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Arts Events Michaelmas Term

11/02/2005 09:55:24


Until 22nd December, Galleries open daily, Mon - Sat 11 - 4, Sunday 1 - 4, admission free.

The first exhibition for 2005-6 is 'Ruskin's organic vision - nature, life and art' (until 22 December), curated by Alan Davis, Visiting Fellow in the Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University. Following a previous exhibition on Ruskin and Printmaking (2003), to which Tate Britain made the major loan of William Blake's colour print 'Newton', Alan will develop the idea of Ruskin having formed what we might now call an holistic view of nature, life and art. This 'organic vision' may be seen to embrace such concepts as 'savageness,' 'changefulness' and 'naturalism' (as discussed by Ruskin in 'The Nature of Gothic'). The exhibition will show how Ruskin arrived at these basic principles, using drawings and watercolours from the permanent collection, but it also aims to demonstrate that his 'organic vision' can still enrich our understanding and enjoyment of art today. The exhibition draws on a substantial number of loans representing a range of fine and decorative art, from ancient oriental ceramics to contemporary art and studio pottery.

Picture caption: Ruskin 'Tree Study'

Please see the following link for further information:

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Lancaster International Concert Series

Gerard Schwarz
Gerard Schwarz

Thursday 1st December 2005 at 7.30pm

'There is nothing like the Philharmonic at full tilt to lift the spirits at the end of the day'. (Liverpool Echo)

Gerard Schwarz – Conductor
Lawrence Power – Viola
Tippett Ritual Dances
Mark-Anthony Turnage On Opened Ground
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 ‘Pathetique’

Tickets: £17.00, £14.00, £11.00 (£13.50, £11.50, £9.00 concessions), Young Person £5.00

Lancashire Sinfonietta: Lancaster International Concert Series

Lyn Fletcher, directorThe acclaimed Lancashire Sinfonietta, strongly rooted in regional music-making, returns to Lancaster under the direction of Lyn Fletcher. (Pictured left)

Thursday 8th December 2005 at 7.30pm

Haydn Violin Concerto in C
Stravinsky Concerto in D for strings
Michael Tippet Concerto for Double String orchestra

Tickets: £17.00, £14.00, £11.00 (£13.50, £11.50, £9.00 concessions), Young Person £5.00

Countdown to Christmas: Lancaster International Concert Series

Music to get your festive season off to a fantastic fun-filled start.

Saturday 17th December 2005 at 2.30pm

North West Pops Orchestra
Alasdair Malloy – Presenter
Robin McEwan – Conductor

FAMILY TICKET: (2 adults and 2 children) £19
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Adult £6.50, Children £4, Under 3’s Free

SO LOW: Nuffield Theatre Lancaster mini-season.
It’s a fantastic collection of solo performances from the UK and abroad.

For further details and booking information, please contact the Nuffield Theatre Box Office on 01524 594151,

Kazuko Hohki - Proof For The Existence of Borrowers

Singer, musician, animator, director and storyteller, Kazuko Hohki provides delightful Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers. In a new cultural exchange between Borrowers and ‘human beans’ The Nuffield Theatre is hosting a special interactive installation and presentation, exploring the unique world of the small people who live under the floorboards. Perfect entertainment for all the family.

5pm, 7pm & 9pm, Wed 30 November & Thu 1 December, tickets: £8 / £5.50 conc

Johnathon Pram - Living Room & cassettessac

A big hit in last year’s Autumn 04 season, we now present two earlier episodes from the life of Johnathon Pram - an individual struggling to endure the stressful mechanics of a modern world gone wrong.
The shows are preceded by live music from Manchester band
Aqute Couch in the Nuffield foyer from 7pm.
8pm, Sat 3 December Tickets: £8 / £5.50 conc.

Bedlam Dance: Shrink’d

Dancers from Shrink'd

An incredible mix of high quality dance and high-tech installation comes to the Nuffield Theatre.

The Performance: Set in a brightly-lit square, surrounded by the audience, Shrink’d is a dance of extreme close-ups. Bite-size movements are interlaced with secret messages dedicated to unsuspecting members of the audience. Highlighting the intricacy of the body and the immediacy of performance, Shrink’d plays with the viewer as witness and accomplice.

The Installations: Before and after the show you are invited to journey through a landscape of interactive environments. Two at a time, you encounter a projected image of a dancer, subtly affecting her movement as you pass by. Customised VJ decks offer a chance to scratch classic dance films on a giant screen, while a tiny virtual dancer performs to an audience of one.

Thursday 15 December
Installation:7-8pm, Performance:8pm.
8 / £5.50 concessions.


© Chris Matthiessen
© Chris Matthiessen

A collection of Paintings and Textiles by Chris Matthiessen. October 31st 2005 to January 31st 2006. The artist will be visiting LEC on Wednesday 2nd November 10am – 12noon to meet people for coffee and discuss her work.

Visitors are welcome.