Since the lockdown we have been very busy at Lancaster Arts! We’ve reflected on how we, together with artists, can best contribute to these very hard times and have been looking at imaginative ways of enabling artists to ease isolation and disconnectedness.  Each strand of our Breathing Space programme (listed below) is designed to help people connect with each other and at the same time, support the freelance artistic community in the northwest.

Lancaster Arts has invested a considerable amount into making this happen and we are committed to ensuring this programme can have a meaningful legacy for all involved. Please take a look. There are ways you can be involved right now…
image by Darren Andrews

Walking/Moving/Seeing

Three small commissions that respond to the time we have had to leave our homes, whether this is for exercise, shopping or just being outside! Artists include:

Louise Ann Wilson, collecting the routes of our daily exercise.

Jenny Reeves, creating a series of short films capturing her solo dance pieces

Darren Andrews, photographing empty streets and the reawakening of our neighbourhoods

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Is There Anybody Out There?

In a time of ongoing lockdown and isolation, when our usual forms of togetherness and exchange aren’t available, how can we communicate with each other meaningfully?
With this in mind, we invited proposals to support small-scale artistic development, in any art form. The selected Lancashire based practitioners are:
Helena Ascough, Jen Blackwell and David Darcy, Julie Pinington Wright, Kasia Tatys and Ellie Barrett.

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Catalyst For Conversation

Our webinar series offers exciting opportunities to take part in online workshops and discussions led by artists, our creative team, colleagues and friends. Previous webinars have included “How to Survive as an Early Career Artist” and “From Nova Scotia to Morecambe: Creating Work for Non-Arts Spaces.” In July, we’re hosting a discussion, titled Marketing in a Time of Transition, about how marketing might work when the previous guidance is no longer relevant.

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Making Frames

At the start of lockdown around 1300 students lived on Lancaster University campus; Making Frames is asking the students to respond creatively to series of questions devised with their peers about their feelings and what they have learned as part of the unique temporary community. The responses will inspire a series of short films created in collaboration with artists Jonny Randle & Josh Cannon shown across the campus and online from September 2020.

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Lancaster Arts: Breathing Space – Connecting Us & Supporting Freelance Artists
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