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Arts Events

03/30/2007 17:03:33

Being There: Detailing the City Experience

23 – 29 April 2007

Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG
Admission free
Opening Night, Urbis
Thursday 26 April, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free drinks reception

6:00pm – Helen Bendon and Jessica Thom with Professor Rachel Cooper will discuss the importance of art to research interpretation, dissemination and public engagement.

Drawing upon research into city life, this exhibition celebrates the riches and the tensions of modern cities as places to work, entertain and live.

The exhibition continues the work of video artist Helen Bendon and photographic artist Jessica Thom, working alongside three research teams: VivaCity2020, AUNT-SUE and InSITU. Working together a picture of modern cities has emerged complete with beauty, excitement and modernity, but also isolation, impotence and myth.

Helen uses video to explore the interweaving of narratives through urban landscapes whilst Jessica collects resident’s photographs and merges and manipulates them to create a portrait of two cities: Manchester and London.

Urbis, Manchester’s museum of the city, is pleased to be hosting this exhibition. For further information telephone 0161 605 8200 or visit

Peter Scott Gallery Exhibition

23 April – 2 June 2007


From the Arts Council Collection, A Hayward Touring exhibition

Patrick Heron, Ultramarine, Cinnamon and Dull Yellow, 1960, Oil on paper,
Patrick Heron, Ultramarine, Cinnamon and Dull Yellow, 1960, Oil on paper,

Some of the most innovative and influential art in twentieth century Britain will be on display at the Peter Scott Gallery on campus, part of at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA).

The “Spotlight on St Ives” exhibition explores three decades of art inspired by the landscapes of West Cornwall, with many of the artists – such as sculptor Barbara Hepworth – achieving international renown.

The twenty five paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture are part of a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, the largest loan collection of postwar British art in the world.

The exhibition will be opened by the late Sir Terry Frost’s son Anthony on April 25 and it will Run until June 2.

Photo opportunity: 6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 25 April – Private View

Opening hours:Mon - Sat 11am – 4pm, Thursday 11am – 9pm
Open Bank Holidays 7 & 28 May, 11am – 4pm

Free Admission, Tel: 01524 593057, Website:

Nuffield Theatre Presentations

1 May @ 8pm

The Endurance
Al Seed and Ben Faulks

The Endurance
The Endurance

The Endurance draws on the tradition of the travelling player and the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton to tell a tale of survival in the face of impossible odds and a friendship glued together by tea and mint-cake.

‘Two old men haul their broken piano along rusty train tracks. Their energy is spent and the faceless entity that is in pursuit is almost upon them, and yet, round the next bend, maybe...’


3 May @ 8.00pm

The 3 Little Pigs

The 3 Little Pigs
The 3 Little Pigs

Featuring a dangerous and very elaborate rescue operation, puppet nudity, alcohol, death and a tree, this gloriously eccentric show subverts the classic children’s tale of the 3 Little Pigs for a grown-up audience. Told with the dramatic application of shadow, light and colour, animations and puppetry, this show is funny, sinister and very naughty.

Manchester-based Mishimou was formed in 2003 by Rachael Ayres & Maria Ratcliffe, who shared a desire to create multi-layered adult puppetry theatre. They also like to collaborate with animators, musicians and magicians in developing new work and for this show, animator and illustrator Paddy Molloy has created an amazing anthropomorphic landscape using a textured hand drawn style.

For audiences aged 14 years and over.

Nuffield Theatre, Tickets: £8/ £5.50 concessions, for tickets or further information

Box Office Tel: 01524 594151, Fax: 01524 847298, SMS Text: 07810 082832, Email:


12 May @ 2pm

Muttnik – The First Dog in Space
Niki McCretton

Muttnik – The First Dog in Space
Muttnik – The First Dog in Space

A theatre show for children over 3 and childish adults, devised and performed by Niki McCretton.

Muttnik is living at the Russian Space Centre and has been selected to be the first dog in space! She learns to fly a rocket, to parachute jump, to dance in zero gravity and to go ‘where no dog has gone before’. Will she skate on the rings of Saturn and what will it be like to dig holes on the moon? Muttnik is told without words, through movement, gentle humour, music and a soundscape. The set consists of a simple construction that transforms into a rocket. The costume, set and props are colourful, inventive and charming. (the show lasts 50 minutes)

Muttnik Workshop: The show is accompanied by a fantastic practical workshop (aimed at ages 7-9). This is a chance for children to come and invent stories from the true adventures of the first living creature to go into space, using their bodies and imaginations. There will be an opportunity for parents to see what has been created at the end of the session. Niki McCretton is an experienced teacher of all ages and is skilled in drawing out children's ideas and helping them to create performances. The workshop is followed by art activities and a light lunch until the show at 2pm.

£6 / £4 concessions, Muttnik Workshop 10am, Saturday 12 May (for children aged 7 – 9) Workshop tickets £2.50 (must be pre-booked)

For tickets or further information, Box Office Tel: 01524 594151, Fax: 01524 847298, SMS Text: 07810 082832, Email:, Web:


11 May @ 8.00pm

Niki McCretton

Space 50
Space 50

A Theatrical Voyage to Mark 50 Years of Space Travel. SPACE 50 promises to engage from ignition to landing, unpicking our astonishing journey to the heavens since 1957. Following research at Star City, the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia, meeting an Apollo astronaut and an endorsement from Arthur C. Clarke, award-winning performer Niki McCretton brings together an outstanding team of performers, filmmakers, musicians, writers and animators to present this milestone production.

As part of the 50 year commemorations The Nuffield Theatre is asking for people to send in their memories of significant moments of man’s journey into space; what did you feel when Sputnik 1 sent back its eerie signal or when Yuri Gagarin went into orbit? Where you were when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon? These stories will be collated into a short book and will be available at the performance. Please send them to ‘SPACE 50’ The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW

Devised and performed by Niki McCretton and Jamie Wood, Directed by Guy Dartnell, Animations by Susan Sloan and Adam Venner, Text by Andrew Smith, Author of moondust, Research Support by Piers Bizony, Author of Space 50, Music by Paul Riordan, Films by Kathy Hinde

Tickets: £8/ £5.50 concessions, For tickets or further information Box Office Tel: 01524 594151, Fax: 01524 847298, SMS Text: 07810 082832, Email:

The Parish Church of Crosthwaite (St. Kentigern) Keswick
Summer 2007

2 May @ 8.00pm


9 June @ 7.30 pm

LANCASTER SINGERS (Musical Director: Denis McCaldin)

27 June @ 8.00 pm

PETER GOULD (Organ: Derby Cathedral)

10 July @ 8.00 pm


IAN HARE (Organ/Piano)

Admission by programme, price £6.00 (students £3.00), at the door, including refreshments.

For further details telephone Keswick (017687) 73342


Creative Arts Festival in Cumbria

June 2-10 at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

The Creative Arts Festival is jointly organised by the Theatre by the Lake and the Department of Continuing Education at Lancaster University. It is a week long celebration of the arts, from painting to creative writing, film and photography.

Dr Sarah Lenaghan from the DCE will be teaching a course on the novels of Daphne du Maurier, with students able to see du Maurier's most famous novel "Rebecca" performed at the Theatre by the Lake this summer.

There are also courses on Writing for Performance, Exploring Methods and Processes in Painting, Landscape Photography and British Film Comedy.

Courses are open to adults of all ages, regardless of previous experience. Course fees are £32 (£14 concessions). To enrol, contact the DCE at least a week before the Festival on 01524 592623/4.