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Revised 14th June 2017 2017

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Lancaster and District Arts Round-up


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


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



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



Get Your Skates On! - The story of roller skating

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


Maritime Museum in Lancaster by the quay
Lancaster Maritime Museum


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.



The Big Print Show

2nd to 28th June 2017


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.




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


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

£5 / £3 students/unwaged/concessions



The Artist's Garden - American Impressionism

Sunday 18th June 2017 at 17:30


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Artists Garden


The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

A new film, directed by Phil Grabsky and narrated by Gillian Anderson. It is based on the hugely popular exhibition 'The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement'.

Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It's a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.



30 x 30

Monday 19 June to Sunday 13 August 2017


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


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:



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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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: or Tel: 01524 381642



Love to Read

Wednesday 28th June from 14:00 to 17:00


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Love to Read


 Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HY.

Every month we will read a book and on the last Wednesday of the month we will watch a film adaptation of the book. You can pick up the book from the library anytime from the first Wednesday of each month. The film will be screened in the sanctuary at the library from 2.00pm. We will meet after the film to discuss the book, the film and all matters arising. Anyone can join in and you don't have to have read the book to take part in the discussion.

This event is free, no ticket required.



Lancaster Words

6th to 8th July 2017
Various Venues

Lancaster Words is a celebration of the spoken and written word by Lancaster University - English and Creative Writing. It features a host of readings, interviews, lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops at a range of exciting venues both across the city and on campus.

Thursday 6th July

With Muldoon

This a reading/writing event for year-12 students featuring poetry, drama, criticism, and literary journalism workshops, each engaging with Paul Muldoon's work, and ending with a live 'showcase' hosted by Muldoon himself.

Sleep and Sleeplessness in Jane Austen

Dr Michael Greaney, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University's Department of English and Creative Writing, gives a talk on sleep in Jane Austen.

Creating Characters for the 21st Century Young Adult Novel

In this challenge to the audience, Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood will discuss how to invent characters and plots that are truly diverse. Several potential pitfalls will be outlined and the debate extended to the hot topics of authenticity, cultural appropriation, representation and artistic freedom.

Religion and literature: Run Away Tales: Reading the Parable of the Prodigal

Dr Mark Knight leads a discussion on religion and literature. The event will feature four speakers: Jenn Ashworth, Karl Moller and Andrew Tate each giving 10-minute readings/interpretations of the parable of the Prodigal.

Telling in Full exhibition

An exhibition from a range of North West artists exploring the notion of creative translation; particularly the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

PJ Harvey and Paul Muldoon - A Conversation

PJ Harvey will join Paul Muldoon on stage at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster. The two will read from their poetry and explore, through conversation, its relationship to song lyrics. Books from both writers can also be pre-ordered through the box office for a brief signing event afterwards.

Friday 7th July

With Muldoon

This a reading/writing event for year-12 students featuring poetry, drama, criticism, and literary journalism workshops, each engaging with Paul Muldoon's work, and ending with a live 'showcase' hosted by Muldoon himself.

Women in White: a Cultural History of the White Dress in Gothic Literature and Film

Dr Catherine Spooner, Senior Lecturer Lancaster University's Department of English and Creative Writing, gives an engaging talk on the white dress in gothic literature and film.

Lancaster Words Short Film Competition screening

Winners of the Lancaster Words Short Film Competition are screened.

In Conversation with Ian Martin

Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Martin, talks about his career writing for series such as Veep and The Thick of It (he was official 'swearing consultant' on the latter).

New Writers' Showcase

Up and coming writers from Lancaster University's Creative Writing programme will be performing their work.

Open Mic Night: Live night of spoken word poetry and prose

Saturday 8th July

Underwater Beasts: Sarah Hymas book making event

A creative writing and book-making workshop for 7-10 year olds (and their adult) with Sarah Hymas.

Stories 2 Connect

Stories of resilience and transformation created collaboratively with disadvantaged young people in Lancashire.

Zen Cho

British Fantasy Award and Crawford Award winner, Zen Cho will be reading from her historical fantasy novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, and from her short fiction.

Breaking the language: shameless multilingual authors

A group of authors will discuss the (ab)use they inflect upon language.

Graphic novels panel

A panel with three local comic book creators discussing the medium.

The Good Immigrant

Journalist Coco Khan reads her work and discusses the anthology, The Good Immigrant.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

A reading of selections from this famous Arthurian romance in both the original Middle English and contemporary English - and all in the atmospheric tower of Lancaster Castle. The performance is devised by Lancaster University scholars Dr Clare Egan and Dr Liz Oakley-Brown.

Three writers in conversation: Jenn Ashworth, Jo Baker & Carol Birch


Launch of the Lancaster Words Special Edition featuring 2-3 engaging readings and wine and soft drinks.

The Paul Muldoon interview

The festival concludes with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, in conversation with fellow poet, Eoghan Walls.

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

Visit for more information, times and venues.



The Venus Papers by Lydia Towsey

15 July 2017 at 19:30


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



Art Venues in the Region

Gregson, Community and Arts


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.



Lancaster City Museum


City Museum Lancater
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.



Lancaster Grand Theatre


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



Peter Scott Gallery


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.



The Dukes


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.



The Storey


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.



The Platform


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.