Staying safe at home doesn't mean missing out. Here's a round-up of online activities, events, shows, and sessions that you can take part in.
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The Sidney Nolan Trust and Informality (the Oxfordshire contemporary art gallery) are showing the colourful work of Paris based, Australian artist Anthony White, whose work is being displayed digitally atThe Rodd, the 17th-century Trust HQ in Presteigne, on Herefordshire border, where renowned Australian artist Sidney Nolan lived.
Informed by research and following in footsteps of activist artists including Yves Klein and Rotraut, White's recently been creating work in response to Empires. He just picked up the Creative Arts Fellowship which, now postponed, would have brought him to the Rodd for a 2021 residency.
🖼️: Docile Bodies 2019, The Rodd, Installation view 2020
"If the oak stands alone who will summon the rain?"
Ledbury Poetry Festival & Queenswood Country Park just launched Poetry of the Woods and they're asking for online poetry submissions. Send your poems in and your fine words will be enjoyed by the digiverse and then convened for a special Festival reading event.
The poetry festival's official Poet of the Woods has started things off, and you can read all entires at www.poetry-festival.co.uk/poet-of-the-woods.
For more lovely words, see Ledbury Poetry Festival's Community Programme page which lists their online poetry workshops, all free to attend.
Hooray for CUP Ceramics who just launched these £20 clay kits: www.cupceramics.com/clay-at-home. They've teamed up with Pedicargo to deliver them around Hereford, and if you're further afield you can collect from outside the studio on Mondays and Thursdays.
Order yours here: www.cupceramics.com/clay-at-home
While we're talking ceramics, Eastnor Pottery held a weekend of studio tours and tutorials between May 15-18 as part of the Crafts Council-backed #HeyClay2020. Catch up: www.facebook.com/eastnorpottery
Free live broadcasts and interactive Q&As from over 100 writers and thinkers? Yes please. There'll also be the 5-day Hay Festival Programme for Schools with free films for chlidren and parents that aim to inspire creative reading.
Impressive stuff from the Hay Festival team who announced mid-March that the beloved book fest, like so many other big calendar events, would not be going ahead IRL.
The digital festival runs May 18 to 31.
We couldn't be at Hellensmusic in Much Marcle this week, but we love that festival organisers are bringing 'musicial greetings' to us.
They've started sharing short classical performances across their social media, starting with this from festival co-artistic director Máté Szücs, playing Bach in his garden in Hungary.
Local newspaper Hereford Times and Herefordshire Council have teamed up for this one, asking people to contribute photographs to the publicly accessible Life Under Lockdown collection. It's a real-time archive that records life right now and is already giving some insight into the good, bad and ugly of the current crisis.
We heartily recommend you submit a picture or two (and no, your Strava screenshots don't count).
Here's a digital exhibition showcasing a body of work produced by Hereford College of Arts second year Fine Art students.
An "eclectic mix of many different artistic styles exploring themes from portraiture and the body to music and the importance of materials. We invite an audience of fans and sceptics to embrace our work and decide for yourselves: is it art?"
Hay-on-Wye's HTLGI festival will take place between May 22 and 25, with ticket holders getting access to 100+ debates, music and talks across severn stages. You can see how it all works on their website, but they're promising social venues where you can video chat with fellow festival-goers alongside the interactive sessions.
Here's the line up: howthelightgetsin.org/hay/line-up
Early bird tickets are £30, while £45 will get you into the festival plus a six-month Institute of Ideas subscription (with online mag, and loads more talks).
Pentabus has been releasing regular #ruralrecordings in recent weeks and we're loving the White Open Spaces radio play series which you can listen to via the theatre company's website.
The shorts are from 2016 when Pentabus joined forces with Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd to create podcasts about race and racism in the countryside. Written by six world-class writers and performed by a star cast, they're sharp, funny and provocative.
If you can, please support the company - who are releasing free recordings of past shows every Friday - make a donation here.
This (online) exhibition from Herefordshire Archive and Library Services marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and features just a glimpse of the incredible archive material that’s safely stored at the Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre site in Rotherwas.
You'll discover diaries and school log books, letters, newspaper accounts and more. Virtual visitors will be able to contribute copies of their own VE Day memorabilia too.
The talented team at 2Faced Dance have produced a suite of online dance classes, podcasts and performances which you can find on their YouTube page. Donations are encouraged so please show your support if you can.
The Hereford based company has also pulled together Platform Quarantine, a weekly timetable of online videos, classes, and live streams from a range of Herefordshire-based creatives. Check out the weekly classes from Kris Saunders-Stowe at Wheely Good Fitness (15+) or Yoga for Parents and Baby from the Starlight Company.
Shire-based Our Star Theatre Company just released their first radio play. Victoria Station, written by Harold Pinter, is a 10-minute dialogue between a driver and a minicab controller. First performed in 1982, it's a macarbe sketch that gets intense but the comedy cuts straight through.
It's a first for Our Star Theatre Company, a Ledbury-based group that works hard to support younger theatre-makers. If you can support them, donate via their Paypal.
Back in 2018 The Courtyard produced The Goal, a 70s-set coming-of-age story which plays out as Ronnie Radford's right foot helps Hereford United win the FA Cup run. Archive footage of the show has now been released on YouTube.
Read more about the show, created in partership with Hereford Football Club, at www.courtyard.org.uk/the-goal-watch-online/
On Friday May 15 you can join visual artist Oliver Jones at his studio in rural Shropshire. Jones' inticing Skin Deep exhibition at National Trust property Berrington Hall, near Leominster, was installed but never opened due due lockdown, so this is your chance to see and hear about some of that work.