In the Winter season there always seems to be a great ‘coming together’ of the arts community here in the East of England, spearheaded by the abundance of art shows, craft fairs, and seasonal performances that abound in the region at this time of year. We have large, established events like Blackthorpe Barn’s eclectic Christmas showcase, with more than 60 of the most successful craftspeople in Britain showing a remarkable mix of glassware, ceramics, sculpture, treen, jewellery, handbags and fashions.
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There are also collective enterprises such as the Eagle Gallery, with artists from Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties exhibiting and selling original artworks: paintings, limited edition prints, collages, ceramics, textiles, stone carvings, jewellery, sculpture and photography. Anglian Potters,
another collective, founded in 1983 by a group of professional potters, have, for the past 18 years, put on a selling exhibition of thrown and hand-built work, domestic ware, sculpture and jewellery. From all of these (and there are many more) those searching for gifts or for their own collections will find no shortage of desirable objects, each a unique and original piece that has every chance of becoming tomorrow’s treasured heirloom or antique. As Anglian Potters’ Christine Pike says,‘ …so much nicer than a pair of socks!’
    We have noted often enough in Venue that our arts education institutions in the region are second to none. As well as offering first-class arts education programmes, they, too, are prime movers in developing community arts programmes as well as presenting events to showcase achievements. Two fine examples in this issue of Venue are UH (University of Hertfordshire) Galleries’ prestigious open art exhibition for artists who live and work in the region, and for its students and alumni; and the Bedford Arts and Crafts Centre who are celebrating their first year as a ‘not-for-profit’ community interest
company offering a full art and craft programme embracing a wide range of traditional as well as modern subjects.
    The artists themselves are almost always actively involved in these events so it is an unrivalled opportunity for us to meet them and to talk to them about their work. The same applies in the performing arts – it is a busy time of year, with many of us looking for lighthearted shows, films, or music concerts to make a family memory for the year and beyond.  There are plenty to choose from in the region – in this issue we are featuring the Cambridge Corn Exchange’s Classical Concert Series: a glittering programme featuring world-class performers as well as exciting newcomers.
    In shining the spotlight on the creative community in our region, we never fail to appreciate the rich seam of creative talent that thrives here, and the huge part that plays in making ours a dynamic place in which to live, work and do business.  
Fran Goss Editor

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Cover: Garden (detail) 2013
acrylic on canvas 32” x 24”
by artist and teacher Joe Dean.
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