Arts news

Jazz Age comes to Bath

THE Jazz Age was glamorous and dangerous, a dazzling confection of fashion and music which came to prominence at the height of Art Deco style – you can learn more as an exhibition dedicated to the period in fashion and photographs opens at the American Museum at Bath on 18th March. The exhibition of the…

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My Country – a play for Brexit Britain

SALISBURY residents were among people around the country whose thoughts and opinions about Britain and the European referendum were collected for a new play which is on at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank until 22nd March. In the months after the referendum, Salisbury Playhouse was one of eight theatres across the UK invited…

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Historic Riding House to become an arts centre

WOLFETON Riding House, dating from the early 16th century, is nationally important, one of the earliest surviving riding houses in the country. Newly refurbished, it is to become the new home of Dorset Visual Arts and an exciting new arts centre. Riding houses were the centres of the equestrian tradition of haute école, the precision…

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Devon’s rural touring scheme to close

THE trustees of Villages in Action (ViA), Devon’s rural arts touring scheme, have announced that the charity’s rural touring scheme is to end in its current format. The spring season of ViA performances now taking place in Devon’s villages will therefore be the last under the existing system. Villages in Action is a charity which…

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Lottery funding for Salisbury archive project

THE Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has been awarded a grant of £28,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project, Animating the Archives, in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral. As part of the 2017 festival’s learning and participation programme, Animating the Archives will allow local community groups unprecedented access to a treasure-trove of some of…

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Major landscape exhibition at Salisbury

THERE will be a major exhibition of British landscape painting at Salisbury Museum this summer. Artists featured will include John Constable, JMW Turner, William Blake and Eric Ravilious. British Art: Ancient Landscapes will open at the museum  on 8th April and runs until 3rd September. The exhibition is curated by Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor…

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Lottery boost for South Somerset film programme

A LOTTERY grant will enable a South Somerset-based community interest company to show a spring series of classic films in three venues in the district – Hauser and Wirth at Bruton, Wincanton Town Hall and Westlands in Yeovil. WhereWestBegins, based in Horsington and run by Penny Nagle, is supported by the grant from the British…

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BSO partners Grange Festival in new singing competition

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced a partnership with the Grange Festival, launching a major singing competition for young singers, with the chance to sing with the BSO. The Grange International Singing Competition, formerly the Hampshire National Singing Competition, will offer emerging talent under the age of 33 significant cash prizes and a role in…

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Film programme for refurbished Westlands

FILM and event cinema will be coming to the refurbished Westlands at Yeovil in a partnership with  South Somerset’s new venue and Horsington-based Flaming Lassie Ltd. The new venue, which is being officially opened by world-famous ballet dancer Darcey Bussell on 29th March, will be showing ballets, operas, plays and music events from leading opera…

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