Arts Festival to host specially commissioned Ikia Exhibition
A specially commissioned exhibition
themed around local and international retail giant IKEA will form part of
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2015. The festival returns to
the Town next month for the 5th consecutive year, and new for 2015
organisers Culture Warrington are working in partnership with 'North',
which will deliver an exciting new dimension to the event.
'North' is a new initiative aiming to build strength for
contemporary art in the North of England. Together, Culture Warrington and
North will highlight the breadth of talent within the region, as well as
attracting national and international artists with support from Arts Council
A key focus of the partnership is a specially
commissioned exhibition entitled:- 'The Dream Of Modern Living?
Contemporary Artists Explore IKEA'. It will take place between
Friday, 2 October and Saturday, 14 November 2015, at Warrington Museum and
Art Gallery. Admission is free.
In 1987, Britain's 1st IKEA opened in Warrington. Since then, the store has
found a place in the thoughts and memories of local people. Warrington IKEA
is said to have the highest visitor numbers of any store in the country and
allegedly the lowest spend per head, suggesting that people go not just to
buy furniture but to see and to experience designs, ideas, even food from
Paul Carey–Kent is the curator for 'The Dream Of Modern Living?'
A former editor of Art World magazine, he now writes for publications
including:- 'Art Monthly', 'Frieze' and 'Photomonitor'.
He has become increasingly involved in freelance curatorial projects since
2013, and currently has shows in London and Berlin as well as Warrington.
Earlier this year he created:- 'The Absence of Presence' for
Berloni and 'Weight for the Showing' at Maddox Arts.
Paul wanted to explore artists' reactions to
IKEA as a business, lifestyle and aesthetic. Their responses range from
using IKEA products as art materials to reinterpreting the furniture, from
attempting to live in store to subverting the catalogue of which more than
200 million copies are printed each year. The artists are:- Guy Ben Ner,
Ryan Gander, Clay Ketter, Artist Anonymous, Marie Karlberg, Joe Scanlan,
Sara McKillop, Frédéric Pradeau, Mary Griffiths, David Ricakard and Stuart
Curator Paul Carey–Kent commented:- "The Dream Of Modern Living?
exhibition is going to be something very different for the Warrington
Contemporary Arts Festival; and North is delighted to be working in
partnership with Culture Warrington on this project. It's a show about the
power of transformation in which IKEA provides the raw materials; literal
and attitudinal; from which the artists set out. They get to some rather
interesting places, inside and beyond the store."
The wider Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival features a full programme of
cultural events, exhibitions, performances, workshops and seminars from
Friday, 2 October 2015, through to Saturday, 31 October 2015, at various
locations across the Town including:- Pyramid Arts Centre, The Gallery at
Bank Quay House and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, which will all become
festival hubs for the event.
Festival highlights include a Cultural Crawl of host venues; Glastonbury
favourite and raconteur Mik Artistik at Pyramid Arts Centre; physical
theatre company Tmesis; Long Shot Micro Film Festival; Capriccio
experimental music workshop; and a spooky silent disco. The full programme
The Ultimate Tribute To One Of
Rock and Roll's Most Remarkable Groups
ON 11 November 2015, at the
Southport Theatre, the original Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Rick Vito, will join
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world's leading Fleetwood Mac tribute show, live
on stage at selected shows across the UK this autumn 2015.
Rick, who 1st performed with Fleetwood Mac in 1987, and appeared on the
legendary 'Tango in the Night' album, will drop in to the RFM
musical line- up starting Grimsby on the 29 October 2015, and then perform at 15
shows right through to:- New Brighton on the 22 November 2015, stopping by
Scarborough, Chatham, St Albans, Skegness, Burnley, Cheltenham, Southport,
Margate, Hayes, Eastbourne, Guildford and Ipswich.
"It's going to be tremendous fun. I met the guys last year and we hit it off
straight away. They are all great musicians and they really manage to capture
the live spirit of Fleetwood Mac. Something which is very important to me. I
can't wait. If it goes well, I'll aim to be back for more shows in 2016."
Allan Cosgrove, RFM drummer, says:- "Wow! Rick Vito performing live on
stage with us. It can't get any better."
Rick Vito is a Grammy nominated guitarist and performer who has been active in
the music industry since the 1970's, having worked as a solo artist, songwriter,
session musician, and as a member of the bands of John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Bob
Seger, Jackson Browne, Roger McGuinn and many other R&R Hall of Fame artists. He
is probably best known as an official member of Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1991,
and more recently as the front man for the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. Rick is
also the recipient of the W.C. Handy Award and has 8 solo CDs, and 2 solo DVDs
in his long list of credits.
Having performed to over a million fans since they formed over a decade ago,
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac returns to the UK in late 2015 and early 2016 to launch
its stunning new stage production performing in meticulous, note for note,
detail all the classic hits from 1 of the most outstanding and enduring
catalogues in the history of rock music.
Recognised internationally as the world's leading Fleetwood Mac tribute show,
and with the priceless golden seal of approval from founding member Mick
Fleetwood, plus recent guest appearances from Fleetwood Mac's very own legendary
guitarist Rick Vito, this stunning new show takes you on an epic musical journey
through changing eras and styles, from the exciting sound of the sixties London
blues scene right through to the staggering commercial success of the seventies
and eighties, and beyond.
Replicating perfectly the power and subtlety of Fleetwood Mac at their brilliant
best; Rumours of Fleetwood Mac perform all the classic hits live including:-
'Black Magic Woman', 'Albatross', 'Go Your Own Way',
'Dreams', 'Gypsy', 'Say You Love Me',
'Sara', 'Oh Diane', 'Little Lies',
'Everywhere' and much much more.
Tickets now on sale on Ticketmaster, call:- 0844 844 0444 or visit:-
Adventurers needed in the North West to explore local paths
Ramblers is calling on young people in the North West to head off the beaten
track to explore footpaths in their area, in the very 1st project to gather a
complete picture of the state of footpaths throughout England and Wales.
The Big Pathwatch is the Ramblers' biggest and most ambitious project ever to
survey every right of way in England and Wales in order to build a national
picture of the state of the paths; the 1st time this has ever been done!
It is the perfect chance for adventurous young people to discover new places and
paths, and this opportunity can now be done by those aged 14 to 24, for 3 months
to count for the Volunteering section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).
Ramblers' chief executive Benedict Southworth said:- "Over the years the
DofE has become immensely important in recognising those who learn key life
skills and give back to their community. We're thrilled that the Big Pathwatch
is now part of such a great programme. The North West is spoiled with beautiful
countryside that is both historic and important to local people, but this could
easily be lost to us if we don't preserve and protect these areas. To do that,
we need everyone's help to walk our rights of way and tell us what they find. If
you're keen to get involved, why not download the free app and head out to
explore with your friends and let us know what you find. Not only will you be
able to discover secret places in the North West, but more importantly, you will
be offering a valuable service to your community by helping to protect and
improve our paths for years to come."
The Big Pathwatch is the Ramblers' ground breaking project to gather the full
picture of the state of the path network in England and Wales in order to come
up with creative solutions to keep them open and well maintained.
People can get involved by downloading the free smartphone app, walking their
favourite paths and reporting back on what they find; whether that's a wonky
bridge or locked gate, a beautiful view or interesting wildlife.
Those who do not have a smartphone can still take part via the Ramblers website.
For more information about the Big Pathwatch, visit:-
Ramblers.Org.UK/BigPathWatch. To sign up for
the Big Pathwatch as part of DofE, visit:-