Hello everyone, and welcome to our October 2021 Wycombe Arts Centre wrapup post!
We had another busy month and got up to all sorts of exciting shenanigans, as well as putting in the groundwork for our upcoming Christmas Craft Fair. Highlights included a bunch of concerts (including the Six:Fiftys and Chasing Violet, indie night and Bare Jams), plus the sixth installment of Breaking Barriers, Bucks Handmade and more.
Let’s dive on in and look at what happened in October and what we’ve got coming up in November and beyond!
Looking back at October
On October 1st, we launched our first installment of our Accessible Discos, which take place on the first Friday of each month and are designed to provide a safe place in the local area for individuals with a learning disability and/or Autism to have fun and socialise without judgement.
Our October open mic night took place in our Theatre Space to the backdrop of the stunning converted church. Some fantastic acts came along, including Grammy award winning guitarist Amrit Sond and keyboard player and singer Sacha Tomkins, who was paying her first visit to the arts centre open mic after some rehearsals.
On Saturday 9th October, we welcomed The Six:Fiftys and Chasing Violet for a cracking evening of live music in our Theatre Space, and we followed that up on Saturday 16th with Big People Party: Strictly Back in Time Music. That was all about playing strictly music from before the millennium, which is good news for anyone who doesn’t like autotune.
On Friday 15th October, we welcomed Guitari Lounge back to the arts centre for High Wycombe’s #1 under-18s open mic night, and on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, we were home to Bucks Handmade, offering a great chance for people to pick up a few early Christmas presents from local, hand-made producers.
The weekend after that was another great weekend of live music, too. On Saturday 23rd October, we welcomed Screamin’ Irene, the Drop Downs and Into the South for our indie night, and that was followed by our regular Sunday Jam on Sunday 24th October. That takes place every fourth Sunday of the month, so come on down to our next one to jam with the house band or just to soak up some music.
On Wednesday 27th October, #BreakingBarriers returned to Wycombe Arts Centre for #BreakingBarriers6. The event was based on body positivity through creativity and workshops were delivered on the topic through photography discussions, art and graffiti. Workshop providers included Fitness Garden, Flux Photographic, Bubble Gum Print and Demografix.
On Saturday 30th October, Bare Jams came to Wycombe Arts Centre for a gig in the Theatre Space that was organised by Moons Music, and we followed that up on Sunday 31st with some Halloween inspired theatre. Titled Greta’s Ghostly Goings On, it was written and performed in our Theatre Space by our in-house company, Roundabout Creative Theatre.
Films @ Wycombe Arts Centre hosted not one but two screenings, a family-friendly film on Sunday 3rd October and a Halloween movie on Friday 29th October with an introduction by paranormal investigator and stuntman Ash Darkwood.
And we continued our Open Studio Art Club, where we invite people to use our inspiring art studio to make their own work, with tips, advice and regular skillshare demos. On October 25th, Dan and the team painted and carved some pumpkins for display on Wycombe High Street on Tuesday 26th and Friday 29th as part of My Wycombe‘s free, fun Halloween activities. You can check those out here.
We also had our usual regular events including Pottery Workshops with Connie Fielder Ceramics, Hatha Yoga by Humming Bee Yoga, Roundabout Creative Theatre and the Rock Project. And we shared a call-out for artists from the Chalk Cherries and Chairs Chiltern Landscape art exhibition at Wycombe Museum, and you can find out more about that here.
We also announced a bunch of exciting new shows, including:
- Focus, Wednesday 6th April 2022: With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the 70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports.
- Kristin Hersh, Monday 9th May 2022: As the lead singer and songwriter of Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh helped define the sound of late-80s and early-90s college rock.
- The Blackheart Orchestra, Saturday 21st May 2022: Award-winning electronic folk pioneers who’ve been described by Progressive Aspect as “simply stunning” and compared to Pink Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush.
- A Head Full of Coldplay, Saturday 24th September 2022: A Head Full of Coldplay brings an evening of hits and favourite album tracks from the one and only Coldplay.
And to cap it all off, we also shared some photos from the Maz Manzini performance at the end of September, where he was supported by the fabulous San Demas and Harry Quinn. Big thanks to Sabrina (@Silver_Nettle on Instagram) for post-processing. You can check out our photos in the gallery below.
Coming up in November
As you can see from our calendar, we’ve got a bunch of great events coming up in November (and beyond). Here are just a few of the events that we’re looking forward to:
Open Studio Art Club (Every Monday): Use our inspiring art studio to make your own work, with tips, advice and regular skillshare demos. All arts and crafts welcome. Start your week creatively!
Open Mic Night (Friday November 12th): Known as one of the friendliest in the area, our open mic nights are perfect for seasoned performers and first-timers alike, welcoming everything from music and stand up comedy to poetry, dance and more.
Wycombe Mind Body Spirit Show (Saturday November 13th): Deerspirit presents the Mind Body Spirit Show, offering spiritual gifts, psychics, mediums and clairvoyants, healers and holistic therapists. Tickets are £4 on the door.
Robert Thorogood at Wycombe Arts Centre (Wednesday November 17th): Join Robert Thorogood, creator of the Death In Paradise BBC TV series and author of The Marlow Murder Club, at an evening supporting Wycombe Arts Centre and Wycombe Food Hub.
Guitari Lounge (Friday November 19th): The Guitari Lounge is an open mic venue open to under 18s for an opportunity to play in front of others in a fun and welcoming environment.
Christmas Art and Craft Fair (Saturday November 20th/Sunday November 21st): Join Wycombe Arts Centre and friends for a two-day Christmas Art & Craft Fair in our magnificent old church space. Dozens of artists and makers will be showcasing and selling their work in a socially-distanced, COVID-secure setting.
SCOOTCH Film Premiere (Friday November 26th): SCOOTCH is a feel-good film created completely by a team of volunteers looking for a bit of a laugh during lockdown. It takes a cheeky look at how Buckinghamshire’s new e–scooter scheme foils the nefarious plans of two hapless middle-aged men.
Writers’ Group (Saturday November 27th): Join Donna Griffiths for a session on Writing for Children as part of our series of writers’ workshops.
Chuckl Presents Stand-Up Comedy (Saturday November 27th): Chuckl. brings you the very best in live stand up comedy! November’s lineup includes Luisa Omielan (Live at the Apollo), Ben Norris (Mock the Week), Alice Brine (Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club) Paul Pirie (Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist).
Sunday Jam (Sunday November 28th): Our monthly Sunday jam welcomes all comers of all ability levels. Bring some friends to play with or jam with our in-house band. A full PA and drumkit setup is provided.
We’re always looking for people who are interested in volunteering or helping out, whether you’re interested in hosting events or whether you’re just looking to get more involved in the local artistic community.
Please do get in touch if you have anything to share! In the meantime, you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for further updates. We look forward to seeing you again soon!