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Quaker Arts Newsletter

March 2022        

WELCOME to this newsletter, especially for a number of new Quaker Arts Network members.

Apologies that this newsletter is later than planned - especially as it includes opportunities for service and events.  Your committee could really do with some offers of help.
If you’d like to help, or know others who might being involved and have some of the skills needed, please get in touch at quakerartsuk@gmail.com.
In particular we are looking for people to:

-    Collate and edit a newsletter  and other communications

-    facilitate occasional events - online or in person

-    Occasional help managing the Loving Earth Project textile panels - to prepare for exhibitions (in London)

-    Join the committee to  help with discernment, building the Quaker arts community across Britain and beyond, and associated tasks.
 

AGM Sunday MAY 8th  and NEW CONSTITUTION
 

We have now arranged for an AGM to be held online on Sunday May 8th at 5pm

Booking details,  an agenda and associated papers will be made available online at  http://quakerarts.net/event/qans-agm/.

The agenda will include

•    Considering our Annual Report and accounts

•    Approving a proposed new constitution - needed for our application for Registered Charity status  as an Unincorporated Charitable Institution

•    Informal sharing of interests and hopes for QAN as we look forward.

Booking details,  an agenda and associated papers will be made available online at  http://quakerarts.net/event/qans-agm/. The Annual Report and accounts and proposed new constitution are also available at http://quakerarts.net/documents/ .

We’d love to see many of our members at this event, from newcomers and longstanding members alike.

We’re also looking for a couple of new faces to refresh the committee. It can be very rewarding and inspiring ministry, and it’s good for QAN and for role-holders alike to move on after a while.


MEMBERSHIP - IMPORTANT 
 

Do you want to go on being a member of Quaker Arts Network?

Membership of QAN is free and we wish to keep it so. However we need to update our membership list from time to time. To keep this manageable for the committee our mailing list functions by email only, and we don’t maintain other contact details of members other than for those on the committee. (For those not on email we ask that they find another Friend to receive and pass on newsletters.)

We know that a number of those on our list are no longer active, and also that some people who think they are members, perhaps because they are members of the Quaker Arts Network Facebook Group or receive the newsletter in other ways.

So IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE QUAKER ARTS NETWORK and receive our newsletter, please email Sylvia Clare sylvia.clare@btinternet.com  who has kindly agreed to update the mailing list. All you need to say in your message is “ QAN member” and give your name.  

Our members are also welcome to propose  occasional projects for QAN to support. You would normally still need to take a lead on the project yourself  but being a QAN project can be helpful through the supportive discernment from the committee, small amounts of funding and an organisational base.


QAN at BYM
 

We plan to hold an online Quaker Arts event on Sunday 22 May at 7.30 as part of the events around BYM this year.  This will be an opportunity to explore an aspect of the theme of BYM participatively through arts and discussion.
Book your place via the Yearly Meeting website.
More details about our event will be on our page soon http://quakerarts.net/events/
 

Opportunity: Creative facilitators sought for young people’s event in April
 

NW London Area Meeting Are seeking proposals and facilitators for this event on Saturday 23rd April which is part of a residential weekend for young people in the area. Fee in the region of £300 per day, plus expenses.

Closing date 23rd March 2022

Details at:

https://quakerarts.net/2022/03/13/creative-facilitators-sought-for-april-event-for-quaker-young-people/

 

Loving Earth Project 
 

This  project is going from strength to strength.

QAN have recently published a small Alphabet book illustrating  through 26 beautiful Loving Earth textile panels and associated texts different ways in which people can engage more deeply with the environmental crisis.

We have also produced some more high-quality greeting cards (blank inside) featuring other beautiful panels. These are selling well, can be bought online (with good discounts for bulk orders) at http://lovingearth-project.uk/shop/, where more details are available. We hope they will also be available soon via the Quaker Bookshop.

QAN is working with a range of local groups Quaker and others to exhibit groups of textile panels. Following great successes at Chorley (Lancashire) and Cambridge, new displays will shortly open in various venues in Fife (St Andrews, Falkland, Anstruther), Ireland (Belfast, Derry, Portadown,Cork ) and Cumbria (Sedburgh and elsewhere), often with additional events such as workshops, talks etc. Details at http://lovingearth-project.uk/events-2/  Please help us publicise them via twitter @lovingearthpro1 and Facebook @LovingEarthProject. Thanks.

A number of  other exhibitions are in the pipeline and to make the most of these, we would love a bit of help  especially with publicity and with managing the textile collection.  Every few months we need to check panels returning from exhibitions and sort and send them out to new exhibitions. It’s lovely to see these wonderful art works, and fun to do if the task is shared, but rather too much for one person. The latter (over 400 panels) is currently based in London, so it would involve a ay trip there now and then. The panels could also be moved elsewhere if someone (a group?) has space and time to take this on.  Please get in touch lovingearthproject@gmail.com if you think you could help in any way.  

