Emerging Artists kick off
PARTICIPANTS of Hope Street Ltd's
Emerging Artists Programme 2016 have set up camp in a city centre office block
and invite you to come and join them around the camp fire to discuss important
Responding to current crises around immigration and homelessness, the project,
entitled TENT! is a multimedia interactive artwork. It will be part of Festival
31, a month long festival celebrating arts and culture from refugee communities
which runs until 20 July 2016.
Part installation, part performance and part discussion, this immersive
experience lasts four hours during which time the audience can drop in at any
time, creating some individual and intimate experiences, as well as group
conversations "around the camp fire", in this unusual Tent City
pitched within an Office block.
TENT! Is the Emerging Artist's first project; a challenge in itself; as this
will be their first performance in front of an audience as a group, after just 2
weeks together and with only 3 days to develop their own production.
This project was originally created for Light Night by three former EAP artists
who met on the programme in 2014. The artists, director Roisin Fletcher,
designer Laura Lomax, and musical director Luke Thomas will task the new company
to create their interpretation of Tent! Developing new installations and
Liverpool Asylum Seekers and Refugees Association (LARA) will be joining EAP
artists again for:- 'conversations around the camp fire.'
Delivered by Hope Street Limited, the Emerging Artists Programme is now
established and well respected within the industry. It's a great opportunity for
people to develop and grow their skills and experience across a number of
creative platforms and to kick start a professional career in the arts
Hope Street Limited is a registered charity which has been supporting emerging
artists in Liverpool for 27 years. It is a National Portfolio Organisation of
Arts Council England, and is funded by Liverpool City Council through the
Culture Liverpool Investment Programme.
This year's successful intake of creatives has
a wealth of talent and experience and consists of a director, movement director,
musical director/composer, 2 designers/makers, 12 performers, producer, stage
manager and a production manager.
The full time intensive programme gives participants the opportunity to create
their own work alongside professional artists of international calibre; as well
as networking and meeting key personnel in other major creative organisations in
Other key projects for EAP2016 include The Many Faces Of Francis Bacon; a masked
invasion of Tate Liverpool's hidden spaces; The Last Utopian; an immersive
theatrical game in Liverpool City Centre set in a dystopian sci-fi world; and
The extraordinary journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe, a
devised play at the Everyman Studio inspired by the best seller of the same
TENT! will be a free durational performance
with audiences invited to drop in at any time between 5:30pm to 9:30pm, on
Thursday, 23 June 2016, at Hope Street Ltd's premises at 76 to 78 Lord Street,
Liverpool L2 1TL. For more information visit:-
Merseyside cancer centre selected to
provide advanced brain tumour treatment in new national programme
THE Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS
Foundation Trust has been chosen as one of 16 centres across the country to
deliver stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy (SRS/SRT) – specialist forms
of radiotherapy that can be used to treat patients with brain tumours.
The decision has been announced by NHS England and marks an expansion of this
pioneering treatment, following a national review.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre already provides SRS/SRT in partnership with The
Walton Centre. Now the number of patients receiving this innovative treatment in
Merseyside and Cheshire is set to more than double. Nationally, 6,200 patients a
year are expected to benefit from these services by 2018/19, compared to just
over 2,400 in 2014/15. In Merseyside and Cheshire, the number is expected to
increase from 94 in 2015/16 to 306 by 2018/19.
The new SRS/SRT services are spread across all regions of England, improving
access to services and making it possible to treat more people closer to home.
Increasing access to these advanced forms of radiotherapy means fewer people
will have to undergo more invasive treatments such as surgery.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been selected to
provide the service for patients in Merseyside and Cheshire. The service will
continue to be provided in partnership with The Walton Centre. Patients will be
treated at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre; Aintree, the Trust's specialist
radiotherapy unit in Fazakerley next to The Walton Centre.
Dr Peter Kirkbride, Medical Director of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said:-
"This is truly fantastic news for patients in Merseyside and Cheshire.
Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy are exceptionally precise and deliver
a high dose of radiation to a small, focused area. This makes it ideal for
treating tumours in particularly complex or vulnerable parts of the body such as
the brain, because it substantially reduces the risk of damage to surrounding
tissue. This investment in the expansion of SRS/SRT will enable even more
patients to benefit from this advanced and effective cancer treatment,
significantly improving their quality of life and prognosis."
Andy Shute from Prenton in Merseyside, whose wife Julie had SRT for glioblastoma
multiforme, said:- "It is incredible that you can have SRT to destroy a
brain tumour and 90 minutes later be in a restaurant enjoying spaghetti
carbonara, like Julie was, when the alternative is a lengthy stay in hospital
for brain surgery. Having witnessed the benefits SRT had for Julie, and how
simple it was, this expansion in services really is fantastic news. It means
more patients will have access to non-invasive SRT instead of surgery."
The boost is described by NHS England as a concrete step towards the
implementation of its Cancer Strategy. Dr Jonathan Fielden, NHS England's
Director of Specialised Services, said:- "As a result of this procurement
thousands more patients will benefit from this very precise and effective form
of treatment. This is another example of how NHS England is working hard to
achieve better services and outcomes for patients at the same time as better
value for the health service."
Angela Collett of the patient charity the Brain and Spine Foundation, said:-
"The Brain and Spine Foundation welcome this important step from NHS England
to increase access to specialist stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic
radiotherapy, which will make a major difference for thousands of patients
diagnosed with life changing brain illnesses."
SRS/SRT are specialised services delivered by a highly skilled team of
neurosurgeons and oncologists, working together with specialist radiographers,
physicists and other professionals as part of multi disciplinary teams. This
means they need to be provided in a limited number of Hospitals across the
Country with the expert teams and aligned to existing networks.
Services are delivered on a specially configured linear accelerator. The
technology delivers precisely directed beams of radiation to the target site,
meaning that there is less of risk of damage to surrounding healthy tissue and
thus fewer side effects for patients.
The services are arranged to ensure that patients in all areas of the country
have access to SRS/SRT for more common illnesses (largely for brain tumours and
metastases), while three national centres of excellence will provide specialist
care and support for children and patients with rare and complex conditions
(such as vascular and other non-tumour conditions). As part of the Cancer
Strategy, further improvements to radiotherapy access and quality will be the
subject of a separate Radiotherapy Services Review.
The Review will produce a plan for a modern
national radiotherapy network by September, with a revised radiotherapy service
specification by the end of 2016.