Manchester Central Library reopens after £50 million revamp

Manchester Central Library reopened on 22 March after a three and a half year transformation which sees  the Grade II*-listed building’s many heritage features, such as the famous Reading Room, lovingly restored alongside new digital features. The library, the second largest public library in the UK, now has much more of the building open to the public than previously including a new lending library providing an extra 2,000 square metres of library space. Continue reading

Manchester-based stage company meets Prince Charles after Redhouse Arts Centre restoration

On Friday 28th February, HRH Prince Charles attended the newly restored Town Hall in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil. In anticipation of the grand St David’s Day opening, Prince Charles toured the restored Town Hall and met with the architects, project managers and community members involved in the extensive restoration.

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Call for Entries: Open Up North 2014

The online entry portal for Open Up North 2014 is now open.  Open Up North is an art competition run by the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal which is open to both professional and non-professional artists from the north of England and will culminate in a multi-venue exhibition across Kendal from 31st May – 27th July with a prize fund in excess of £2000. Continue reading

Lytham Arts Festival 2014 Call for Submissions

Artist? Musician? Author or Poet? Fire eating, belly dancer who rides a unicycle? This is your opportunity to showcase your work in Lovely Lytham! The Lytham Arts Festival is funded through the High Street Innovation Fund giving artists the opportunity to perform or exhibit within the main shopping areas of Lytham – inside the shops, in the shop windows, in the streets and central buildings. Continue reading

Everyman Theatre reopens with spectacular parade and light show

Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre celebrated its re-opening on Saturday 1 March with Lights Up, an illuminated parade of 300 lanterns and dozens of performers, attended by over 2,500 people. Travelling from the Playhouse to the newly renovated Everyman, the parade was created by Walk the Plank and The Lantern Company.

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Three organisations in the North receive Strategic touring funding

Oriental Arts, the Just So Festival and Pendle Leisure Trust have been awarded funding through the twelfth round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme. The Strategic touring programme aims to give more people across the country better access to quality work across a range of venues. Continue reading

Museums in Cumbria bring arts and culture to dementia sufferers

The Cumbria Museum Consortium (consisting of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Lakeland Arts and the Wordsworth Trust) is working in partnership (the Carlisle Dementia Partnership) with a range of organisations who deliver dementia support to develop a programme of events for people suffering with dementia and their carers. Continue reading

AA2A exhibition opens at PR1 Gallery, Preston

An exhibition by Tiago Duarte, Leighton Bohl, Janet Minogue, Rema Salem and Denise Swanson opens at the PR1 Gallery in Preston from 2nd to 13th December, with private view on Wednesday 4th from 6-8pm. Continue reading