Exhibitions will continue until late 2023. Guidance for potential exhibition hosts is now on the website at http://lovingearth-project.uk/exhibitions/ . We are particularly keen to display in galleries and museums which have a good public profile and can organise associated events, to reach a wide audience, perhaps working with local Quaker/faith groups. Please get in touch at the earliest opportunity if you know a venue that would be interested, as planning usually needs to be some time ahead. 

Our website has been redesigned and there are plenty of online materials for people to organise their own textile workshops and other events. These include great resource for community groups (Quaker or other ) and ways to get people talking about what needs to change to prevent rapid climate breakdown, and how we can each contribute.


QAN January concert 

Thanks to all the performers at our online new year’s concert, and to John Lampen for masterminding it. We had a wonderful variety of musical and multimedia offerings and it was lovely to connect with one another in this way to welcome 2022 in spirit, song and other ways together.  A link to the recording of the event and full details of the programme and are at http://quakerarts.net/2022/01/17/qan-new-year-celebration-concert/ 

Floods in Western Uganda 
                      
The Peace Advocates Foundation in Bukangara village, Western Uganda, made the panel below about their river bank management project for the Loving Earth Project (together with two others - you can see them all at http://lovingearth-project.uk/test-gallery/).  

Following the news of severe floods in their area, QAN made an appeal, and have now been able to send them 1,400,000 shillings (£300) for flood relief.

The Director has responded: 
Thank you dear friends, for the relief towards the affected people of  Bukangara area in two sub counties of Kasese District.  The help has been timely as people are now preparing their spoilt gardens for the next season. Our organisation, Peace Advocates Foundation, will take a lead in encouraging people to dig trenches and plant trees alongside their gardens.  We shall also make some repairs to the houses of vulnerable women that were damaged.    
Thank you and best regards, Alfred Kuule, Director.

 

Peace Museum
 

The Peace Museum in Bradford has now put a lot of their art collection online, including a lot of works by our late Friend and Active QAN member, Maggie Glover, whose ministry included portraits of many people who working for peace and a variety of associated events. You can see them https://www.peacemuseumcollection.org.uk/collection/


Maison Quaker

Maison Quaker in Congénies, France, is 200 years old this year. A opportunity for celebration and thanksgiving! They also welcome support for the future.

They are  offering a number of art and writing events and retreats over the next few months - details on our website http://quakerarts.net/events/ and at https://www.maison-quaker-congenies.org/.

Let's Live The Quaker Way! 

This is the third illustrated booklet that Rebecca Price has produced for children and others, to introduce quaker experience and stimulate conversations.  Copies  will shortly be arriving at Quaker Meetings around the country and extra ones are available free from the Quaker Centre at Friends House on request.

Like  Quaker Meeting and Me, and Let’s Explore the Quaker Way  (also available via the Quaker Centre)   it has more pictures than text and is a great addition to resources both in the Meeting House and elsewhere, including for people for whom English is not an easy language to read.

Mary Penny, a one time Children and Young People’s work advocate has been supporting Rebecca in producing this book. Part of a letter she has written to current CYP work advocates reads as follows:
Aware of the easy dismissal  'Oh we have no Children' the books are accompanied by a letter which encourages ALL Friends to reflect on their Quaker lives, and the values which they, often unwittingly, pass on to young and old alike.

      

As Quakers we are privileged to see that of God in even the smallest child. We speak directly with them, not over their heads. We may shape our words for better understanding but we do not talk down to them. Our faith leads us to do this quite naturally. My god daughter's father said in wonder 'I love the way you talk with our daughter, and with the letters you write'. A Quaker grandmother helping to care for her three small grandchildren, and knowing she has been forbidden to bring them near a Quaker Meeting, lives out her faith, aware she has so much more to give, 'in the way she is', than the second granny could ever dream of…..

I do hope this book will encourage all Friends to recognise how much we pass on to children and young people, by sharing their lives with them, talking about how they live, and what are the values which inform their lives.

Living Spirituality Connections 

Living Spirituality connections is an interfaith group has a website and newsletter for sharing and cross fertilisation between people of different faiths. Their newsletter often picks up a riches of faith based art works and events. It would be lovely if we could share with them more of our Quaker arts projects  and vice versa. https://livingspirit.org.uk

REMINDERS

  • To remain a QAN member please email Sylvia Clare
  • Please tell others about QAN if you think they would be interested
  • Please upload any arts events that would be of interest to Quakers ontyo our websit - you can do this ourselves at
    http://quakerarts.net/events/community/add
  • Send us news and items for future newsletters
  • Consider if you might help QAN in some capacity, and/or  encourage others. Please contact us if so quakerartsuk@gmail.com
  • Share news via future newsletters  and news posts on the website (email us to do this ) and/or via Facebook @quakerarts our Facebook Group

 

PS - Don’t forget to keep an eye for news on the website and to put your events up there, and to post and share Quaker arts news via Facebook, if you can.

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