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.

Cabinet of Curiosities at Scarborough Art Galleries

A Cabinet of Curiosities at Scarborough Art Gallery including stuffed birds and festive items will provide a fascinating insight into the Scarborough Collections over the next few months.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museums objects held by Scarborough Museums Trust on behalf of the Borough. From 10 November until next spring, each month a member of the Trust’s Visitor Services team will choose a variety of objects around a theme of their choice to be displayed in the Gallery’s reception area.

The first Visitor Services Assistant to curate a mini exhibition is Jim Middleton, who will choose items from the Trust’s extensive collection of taxidermy, and has called his cabinet ‘What’s hit is history’: the rise and rise of the Victorian ‘bird stuffers’.

Jim says: “Why are there so few examples of taxidermy from before the 1820s? Why was the 1851 Great Exhibition so important to British taxidermy, and how could a small town like Scarborough support no fewer than five taxidermists in the 1890s?

“With a resurgence of interest in the art of taxidermy, this is an interesting look at the history of ‘bird stuffing’. It aims to explore what caused its growth, the factors contributing to its decline, and the professional naturalists and stuffers of late Victorian Scarborough.”

On 8 December, Jim’s cabinet will be replaced by objects chosen by Visitor Services Assistant Sarah Moore, who will present Christmas at Crescent Villa.

She says: “Scarborough Art Gallery was called ‘Crescent Villa’ when it was originally built as a family home in 1845. For the next 80 years or so, it remained a home for various occupants until it became a maternity hospital in the Second World War. I’ve always thought that Christmas at Crescent Villa would have been particularly special with the grand entrance hall and cosy fireplaces.

“I plan to display festive items and toys that may have been used throughout this 80-year-period – Victorian, Edwardian and later – including a Noah’s Ark scene, tinplate toys and confectionery tins. I hope to create a really festive welcome for visitors to the Gallery!”

'Restore the enchantment of childhood' at Scarborough Art Gallery's 13 Club

Two leading academics will speak at Scarborough Art Gallery later this month on the topic of fossils and folklore – and hope to ‘restore the enchantment of childhood’ for their audience.

Social psychologist Professor Stephen Sayers from Leeds Metropolitan University and paleontologist Dr Paul Taylor from the Natural History Museum will speak at the 13 Club  – a supper club at the Gallery inspired by the Victorian gentlemen’s club of the same name. Attendees can enjoy an informal supper while listening to two fascinating talks inspired by the current exhibition at the Art Gallery, Fears, Foes and Faeries (until 30 September). The 13 Club supper will take place from 7pm (doors open 6pm) on Friday 31 August, and the £15 fee includes supper – wine and soft drinks will also be available.

Stephen Sayers says: “One of my interests is in the psychology of folklore. ‘Folklore’ is shorthand for myths, legends, fairy stories, astrology, superstitions, tarot, runes and so on. My interest is not in debunking it, but in the very opposite: I’m interested in how these things work.

“For almost a year now I’ve been transcribing four volumes journals by William Clarke, the Scarborough naturalist whose collection of charms and amulets form the basis of Fears, Foes and Faeries. I’ll be talking about the collection – I want to know why certain objects were thought to be lucky, or able to protect you, or cure you. Why was this object thought to do it and not another one? I want to know too, what the psychological effects of belief in these amulets are: how does believing in their power change you? In what sense, if any, do they really help you?

“There are real mysteries to be found amongst these things; real mysteries that can be explored and understood and enjoyed. If I can do that, it might restore the enchantment of childhood to some people’s lives.”

Paul Taylor says: “My talk will explore the peculiar myths that developed around fossils in the pre-scientific era, some still believed by modern societies. I will show how most of these myths have their basis in the chance resemblance between these fossils and objects to which they bear no relationship.”

Advance booking is essential for the 13 Club – please call 01723 374753 or 353665.

David Hockney Exhibition 1st August – 24th August, Woodend, The Crescent

The centrepiece of ‘A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough’ is an exhibition by the world famous Bradford-born artist David Hockney, hosted by Woodend in association with Goldmark Gallery. The exhibition will include Hockney’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. Hockney began working on etchings for Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the late 60s. He had made some experiemental prints inspired by ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ in 1961 and 1962 and now wanted to make a whole book. He loved the stories and had read all 220 of them over the years. He eventually chose 12 stories but only did engravings for six.

Hockney loved the directness of the language of the Grimm Brothers and the elements of magic in the tales, and his illustrations to each of his chosen six focuss on his imaginative response to descriptions in the text rather than the more usual fashion of concentrating on the most important events in the narrative. For instance, he chose ‘Old Rinkrank’ because it starts with the words ‘A king built a glass mountain’, and he was fascinated by the problem of drawing a glass mountain. In one of the most disturbing stories, “The boy who left home to learn fear”, Hockney interprets the description of the sexton disguised as a ghost standing ‘still as a stone’ as a tall rock surrounded by stones, recalling Magritte’s paintings of ordinary objects mad out of stone.

