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 www.museumsatnight.org.uk. 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 www.nymr.co.uk 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).

Halfway to Paradise – 50s and 60s rock photography at Scarborough Art Gallery

Are you a rock ‘n’ roller of a ‘certain age’? Did you see the big names in Scarborough in the 50s and 60s? If so, Scarborough Art Gallery would like to hear from you.

This spring, the Gallery is playing host to a touring exhibition of rock photographs from the Victoria and Albert, Museum, London’s. Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock comprises over 100 photographs by Harry Hammond from the V&A collection, capturing the emergence of British rock. Hammond (1920-2009) was the first great photographer of British rock ‘n’ roll. Starting in the late 1940s, he captured definitive images of virtually every leading British musician.

The exhibition features many of Hammond’s most famous images of leading British artists, including The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey, as well as those of many visiting American artists including Buddy Holly and Little Richard.

The Gallery would like to enhance the collection with local memorabilia from the period, and is asking for local rock ‘n’ rol lveterans to come forward and lend their treasures.

“We’re looking for anything relating to the big artists of the period who played at Scarborough venues like the Futurist and the Spa,” says Scarborough Museums Trust Head of Collections Karen Snowden. “People might still have tickets, programmes, scrapbooks, or articles of clothing – we’d love to borrow them for Gallery visitors to enjoy when they visit the exhibition.”

Anyone who has items they would be willing to lend is asked to contact Karen on 01723 384506 or Karen.snowden@smtrust.uk.com

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock can be seen at Scarborough Art Gallery from Saturday 9th March to Sunday 14th 2013.

As well as photos of artistes performing, it provides an insight into the wider music industry – Tin Pan Alley, recording studios, disc jockeys and TV shows such as Oh Boy! The photographs are set against a soundtrack of rock music from the 50s and the 60s.

Born in the East End of London, Hammond began his career as a promising society portrait photographer. During the Second World War Hammond served as a reconnaissance photographer with the RAF. On his return to London he found himself increasingly drawn to the music industry. Using his talent and professionalism as a portrait photographer he began to photograph a new breed of celebrity – the rock ‘n’ roll generation.

Hammond captured the liberal, post-war public attitude that embraced the popular music culture of rock ‘n’ roll and earned respect not only for the innovative way he shot their performances, but also for his respect of his sitters’ private lives. In 1952 New Musical Express (NME) magazine was relaunced and Hammond soon became its primary photographer, taking some of the most famous images of the era and setting the standard of pop photography for the following generations.

North York Moors Railway – February Half Term new updated timetable

Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th February 2013

It only feels 5 minutes ago that the kids were heading back to school after the Christmas holidays but the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is all set for February half term with a fun activity trail between Pickering and Grosmont.

With the help of Tracker Jack, the railway’s mascot visitors that complete the trail sheet will be in with a chance of winning one of 5 family vouchers to visit the railway again in 2013.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also changing its Grosmont departures to provide a better service for its passengers with a 10:30 departure replacing the 16:30. Danielle Ramsey, Marketing Manager said “the change to the service will allow passengers from Grosmont to make the most of their day out  on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by providing an earlier departure than the current 12:30 offered.”

The Railway’s station tea rooms will be open and it’s a perfect excuse to stop for a scone and a cup of Yorkshire Tea before travelling up and down the line.

From 13:00 every day during the February Half term take up the special afternoon discount of reduced fares with adults and seniors travelling for £12, children at £6 and a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children traveling for £24.

Trains run every day between 16 – 24 February 2013,  a full day Pickering to Grosmont/Goathland day rover costs Adults £17.00, Concessions £15.00, Children £8.50 and a Family of 2 adults and up to 4 children £34.00.

For more information, please call 01751 472508, book online www.nymr.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get stuffed in 2013 with a new selection of tasty Pullman Dining Train menus

Stop thinking about your diet and start thinking about the delicious food there is to sample on-board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Pullman Dining Train.

The Pullman Dining Train season kicks off on 2nd March with the Moorlander Lunch menu a great way to beat those winter blues.

Gill Brown, Dining Train manager explains “we are delighted to be offering our dining guests even more choice in 2013 with new Italian and French menus and back once again our Murder Mystery dining train where our passengers are encouraged to get dressed up and take part in this dining and theatre experience.”

If the mouth-watering food and scenic journey through the North York Moors National Park wasn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, then the Railway is offering a free bottle of quality NYMR wine with any booking made before 31st January 2013, which might be enough to sweeten the deal.

Offer – Book before 31st January 2013 and receive a bottle of quality NYMR wine by calling 01751 472 508 or visiting customer services in Pickering Station.

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

Yorkshire in bid to be European sculpture capital

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to make Yorkshire the sculpture capital of Europe.

