New club offers a chance to get snapping
A CAMERA CLUB has been launched at the Rockfield Centre. Under the Skin is aimed at those interested in creative photography and developing skills with like-minded people – from beginners to those with experience.
Feedback from the recent Inspired? sessions run by Solvejg Craig identified creative photographers looking for something like this to take part in.
Solvejg explained: ‘You don’t have to be a pro to join this club. It’s all about learning photography.
‘All you need is enthusiasm and a little creative flair. And a digital camera will help but is not essential. The club will not be led by a professional photographer, although if it’s felt this could be useful, a tutor may be brought in for a session.’
The group will be skill-sharing, setting weekly challenges and encouraging each other to get out and ‘under the skin’ of various subjects, themes and techniques.
The club will run for eight weeks over April, May and June, building individual portfolios, learning new tricks, sharing and talking about results with each other and aiming towards showcasing work at an Under the Skin exhibition at the centre in June.
OBAN Communities Trust is inviting local artists to submit their work for the second Oban Open Art Exhibition showcasing local creativity.
Submissions are also welcome from those who were brought up in the area but who may now be living elsewhere. As part of Voluntary Arts Week 2017, the Rockfield Centre aims is to share and celebrate the wide range of artistic creativity in the community, from any age of artist, in the new community arts space at the Rockfield Centre hut.
The exhibition will run from May 5 to 7. To receive a copy of the artists’ brief and the submissions form, contact solvejg@therockfieldcentre or download from the website.
On the fiddle
THE Oban Fiddle Workshops (OFW) are proving popular, with the next meeting on April 29 with well-known local tutors Joanie Garvin and Donald Harrison.
Taking inspiration from the successful Glasgow and Lochgoilhead fiddle workshops, OFW consist of monthly sessions for players of mixed abilities where tunes can be learned as a group by ear. Future dates are May 20 and June 17 from 2pm to 4pm at the community huts.
If you don’t have a fiddle and would like to play, get in touch with Rhona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE popular Scratch Choir’s next get-together on April 14 will tackle the Madonna classic, Like A Prayer.
The idea behind scratch choir is that anyone can come along with no experience and everyone learns a song together from scratch in two hours.
An informal event, the emphasis is on fun rather than musical precision. Those who can are asked to make a donation to the Rockfield Centre on the night, but the sessions are free to those who can’t.
All information about events and activities is at www.obancommunitiestrust.org and the Facebook page.
Last year’s exhibition was a real success – now artists are invited to submit their work again.