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    However it appears some press associations are getting rather greedy and are chasing private bloggers for fees if they are using some local newspaper feeds.

    They appear to be using a debt collection business called Buchanan Clark & Wells of Glasgow who are sending made up charges for use of copyright material.

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  • Spring Show 2010

    Mon 15 Mar 2010 - Thu 25 Mar 2010 @ Avenue Gallery University of Northampton

    In this annual exhibition second-year Fine Art, Painting and Photography students are given the task of organising a group exhibition of their own artwork as part of their Professional Practice studies. Always lively and varied, the Spring Show provides the students with what is often their first opportunity to take their work out of the working studios and present it to the public in a formal gallery setting.

  • Eleven

    Fri 05 Mar 2010 - Sat 27 Mar 2010 @ Fishmarket

    'ELEVEN' photography exhibition, the work of ELEVEN local photographers.

    Jamie-Lee Facer
    Wayne Lennon
    Tom George
    Emilia Brindisi
    Jason Lovatt
    Catia Pedro
    Stephanie Wood
    Hazel Durston
    Josephine Haines
    Adam Billing
    Jamie Blunt

    Showing at The Fishmarket from 5th March-27th March.

    Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am-6pm

    Opening night Friday 5th
    7-10pm all welcome

    *******FREE ENTRY*******

  • Dying for It

    Tue 20 Apr 2010 - Sat 24 Apr 2010 @ The Playhouse Theatre

    “an intoxicating rollercoaster ride of wild laughter overlooking the precipice of despair. “

    Semyon is a desperate man, he lives off his wife’s meagre earnings on the landing of a dilapidated building. With the daily grind, the guilt and his interfering mother-in-law it’s all just too much, even his last-ditch attempt at gaining some self-respect (by learning to play the tuba) is thwarted by fate. Better one less flea in the fleapit…

    But word gets out, and suddenly he is besieged by people begging him to kill himself on behalf of their different causes – do it for the party, for free-speech, the common man, for love… for meat!

    And after his vodka-fuelled suicide party, as the appointed hour draws close will he even go through with it?
    Well we’ve bought the wreaths now…

    Buffini’s script is a free-translation from Nikolai Erdman’s ‘The Suicide’ (1928).
    Like many playwright’s of the Stalinist era Erdman’s creative freedom was brutally suppressed. The Suicide was banned on its dress-rehearsal performance and he was sent to prison and then exiled in Siberia. The play was revived in the 1970s by Radio 3 and then the RSC and Buffini’s new translation was performed to much acclaim at the Almeida Theatre in 2007.

    “… deserves to be far better known since it is the best Russian theatrical satire since The Government Inspector.”
    Michael Billington in The Guardian

  • Iron Cupcake... the First

    Mon 22 Mar 2010 @ Fishmarket

    The Nook Cafe hosts Northampton's own branch of the worldwide bake-off phenomena that is IRON CUPCAKE!

    Creative bakers submit a minimum of 12 cupcakes on this months theme of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Then we all sample the treats on offer, vote for our favourites and hand out the prizes.

    If you're not a baker but would like to join in the fun tickets are £5 and include free tea and coffee.

    Bakers get in for free but must submit a minimum of 12 cupcakes (you may submit more than one type of cupcake but please, at least 12 of each type so we can all taste them and vote for you!). Please register to take part in advance so we can get an idea of the size of the event. Either via our blog or in person at The Nook cafe 10am-6pm Thu-Sat from 4 March)

    See our blog for further info and to make contact. Prize sponsors to be announced soon!

  • Separation Anxiety

    Mon 08 Feb 2010 - Fri 05 Mar 2010 @ Avenue Gallery University of Northampton

    Separation Anxiety:
    New Paintings by Michael Evans

    Avenue Gallery
    8 February – 5 March 2010
    Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm

    Private View: Tuesday 9 February 5-8pm

    The University of Northampton’s Avenue Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by Michael Evans, Senior Lecturer in Painting at The University’s School of The Arts.

    The exhibition offers the first opportunity to view a series of paintings which Mr. Evans has produced as part of his research towards a practice-based Phd with London Metropolitan University in which he is investigating questions relating to the imaginative creation of form in abstract painting.

    Whilst much contemporary abstract painting appears to relinquish any claims of illusionism or reference to external sources, Mr. Evans is interested in how and why imagined, non-representational forms can nevertheless hold meaning for both artist and viewer. The forms that emerge in his paintings are often ambiguous, inviting a number of different readings rather than imposing one point of view.

    Mr. Evans explains further;

    “To create a painting with this deeper resonance the painter has to find language and form anew in each painting.... The work here suggests form but when looked at closely it becomes difficult to pin down. Often form is evasive, and what may initially appear solid can subsequently be seen as space. The ambiguity of these works, I hope, matches my desire for an openness which remains sufficiently free from the deadening weight of a fixed reading, instead opening on to multiple, shifting and uncertain interpretations.”

    ‘Separation Anxiety’ will run from 8 February – 5 March and is open to the public Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm. Admission is free. Avenue Gallery is located in The University of Northampton’s Avenue Campus on St. George’s Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD. For more information about the exhibition please contact the Gallery on 01604 893046 or email

  • Nine

    Wed 24 Feb 2010 @ Avenue Cinema

    Nine Cert 12A

    USA 2009 Dir: Rob Marshall 1hr 58mins
    With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz

    Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench and Penelope Cruz are among the stellar cast in this dazzling musical adaptation of Frederico Fellini’s 8 ½, co-written by the late Anthony Minghella.

