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Issue 1                                                                                          10/12/2018

A note from Sharon Gill, CEO. 

Welcome to our very first Roaring Times. The team have been, and continue to be, very busy supporting our artists in their practice while seeking and generating creative opportunities to get involved with. Some of our recent creative activity is reviewed here.

The less visible aspect to our work happens in the often unglamorous world of meetings. We have been working with partners on the Culture Board to help develop a Cultural Strategy for Rotherham which is currently out for consultation. Part of that strategy includes the Cultural Education Partnership, renamed by our young people as the Embassy for Re-imaging Rotherham, which comes with its own manifesto.

ROAR are also helping steer the WE Great Place project, and are designing and delivering the artistic development element of this 3 year destination scheme. We are running a series of informal meetings of creative minds this year with a view to a more structured programme in year 2.

The Diversity Festival in the Rotherham Show remains a priority for us, ensuring Rotherham enjoys the broadest possible range of home grown artistic talent.

Taking part is an essential aspect of the creative experience, and we have been fortunate this winter to help in community participation and engagement through making, for both the Reclaim the Night event, organised by the Louder Together group, and the Festival of Angels, run by REMA.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what happens here at ROAR, we hope you enjoy our missive!

Until 2019- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

What's been happening? 


This year we have hosted a number of "Gatherings" an opportunity for artists to meet at a unique place and either work independently or collaboratively to explore, network, create and share their work. 

Past Gatherings have been held in The Factory 
on Wortley Road in Rotherham, and most recently, the iconic Clifton Park museum & grounds. 

Our 4th Gathering saw us take over the historic Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham. This was a very special 10 hour residency and proved a great success with the artists who came along.

One artist who found it beneficial commented: 
As quite a new member I’ve only attended two of ROAR’s Gatherings. I tend to work at home and in the studio, fairly isolated from other artists. I enjoy socialising and find it absolutely essential to get out of my usual working environment and meet fellow creative makers - be they visual or sonic.”

The Gatherings are free and open to all creative practitioners. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for future events!  


This year we started a programme of regular workshops covering a number of different mediums including printmaking, concrete casting and ceramics. 

Artist and Buildings Manager at ROAR Ken Horne, ran a Concrete Casting workshop in July. Running across two parts, participants learnt the very basics of sculpture and casting with concrete. Each of the four attendees came from different artistic disciplines and went on to cast pieces relevant to their own practice. 

In September ROAR member and local Artist Chris Slater ran an Introduction to Plein Air workshop in Rotherham town centre. Chris gave a brief demonstration on how he approaches the technique of "en plein air" or painting outside; over 13 keen artists showed up for this. The rest of the session was given over to people to have a go themselves. 

In the run up to Christmas, ROAR also ran two ceramic workshops on Wednesday evenings, giving artists the opportunity to make their own bowls with an ash glaze. 
ROAR have been involved in the recruitment of artists for two projects in the area.

RIVERBANKSY: In August we took a primary role in recruiting a Lead Artist to work on a site specific project in Rotherham Library located at Riverside House. The idea was to hold a series of workshops engaging young people in creative and disruptive activities using books and literature as the inspiration. This was very popular with artists and we received 28 applications from across the U.K. 
The winning proposal saw the back space of the library transformed into a building site by artists Adrian Barron and Shelagh McCarthy. Participants could create their very own cement brick, engraved with any meaningful words or symbols they chose. 

You can read more about this on Amy's blog here. 

PUBLIC ART PROJECT, THURCROFT: A residential development in Thurcroft released some Section 106 funds to work with the creative sector to develop a piece of public art for local residents. ROAR were engaged to bring specialist management knowledge to the project, prepare the artists brief, recruit and then support the delivery of the chosen proposal. 
As part of the process a local steering group, now called the Thurcroft Creatives, was formed to guide the process. 
Barnsley based Fabric Lenny and Qdos Creates were the chosen artists who will be fulfilling the role. 
ROAR have curated a number of exhibitions over the last 6 months. 

TEXTILE FIESTA: July saw the first ever textile fiesta come to Rotherham. At that time ROAR had a access to a huge industrial space (we called it "The Factory") on Wortley Road.  The space allowed those contributing to experiment with size and also demonstrated how empty spaces can be harnessed for creative endeavours. 

STRONG WOMEN EXHIBITION: As part of Louder Together, a branch of the Love is Louder campaign established by REMA, and in honour of Black History Month, ROAR curated Strong Women an exhibition that ran throughout October in the Coterie Gallery located in Rotherham Precinct. Some of the later entries were displayed in the cafe at Riverside House. 
We asked for contributions from the public, including statements and poetry, to create a multi dimensional experience and had a great response from the local community. 
What is next for ROAR?
In the New Year ROAR we will be working to curate our first Augmented Reality Exhibition, This will feature a collection of our members work and will be available to view in March 2019. Watch this space!

ROAR member and Life Model Rob Peveril sadly passed away in July of this year. Rob left his artwork to ROAR and in 2019 we hope to carry out his wishes and exhibit his work with the hope of printing a limited edition run of his original set of Tarot cards. 
Every month Amy interviews a member of ROAR to find out more about their artstic practice. This is written up and published in Chase magazine, a pull out of the Rotherham Advertiser. They are dotted around the town but you can also read it online here
ROAR currently have 109 members
Interested in becoming a member of ROAR? Find out more on our website. 
From all the ROAR team, we would like to thank you for reading and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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