Year of Culture part two!

New Year of Culture programme out now

The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 team is delighted to announce that its new printed programme of events for the second half of the year of celebrations is out now.

The programme is the key to unlocking all that will be going for the second half of the year and features over 300 different events and activities across just about every town and village in the Horsham District.

The first six months of 2019 have seen us bring some of the very best of cultural events and activities to the District. These have been characterised by highly successful sell-out events; with rural touring theatre groups proving particularly popular, bringing our outlying village halls and community centres to life, and the first ever Horsham Film Festival and Sussex Comedian of the Year competition bringing a whole new perspective to culture for local people.

Our rally cry at the start of the Year of Culture was to “get involved” and we are really excited by both the vast numbers of people going to see and take part in events, and the sheer number of community groups wanting to stage events and activities.

The new programme is available in all Horsham District libraries, leisure centres, The Capitol and Horsham Museum and Art Gallery as well as many other local outlets.

Also, remember that for up to the minute events listings and booking details you can go to our dedicated website www.hdculture2019.co.uk.

Back to the here and now and we thought we’d have a focus on art and heritage this week.

Our Horsham Museum and Art Gallery is a key player in our Year of Culture, hosting some very special and unique exhibitions throughout the year from celebrated contributors.

The stunning exhibition A Garden of Botanical Art celebrates the work of nine artists, showcasing the natural world, blending art and science in technical and artistic perfection. It not only celebrates the outstanding art of these nine artists, but also the rich heritage of gardens and horticulture.

To accompany the exhibition, a calendar featuring the exquisite art will be produced as a legacy of the exhibition and available to purchase from the Museum throughout its run. The exhibition is the first flowering of this special school of art, which will grow and flourish as the artists collaboratively work to create a deeper, richer understanding of stunning art that glorifies flora.

The exhibition opens on 6 July and runs until 31 August.

Watch This Space – bringing art to the streets

On a different scale, the Year of Culture team is delighted to welcome local artists to Horsham’s North Street hoardings to “watch the space” and see street art in the making as artists come together to transform the street scene there with their works. Come along to see the work in progress on the weekends of 20,21, 27 and 28 July. There will also be a chance to buy the artworks at an auction to raise money for local charities.

Moving from art to heritage.

Heritage of the District in 100 Objects

The Horsham District – 204 square miles, 100 million years, and only 100 objects to explore and explain the rich and fascinating story of Horsham District’s Heritage. How are we going to do it?

If Neil MacGregor can tell the world’s history in 100 objects, telling the District’s heritage in 100 objects should be easy. But it isn’t, for many of the District’s stories have lain hidden and are known only to a few.

Now, as part of the District’s Year of Culture, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery are unearthing the stories and revealing in the full glare of public gaze the 100 objects that tell a story from dinosaurs to ploughmen’s lunches, from Roman roads to postal services, cricket to workhouses and much more.

Working with the Horsham District Heritage Forum, Horsham Museum asked the various groups to nominate their 10 most interesting or important cultural objects. The replies revealed a heritage that makes the District such a fascinating place to live and visit.

Whoever knew that Bramber had a coaching wall to stop coach travellers peering into your garden? Or that Henfield had a musical instrument, a one-off, that is recognised as nationally significant?

The 100 objects open up the lid to a treasure chest full of gems hanging from threads of heritage that bind the District together.

There will be over 30 objects actually featured in the Museum, including cricket stumps that formed a shop sign, a great introduction to the sporting heritage of a game first recorded in the District nearly 300 years ago. And the Horshamosaurus, a dinosaur named after the town, portrayed through a specially commissioned painting of the monster.

The Exhibition will run from 3 August to 12 October – look out for the accompanying publication in September.

That’s all for this week, please remember to pick up a new programme to check out all that’s going on going forward and our all-important website!

You can follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the Year of Culture.

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