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Lydia Towsey, author of 'the venus papers'
The Venus Papers
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Peter Clarke
Art - a la Carte

Revised 7th June 2017 2017

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Please see below for the latest arts round-up for the month of June and beyond

 

Events

Inspired by Journeys

1st April to 30th June 2017

 

The Link Gallery, Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, Carnforth, LA5 9TR

Journeys is an exhibition featuring a variety of images by photographers Graham Dean, R. Simon Dalton & Johnny Bean who are based at Morecambe and Heysham. This trio of photographers with very different styles have joined forces again for this exhibition:

Johnny's photographs were all taken for a 40th Birthday Party held at Carnforth Station. With its 40's theme the party and the photos take us on a journey back in time, to wartime Britain, reminding us of evacuee children and refugees.

Simon's were taken in the autumn of 2015 on a trip to New York: "I went specifically to photograph some of the people of this great city and these five images seemed appropriate to the theme of this exhibition."

Graham's are a less coherent collection - with colour being an important element in his five images.

 

 

Coming of Age: Ruskin's Drawings from the 1840-41 Tour

24 April to 1 September 2017

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Ruskins sketch of the Glacier des Bois
Glacier des Bois

 

 Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YH

Ruskin travelled with his parents through France and Italy on a tour between autumn and winter 1840 and June of 1841. Working their way along the coast of Italy through Genoa, Lucca, Florence and Pisa they spent December in Rome before moving on to Naples early in January 1841. The return journey took them via Rome in March and Florence, Venice, Milan, Geneva and through France to Calais and home. This exhibition brings together a vivid visual account of the Ruskin family travels.

 

 

 

BOHEMIA Exhibition @ GALLERY 23

11th May to 7th October 2017

 

 23 Brock Street, Lancaster, LA1 1UR.

"A bohemian is simply an artist who consciously or unconsciously secedes from conventionality in life and in art" Westminster Review 1862

A Bohemian is a non conformist an avant-gardist. They are a free spirited individual.

The intention of "BOHEMIA" @ Gallery 23 is to capture that sense of freedom and liberation of expression. It will reflect upon historical and contemporary bohemia, on its origins and its global influences. It will focus on the relaxed well being that this informal ethos brings.

The "BOHEMIA" exhibition is a retreat from the “norm” and a sanctuary from the everyday.

For more information call 01524 61111 or email info@arteriashop.co.uk

 

 

Boomtown - From Front Line to White Lund

13th May to 12th November 2017

 

 Lancaster City Museum Market Square Lancaster LA1 1HT

This exhibition marks the centenary of devastating explosions at White Lund National Filling Factory 1-3 October 1917. It explores the need for supplies and shells for front line troops, focussing on the local King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment; the building of shell-making and filling factories on Lancaster and Morecambe; war work and changes it brought to the district; the explosions and remarkable acts of bravery that saved so many lives at the works and around the area.

 

 

Summer Showcase For Luneside Studios

20th May to 18th June 2017

 

 The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

An eclectic mix of contemporary art is currently on display at Luneside Studios Summer Exhibition in The Dukes gallery and bar. The exhibition comprises almost 40 works including oils, pastels, collage, glass and acrylics.

Luneside Studios have been a part of Lancaster's cultural life for 34 years, originally housed in a former warehouse on St George.s Quay and now based at Castle Park. They are one of the longest running studio groups in the North West and during the past three decades have provided workshop facilities for more than 100 practising artists.

Thirteen of those artists are displaying their work at the Summer Exhibition which can be viewed during normal Dukes opening hours.

If you are making a special trip to see it, call the Box Office as sometimes the gallery is used for other activities.

For more information, ring the Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org

 

 

Get Your Skates On! - The story of roller skating

31st May to 2nd August; 10:00 to 16:00

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Maritime Museum in Lancaster by the quay
Lancaster Maritime Museum

 

LancasterMaritimeMuseum 25 St George's Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RB.

'Get Your Skates On!' tells the story of roller skating - how it began in Britain and grew in popularity across Lancashire. Did you know that there was an open air roller skating rink on Morecambe Pier that opened in 1869?

