Chair’s Diary May 2015

Three things to inform you about this month, the summer exhibition, the Rossington Art Takeover and the thorny issue of insurance.


First, the summer show will once again be at Church View, each member can submit two works this year as our space is reduced. The exhibition will run from Saturday 27th June until Sunday 12th July, we’ll be looking for volunteer invigilators between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and for two late nights, Thursday 2nd July and Thursday 9th July until 7:30 pm. Work should be dropped off at Church view on Saturday 20th June between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. You’ll hear more about this shortly.


The New Fringe is supporting the Rossington Art Takeover at Rossington Labour Club. Building on a successful 2013 Art Take Over, Rossington based artists Caroline and Adam Ogden, in collaboration with seven artists are bringing a poignant exhibition titled ‘What’s Left?’ exploring the legacy of the South Yorkshire Mining industry to South Yorkshire.  The exhibition features, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture and will be available to see at the Club from 22ndMay to 5th June.

Adam Ogden states: “The opening day will be packed with creative activity and events, all of which have a contemporary focus. The day starts with an open photographic studio, collecting images and comment from people of all ages effected by the events of 1984. This will be followed by practical drawing sessions for everyone to get involved in. A series of short talks will then be given by local artists. The day culminates in open discussion following the screening of the ‘Docufest’ award winning film ‘Still The Enemy Within’.

Thanks to the generosity of the Labour Club the events are free and anyone will be welcome to attend. Martin Pick comments: “It offers a real opportunity for contemporary art lovers and those with an interest in social history to meet share ideas and build creative collaborations.” 

Here’s what to expect on the 22nd of May, the opening day of the event:

11:00 to 12:30 Art for the Scared – Portraits from Rossington 

13:30 to 14:30 What’s Left? Open Studio – Tell Your Story 

15:00 to 17:00 Artists Stories 15 min from each

18:30 to 20:30 Introduction then screening of the film “Still the Enemy Within”

20:30 onwards Open discussion*


Finally the New Fringe has joined the SAA for the express purpose of providing public liability insurance.  Members can benefit from this insurance at any event that the New Fringe organises.  This doesn’t mean the committee, a group of members can set up an event and use this insurance – just get in touch and we’ll explain the detail.  Members have to be current and the names registered with the SAA so make sure you get your renewal in on time. 

Please note that this is Public Liability insurance only, we will not be insuring members work at exhibitions, including the summer show, and advise all members to take out their own insurance to cover transportation and exhibition. You can find good deals for this insurance through Artists Newsletter or the SAA.


*Thanks to Martin Pick for the quote from the press release.


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