OPEN sign outside the Peter Scott Gallery

Join us to celebrate the launch of OPEN16 on Thursday 21 April, and to enjoy a preview of three new exhibitions:

'SCAN Through Time', exploring the student environment and student experience through the archives of SCAN;

'The Artist's Marks', highlighting the unique 'artist's mark' on a selection of objects from our Pilkington's collection, used to identify it's maker and usually hidden from view;

'What Does Politics Mean to You?', curated by students at Lancaster & Morecambe College following Lancaster Arts' recent Festival of Questions.


22 April - 14 May 2016

Lancaster Arts invite you to eat, drink, talk, watch and take part. OPEN is our annual event for trying new things and talking about ideas with you - our audiences, artists and peers - with innovation, challenge and change in mind. 

As ever, the heart of OPEN is a social space in the Peter Scott Gallery with our relocated café-bar. This year, we will consider what education and environment mean to an art centre, through a series of talks, spoken-word, performance, sound and visual art events.

Come along to Lancaster Arts for our Family Day out on 14 May!

We’ll have a special edition 'OPEN Messy Gallery', with crafty play for under-5s and their families, as well as participatory exhibition Making Mint: Sowing of Social Springs: come along, chat and grow some mint in discarded coffee cups from the Lancaster Arts bar.

If you fancy learning a new skill, we've got Hula-Hooping sessions for all the family - and when you need some refreshment, enjoy a Pay-What-You-Feel lunch in the sun, courtesy of Lancaster People's Cafe!

And much, much more...

A full schedule will be available to download from our website soon.


2015 Talk Series


OPEN 2014 site

OPEN 2015 site



22 April
WISWOS Concert

Icelandic artist Antye Greie gives an evening concert following the Women In Sound | Women On Sound 2016 Forum.

Antye Greie is a digital songwriter, sound composer, poet, curator and educator.

23 April. 7.30pm
Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

This short film considers the possibility of using the Laws of Motion as they appear in 'cartoon physics'. With animated artist as narrator, the movie tells the history of the golden era of cartoons; interweaving quantum mechanics, philosophy, art history and politics.

5 May. 2-4pm
Pain the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic

An empowering performance talk whih takes a look inside the brain and explores how we feel pain.

This is a performance for chronic pain sufferers and the people who support them, medical professionals and absolutely anybody who wants to know more about what makes the brain tick.


21 April - 14 May
The Artist's Marks

Artists at Pilkington's Tile & Pottery Company were encouraged to brand their pieces with marks. This exhibition explores the experimentation and thought processes behind these marks.

21 April - 5 May
'SCAN Through Time' - The Student Environment

This exhibition charts the rapidly changing landscape of the student environment and the student experience, as told through the archives of SCAN: from the late 1960s to the present day. 

21 April - 14 May
Lancaster & Morecambe College - What Does Politics Mean to You?

In response to Lancaster Arts' recent 'Festival of Questions', an exhibition of new works by Lancaster & Morecambe college students.

10-15 May
Bring Your Own Mug

By showcasing our uniqie collection of Pilkington's pots, this exhibition asks: in an increasingly instant and technological world, are we rediscovering individual skill and craftsmanship?


26 April. 1-2pm
Tuesday Talk | EDUCATION w/ Laura Shepherd, Matt Wilde & Janan Yakula

What does high-quality education engagement mean for arts providers, and how can engagement with the arts in a creative setting enrich all stages of learning development? Join sector experts from across the North West to discuss.

3 May. 1-2pm
Tuesday Talk | ENVIRONMENT w/ Rebecca Chesney, Carly Stevens & Steve Benner

Join artist Rebecca Chesney, scientist Carly Stevens and mathematician and sound artist Steven Benner to discuss the human impact on our environment.

10 May. 1-2pm
Tuesday Talk | PRODUCTION w/ Emma Balkind & Andrew Gannon

How do artists make and produce artwork in the current economic climate? Join curator/writer Emma Balkind and artist Andrew Gannon to discuss what makes a 21c art practice.

Image: Andrew Gannon


7 May. 11am
Are 'Scratch' Events a Waste of Time?

This event explores the value of 'Scratch' events, an increasingly common way of artists informally showing new work. Do you think Lancaster needs a regular scratch night, or are they simply a waste of time?

10 May. 4.30pm
Inviting Movements: Emerging Critical Disability & Deaf Perspectives and Practices

This is a live broadcast from Concordia University, Montreal. Including performance and provocation, and an exciting keynote speech from New-York based Simi Linton titled, 'Disability/Arts: Map & Manifesto'.

12 May. 11am-4pm
Decolonising the Campus / Decolonising the Arts

This event aims to investigate what it means to create an ethnically diverse, culturally rich programme. With experts including Carys Nelkon (Arts Emergency), SuAndi (National Black Arts Alliance), Bo Olawoye (New Art Exchange) and Liz O'Neill (Z-Arts).


29-30 April
Echoes and Reflections: A co-located soundmapping venture between Morecambe and Montreal

This two day workshop with Owen Chapman will use mobile sound technology to explore the complexities of situated nostalgia. Participants will collaborate in the production of a sonic representation of Morecambe, UK, to be contrasted with a interactive media produced from present-day recordings of the 1976 Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

6 May
Situated Composition Workshop: Emerging Practices of Sound and Mobility

This one day workshop on creative sonic futures will feature presentations by 7 international researcher-practitioners working in the areas of sound, music, and mobile and locative media, followed by hands-on experimentation with the emerging concept and practice of situated composition.

With: Ximena Alarcón, Owen Chapman, Ron Herrema, Linda O’Keeffe, Jen Southern, Samuel Thulin, Matt Wand