We would love to hear about your memories of roller skating in Lancashire so come along to Lancaster Maritime Museum to see the exhibition and share your recollections with us.

 

 

ORIGINS - Exhibition

1st to 14th June 2017 10:00 to 14:00 (closed Sundays)

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The Storey Arts centre in Lancater
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The Storey Gallery Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH.

Two lads originally from Lancashire return to their origins with a group show that will engage and entertain you.

Ian Bateson is a digital artist now living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada and John Sharp works with the chaos and surface texture of drawn and painted artwork. He is now living in Manchester.

Both attended the Lancaster Art School in the early 70's and have enjoyed an international reputation in the fields of illustration, film, design and graphic art.

Free Entry

 

 

The Big Print Show

2nd to 28th June 2017

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Part of the Bellwood and Wright exhibition, Lancaster
Lakeside trees

 

 Bellwood & Wright Fine Art 58 Penny Street Lancaster LA1 1XF

Bellwood & Wright Fine Art Gallery are hosting a new exhibition showcasing some of the areas best artists. The exhibition will feature work from Charlotte Cornish, David Morris, Chris Salmon, Anita Klein, Rose Blake, Julia Manning, Kate Bentley and Louise Davies. The exhibition will run from 1st of June to the 28th of June.

 

 

Lancaster Comics Day

Sunday 11th June 2017, 11:00 to 17:00

 

 Lancaster Central Library Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HY

We're pleased to announce that Lancaster Comics Day is scheduled to return to Lancaster Library for a third year on Sunday 11th June 2017, again organised by the Friends of Lancaster Library. For details and programme go to
https://lancastercomicsday.wordpress.com/

 

 

Spotlight

16th June 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00

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Elanor Avon, poet
The Spotlight event in Lancaster

 

The Storey, Auditorium, Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH.

Lancaster`s Literary Salon - live cabaret, comedy and poetry

For details visit
www.spotlightlancaster.co.uk

£5 / £3 students/unwaged/concessions

 

 

30 x 30

Monday 19 June to Sunday 13 August 2017

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Photograph of one of the Dukes art shows
Outdoor theatre in Lancaster

 

The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

Three decades of magical outdoor walkabout drama captured and celebrated in 30 photographs looking behind the scenes of The Dukes park shows and back through the 30-year old archive.

 

 

53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity

21st to 27th June 2017 11:00 to 17:00

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 Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Arts Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW. peterscottgallery

Opening Night: 20th June, 6:30- 8pm

The title '53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity' alludes to the idea of a group of young artists, working in their studios on a windy hill, with many creative ideas bouncing around, suddenly set free.

This exhibition is a celebration of three years of making, thinking, sharing and learning. It marks a 'cutting free', a moment of propulsion when these artists carry their ideas and skills into the wider world. Free-thinking and risk taking have been core values of our Fine Art course which encourages crossing boundaries between art disciplines and media. Within this artistic laboratory, philosophical thought mixes with personal experiences, cultural observations and practical discovery.

The exhibition presents a diverse range of creative approaches, including contemporary drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, new media and public encounters. The variety of artwork and approaches attests to a vibrant place, and to what intellectual curiosity and creative adventure makes possible. For those who come after, this exhibition might suggest what can still be discovered up on this windy hill.

The work will be exhibited across three venues on campus: Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and Bowland Studios

 

 

The Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail

23rd to 25th June 2017

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Poster advertising the Silverdale and Arnside arts and crafts trail
Silverdale and Arnside Trail

 

The annual Art Trail is the major event of the year in the area and attracts thousands of returning and happy visitors. The stunning location of the two host villages on the edge of Morecambe Bay make it a perfect destination for art lovers to absorb the delights on offer. With Open Studios, large group exhibitions, great community involvement and many workshops it provides something for everyone.

The Trail attracts an increasing number and high quality of exhibitors every year, many of who live and work within this extraordinary AONB. Famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walks, the area is becoming a haven for artists and makers and we are increasingly being tagged the St. Ives of the North!