    Enjoyable, beautifully shot and superbly acted musical – ViewLondon

  • Brothers

    Mon 22 Feb 2010 @ Avenue Cinema

    Brothers Cert 15

    USA 2009 Dir: Jim Sheridan 1hr 44mins
    With: Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Brothers tells the powerful story of 2 siblings, Captain Sam Cahill (a decorated Marine) and his younger wayward brother Tommy, a charismatic drifter. When Sam (Maguire) goes missing in action in Afghanistan, Tommy (Gyllenhaal) moves into his brother’s home to care for his sister-in-law, Grace, with devastating consequences for all the family. Featuring an exciting cast of young Hollywood’s finest, this original film marks a return to form for Irish director, Jim Shreidan (In America).

    “Maguire reveals a coiled ferocity and convincingly unhinged haunted quality” USA Today

  • The Limits of Control

    Wed 17 Feb 2010 @ Avenue Cinema

    The Limits Of Control Cert 15

    USA/Sp/Japan 2009 Dir: Jim Jarmusch 1hr 56mins
    With: Isaach De Bankole, Bill Murrey

    Jim Jarmusch's latest brave, bizarre and very beautiful film stars Isaach de Bankolé, cool as hell in ‘Point Blank’ suits and perfect as the taciturn, solitary agent sent to Spain, where a string of coded café encounters with various mysterious eccentrics (Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal) eventually leads to a deadly assignation.

  • The Boys Are Back

    Mon 15 Feb 2010 @ Avenue Cinema

    The Boys Are Back Cert 12A

    Aus/UK 2009 Dir: Scott Hicks 1hr 44 mins
    With: Clive Owen, Emma Booth

    In the wake of his wife's tragic death, a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented, sportswriter (Clive Owen) finds himself in a sudden stultifying state of single parenthood. With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: "just say yes." Raising two boys—a curious six-year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage—in a household devoid of feminine influence and with an unabashed lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless and on the constant verge of disaster.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Wed 10 Feb 2010 @ Avenue Cinema

    Sherlock Holmes Cert 12A

    UK/Aus/USA 2009 Dir: Guy Richie 2hrs 8mins
    With: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law

    A dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, follows Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law) on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes battles as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.


    Following recent talks with the Northampton Borough Council, the Northamptonshire County Council, and other funding partners, the Boards of Northampton Arts Collective (NAC) has reached the decision that they will continue to operate The Fishmarket Gallery after March 2009.

    Following on from the statement released to press and public on Friday 9 January 2009, Northampton Arts Collective (NAC) would like to thank all Northamptonshire residents, and wider supporters of both the NAC and The Fishmarket, for their support. There has been a wealth of recognition for The Fishmarket, the traders and artists within, and also for the NAC and their wider remit to develop Arts and Culture within the town.

    NAC is extremely sad and disappointed to announce that we will be withdrawing from running the Fishmarket Gallery and Arts Centre from April 2009, although we are hopeful that a consortium or partnership will be able to take some of the activities forward. NAC has enabled a wonderful facility which we hope has a future.
  • Exciting job opportunity with the NAC
    The position of 'Volunteer Coordinator' has recently become available at the Fishmarket.
  • New post in Northamptonshire Libraries to support Creative Industries
    Creative industries are a valuable part of the economy of Northamptonshire. In recognition of this a new appointment has been made to co-ordinate the delivery of a programme within libraries to support this sector.
  • Pay what you can afford space available
    The Fishmnarket has rehearsal/practice/work space for local arts and community groups (and individuals) on a pay what you can afford basis. The gallery is available from 9-6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.       
    We have reinvigorated our newsletter and the first will be with you very soon. Please sign up at the top of the page to receive it. The newsletter will bring a sample of the next month's listings for all arts and a bit of news too. We hope to make a good, conprehensive central listings resource for this area. There is a lot happening and its time people knew it !
  • Your feedback towards NAC's strategic review

    Greatings all, 
    I would like to take the opportunity to pick your brains! Its been nearly a month now since the re-launch of both the Fishmarket, and this site, and at the same time behind the scenes the NAC is looking at ways to continue to develop its structure and vision. It is very important to the NAC that it remains artist led, and to that ends we wish to start getting some feedback from everyone involved with the organisation. As a first step below is a link to a very quick to fill in questionaire, (literally a 30 second job) wich we would apprieciate if you could take the time to fill in so we can start to judge the direction with wich to focus our energys.

  • David Houghton

    David Houghton, an art student at the University has an in depth knowledge of Northampton and the arts during much of the twentieth century - an area that is inspirational in our buiding of the future. I felts that a talk by David, who is a skilled speaker, would be of excellent value to the arts community. I asked him to describe a talk that he would be interested in providing and he gave the following description of what he would do -

    An examination of the flowering of Northampton as a centre of artistic excellence during the first half of the 20th Century and the neccesity for the town to reclaim its heritage and to build upon it in order to reclaim its rightful heritage as cultural and artistic centre of the East Midlands.

    Many of the arts peoples that I have spoken to think that this would be an excellent opportunity to stock-take and to examine where new ventures e.g. the NAC fit in at the moment and they look forward to such a talk probably either at the Labour Club or (ideally, as this is the arts centre) the Fishmarket.

  • It seem that things are starting to happen on the art scene. Apologies for not being around on Friday at the Fishmarket, really good that so many people made the effort with so much else going on. Had an all too brief look the next day -incredible, three concurrent shows in the first week. What was also great which I got to last night was the exhibition of work from Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire hosted on Saturday by Nigel from Purple Media at Hazelwood Rd, so spontanous, the installation artists found out about it Wednesday and everybody else Friday yet well attended it certainly was. 

    Office Furniture not going into his office until w/c 21st April plus plenty of wine and beer left equals possiblity of the exhibition opening up once more this week, so check NAC listings and generally watch this space.
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