| 10:00 am - 12:00 pmColchester Repair Cafe
Repair Cafe free to attend suggested donation £5
| 10:00 am - 5:00 pmElemental Forces – Val Bonnett
The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
“For Val Bonnett the surrounding landscape is a vital part of her inspiration, She walks the Suffolk fields, to portray the ever changing view, where space and the elements are translated into colour.
Some work is based on life studies and our relationship with the landscape; the experience of moving within it creates our own elemental energy.
This exhibition will span two rooms and the first presents life and smaller works. Sketches for work are in the second room which also contains coastal rivers and landscapes and garden works.
Val’s work is developed from sketches, some of which will be on view. They are a vital part of the painting process – caught in the moment with spontaneity.
The late Ron Sims, previous CAS president described Val’s work as “intensely coloured abstract bands – paintings that send your senses reeling – Hockney-like red rocky mountain effects – a hint of Ivon Hitchens and a splatter of Delaunay in the bright coloured swirls”.
About the artist
“Val Bonnett is an East Anglian artist who has painted since her teens.
After qualifying and working as a teacher, Val taught in Adult Education In Chelmsford and Braintree, and studied under Peter White of the Bardfield School of Artists. Val later studied at Colchester Institute to gain a Diploma in Art & Design in the Nineties.
She draws from and returns to the theme of anthropomorphism in the landscape and enjoys working from and travelling in her camper van – a studio on wheels.
Val uses mixed media and oil, recording the local light in line, space & colour. She also does mono & screen printing.
Val has been a member of the Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies at various times and has exhibited widely in East Anglia in solo and open exhibitions.”
| 10:30 am - 1:30 pmArt Workshop – Mornings
Wivenhoe Bookshop, 23 High Street
Art Workshop – MORNINGS
Join experienced tutor Jayne Wallett for this six-week mixed ability course for people with some skill and confidence in drawing.
| 11:00 am - 4:00 pmReconstructing Colchester's Past
Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room have re-opened TODAY for the summer!
| 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmColchester Launch for Charlie Hart's Skymeadow
Waterstones Colchester High Street, 12-13 High Street
We are pleased to invite you to a launch evening for Charlie Hart’s gardening memoir, Skymeadow. Charlie will chat to customers about his book & sign copies for anyone who wishes to buy a copy. He will give a short introduction to the book but it will not be a sit down talk. There will be wine & nibbles to enjoy through out the evening.
| 6:30 pm - 9:30 pmUnfinished Business // Fundraising Auction
The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
Colchester School of Art final year Graphic Design students are inviting you to attend our annual fundraising auction held at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, on the 20th April 2018.
The Auction consists of various different artworks generously donated from artists and designers from all across the UK, the funds raised are used to help fund a end of year exhibition in London, specifically for the D&AD.
Doors open / 6:30pm
ADMISSION PRICE: £5
| 7:30 pm - 10:45 pmGill Manly
Fleece Jazz, Fleece Jazz,
“Gill’s voice is nothing short of electric…singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays” – Jazz On Cd Magazine
Gill Manly vocals, Trevor Hyett mandola/guitar/vocals, Thomas Patrick Coffey Thomas Coffey guitar/vocals
Gill Manly has been singing jazz and blues for over 35 years and “Going Home” is her 4th album release, but her first blues cd and first live recording.
The rich tradition of blues and gospel music was always a huge love, and Gill views all blues as a form of folk tradition, the formation of her acoustic blues trio lends itself beautifully to that genre. But make no mistake, Gill’s eclectic approach to song choice means she has delved into composers such as Dory Previn, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mississippi Fred MacDowell.
Trevor Hyett is a multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Coffey is a guitarist, both are vocalists and they have played with Gill for years.
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| 7:30 pm - 9:45 pmPieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
A Made in Colchester production
When Jane returns from her father’s funeral to start clearing the house she grew up in – packing away the family photographs, closing a chapter – she isn’t prepared for the untold story she’s about to discover threaded through her past, a story that threatens to unravel her relationship with her own children and shake her understanding of who she is.
A new musical set simultaneously in the 1940s and in the present day, Pieces Of String tells how Jane’s father, Edward, came back from the Second World War with a secret that would change his life forever – a secret that he would carry until the day he died.
With hauntingly beautiful music and a heart-rending human story, Pieces Of String is a tender, funny, emotionally-charged exploration of how three generations of one family learn to deal with a story that nobody’s been brave enough to tell until today.
Times may have changed but some battles still need to be fought.
| 8:00 pm - 12:00 amEssex Pop Punk Party – State of Millenia, Counties & Famous For Nothing
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street
Bolt Promotions & the Three Wise Monkeys present the first Essex Pop Punk Party featuring State of Millenia, Counties and the return of Famous For Nothing playing “Less Than Impressed” in full on April 20th!
Our goal is to completely pack this out and throw the biggest Pop Punk Party that Essex has ever seen and we want you there.
Doors 8PM – 18+ – £3 OTD
State of Millenia:
Famous For Nothing