06 June, 2011
16 May, 2011
There has been much interest from musicians, entertainers, artists and businesses in town to get more involved as the Summer progresses. Craftihands on
June 3rd will see much and more of the same from 4pm; then at 6pm there will be the opening of the Bideford / Manteo Postcard Exchange at the
July 1st will see the theme shift to Bideford’s Heritage with costumed characters and guided walks to celebrate the Elizabethan Heritage day the following day on July 2nd.
For details about First Fridays visit www.bbcdevon.org/firstfridays
03 May, 2011
First Fridays is a community event by the people of Bideford, for Bideford and it’s visitors. It is supported by the Bideford Chamber of Commerce and Bideford Bay Creatives, however no group or individual is deemed organiser of the event and no group or individual is responsible for, or can be made liable for it.
Please download, print out, and promote First Fridays BBC is happy to act as a conduit to enable groups and individuals to get involved in First Fridays.
18 February, 2011
"WISH you were here… I've painted the scenery so you can see what you are missing". Hand painted pictures on postcards will be exchanged between artists in Bideford and artists in its new twin Manteo, US for a special exhibition this June. Both towns have vibrant art communities as well as seasonal tourism which brings with it the tradition of sending postcards.
Artists in both towns will make hand-created postcards with their artwork on the front and words of greeting on the reverse to exhibit in their home town; for each postcard a similar or duplicate will be posted to their twin town. Simultaneous exhibitions of the postcards will be shown at the Arts Council Gallery in Manteo and at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in June 2011.
The Postcard Exchange is the first phase of a three-year arts plan written between Bideford Bay Creatives and Dare County Arts Council.
The exhibition in North Devon was due to take place at Appledore Visual Arts Festival but it was then announced the festival was taking a sabbatical in 2011. As the publicity for the project had already gone out in the States, an alternative venue needed to be found very quickly. Fortunately, a fruitful meeting with Tilly Clarke, visual arts manager at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, saved the day.
"She was understanding of our predicament and was desperate to help us out," said Dave Green. "Bideford Bay Creatives are really excited about this project and look forward to more than 100 handmade postcards being on show in the Burton Gallery in June."
Artists in the Bideford area wanting to take part in the exchange can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Details can be found on the website at: www.bbcdevon.org and also from the Burton Art Gallery and Museum.
Thanks to Mike Bentley for the moonlight photograph and Rosanna Rothery for reporting on the arts in North Devon.
17 January, 2011
Sadie worked with Laura Martier, director of Dare County Arts Council (DCAC), based in Manteo, on a three year plan and Dave collaborated with Fay David-Edwards, gallery director of DCAC, on the first partnership project, an Artists Postcard Exchange. This project gives an artist in the Bideford or Manteo area an opportunity to make contact with their twin via a postcard, handmade in any medium, to reflect in image and words something unique about where they live. Up to six postcards can be made, half of which will be exhibited in their home town and half will be sent to their twin town and exhibited in a group show there. The exhibitions will open simultaneously on June 3rd to coincide with Manteo’s 1st Friday (of the month) celebrations and the Appledore Visual Arts Festival (AVAF) three miles downriver from Bideford.
To take part in the Postcard Exchange you need to be a DCAC member, Dare County resident or a member of Bideford Bay Creatives. A leaflet, brochure or, what the Americans call a prospectus, is available now as a download for our Postcard Exchange at from the BBC website.