MARCH HOT LIST – Our curated selection of all things creative, inspirational and authentic in and around, Bath, helping you to stay curious and live well. #GoodLifeBath
VISIT | Sharmanka Travelling Circus
Step inside Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery this month and the mechanical theatre that has taken up residence in the gallery’s main exhibition space will beguile you. Soviet inventor Edouard Bersudsky built the kinetic sculptures during the 1970s. Constructed of pieces of old furniture, scrap metal and carved wooden figures, the Travelling Circus combines lights, sound and movement to create a humorous, and slightly macabre, sensory spectacle. Performances are every hour and last approximately 25 minutes. Tickets cost £5 and the show is on until 7th May
READ | The Western Wind
Samantha Harvey is a senior lecturer on the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University. Western Wind, her fourth novel, is set in Oakham, a tiny Somerset village, where a man is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. A ‘Medieval Whodunnit’ intriguingly written in reverse chronological order, Samantha will be speaking about The Western Wind on 15th March at Waterstones. A free ticketed event.
LISTEN | Joa Studholme
Joa’s White, one of Farrow & Ball best selling off-whites, is named after the company’s International Colour Consultant, Joa Studholme. Following canapés and lunch you can join Joa at The Bath Priory for an afternoon of paper, paint and decorating tips and tricks. March 21st from 12 – 3pm.
LEARN | Monoprinting
From Bath’s new skincare store Aesop, you can have a go at mono printing, a technique that excels at capturing tiny details in surface texture, resulting in exquisite prints. These are not fully reproducible and can only be made once (hence the name ‘mono print’) and that is what makes them each one unique and special. Led by local artist Kathy Hutton, whose distinctive style is based on simple, freehand line work with splashes of colour, the workshops are bound to be a sell out success. Find out more about the event here and visit Kathy’s website here.
LINGER | Good Day Café
Their website says it all: ‘At Good Day Cafe, we care about everyone and treat them with kindness and respect, we’ll go the extra mile and make sure we do things properly, we help each other out and most importantly, we have a good time’. With local cakes, coffee and cultures, the interiors are beautifully designed and dogs are more than welcome. You’ll find Good Day Cafe near Upper Borough Walls, Bath
SHOP | Ubiety
We love everything about this new range of skincare and lifestyle products developed in collaboration with Dorothy House Hospice. Designed to deliver a sense of wellbeing, the calming and empowering formlations are inspired by wild woodlands and the energy they bring to our busy modern lives. All of the products are sustainable and vegan friendly and 100% of profits go directly to charity. Products can be bought direct online or better still, hop along to Always Sunday House’s new pop up shop on Walcot Street when it launches on Thursday 21st March.
FAIR | Selvedge
Selvedge Magazine’s a curated collection of fifty merchants and makers to Bath. With exhibitors ranging from rare vintage fabrics, covetable haberdashery and skilfully handmade textile treasures, the fair offers the perfect opportunity to meet makers, catch up with old friends and pick up that special something. A ticketed event, 11 – 5pm on 30th March at The Assembly Rooms. Bath
EXPLORE | Messums, Wiltshire
Messums is an exhibition space and venue in nearby Wiltshire. Between now and 26th April, the space will be home to Material: Textile exhibition, featuring clothes from 8th century Peru to 21st century Denmark as well as prints, rugs, tapestries and embroideries made by some of the greatest names in Western art. Usually associated with furnishing the home or adorning the human body, artists are increasingly using textiles as means of artistic expression and as an equivalent to paint. With a focus on contemporary tapestry, a highlight of the exhibition is the 26 metre long sculpture, The Onion Farm, which debuted at the V&A last September. This will run the length of the medieval barn and serve as a runway for the catwalk show on 26th April.
If you love to try new things and meet new people, try one of Bath’s Supper Clubs. You can find out more in our January Hot List.
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