Julie Carpenter – Artist in Residence

Nathan Williamson has invited Julie to be the Artist in Residence at the Southwold Concert Series. Julie started drawing musicians about 20 years ago at her sister's jazz and folk club in Bristol. Since then it has remained part of her artistic practice. She likes to draw musicians as they play. She usually makes black line drawings in a small sketch book, to fit discreetly into the audience, but has  also worked on larger pieces in ink, and has projected her drawings as a backdrop behind the band in performance.
At the Womad festival she made 'live' banners which were hoisted into the eves of the tent as a growing installation over the weekend and the following year painted the backdrop with five larger than life musicians.
Drawing makes her life more interesting and has taken her to many special events by very talented musicians.
Jazz was her first love, but she was lucky enough to be the Artistic Director of The Village Stage, Womad, where she experienced the splendour of world music. Currently, Nathan Williamson has invited her to be the Artist in Residence at The Southwold Concert Series in St Edmunds Church, Southwold which has taken her into the exquisite world of classical music. After a chance meeting in Craftco, Southwold John Turner has also  asked her to be the Artist in Residence at The William Alwyn festival.
Julie is a co-director of CRAFTCO, a co-operative, in Southwold, Suffolk and worked with Nutmeg Puppet Company for 15 years, where she toured in 'Tutu and the Sky Goddess' performing at The British Museum, London as Theatre Company in Residence. In 2011 Keith Khan & UKCCA, carnival arts commissioned her to make a pair of 12ft puppets of Romeo & Juliet, in the style of her drawings, for the Shakespearean themed carnivals around East Anglia and Luton. The puppets were spotted by Dede Brown, Bahamian artist, who invited Julie to collaborate on the 'Material Response' project, producing costumes for the Junkanoo carnival in the Bahamas. In 2012 she was commissioned by Pax Nindi & UKCCA to make a further two 12ft puppets, bringing to life her 'Big Sky Queen and Elm Tree King' design which combined a landscape painting by John Constable with regency costume of the time. She was pleased to be invited to work with Tin House and Norwich Puppet Theatre making props for the puppet boat project for the Olympic Torch procession and Lord Mayors Parade in Norwich.
Julie studied 'Combined and Media Arts' at Sheffield Polytechnic. 'Art and Design in a Social Context' at Dartington College of Arts. Graphic Design and photography at Filton Technical College.     

She has drawn at the Southwold Concert Series, Snape Proms - Aldeburgh Music, Village Stage - Womad, Southwold Jazz Festival, Shindig - Harbour Inn, Southwold, Leonarda and the da Vincis – multi media project,  Spaceways Jazz band, Jazz at the Albert, Folk at The Albert Hole - Bristol and exhibited her drawings at Craftco, Vortex Jazz Club - London, Blue Note Bar - Bristol.  A selection of her musician cards are on sale in various outlets.



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Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7pm, St Edmund's Church, Southwold:

The Winter Star - by Malcolm Williamson - A short, fully staged opera for children


This December Southwold Concert Series is teaming up with Aldeburgh's Jubilee Opera to present a concert involving more than 50 local children, including members of Southwold Primary School Choir.


They will be joined by children from Jubilee Opera, Coldfair Green, Yoxford, and other local primary schools.


The Winter Star will be preceeded by songs and carols for Advent, to celebrate the joy of singing and the coming of Christmas.


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