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Lancaster and Environs Arts Roundup. Posted 3rd May 2017

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Poster advertising the Squall in the Distance exhibition
Bird on blue background
Author: 
Peter Clarke
Lancaster and District Arts Round-Up

Revised 3rd May 2017

To register reviews or future events, email peter@virtual-lancaster.net

 

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.

 

 

Blackout: Community Responses to Storm Desmond

Monday 10th April to Sunday 7th May 2017

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

 

The Dukes Gallery Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

Were you one of the 55,000 people in the Lancaster District affected when Storm Desmond caused a three-day power cut?

The Dukes needs your memories of the December 2015 floods and power cuts to help create a new play at the theatre this autumn.

Everyone in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area has a story to tell about how Storm Desmond affected them and The Dukes wants to hear yours.

Your tales of Storm Desmond will help The Dukes craft Blackout, a production telling the story of communities, families and individuals affected by the power outage and floods, which will be performed in October. This is your chance to contribute to and watch a show built from your memories and remember how one event devastated a city but united a community.

For a review of this exhibition see Reviews below

 

 

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.

 

 

Roar with us! 26th April - 3rd May 2017

Hear Me Roar! Even Louder
Lancaster's Feminist Festival

The full programme for Lancaster's third feminist arts festival is now online at http://www.hear-me-roar.co.uk/.

The festival includes headliners Bridget Christie & Liz Aggiss and the brand new Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure for 7 - 9 year olds and their grown ups!

Stand-up, film, dance, workshops and family theatre!. Whatever your interests might be, you are sure to find a Hear Me Roar event to suit your tastes. The festival takes place 26th April - 3rd May across various venues in Lancaster city centre and at Lancaster University.

Event listings

Wednesday 26th April
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Launch Lunch! The Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Liz Aggiss in Slap & Tickle The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Thursday 27th April
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bridget Christie: Because You Demanded It The Dukes, Lancaster

Friday 28th April

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Made in Dagenham The Gregson Centre, Lancaster
9:00 pm - 1:00 am Queer Boots Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Saturday 29th April
10:00 am - 10:50 am Messy Gallery: Extraordinary Ordinary The Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
11:15 am - 12:05 pm Messy Gallery: Extraordinary Ordinary The Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster
2:00 pm - 3:10 pm The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster
2:00 pm The Wall The Dukes, Lancaster
4:30 pm - 5:40 pm The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Sunday 30th April
11:30 am - 12:40 pm The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster
3:00 pm - 4:10 pm The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Tuesday 2nd May
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Female Authors/Female Labours LICA CO1 Design Studio, Lancaster
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Translating Women's Voices LICA CO1 Design Studio, Lancaster
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm I Exist Only As A Reflection The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Wednesday 3rd May
9:00 am - 12:00 pm The Dramaturgy of Monologues LICA Event Space A29, Lancaster

Robben Island: A Photographer's Playground

27th April to 6th May 2017

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An exhibition of new and original photography, entitled Kwisiqithi, which accompanies The Island, a Dukes co-production with Chipping Norton Theatre.

The images are by Petre Smith, a photographer who spent childhood holidays on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The exhibition coincides with The Dukes production of The Island, a striking and insightful account of apartheid era South Africa which opens on April 27.

Petre's father worked for the prison service on Robben Island and the photographer recently returned there with his own son. He has produced a unique insight into the place. "During my innocent days as a child, Robben Island was a place I associated with long summer holidays, freedom to roam and fond memories playing and exploring with my cousin," said Petre. "Those days are gone now but the island remains, a powerful metaphor of man's ability to instill a dark and ominous soul to an island."

Kwisiqithi is the Xhosa word for The Island, the tongue in which Nelson Mandela and the freedom fighters debated and designed the first constitution draft for a free South Africa while taking respite from working in the hazardous chalk mine.

The Island, which runs at The Dukes until May 6, is a captivating and moving drama exploring friendship between two prisoners and its theme of protest and dissent is still relevant today.

To book tickets for The Island, contact the box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org

 

 

A Squall in the Distance Exhibition

2nd May to 13th May 2017

An Exhibition by Marta Zawadzki and Jenny McCabe, Artist & Printmaker

 

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Poster advertising the Squall in the Distance exhibition
Bird on blue background

 Thomas Storey Gallery The Storey Meeting House Ln Lancaster LA1 1TH

Celebration evening 5-7pm 11th May (all welcome)

Marta Zawadzki is an Art and Design student at Kendal college. As part of her work experience she worked with local artist Jenny McCabe in her studio seeing how Jenny makes her artwork and trying out drawing and screen-printing techniques. Over a short period together they developed this installation based on Marta's original drawings, every bird on the wall has been screen-printed by hand to create this energetic flock of birds.

Free Entry

 

 

John Doyle in concert

15th May 2017 @ 19:30

 

 The Auditorium The Storey Meeting House Ln Lancaster LA1 1TH

John is a world renowned guitarist & singer-songwriter. A Grammy nominee who has performed for President Obama at the White House & has also been lauded with every accolade imaginable in Irish music.

Widely considered the finest Irish guitarist performing today his talents have made him one of the most in demand artists in Irish, Bluegrass, Americana & Folk over the last 20 years.

Tickets £12 from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre in the Storey - 01524 582394 or online at https://uk.patronbase.com/_VICticketbox/Productions

 

Spotlight

19th May 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00

The Auditorium The Storey Meeting House Ln Lancaster LA1 1TH

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

Open 7 - 10pm, Open Mic 7.15 - 7.45pm

£5 / £3 students/unwaged/concessions

www.spotlightlancaster.co.uk

 

 

Stories at the Storey

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

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Poster advertising the Stories at the Storey reading event
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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 storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for more information or a 3-5 minute slot.

www.eventbrite.co.uk

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

Reviews

Blackout: Community Responses to Storm Desmond

Monday 10th April to Sunday 7th May 2017

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

 

The Dukes Gallery Moor Lane Lancaster LA1 1QE

This exhibition, located in the Dukes gallery, presents responses to the flooding and power cuts which resulted from storm Desmond. The exhibition coincides with the work in progress of the new Dukes production Blackout.

Within the gallery are 'Flood' and 'Road Closed' signs to set the atmosphere. There are sixteen photographs of local scenes following the floods arranged along one wall. These range from standing water covering roads and inundating property to the raging torrent of water beneath a bridge. There are images of desolatoin flooded interiors and queues of people within Lancaster. Yet for this reviewer the most effective image was the one with the least detail, just the light of a search helicopter in an otherwise black photograph.

 

Along the far wall are stories displayed on a notice board. Some of these are printed, some hand writtern, but all telling of the experiences of flood victoms. They include the tale of an emergency responder and that of an insurance worker having to reassure customers when she herself was living in a power blackout.

The final part of the exhibition is nine pieces of framed writing. These include the story of the WI supplying comfort and blankiets, the 100 lines of text, like school lines, about the need to protect the electicity substation and the horror of the young oin discovering a power cuts means no working Xbox.

Storm Desmond is hopefully a once in a lifetime event and it is good that the Dukes have found the space to celebrate the stories of people who experienced the flooding. Further stories are welcome.

 

 

Stories at the Storey: Monthly open mic night

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

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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 storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for more information or a 3-5 minute slot.

 

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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