For Map and details visit:
http://www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk/

 

 

What Are The Stories of the Birds?

Spotlight Writing Workshop Facilitated by Claire Dean

Saturday 24th June 2017 from 10:00 to 15:30

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Nest advertising a literary event
Story of the Birds

 

The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Ln, Lancaster, LA1 1TX

Stories can help us to understand lives other than our own, but our narratives are often human-centered. In a time of ecological crisis, are there other tales to be told?

Drawing on fairy tales, myth, contemporary literature, science and sensory experience we'll work through a series of exercises to explore if and how we can tell stories with non-human voices to offer different perspectives on the world we're living in.

The workshop is open to all experience levels and you can work in prose or poetry. All you need to bring is pen and paper and a willingness to jump in.

£12 waged £6 unwaged
To sign up e-mail: spotlightclub@btinternet.com or Tel: 01524 381642

 

 

Lancaster Words

6th to 8th July 2017
Various Venues

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Poster advertising the Lancaster words literary event
Lancaster Words

Lancaster Words is a celebration of the spoken and written word by Lancaster University - English and Creative Writing

It featuring PJ Harvey, Paul Muldoon, Zen Cho, Carol Birch, Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker and many others

Lancaster Words offers a host of readings, interviews, lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops at a range of exciting venues both across the city and on campus.

With the vast majority of events being FREE, book early to avoid disappointment.

Visit www.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-words for more information.

 

 

The Venus Papers by Lydia Towsey

15 July 2017 at 19:30

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Lydia Towsey, author of 'the venus papers'
The Venus Papers

 

 The Storey, Auditorium, Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH.

A theatrical poetry show of arrivals, departures, landscapes and journeys written and performed by Lydia Towsey

The Venus Papers presents and offers up tales of 21st century women - every-woman, immigrant, refugee, outsider - in a time of social, cultural and political turmoil and change.

It starts from a question of What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, washed up on a beach at this moment in time? How would she fare with customs and immigration? With perceptions of her as a refugee or a newcomer? The show is about how we look - at ourselves, at each other, and the world - and how others influence the way we do so.

Suitable for 14+

Tickets: £11/£9 Available from Lancaster and Morecambe VIC's 01524 582394/01524 582808

https://uk.patronbase.com/_VICticketbox/productions/VENU/performances

 

 

Art Venues in the Region

Gregson, Community and Arts

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Gregson Arts and Entertainment Centre, Lancaster
Gregson Building

 

33 Moorgate, Lancaster LA1 3PY

The Gregson Arts and Community Centre provides a friendly, accessible, community-based social environment. It is home to many local organisations and groups as well as a favoured spot for local promoters bringing in a wide range of popular cultural events over the year.

The Gregson offers a variety of rooms for private hire: parties, celebrations, meetings, and activity groups. You will find more details about these on our Room Hire and Facilities Pages.

If you are looking for a welcoming social environment in which to eat truly great food, you will find the Gregson Menus on our Food Page. Our specials board changes from day to day.

http://www.gregson.co.uk/

 

 

Lancaster City Museum

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City Museum Lancaster

 

 Market St, Lancaster LA1 1HT.

The City Museum is housed in Lancaster's former town hall, an elegant Georgian building constructed in 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison.

The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/museums/city-museum

 

 

Lancaster Grand Theatre

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Photograph of the Grand Theatre in Lancaster
Lancaster Grand Theatre

 

St Leonardgate Lancaster LA1 1NL

The Grand Theatre, under its many names, has been a major part of the social and cultural life of Lancaster since it opened in 1782. Today, as a result of a continual restoration drive, the theatre is in the best condition it has been since the rebuild in 1908 and now operates as one of the key north west venues for amateur drama, music and dance and professional touring companies.

Tel: 01524 64695

http://www.lancastergrand.co.uk/

 

 

Peter Scott Gallery

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Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
Peter Scott Gallery

 

Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Arts Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW

Lancaster's Peter Scott Gallery presents a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and associated talks. Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome. The art gallery holds the most significant collection of Royal Lancastrian ceramics in Britain, which is on permanent display in the John Chambers Ceramics Room.