This major new project is spearheaded by the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

With support from the Arts Council England and Welcome to Yorkshire, the four galleries will work together to create a unique offering for visitors.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle will build on the county’s unique sculpture heritage as the birthplace of two of the most important 20th Century sculptors, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

Henry Moore, Three Pie#BE9EIt will encourage visitors to see sculpture at four outstanding venues which all offer free entry to world-class exhibitions and are visited by more than 1 million art lovers every year.

The project will also provide a boost to the tourism economy by signposting visitors to the great local hotels and impressive nearby restaurants dotted around the attractions.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “The Arts Council has invested significantly in several of the organisations involved in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and I’m delighted that we can support a project which will attract further investment and visitors to Yorkshire. It is a great example of how partnership working can help more people to become familiar with Yorkshire’s pre-eminence in modern sculpture.”

Following the opening of The Hepworth Wakefield in 2011 the county now has four major sculpture venues all within a few miles of each other.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the first of its kind in the UK and the biggest in Europe, opened in 1977 and is now one of the UK’s premier art attractions. The park has continued to be popular since its creation; 2011 proved to be the best year in the sculpture park’s history with 350,000 visitors passing through its doors.

The Leeds Art Gallery has been a much loved cultural highlight in the heart of the city for over a century, with visitor figures now pushing half a million a year. The gallery’s fabulous art collection is designated by the Government as being of national and international importance and it is particularly strong in the area of twentieth century sculpture including works by Moore, Hepworth and Gormley.

Linked to Leeds Art Gallery by a glass bridge, the Henry Moore Institute is not only an impressive art gallery but maintains a reputation as a world-leading centre for the study of sculpture. It is part of The Henry Moore Foundation, which was set up by the artist in 1977 and is now one of the UK’s leading arts charities.  Hosting temporary exhibitions ranging from ancient to contemporary sculpture, the Institute also has a unique sculpture library which is open to members of the public and scholars alike.

The newly opened The Hepworth Wakefield is named after one of the city’s most famous former residents, artist Barbara Hepworth. Opened in early 2011 as the largest new gallery outside London, the initial target of 150,000 visitors in the first year of operation was smashed when this many people visited in the first few weeks. By the end of the year over half a million people had passed through its doors, three times the number expected, putting it firmly in the top 3 most visited galleries in Britain.

Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1, 1961-2. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Photo Jonty WildeGary Verity chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire believes the secret will be to not only showcase the cultural attractions but to also signpost visitors to the terrific selection of hotels, bars and restaurants surrounding them.

He said: “We will be highlighting how to get to Yorkshire, how to travel from gallery to gallery as well as signposting visitors towards the great places to stay and impressive places to eat. We will make it easy for those tempted, to come to Yorkshire and see some of the best sculpture in the world.”

There will be an impressive programme for 2013 including; The Henry Moore Institute which will exhibit sculptures by Dennis Oppenheim featuring fireworks and flares. Leeds Art Gallery will be home to the prestigious Northern Art Prize, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will host the biggest UK exhibition to date by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and

The Hepworth Wakefield will present the UK premier of a dynamic new performance piece by artist Linder Sterling. It will include collaborations with Northern Ballet, British fashion designer Pam Hogg, and musician Stuart McCallum.

A major TV and high-profile marketing campaign will promote the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle with new brochures and a website to attract visitors and spread the word.

People are urged to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle website www.Ysculpture.co.uk; follow on Twitter @Ysculpture and #Ysculpture and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YorkshireSculptureTriangle.

Apple Remote App not working with Apple TV?

Apple Remote App not working with Apple TV?

We had this very issue this week!

The trusty iPad could throw YouTube clips to the Apple TV but we could not use it to control the Apple TV itself using the Apple Remote App.

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Strange goings on

Answer, we had used the wired only connection to connect the Apple TV to the network (naturally we thought this would result in a faster more reliable connection), when we made the Apple TV use the wireless network the problem went away. Strange!!!

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Acts 2013

All announced acts for the Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2013 season.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2013 events

Status Quo 27th July – £35 per ticket (Tickets on sale)

Brit Award winning and triple platinum album selling rock band Status Quo, whose famous ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ track is instantly recognised around the globe, is the first act to be announced for next summer’s line up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

On Saturday 27 July, Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andrew Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Matt Ledley will rock the stage with one of their legendary live performances, treating fans to many of Quo’s most popular hits from the last 50 years.

Status Quo’s total world-wide record sales exceed 118 million units.  The band has recorded 64 British hit singles, more than any other band, with 22 of those reaching the UK Top 10.  Quo’s 1990 ‘Rockin’ All Over The Years’ album sold over 1.1 million units in Great Britain, attaining triple platinum sales status.  The album spent over six months in the British Albums Chart, including ten weeks in the Top 10.  World-wide sales of the album exceed seven million.

