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Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

Peter Clarke
Lancaster and District Arts Round-Up

Revised 24th May 2017

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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


One of the entries in the Lunsdale Exhibition.
Lunsdale Exhbition


 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



Lunesdale Arts Trail

Saturday and Sunday 20th-21st May, Sunday and Spring Bank Holiday 27th-29th


Studio of an artist taking part in the Lunsdale Art Trail
Artist studio in Lunesdale


The next Trail opening will be in May 2017, with studios open on Saturday & Sunday 20th-21st, and on Saturday, Sunday & Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th-29th.

The Studio Trail was conceived in 1997, so that anyone can come into the Vale and be guided to see creativity at work. Travelling through the pretty stone-built hamlets with the rough moorlands of the Pennine hills in the distance, (a joyous experience in itself) it is possible to meet the individual artists in their different studios and settings. Insights can be gained into how a particular artist works and there is opportunity to buy high quality art and craft directly from them.

From the old Methodist Chapel in Bentham to barn and farm studios in remote locations with stunning gardens, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience Lunesdale's finest artistic talent.

For more information and a map, visit



Stories at the Storey: Legacy

Thursday 25 May 2017 from 19:00 to 20:00


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


 The Storey Music Room, First Floor 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.

Everyone welcome

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



Pride and Prejudice

Sunday 28th May 2017


Ashton Memorial at Williamson Park Lancaster
Ashton Memorial


 Williamson Park Quernmore Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1UX

Outdoor theatre comes to Williamson Park

In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people - and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?

If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind.


Bring a picnic and have a ball as the irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacey, forthright, bitchy best!

The performance starts at 7.30pm (gates open at 7pm) and is suitable for adults and children age five years and over. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including 20 minute interval

Tickets available from



The Emperor's New Clothes

Monday 29th May 2017


Poster advertising the two outdoor productions at Williamsons Park, Lancaster
The Emperors New Clothes



 Williamson Park Quernmore Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1UX

Outdoor theatre comes to Williamson Park

Enjoy watching an adaptation of the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character, and is often surrounded by idiots. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. When two swindlers spin a yarn and everyone is taken in, what price will he have to pay? Will the new clothes they make really enable him to weed out the idiots in his palace? Or will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show with larger-than-life characters, lots and lots to join in with – and an ending that will leave you helpless with laughter!

The performance starts at 3pm (gates open at 2.30pm) and is perfect for children aged 5 + and their families. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval.

Tickets available from



ORIGINS - Exhibition

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


The Storey Arts centre in Lancater
The Storey, Lancaster


 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



Down by the Riverside Festival

3rd June 2017 11:00 to 23:00


Tree poster to advertise the 'down by the river' festival
Down by the River


 Dolphinholme House Farm, Dolphinholme, Lancashire, LA2 9DJ.

Family Music, Food & Drink Festival



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



53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity

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


Advertisement for the Lancster University Arts Graduates event
Penguin pointing to poster


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

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




Stories at the Storey: Monthly open mic night

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


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


 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.



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


Meeting House Lane, 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.




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