Wednesday 21 January 2021
Hello everyone – we hope this finds you well, safe and hopeful for a new year.
We have been busy planning and re-planning for our changing circumstances and restrictions to bring you a season of public performances and lots to do right now at Lancaster Arts.
We are working with imaginative and resourceful artists who have found ways of creating very special experiences for everyone to take part in now, without leaving your home! New projects will appear on our website in the coming weeks so please keep checking our What’s On pages. The People’s Palace of Possibility is looking for ‘Palace Citizens’ in Lancaster and Morecambe to imagine exciting futures for us all. Draw to Connect invites us to capture our immediate environment through drawing; no special skills or drawing experience required, just your responses and observations. Our Tuesday Artist Talks programme continues online as we ask a range of artists what ‘in the studio’ means to them. To ensure as many people as possible have access to culture at this difficult time, the events mentioned above are free – just register through our website – but be quick, some events have limited numbers!
Throughout May and June we hope you will be able to join us for a summer season of concerts, visual arts, theatre and outdoor events – on and off campus. We will welcome a selection of work which we were forced to postpone in 2020 – and also introduce exciting new artists and events. The precautions and social distancing that we introduced in our autumn will continue as necessary, so you can feel reassured that this will be a safe and comfortable experience.
This year our theme is Water. This is a resonant theme for us in Lancaster, close as we are to Morecambe Bay and surrounded by rivers and tidal estuaries – it also has both a global and local relevance as flooding becomes more prevalent as a result of climate change. The theme is particularly timely given the upcoming Climate Change Conference in November. 2021 is a pivotal point in our history, a time of sea-change, with the need to alter and revise almost all that we do. But we also want to explore the more pleasurable aspects of water and how it is such a powerful metaphor. We’ll be looking to new partners and artists to take this further and hope you will join us to grow our collective understanding of this fascinating subject.
Jocelyn Cunningham and the Lancaster Arts team.
P.S. Don’t forget! You can donate to Lancaster Arts online or via text message. Texting the word LARTSFIVE to 70085 to donate £5 or LARTSTEN to 70085 to donate £10.
Texts cost £5 or £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, please text either LARTSFIVENOINFO or LARTSTENNOINFO to 70085.
Image: Invisible Flock: Sand Pilot Project (2012). Photographer: Ian Hughes