Our lovely Easter Egg trail was covered in the local paper: many thanks to Christine and the Younger Friends group for all their hard work – and especially to Hilary and family for getting stuck in (and wearing the bunny ears!) : http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16126840.Easter_gets_underway_in_York_park/
We’re delighted to announce this year’s Artist in Residence is Nick Booth, a MA student studying Fine Art at York St John University. We met up to discuss his ideas on Saturday, and we were intrigued by his proposals. Partly inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, Nick wants to explore some of the historical aspects of Rowntree Park, from its foundation in the aftermath of World War I, through the inter-war years and onwards, encompassing some memorable elements such as the swimming pool, the aviaries, skating on the lake and the millennial renovations. Perhaps Friends and other local people have ideas for what “absolutely has to be included” in a portrayal of the park? Nick will be spending some time in the park itself, getting inspiration, and will also be warmly welcomed in the Reading Cafe, where his art will be displayed in an exhibition this summer. We’re looking forward to seeing what he produces.
It’ll be a summer of Art (amongst other things) in the park, as we are also working with Sculpture students from York St John University, who are proposing some temporary installations for the park for the weekend of July 7th/8th (to coincide with the Bloom Festival). A curator from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is helping with this project.
We have extended our deadline for applications for our “Artist in Residence” opportunity; please do pass on this information to anyone who might be interested.
The Friends of Rowntree Park are looking for an artist who is studying in York (at post-16 level), who would like to spend time in Rowntree Park and express their experiences in some form of art, to include material displayed in an exhibition at the Reading Cafe.
Do you know a new or emerging artist who would benefit from this opportunity?
- Application is by email (email@example.com), attaching a written proposal (maximum 1000 characters including spaces) as a pdf. In your email, please state your name, the art course you attend, and the school/college/university you are studying at. If you are under 18, please state your age. Your proposal can also include a single image, also as a pdf.
- We are looking for applications from students studying in York at AS/A2 level, foundation or degree level.
- Your proposed artwork(s) should be new and site-specific, relating to the park in some way. Your proposal should make it clear how the work would relate to the park. You will probably wish to visit the park (and the cafe) before applying, if you do not already know the space concerned.
- We have three local artists lined up to consider the applications, in the context of the park and the cafe.
- We expect the successful artist to spend further time within the park, in order to engage with the space – and be ‘in residence’, as the title suggests; the amount of time will be agreed with the artist. We will be able to organise an area within the cafe, where you could work in the warm and dry – with coffee supplies nearby!
- The proposed art works can be of any media, within the practical constraints of the display space; it may be that some pieces would be suitable for outside display. Art works must be suitable for all ages, as the exhibition space is open to all.
- Application deadline is midday on January 26th: the winning artist will be announced on February 16th 2018.
- The successful artist will be offered an exhibition in the Reading Café, Rowntree Park, with the local press being invited to attend the opening/private view. Dates of the exhibition to be confirmed, but we anticipate that it will be in summer 2018, and that it will last at least a month.
- The successful artist will be offered a grant of £250 towards materials and other expenses.
For more information or to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Birthday Party this year. This is due to the fact that 1) we do not have enough volunteers to organise it, and 2) we have not raised the money needed for several new ‘essential items’ (eg security, portaloos, a PA system), which are required on top of the usual costs (insurance, printing, licence, publicity etc). We have put out multiple appeals for volunteers and contributions, including crowdfunding and a YorkMix article.
The huge numbers of people (probably 5000) attending last year’s Party meant that we clearly need these additional volunteers and facilities; without them, we cannot run a safe and enjoyable event. Huge thanks to Christina Nichols who has worked very hard trying to resolve these issues, and to all those who offered their time and money, this year. We are sorry for any disappointment caused. NB if anyone is interested in helping a team to organise next year’s Party, please do speak up: planning starts in January, but never too soon to volunteer!