McFly 30th August – £32.50 per ticket (Tickets on sale)

On Friday 30 August, band members Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd will wow fans with energetic performances of a string of their hit records, recorded since the band formed in 2003.

McFly has sold more than 10 million records worldwide.  In 2005, the band won the Brit Award for Best British Pop Act.  Their debut album, Room on the 3rd Floor, debuted at number 1 in the UK Album Chart and is certified as double platinum.  It led to them earning an award from Guinness World Records for the youngest band ever to have an album debut at number 1 – a title they took from The Beatles.

By November 2010, McFly had eighteen consecutive top twenty singles, seven of which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and fifteen of which were consecutive top ten singles.  The band has just released their ‘Best of’ album ‘Memory Lane’.

Leona Lewis 12th July – £35 (Tickets on sale)

Leona Lewis is to play Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on Friday 12 July 2013. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday 21st January.

Leona Lewis first came to prominence after winning of the third series of The X Factor in 2006. A multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, Lewis’s most successful single, “Bleeding Love”, reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, and was the best-selling single worldwide in 2008.
She was proclaimed “Top New Artist” by Billboard magazine in 2008. Her two albums Spirit and Echo, released in 2007 and 2009 respectively, have collectively sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide and topped the charts in numerous countries. Lewis’s debut tour, The Labyrinth, took place in 2010. As of December 2001, Lewis has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Her third album Glassheart was release 12 October 2012. It was preceded by the single “Collide”, which became her seventh top-five hit in the UK. With the release of Hurt: The EP and “Trouble”, Lewis has had nine top-ten hits in the UK.

The Wanted June 14th – £32.50 (Tickets on sale)

The Wanted are set to perform at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. As of writing this is their only UK tour date. The Wanted are an English-Irish boy band, formed in 2009 who made their debut release in July 2010. The group consists of members Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran and are currently signed to Island Records and in the US Mercury Records.

Their debut album, The Wanted, was released on 25th October 2010 and peak at #4 in the UK. The album had three UK top twenty singles released from it. Their debut single, “All Time Low” which hit the UK #1 spot, “Heart Vacancy” which reached #2 and “Lose My Mind” which managed a peak of #19 in the UK.

Happy Mondays 22nd June – £32.50 (Tickets on sale)

Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1980, the band’s original line-up was Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark “Bez” Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta Satchell joined the band to provide backing vocals in the earl 1990s.

Olly Murs 6th June – £35 (Tickets on sale)

Olly Murs rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. In late August 2010, Murs released his debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, which debuted at number one on the UK SIngles Charts, becoming Murs’ second number one single after releasing “You Are Not Alone” with the other series 6 finalists. He is currently signed to Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Columbia Records in the United States, and Syco Music.

Katherine Jenkins 3rd August – £38.50 (Tickets on sale)

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on British and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her album received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities.

The Saturdays 23rd August – £32 (Tickets on sale)

The Saturdays are an English-Irish gril group based in London, England. The band formed in 2007. The band rose to fame with the release of their debut single “If This is Love”, which gave them their first top-ten hit. They later released their debut studio album Chasing Lights. It was accredited platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry, while “Up”, “Issues” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” all received silver certifications. To date, the band have released thirteen singles in the United Kingdom; eleven of which have become top-ten hits.

NYMR 40th Anniversary Logo Winner

40th_LogoThe North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced details of the official logo chosen for the NYMR 40th Anniversary in 2013.

After hundreds of entries the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce the winner of the 40th Anniversary Logo Competition as James Bozeat, 13 years old from Scarborough and a member of the Railway’s Junior Volunteers Group.

Danielle Ramsey Marketing Manager explains, “The NYMR is delighted to announce James’s design as our official emblem for the 40th Anniversary in 2013. We were inundated with entries but eventually after much debate narrowed it down to 12 finalists with James coming out as the clear winner.”

All entries had to include a reference to either NYMR or North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the number 40 with entrants accepted from anyone under the age of 16.  The chosen logo will feature on items ranging from retail products, in all marketing campaigns and on all 465, 000 NYMR 2013 timetables to mark this landmark year for the charity. All previous emblems have all been created by professionals, or taken on logos adapted from the previous Railway artwork when the line was connected to the main line.

James who came up to claim his prize on Saturday 8th December with his parents was over the moon with his logo being chosen and said “it has completely made my week, I love volunteering on the railway and to have my logo chosen and used throughout 2013 is the best Christmas present I could’ve wished for”.

The competition was judged by a panel including the Railway’s very own Artist in Residence Chris Ware and NYMR staff and Volunteers.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is currently running Santa Specials 15, 16, 22 and 23 December and will be running trains daily from 27 December to the 6 January giving you the perfect chance to work off that Christmas stuffing.

For more information please call 01751 472508, visit www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.