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Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-Up

Peter Clarke
Lancaster and District Arts Round-Up


Stories at the Storey: Monthly open mic night


Poster advertising the Stories at the Storey reading event
Stories at the Storey

Review of the meeting held on the 30th March 2017
Start 19:00

Venue The Storey Music Room, First Floor Meeting House Ln, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

The room has sufficient seating to cater for an audience of about forty people, and was just over half full on the night of the review.


Imagine spending an evening in Lancaster in the company of amateur writers and established authors who present readings of their work based on a given theme. Say the event was free and that complementary snacks and soft drinks were provided. Imagine you could either listen or present your own work in a three to five minutes slot before a small but supportive and enthusiastic audience.

This is the premise of the Stories at the Storey Open Microphone Night. This event is now a well established part of the Lancaster scene. It was launched back in 2014 by a group of Lancaster University Postgraduates and was named as Lancaster University Student's Union Community Project of the Year 2015. It is a BBC Get Creative Event that continues to be supported by Lancaster University's Grad College.

The hosts for the meetings are Yvonne Battle-Felton and Naomi Kruger, well known figures who provide continuity and much of the enthusiasm for the readings. Each month has a theme, advertised in advance and true stories are sought that relate, however loosely, to the set theme. The topic for the March meeting was Love.

A dozen speakers chose to read during the evening. Some had registered their intention to present beforehand. Others presented more on the spur of the moment. Most speakers read from scripts, others from phones and tablets and a few just spoke from the heart without prompting. The readings included:

  • A love of literature and growing up in a religious household
  • Life and love in Scarborough
  • The decline of a loving relationship using the analogy of wallpaper
  • Part of a novel exploring a relationship between unidentified people
  • Loves of a lifetime, filial, romantic and spiritual
  • Love of science fiction
  • Love for a deceased son
  • Love between friends
  • Learning to love oneself
  • Mythology about love of ones mother
  • Juggling a career and its impact on ones children
  • Reflections about fracking

The readings ranged from interest to humour to real heartbreak. A common theme, other than the subject matter, was the quality of the writings, the passion with which they were delivered and the enthusiasm or sympathy with which they were received. Some speakers come across as being very confident, and many are regulars at this event. Others are more diffident, displaying real emotion as they relate their tale. Yet many of the audience are frequent attenders and the atmosphere was one of being with friends with a common love of storytelling rather than reading before a group of strangers.

The formal part of the evening closed at half past eight. However the discussion continued informally at the Merchants Public House, easy walking distance from the Storey.

The topic for the April presentation is 'Truth or Fiction'. For a chance to listen to, or participate in, an excellent evenings story telling: email for more information or a 3-5 minute slot.




Behind the Wall

4 Mar 2017 to 30 Apr 2017


Poster advertising the Behind the Wall exhibition at Lancaster Museum
Behind the Wall

Lancaster City Museum Market Square Lancaster LA1 1HT

Behind The Wall is an exhibition exploring and revealing the fascinating history and everyday world of the awardwinning Standfast and Barracks site in Lancaster.
Mirador, a Lancaster-based arts and heritage company, has worked with some of the country's most creative minds to bring the site's hidden heritage to life - from its birth as a carriage and wagon works and its role as an internment camp in World War One to its nine decades as an international fabric printing company.

Admittannce Free
Lancaster City museum is closed every Monday


Imagine Heaven Exhibition

4th to 29th April 2017 Thomas Storey Gallery The Storey Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Imagine Heaven showcases work by artist Jill Bradley. It is a lyrical exhibition of words and images in mixed media on the themes of love, memory, regret and acceptance (and cats).

Jill said: 'I am a self-taught artist and photographer. This is my second move into combining art, words and photography and developing that into a book. My work reflects my love of nature, beaches, travelling and love affairs. In this book I have also been inspired by other people's words and it contains the images I felt when I read or penned the words.

Entrance Free


BLACKOUT: Community responses to Storm Desmond

Monday 10 April - Sunday 7 May


Poster advertising the Blackout exhibition showing the effects of the Storm of 2015
Blackout, after the storm

The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QE

We invite local residents and artists to share their experiences of Lancaster's 2015 floods and the subsequent blackouts for display in The Dukes Gallery. Whether it's a written account or poem, a sketch, painting or photograph, this exhibition will present a variety of responses to coincide with the work-in-progress sharing of the new Dukes production, Blackout.


Chris Potter and the Inner City Ensemble

April 15 @ 7:30 pm


Lancaster City Arts Logo
Lancaster City Arts Logo

More Music The Hot House, 13-17 Devonshire Road Morecambe LA3 1QT

A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him 'One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet' while Jazz Times identified him as 'a figure of international renown.' Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply 'one of the best musicians around,' a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine's 2008 Readers Poll.

