Arts news

New Gormley sculpture for Wells

A NEW work by Antony Gormley will be exhibited on the West front of Wells Cathedral, on loan from the artist, from the end of August this year. In conjunction with Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) and Project Factory Community Interest Company, Wells Cathedral is collaborating with Antony Gormley to produce the new work, which will…

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Elspeth McBain – a life in the arts

ELSPETH McBain, who has been chief executive of Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre for 12 years, celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, by looking back over her life in the arts, reflecting on her time at Poole, the state of leadership in the arts and how it’s different for women. Elspeth came…

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New women leaders join arts organisations

A PROGRAMME designed to bring more women into arts management and address the gender imbalance in the sector has resulted in 16 new associates for eight south west regional arts organisations. Women Leaders South West (WLSW) the new associates from more than 350 applications for a training opportunity at the eight arts organisations – The…

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New podcast champions non-fiction

TWO talented women writers have got together to launch a podcast entirely devoted to non-fiction. The first NonFicPod will be online on Tuesday 2nd March, followed by a fortnightly line-up of inspiring and interesting authors to share their tales and tips. Science writer Emma Byrne, author of the successful Swearing is Good for You: The…

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Ronald Pickup

ACTOR Ronald Pickup, who has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, is now best known for his performances as Norman in The Best Marigold Hotel films and as the Archbishop of Canterbury in The Crown. But for those of us lucky enough to have been around for the early days of…

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Gardiner conducts Brahms

DORSET-born conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner joins the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough for a concert streamed live from Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm. The main work will be Brahms’ magnificent Piano Concerto No 1, following the opening work, Schumann’s Genoveva overture. The presenter will…

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Weston Foundation grant for Poole’s Lighthouse

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts is one of more than 100 UK arts organisations to benefit from the Weston Culture Fund, established in response to the impacts of Covid-19 by the Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the country’s most respected charitable institutions with a long history of supporting arts and culture in the community….

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Lottery cash for Outsider project

BOSCOMBE-based The Outsiders Project has been awarded £175,000 to deliver creative activities for local people who are struggling with their health and well-being. The Outsiders Project provides a creative outlet to help participants deal with some of the everyday issues caused by managing health problems, which may stem from previous drug and alcohol abuse or…

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Three-year grant for Artsreach

DORSET Council has announced a three-year funding programme for Artsreach which will keep touring arts alive in rural communities across the county. The small team at Artsreach is understandably delighted at the news that the application to the Dorset Council Organisational Revenue Support Fund had been successful, securing the future of rural touring for the…

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The Mother of All Pageants inspires documentary

FANS of the Mapp and Lucia books and television adaptations may remember the pageant (in which Lucia, predictably, played Elizabeth I), EF Benson was inspired by the popularity of pageants in the years of the 20th century – and one of the finest was staged in Sherborne. A documentary film inspired by the Sherborne Pageant…

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