The warm and the cold is a project run by arts organisation arthur+martha, led by poet Phil Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn, with support from National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme. For the project, homeless people in Manchester have been telling their stories with needle and thread and embroidering the words onto a patchwork quilt which will be exhibited at Manchester’s Holden Gallery until 18 December.
The Portico Prize, administered by The Portico Library in Manchester, is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the North of England as represented in its literature. It highlights the strong regional identity of the North and raises awareness about its cultural and literary heritage. It also promotes high-quality writing of all kinds.
At an award ceremony on 22 November Sarah Hall won the fiction prize for her short story collection The Beautiful Indifference while Jean Sprackland picked up the non-fiction award for her book Strands.
The Presenters Mix 2012 was heard by an enthusiastic audience on Tuesday, 20 November, at the Electronic & Digital Art Unit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK. A fantastic sound system was specially assembled at EDAU for this eagerly awaited occasion with the 60 x 60 Presenters Mix 2012 being played simultaneously in the four rooms, halls and stairways of the building. The original sound quality of these 60 x 60 works were only enhanced further by this fabulous sounding set-up which everyone agreed brought the whole venue to life.
First Fridays is an innovative scheme offering people in the Lancaster district and visitors to the region the opportunity to explore new cultural experiences by trying something different for free or at reduced prices on the first Friday of every month.
More than one million young people are currently unemployed yet some cultural and creative employers are finding it hard to recruit the employees they need. If young people are unable to enter the cultural sector then there is a risk of losing a generation of talent.