LAN 2015 Open – extended to be part of new Preston Festival

The 2015 LAN Open exhibition at Oxheys Mill Studios, is proving popular with visitors who are enjoying the diverse selection of work. “Very fresh” “nice clean display” “lovely hanging” “delightful work” are just some of the comments received since it opened. Now Oxheys are excited to announce that the show will stay open for an extra week in order to be part of a new pilot Lancashire Festival taking part in Preston over the weekend of 25-27 September, instead of closing on Sep 19th as originally planned. Continue reading

Organisations in the North receive Strategic Touring funding

Three organisations in the North have been successful in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme with funding totalling £405,479.

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work across a range of venues to more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. Following on from the year two analysis of the Strategic touring programme, we are particularly encouraged to see an increase in applications in this round for literature based projects (including arts in libraries), free outdoor projects, and those that benefit diverse audiences.

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Manchester’s newest venue, HOME, has opened to huge audiences

HOME, the new purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books in Manchester, attracted over 28,000 visitors on its opening weekend in Manchester in late May. It has been continuing to draw in visitors since that opening weekend.

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Portfolio reviews, talks & discussion at Harris Museum

Portfolio reviews with Ruth Claxton or Sovay Berriman with subsequent talks and discussion by the artists are taking place at the Harris Museum & Gallery in Preston.
Portfolio review sessions are a great opportunity to talk about your practice to a nationally renowned artist who can give you advice and critical feedback you your practice and career path. Continue reading

Submissions invited for 2015 Open exhibition

Summer 2015 Open - submissionsAfter the success of the last Lancashire Artists Network (LAN) exhibition, we are pleased to announce it is back again. Organised in collaboration with Oxheys Mill Studios, the exhibition promises a vibrant and diverse selection of work by local and Lancashire-based artists. All LAN members are invited to submit work for this exhibition – entry form and details can be downloaded here LAN Exhibition-T&Cs 2015

Alongside the exhibition, in the Loading Bay will be a small Art Market. which proved a popular addition to Oxheys’ Winter exhibition and will again offer a diverse selection of small 2D and 3D artworks, handmade greeting cards and other small art and craft items.

Artists in all media, 2D and 3D are welcome to submit and proposals are welcome from artists in music or performance who would like to take part. You need to be a LAN member or register to join (free) before submitting. Can’t say fairer than that!

Lets make this a real summer celebration – the last LAN Open exhibition at Oxheys featured work from over 70 artists including sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, glassworks, jewellery, poetry, photography, textiles and film. The private view saw a record-breaking attendance and several artists sold work.

See you there!

Download flyers Summer 2015 Open poster Summer 2015 Open – submissions

 

Summary of party manifestos: what they mean for arts, culture and creativity

With polling three weeks away, we’ve summarised the main arts policies in party manifestos.

This week the parties launched their manifestos for the 2015 General Election. Overall there was greater prominence for the arts, culture and the creative industries than in 2010. With less than three weeks to polling day, we have summarised the headline arts policies and included links to the manifestos so you can examine them in more detail.

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Welcomed support for the arts and cultural sector in 2015 Budget

Arts Council England has welcomed support for the arts and culture sector in the 2015 Budget.  In the last Budget of this current Parliament, Chancellor George Osborne recognised the importance of the arts and creative industries in securing Britain’s place as ‘a cultural centre of the world’

Arts Council England has welcomed support for the arts and culture sector in the 2015 Budget. Continue reading

Pioneering investment fund brings social finance to the arts

A fund that brings together public, private and charitable investment to support arts organisations has launched today. The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts-based organisations.

A fund that brings together public, private and charitable investment to support arts organisations has launched today. The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts-based organisations.

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