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Links round up: Crafts, giant plants and the Big Yin

Gillian Lee Smith

Gillian Lee Smith's Whimsical Creatures - make your own!

Ah the weekend. We live for it yet sometimes let it slip by without making the most of its true potential. Here’s an idea of the stuff that could be filling your time instead of doing the shopping/ watching overpaid prima donnas on a football pitch/ cutting the grass etc etc…

First up, auditions! I haven’t done any acting since my GCSE Drama practical (an edited version of Jack Rosenthal’s P’Tang Yang Kipperbang, if you must know) but this appeals. Sadly my current heavily pregnant state means fitting into a giant plant costume is probably out of the question but don’t let that stop you! New Street Theatre and Lakeside Arts are holding open auditions this Sunday for a Little Shop of Horrors due to be staged in July. You can download the audition pack and get more details from their website.

Next up, the Big Yin aka Billy Connolly, has got a new art exhibition out. Sadly it’s in London but for us folk out here in the regions, Castle Galleries have signed limited edition prints available. (If you’re not sure which one Castle Galleries is, they’re in the bottom of the Council House and always seem to have pictures of cows in their window.) More information about Billy Connolly’s Born on a Rainy Day exhibition (pen and ink drawings I think) can be found here in this movie.

Finally! In a panic about Mother’s Day? Why not treat her to a craft workshop? Taking place next weekend, Gillian Lee Smith will be running a Whimsical Creatures workshop at Focus Gallery on Derby Road. Here are the details:

Saturday 24 March 10.30-4 at Focus Gallery, Nottingham.

Using fabric and paint we will stitch and create a whimsical creature of your choice. This would be the perfect gift for your loved ones. No previous experience neceassary, this class is for all abilities.

The workshop costs £45 and you can book a place by contacting Gillian at her website If you want to give a workshop place as a Mother’s Day present then she will also do you a gift voucher!

If you would like to find out more about the workshop from a participants perspective then Charlotte from Chest of Delights has written a blog post on her day with Gillian back in October. I’ve also done a couple of bookmaking workshops with Gillian and had a fantastic time. Inspiring and encouraging and, most importantly for me, she doesn’t mind if you make a  mess. At least not openly.

So there’s a choice for you! Having said all that, I’m hoping to catch the Edward Burra exhibition at Djanogly which we mentioned last week.


Sue is one of our team of bloggers. She writes, bakes and knits and sometimes, even goes into work. She can be reached on sue AT creativenottingham.com and followed on Twitter @basfordian or @Writingat Rosys