Oxheys celebrates 3 years in Preston

Celebrating 3 years since moving in to the former ARM factory on Stanhope Street, artist-run Oxheys Mill Studios was started by three local artists as a collective, with the belief that empty industrial spaces could be made accessible for art and the aim of providing a space in Preston where local artists could experiment and exhibit work alongside the studios.  To date 25 very different exhibitions have been organised and hosted along with other events and activities including music, live theatre, performance and poetry readings, creative writing, life drawing and photography workshops.

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Secondary school collaboration

As the Curriculum Leader for Art & Design I am always on the look out for artists, designers and crafters, who can work with our creative students. We welcome opportunities to create community pieces, host workshops for our students, promote events, retail establishments, workshops. Please do contact me if we could collaborate!



Korova Komedy

After the first two fantastic nights, Korova Komedy is back for it’s monthly installment. Some great acts from around the UK will be performing, so don’t miss it.

Headliner: Barry Dodds Self-confessed comedy geek, uses his own contrasting combination of irrepressibly cheeky and surprisingly dark material. Continue reading

Bloco Xangô – percussion, song, and dance weekend in Preston

Sat 23rd and Sun 24th March 2013.

Workshops: Sat 10am – 5pm / Sun 11am – 6pm
Evening performance from workshop participants Sun 24th @ 7pm


Following the success of several Global Grooves ‘bloco’ courses, we are proud to announce our next installment in this series.

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Drum, Bass n’ Breaks for the Bateria – percussion course in Preston

Global Grooves and the UCLan Worldwise Samba Drummers Present….

Global grooves Workshop Group 2012

Global Grooves Workshop Group 2012

8 consecutive Wednesdays 23rd January – 13th March 2013.

Classes run from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

This eight week course will focus on modern percussion arrangements drawing upon the lively rhythms and grooves from styles including Samba, ‘Drum n’ Bass’ and ‘Breakbeat’.

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D.verCity Disability, Deaf and Outsider Art Festival

D.verCity – Disability, Deaf and Outsider Arts Festival is the second event of its kind in Lancashire, offering art sessions that explore the social model through the theme of disability arts and culture, radical shows, comedy and cutting edge art. It is intended for adults and children, for disabled and non-disabled, and for anyone interested in art that is pushing the boundaries.

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Poetry and knitting goes down a storm

Tell Us Another One is a community literature project taking place in local libraries in Greater Manchester. Delivered by Cartwheel Arts, it involves creative writing, performance, publishing and broadcasting and has been supported with an award of £60,000 through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.

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Dart Gallery Launch – Opportunity for local Artists

DART Gallery is offering the opportunity for local artists to sell their products and to inspire young students in their creative endeavours. The official launch date for DART is set for the 21st of June, to be opened by Wayne Hemingway and sponsored by the international company, Graham & Brown.

DART Gallery is a student led social enterprise, located within the confines of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, an Academy and Sixth Form located within Lancashire. DART will sell and exhibit artwork and contemporary products, including crafts, produced by the local community and global on-trend purchasing. DART will also serve as a creative hub for the local community for learning new skills, sharing new skills and as a stepping stone for people in the community to build their own creative businesses. In terms of footfall, on site, we have over 1,100 staff and students daily, over 200 local people a week who visit our location for adult learning courses and over 300 visitors a week from across the region who visit us for various reasons. Continue reading