The gallery houses Lancaster University's international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists and prints by significant European artists such as Durer, Miro, Ernst and Vasarely.

The collection is not on permanent display but a number of works are shown every year as part of changing exhibitions. Please contact the gallery for information about works currently on display or to view items by appointment.

https://www.lancasterarts.org/visiting/performance-venues/peter-scott-gallery

 

 

The Dukes

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The Dukes, an Art Venue
The Dukes Lancaster

 

The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE.

The Dukes creates and presents its own theatre productions, promotes Lancashire talent and acts as a resource for our community. The company presents visiting productions, films and events, bringing a diverse range of first class talent from elsewhere into Lancashire.

The Dukes has three performance spaces - The Rake, The Round and our Centre for Creative Learning, a dedicated performance space for young people's participatory arts.

The Dukes workshop offers specialist skills in the design and creation of sets, props, costumes and puppets to other arts venues and organisations including Bolton Octagon, The Brewery Arts Centre and Oldham Coliseum, as well as sets for film and television.

https://dukes-lancaster.org/

 

 

The Storey

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The Storey Arts centre in Lancater
The Storey, Lancaster

 

The Storey, Meeting House Ln, Lancaster, LA1 1TH.

Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation, The Storey, has been re-modelled as a purpose-designed centre for the creative industries.

Built in 1898 by local philanthropist and tradesman, Thomas Storey, the building offered educational opportunities to the people of Lancaster. Today, our organisation continues to maintain Storey's philosophy that the building should be a place for the people and inspire forward thinking. For this reason, as well as being home to a growing number of successful creative businesses, we offer a variety of engaging events ranging from business conferences, seminars and networking, to films, music, and theatrical recitals.

The building also plays host to an exciting array of literary performances, workshops and art exhibitions.

The Storey is prominent in Lancaster's history and is looking forward to being a big part of its future; let it be part of your future too.

http://www.thestorey.co.uk/

 

 

The Platform

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The Platform, Morecambe
The Platform, Morecambe

 

The Platform, Old Station Buildings, Marine Rd W, Morecambe LA4 4DB.

The Platform is Morecambe's main events and entertainment venue and has completed the transformation of the old Promenade Railway Station. It hosts a strong touring programme from jazz and blues to world music, folk and classical. The Platform also puts on an extensive range of workshops, recitals, lectures, regular sequence dances and community events. In addition to The Platform, the Station Building also includes Morecambe's Visitor Information Centre, together with The Station pub and Wacky Warehouse - a children's fun area.

http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/the-platform

 

 

Tuition

Art Classes at Halton

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:30

 

Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton LA2 6ND

Tuesdays, Wednesdays + Thursdays 10am - 12.30pm on Tuesday + Wednesday mornings. New members welcome at any point. There are also classes on Thursdays 6pm - 9pm. Improve your skills in drawing and painting and explore a variety of media and techniques. Work in a professional artists' studio. Small and friendly group. All abilities welcome including complete beginners. The class is taught by local artist Janet Mary Robinson. Her website can be seen at www.jmr.org.uk. 6 weeks for £66. Booking essential. Please contact Janet to book at jmr@jmr.org.uk, or by telephoning 07786 868783.

 

 

Art Classes in Morecambe

Thursday - 13:00 to 15:00 St Christophers Church Hall, St Christopher's Way, Morecambe

Art classes led by the contemporary mixed media artist Lynne Shaw. Classes cover a variety of subjects in a flexible, friendly and relaxed manner. They run in a series of blocks (usually 6 weeks) and offer topics such as acrylics, drawing and watercolour. They don't cover oils or pastels.

Classes are aimed at beginner/intermediate level but can cater for an advanced level where necessary.
Workshops are aimed at an intermediate/advanced level but can cater for the beginner where necessary.

www.lynneshawart.com
email lynneshawart@gmail.com
Tel; 0791 395 9054

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