Vote, vote, vote for the Rotunda, Scarborough

Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum, the William Smith Museum of Geology, has been shortlisted in a national scheme to win a visit from a leading artist as part of the Museums at Night weekend in May.

The Museum, part of the charitable Scarborough Museums Trust, is down to the final four in the scheme, Connect10. Ten contemporary artists submitted outline ideas for an artistic project – museums nationwide then ‘bid’ for the artist which most matched their profile. They were then whittled down to a final four bids for each artist.

The Museum now needs its supporters to vote for it to win a visit from artist Julia Vogl during Museums at Night weekend – 16 to 18 May. Julia’s Connect10 proposal was to create ‘a huge interactive multi-coloured map of a community using 10,000+ vessels (glass, ceramic, plastic, metal, balloons) that can contain water’.

The Trust submitted a bid for her to ‘to create a unique visual representation of Scarborough, fusing scientific data with arresting visual representation and utilising a strong element of public participation. Her concept would be realised as an interpretation of William Smith’s first geological map of Britain (1815), which used hand-painted colour-coding to illustrate different geological strata’.

If the Trust’s bid is successful, the Rotunda will win a visit from Julia to oversee the project, plus £2,000 towards costs.

Scarborough Museums Trust Learning Manager, Holly Hyams, said: “In the run-up to the event we will ask residents to collect both the water vessels and the local rock/soil samples which, when crushed, will create the colour-pigments (echoing the delicate water-colours of Smith’s original map). These pigments will be collected during a series of walks along Scarborough’s coastline.

“The ‘map’ would then be arranged in the Rotunda Museum, whose iconic circular design was chosen by Smith to illustrate the order of rocks on the Yorkshire coast.”

Supporters can vote for the Rotunda to win this prestigious competition at Voting opens at 11am on 19 February and closes at 5pm on 5 March.

The Rotunda faces competition from the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, and Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.

The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Cheers to fine dining in 2013

Cheers to fine dining in 2013

2nd, 3rd, 9th or 16th March 2013

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is tempting their diners with complimentary bottles of wine for bookings taken for certain days in March.

Paul Brown, Commercial Services Manager explains “The first few months of the year are pretty miserable for most people, so we are offering would be diners a more enjoyable Pullman dining experience with a complimentary bottle of wine per booking to brighten up the gloomy months of February and March, as long as they quote “Cheers13” when booking online or by calling customer services.”

Are you still looking for that ideal Valentines present for your loved one?  Then why not take advantage of this great offer and book a Pullman Dining experience for the 2nd, 3rd, 9th or 16th March 2013 and quote “cheers13” in the comments section of the payment page online or by calling customer services on 01751 472 508.

For more information please call 01751 472508, book online or follow on Twitter @NYMR and Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Scarborough Art Gallery – Leighton at lunchtime

Art lovers in Scarborough have the chance to listen to a leading expert discussing one of the town’s most famous artistic sons next month.

Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator at London’s Leighton House Museum, will give the first of Scarborough Art Gallery’s annual series of lunchtime talks on Friday 1 March. His talk, entitled Between Life and Death: Leighton and Clytie, will look at Frederic, Lord Leighton’s, final painting Clytie, which is currently on loan to the gallery from Leighton House.

At the time of Leighton’s death in 1896, Clytie remained unfinished in his studio. The talk explores the background to this final work. What were the circumstances in which it was painted and who was the model Leighton used?  Painted as his health began to fail, why did this subject seem to mean so much to him?

Daniel Robbins was responsible for the major restoration of the Leighton House Museum in 2009 and has written extensively on the history of the house and Leighton’s work. Born in York, Daniel was a curator with Glasgow Museums before joining Leighton House in 1999.

Clytie is on display at Scarborough Art Gallery, along with five of Leighton’s sketches for it, until Sunday 31 March. It was purchased in 2008 for Leighton House Museum with the assistance of a £337,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and contributions from The ArtFund, The Friends of Leighton House and public donations.

Daniel Robbins’ talk will start at 12.30pm and last approximately an hour. It is the first of a series of lunchtime talks on the last Friday of each month until December (excluding April, August and November). Entrance is at the standard gallery fee of £2.00 (concessions £1.80), free to under-18s, holders of The Art Fund’s National Art Pass, and members of the Museums Association, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and engage (the National Association for Gallery Education).