STOP PRESS: DUE TO CRAZY RAIN SITUATION, THIS HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO SOUTHLANDS METHODIST CHURCH We are delighted that the York International Shakespeare Festival are again putting on a show in the park; see the poster below. Many people enjoy coming to these events, and often embrace the whole atmosphere, by bringing picnics, blankets, deck chairs etc.
You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volpone-or-out-foxed-tickets… Although the show is offered for free, donations are invited.
The Birthday Party is the biggest event in Rowntree Park and it’s always lovely to see the park so full of people having a great time. The date for 2017 is Sunday July 16th.
However organising the Birthday Party is a major undertaking, with many hours being spent on planning, and on the day itself. A lot of the work is done by the Friends, as volunteers, but there are a lot of items which can’t be done for free. Obviously there is income from the stall-holders and various attractions, but this will not cover the anticipated costs. The costs this year will additionally include the hire of Portaloos, the payment of security personnel (to take care of car parking, in particular) and contributing to the costs of the event co-ordinator, as well as the ‘regular’ costs of paying First Aiders, event licence, event insurance, printing flyers/posters etc.
If we are to go ahead, the Friends need to be able to cover the costs, and so we are trying to raise £2292 using a crowdfunding scheme called Spacehive, and you can see our appeal here: https://www.spacehive.com/rowntreeparkbirthdayparty
If you would like to help by making a pledge, I hope that you find the system fairly easy to use (it is quite similar to sponsoring people via Justgiving) and that you can pass the idea on to friends and family. Because we are trying to demonstrate the level of support, your pledge can be a very token contribution – the smallest amount is £2. And, if the total amount is not raised by 1st June, then you will not be charged at all. Cheques/cash are not practical in this situation, I’m afraid. Additionally, if you know of any businesses that might want to sponsor the event, do let them know about this appeal.
Thanks for your help!
World events may be getting you down, but perhaps we can cheer you up a bit by saying that the Park, and the Friends, have had a good year overall. At our AGM, we looked back at 2016, and noted some highlights:
- Very Young Friends have had a strong year, with an enormous turn-out for the Easter Egg Hunt, and a typical monthly turn-out 15 to 30 people. Sessions delivered have a range of entertaining but educational themes, including those led by the Bat Group and BugLife.
- The Birthday Party was very well attended, with large numbers of stalls, and only a few issues, one of which was toilets (portaloos will be booked, next year), parking (inevitably) and the need for more volunteers; many thanks to Christina who was the force behind another terrific success.
- Voluntary gardening sessions have been well-attended and well-received; Rosemary is now co-ordinating this. Emma had organised a plant sale in May, which raised our profile.
- Ruth has been supervising the bird food project, with good sales of food packets from the café. Christine has delivered a bird-related talk to Knavesmire School children, and laminated signs have gone up in the play area.
- The Friends sponsored a very popular yarnstorming project, by Hippystitch, with workshops resulting in a beautiful ‘Fantasy Fish’ installation in the park.
- Lara McClure organised two clothes swaps, in the Cafe.
- Friends’ membership numbers had gone up, possibly partly as a result of the 10% Friends’ discount at the Café; the Friends thanked Mel for suggesting and supporting the discount.
- Dave Meigh (CYC) reported that there had been a lot of running repairs recently (eg repointing, refurbishment of basketball court and the pergola). Committee members had met with Dave for a site visit/walkaround.
At the time of the AGM, the Friends were looking forward to the bulb planting event (October halfterm), and willow weaving (December), both of which were also very well-attended, and successful. We have also recently sited bird feeders and hedgehog homes in the Park.
So, if you would like to help us continue with our work into 2017, please consider getting a FRP membership (what a lovely Christmas gift?). If you would like to help with our activities (maybe to help with the gardening?), why not get in touch by email, or follow us (Friends and Very Young Friends) on Facebook.
All the best for the festive season, and for 2017
Friends of Rowntree Park