The exhibition is free and we would urge you to take up this opportunity to  see some of Hockney’s work here in Scarborough.

Summer holiday days out and events in Yorkshire (English Heritage)

We may not have had much of a summer so far, but this summer holidays, English Heritage has a jam packed schedule full of summer fun for all the family.

Time Travellers Go…Royal – Clifford’s Tower
Become a King (or Queen!) for a day at Clifford’s Tower this summer as children get the opportunity to dress up in splendid costumes and hats – even a medieval crown! Step forward and discover medieval etiquette and sit on the throne – Parents bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event every day during school holidays.

Dracula & Time Travellers Go…Myths and Legends – Whitby Abbey
Bram Stoker’s classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.  Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author’s inspiration for the setting of this tale. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above, every weekend.  Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day, every day until August 27, based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go.. Myths & Legends Big Top.

Warrior Weekend – Scarborough Castle
Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?  Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight.  Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting every weekend until Monday August 27.

The Knight’s Tournament – Richmond Castle
Come and marvel at our Medieval Knights as they take part in the Tournament of Foote. Watch these four brave armoured Knights and their squires, representing the North South East and West as they compete in archery and the fantastic Crest Melee. In between the competitions enjoy a display of poleaxe combat and browse the authentic Living History Encampment. Listen to period music and laugh out loud at our own medieval Jester!

Events
Sundays: 29 July – 30 September (& August Bank Holiday Monday)
Sunday afternoon band concerts
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Time Travellers Go…Myths & Legends
Every day from Sat 21 July – Monday 27 August
Whitby Abbey

Dracula
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Sun 19 August
Whitby Abbey

Warrior Weekend
Every weekend from Sat 21 July – Mon 27 August
Scaborough Castle

Time Traveller Go…Royal
Every day from Sat 21 July – Sun 2 September
Clifford’s Tower

Robin Hood
Sat 28 & Sun 29 July
Conisbrough Castle

The Knight’s Tournament
Sat 4 – Sun 5 Aug
Richmond Castle

The Medieval Year – Lammas
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug
Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval Castle Clash
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug
Conisbrough Castle

Myths & Legends Weekend
Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug
Whitby Abbey

The Medieval Year – Michaelmas
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep
Rievaulx Abbey

Summer Family Events at the Gallery & Rotunda

Witches & Wizards Academy

24-28 July, 11am-4pm

Drop in throughout the day to swot up on the essential skills to becoming a witch or wizard; from broomstick making, owl care, spell writing to herbology – we’ve got it all covered.

Haus of Faeries

31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.

Friday Late: Witchfinder General
31 July-4 Aug, 11am-4pm

Each of these daily drop in events will have a different faery tale theme from Red Riding Hood to The Iron Man, join in with a daily mix of craft and story telling.


Dinosaur Coast Fossil Hunts

Mon 23 July, 2-4pm – Filey Devils   Meet on the Cobble Landing slipway
Tue 24 July, 2-4pm – Plesiosaur Hunt Meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park
Wed 25 July, 1-3pm – Boggle Hole Belemnites Meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole
Thur 26 July, 2-4pm – Sandsend Sea Monsters Meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boat yard car park, at Sandsend
Fri 27 July, 3-5pm – Runswick Prey Meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay

Witches and wizards at Scarborough Art Gallery

Young witches, wizards and warlocks can brush up on their magical skills at Scarborough Art Gallery this summer.

The Witches and Wizards Academy, a drop-in workshop for youngsters aged five and over, will be held at the gallery throughout the school holidays. Each day, would-be Harrys and Hermiones can take part in broom-making workshops, learn how to pot up medicinal herbs, and many other essential skills.

And on Saturday 11 August, there’ll be some very special guests when owls from the Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre at Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk, pay a visit.

The Witches and Wizards Academy will be at Scarborough Art Gallery from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July, Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August, and Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. The daily programme includes:

11-12.30: Essentials (including making broomsticks and hats)
12.30-2pm: Pets at home (looking at some of the museum’s collection of stuffed animals, and making owl and cat masks)
2-3pm: Wicked Words (spell-writing, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes)
3-4pm Hypnotic Herbs (Herbology; learning about and planting medicinal herbs)

On alternate weeks, the Gallery is hosting the Haus of Faeries workshop, which proved a big hit with youngsters during the Easter holidays (11am to 4pm on Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August, Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 August, Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September).