Nuneaton Academy & King Edward VI College Nuneaton

This week we’ve been busy working with BTEC Media students from the new Nuneaton Academy and A Level Performing Arts students from King Edward VI College. We have walked the town looking out for the only Grade I listed building in Nuneaton (apart from Arbury Hall), had a fascinating introduction into the people and trades which have built Nuneaton and Bedworth at the Museum, interacted with the Building Sights Exhibition and learnt how to use heritage research as a tool for a creative response. We can’t wait to see what the students come up with in the next few sessions and will be uploading all their creative responses to the website.

Building Sights Prize Draw Winner Announced

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Catherine Nisbett (Senior Museum Officer) and Councillor Ian Lloyd (Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities) present Val Baxter (on behalf of her daughter Sarah who nominated Etone Fields, Riversley Park) with a painted banner of well loved sites in Nuneaton & Bedworth  by artist Laurie Pink.

Councillor Ian Lloyd stated: 
 
Building Sights has provided an original and exciting opportunity for local young people. The project has enabled them to discover, research and engage with the wealth of architecture that exists in their Borough. The Building Sights exhibition is a celebratory showcase displaying the votes of all project participants that have nominated buildings which hold personal significance or familiarity. The results found in the exhibition will undoubtedly reveal many new aspects of the architecture we see locally. This innovative display will stimulate and encourage museum visitors to nominate further areas, adding to the Borough’s already rich heritage.

Building Sights exhibition is open to the public 4th September – 24th October 2010 at the following times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Your VIP invite to our Celebratory Exhibition Launch

Significance –  Rare – Good looking – Well made – Something happened – Group  
 
 You are invited to attend the launch of our celebratory exhibition at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Nuneaton
 
5pm – 7pm Friday 3rd September 2010
 VIP Launch from 5pm, Speeches at 6pm – All Welcome!
 Celebratory Refreshments will be available
please RSVP ness@buildingsights.org

 Our exhibition is open to the public 4th September – 24th October 2010 at the following times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 2.00pm – 4.30pm
 
For more information visit our website:www.buidingsights.org
 
 Building Sights is a Mercurial Arts Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots Programme
and supported by Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery and Abbeygate Shopping Centre
 
For more information about Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery:
 http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/leisure-culture/museums-galleries/museum-and-art-gallery
 
For information about car parking:
http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/transport-streets/parking/car-parks
 
For information about Nuneaton train station:
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/nun/details.html

Launch Day – Building Sights is live!

A big big thank you to everyone who came along to our launch event today and supported the project. The market stall was busy all day with people nominating the sites that they love in Nuneaton & Bedworth. While the shop unit also had a steady flow of people popping in to check out the website and find out more about the project. We now have an amazing 63 nominations on the website. We are open for business on the market stall (next to the fountain opposite M&S) and in Abbeygate Shopping Centre tomorrow. If you’re in Nuneaton come on over and say hello.

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What Sites Do You Love?

The Steering Group have all been busy identifying buildings/places that they want to nominate for our website map which goes live on Friday 30th July.

Vanessa Oakes (playwright – lead artist on Building Sights) grew up in the Borough and has nominated Bedworth Heath Library because of its Significance to the local community:

I nominate Bedworth Heath Library which can be found at Heath Road, Bedworth because of the wonderful books it introduced me to. I grew up in Armson Road (Exhall) in a house filled with Dickens, Crime fiction, Wild West stories and a copy of A Clockwork Orange. However, if it hadn’t been for Bedworth Heath Library I would never have read any of either P. G Wodehouse’s books or the fabulous Saki’s (Hector Hugh Munro) which never fail to make me laugh out loud.

When our website goes live on Friday 30th July it’s your turn to nominate what sites you love – remember to visit www.buildingsights.org to make your nomination.

Emails received today: Project is sounding great. Thought I’d send a response to your lovely quote. I would nominate all the lovely red brick terraces and buildings of Nuneaton & Bedworth that have Stanley Brothers of Nuneaton, (established by Reginald Stanley) terracotta tiles and finials.  A Nuneaton historian Pete Simpson sadly no longer with us shared his love of these with me when I lived there; Nuneaton & Bedworth’s hidden beautiful among the red brick terraces. Marie Shaw – Arts Officer Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Hi ness, I’m delighted to find another Saki fan. Loved reading the short story Tobermory the cat at a young age! Matt Johnson, Museum Outreach Officer, Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Messages of Support

Over the last couple of weeks lots of people have been sending us their messages of support for the project including Councillor Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities at Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council:

The Building Sights project represents an original and exciting opportunity for local young people to discover, research and engage with the wealth of architecture that exists in the Borough. This project will allow all participants to nominate buildings that have personal significance and share the stories and experiences behind those nominations. Building Sights will undoubtedly reveal many new aspects to the architecture we see in the Borough and add to its already rich heritage.”

Video chat with Laurie Pink

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We had a Skype to Skype chat with Laurie Pink about the painted canvases she is doing for our shop in the Abbeygate Centre, the painted canvases show Nuneaton and Bedworth in an artistic way. She showed us how she edits the painted canvas and the other painted canvas she has done as well. We also explained to her we were giving away one of her painted canvas in a prize draw, so when people nominate a building they also enter a prize draw to win the painted canvas.

by Alice Cross, BS Steering Group

VIP Launch Invite

Building Sights Website Launch

Significance –  Rare – Good looking – Well made – Something happened – Group

You are invited to attend the launch of our brand new website at our temporary shop unit in Abbeygate Shopping Centre, Newdegate Street, Nuneaton at 1pm on Friday 30th July 2010
 
Come along to learn more about the Building Sights project, nominate your own building/place and take part in our free prize draw to win a unique wall hanging about Nuneaton & Bedworth painted by artist Laurie Pink
 
view examples of Laurie’s work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurie_pink/sets/72157600796410199/
 
VIP Launch 1pm, Speeches at 1.30pm – All Welcome!
please RSVP ness@buildingsights.org

Our Temporary Shop is Open in Abbeygate 9am – 5pm Friday 30th & Saturday 31st July 2010

If you can’t pop in to the shop you can nominate/comment on our website when it goes live on 30th July

http://www.buildingsights.org/

 Building Sights is a Mercurial Arts Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots Programme
and supported by Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery and Abbeygate Shopping Centre
 
How to find Abbeygate Shopping Centre: http://www.abbeygatecentre.co.uk/find_us.htm