 July - Andover Carnival Procession
30 July - Eastleigh Mela
9 September - Romsey Show
21& 22 October - Mottisfont (with 2 further dates to be confirmed)
And remember, if you would like to hire the bus and an artist for your local community event, you can do this at an all in cost of £200. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
TVAF are delighted to receive a Community Fund award from Aviva for its Creative Digital Technologies project, sponsored by BeWiser in Andover. You can find out more about this project by going to: community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-3704
The aim of the celebratory events was to
1. Raise the profile of TVAF
2. Connect artists to local communities
"I found managing the TVAF 25 events incredibly enjoyable from the first meeting with Mottifsont in January right up to Thursday’s closing event" says John Baxter.
On Connecting artists to local communities
"We can do this when we get home" said people who participated in the Land Art events - fulfilling TVAF’s mission to inspire
We know of at least three instances where artists are now planning other activities as a result of their successful events; for example Amanda Kane Smith wants to take the TVAF Art Bus to a range of communities and engage children in crafts as part of a storytelling project.
The big successful events were where we were making appearances at other events such as Romsey Show, Andover Festival of Motoring, Hillier Gardens and Mottisfont Abbey. Kite Making at Danebury Ring was the exception where some 50 people came on a beautiful Sunday to make and fly kites. Some of the smaller scale events were absolutely beautiful and feedback showed people and the artists valued and were moved by them.
On Raising our profile
Back in the planning stages it was noticed that many people hadn't heard of TVAF but this has now been partially rectified by working with so many artists to deliver community events in such a short space of time at such a broad range of organisations. We expanded our activity into Romsey and it is important to continue to include the whole of Test Valley rather than perpetuating a division between north and south.
Organisations who partnered with TVAF such as Hilliers, Mottisfont and Hawk Conservancy have said they would like to work with us again and are now willing to pay their own costs as an investment in future art collaborations.
Altogether we estimate that we engaged directly with over 1000 people and had visibility to more than 8000 people.
Having hosted nearly 25 events throughout the Borough over the last 3 months, the TVAF@25 celebrations draw to a close at The Lights, Andover on Thursday 17 November. During the day there is an Art Exhibition of works produced during the anniversary period, followed by a Gala Performance in the theatre featuring the work of the Romsey Poets, Barton Stacey VIP Youth Players performing The Scandal of the Andover Workhouse and a professional rendition of And Now We Tell Our Tale.
The evening will end with the after show party in the bar with music from The Mighty Hump.
Tickets are FREE OF CHARGE and available from The Lights Box Office, 01264 368368
This weekend, TVAF are hosting a family arts festival at Hillier Gardens, Ampfield. Daniel Lobb and Laurence Dube-Rushby will be using Fire as their theme for a whole range of artistic activities.
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TVAF was initially set up in 1991 with initial funding from TVBC of £100k.
By April 1999 the reserves had grown to £136.7K. Some of this was a donation from the Colvin Estate, the origin of the rest is unknown. As there would have been expenses during this period, the sums raised would have been more than £36.7K. This, of course, understates the amount TVAF has raised, as it omits seven and half years of fundraising.
Using 1st April 1999 as the starting point, and 31st March 2016 (the date to which the latest set of accounts is made up) as the end point, our reserves stood at £89.7K, meaning that during this period we have used £47K of our reserves on promoting the arts in Test Valley. However, during the same period we have raised £467K. This is equivalent to a ratio of 1:10.
This calculation ignores donations in kind. For example Be Wiser have donated man-power to help manage projects that, at a conservative valuation, equates to £17K. In addition they have provided printing and publicity services which are difficult to value. Since April we have continued to use our initial endowment to raise over £30K in cash and in kind from the Arts Council, Be Wiser and Southampton University.
Apart from successfully raising funds ourselves, our grants to other artists and organisations can be used by them to leverage funding. For example, our grant to the Hub at Mottisfont enabled them to access funding from the Arts Council to add to the arts spending in both Test Valley and Hampshire.