For this second edition in the Jazz Directors Series, Potter is performing with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK's most promising emerging professional musicians, selected through an open call application process.

Cost £ 14.50



Tuesday 18th April to Saturday 22nd April at 7:30pm


Poster advertising the production of Gentlemen of Verona
Gentlemen of Verona

A Lancaster Footlights production

St Leonard's Gate, Lancaster LA1 1NL Phone:01524 64695

Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The well loved story of the professor of linguistics who wagers that he can pass off a Cockney flower seller as a duchess after six months.

First performed in 1913, this play is a satirical take on the notions of class and a commentary on women's independence.

Tickets: £10 / £9 conc

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

18th April 2017 - 29th April 2017

Lancaster Castle Castle Parade Lancaster LA1 1YJ Telephone: 01524 64998

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Minimum age: 12
Entry price (public): Weekend £25 | Weekday £22.50 | Matinee £12.50

Shakespeare's first play is also his most wildly passionate. An exuberant comedy of love, charting the twists and turns of the faithful Valentine and the fickle Proteus as they pursue their dreams of love through town and country only to be thwarted by misadventures with bandits, banishment, amorous rivals and cross dressing lovers.

Performances are in the grand historic setting of the Shire Hall (entry around the rear of the castle, opposite the Priory church). The performances are promenade.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

For Saturday matinees (22 April and 29 April) doors open 14:30 for 15:00 start.

Unfortunately, the performance is not suitable for wheelchair users.


Lancashire Youth Dance Festival

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April 2017


Lancaster City Arts Logo
Lancaster City Arts Logo

Ludus Dance and The Dukes present the 9th annual Lancashire Youth Dance Festival. Two nights of dynamic and exciting dance with some of the most talented young artists from across the county and beyond. The Dukes Moor Lane Lancaster, LA1 1QE

Phone: 01524 598500


Spotlight 21 April 2017

Doors open 19:00


AS photograph of Kate Bower, one of the presenters at Spotlight
Kate Bower who is presenting at Spotlight

Auditorium The Storey Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH

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

Cost £5 (£3 conc)


Hear Me Roar 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017 from 13:00 to 14:00


Logo for arts at Lancaster University
Arts at Lancaster University

Peter Scott Gallery Lancaster University, Arts Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW Phone:01524 594151

To launch Lancaster's third feminist arts festival, we would like to invite you to join its organisers and guests for lunch. You'll have the opportunity to find out about the programme and discuss the ideas that underpin the festival in an informal and welcoming setting. A light lunch will be provided.

Free Drop-in


Nikki Pugh & Christopher Donaldson: By Dudden's Side

Thursday 27th April 2017 from 12:30 to 14:00


Exploration of the landscape following a river in Cumbria
By Duddens Side

Peter Scott Gallery Lancaster University, Arts Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW Phone:01524 594151

Standing in a cold river for an hour, nervous explorations underground, scrubbing a handmade kayak and listening to a waterfall from the inside: just some of the things artist Nikki Pugh found herself doing over the last few months as she investigated landscape, history and memory in a picturesque river valley running along the border between Cumbria and Lancaster.

Join Nikki, collaborator Christopher Donaldson (History, Lancaster University) and Jen Southern (Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) for a discussion about the By Duddon's Side project and an opportunity to touch, listen to and teeter on elements from the resulting exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.



Stories at the Storey

27 April 2017 from 19:00 to 20:00


Poster advertising the Stories at the Storey reading event
Stories at the Storey

The Reading Room The Storey Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Join us as 5-7 storytellers share their true stories.

Stories at the Storey is a free true story open mic night by Lancaster University Graduate College.

Email for more information or a 3-5 minute slot.

Light refreshments will be served
Cost: Free
Dress: Casual

Sponsored by Lancaster University’s Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Event


Crafty Vintage Bank Holiday Weekender at Lancaster Castle

Saturday 29th April, 11:00amto Monday 1st May, 4:00pm

Lancaster Castle Castle Parade Lancaster LA1 1YJ Telephone: 01524 64998

Crafty Vintage arrives in Lancaster for the first time, bringing it's unique brand of exhibitors, crafters, artisans, artists and artistes.

Crafty Vintage is a regular social gathering where like minded folk can meet, socialise, share ideas and gather inspiration. We are purveyors of classic vintage, collectibles, retro wares, quirky handmade, fine foods and delectable cuisine. Come along and see a magnificent showcase of talent from the finest creators, collectors and artisans in the land. A pop up cocktail bar, live music, entertainers, a magnificent magician, facepainting and lots of merriment ensures a wonderful weekend with something for all the family to enjoy. Regular monthly fairs are held throughout the year at stunning locations in Lancashire.

Admission: Varies Early bird tickets and offers available




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 6 weeks for £66. Booking essential. Please contact Janet to book at, 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.
Tel; 0791 395 9054


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