North benefits from over £8.5 million in Strategic touring funds

The Arts Council £45 million Strategic touring programme targets areas with a low level of art engagement and supports the goal of achieving great art and culture for everyone. It is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts and cultural encounters.

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Call for submissions: summer open exhibition & art market

Oxheys Summer open exhibition & art marketAs part of our 3rd birthday celebrations,  Oxheys are running a special Summer Open exhibition, also featuring a one-day pop-up Art Market event on Preston Flag Market.

Local artists, LAN and ArtLab members are all invited to join and any artists interested in running workshops or a performance during the Art Market even are also invited to apply. 

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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

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

LAN Open exhibition 2013 – call for submissions

After the success of last years’ Open exhibition, we were keen to hold another. Oxheys Mill Studios have kindly agreed to host in their fabulous Project Space again but we have also arranged with the new Korova Arts Cafe in Preston for some additional exhibition space. This will increase exposure and provide more opportunities for sales. The Private View event will be held at Oxheys on 22nd August, with another event held at Korova on Saturday 24th August. LAN Flyer

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The North West has a growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination

Last year’s Cultural Olympiad events and activities across the region acted as a catalyst for cultural tourism. Events like The Moment When in Cheshire, Lakes Alive in Cumbria, Blaze and Preston Guild with WE PLAY Expo in Lancashire, and Sacrilege – Jeremy Deller’s inflatable Stonehenge – appearing in both Preston and Oldham raised the profile of the places where they were happening and brought them national and international attention. The cultural offer in the North West of England has never been stronger. Continue reading

DaDaFest 2012

Disability Arts and Culture has grown over the last 30 years into a discernibly confident and accomplished artistic movement of expression around experiences of disability. DaDaFest was the first and is now the most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability and Deaf Arts in the world.

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Big Dance in the North West

Big Dance is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance. Taking place across the country as part of the London 2012 Festival, Big Dance features thousands of events inspired by dance. They have been taking place in all sorts of locations and in all dance styles and have included classes, workshops, flashmobs, film screenings, world record attempts and dancing in unusual spaces.

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AND Festival Volunteers needed!

This year will see AND delivering its most ambitious festival yet, a range of public realm, performance, film, visual art and music events exploring the notion of ‘Success’. The festival previews on 22 – 23 June at Cornerhouse, Manchester, followed by events throughout the summer that will culminate in five days of exciting and intense activity in Manchester between 29 August and 2 September. More information about the festival and this year’s programme can be found at www.andfestival.org.uk

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