What’s on

Birmingham Pavilion

Birmingham Pavilion
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
16-18 Sankey Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by Ikon with Cathy Wade and Kevin Ryan

The Pavilions for the North of England are curated by institutions and individuals who shape the arts in the North.

Ikon presents The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show by Midlands-based artists Kevin Ryan and Cathy Wade for the Birmingham Pavilion. The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show is an open and collaborative project for which artists are asked to reimagine, amend and distribute a customised beer mat bearing the face of Shaun Ryder. #ShaunRyderBeermat

There is also a free workshop on 31 October.


Business as Usual

Business as Usual
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre

Marketing and networking are often thought to be dirty practises within certain areas of the arts. With many believing commercial success is akin to selling out and a lack of conceptual rigour, in that an artists practise having been compromised due to being solely focused on monetary gain or fame. The romantic notion of the poor artist slaving away in the garret is still applicable today, poverty and struggle equating to realness and sincerity.


Leeds Pavilion (part 1)

Leeds Pavilion (part 1)
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre
Open: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Curated by EAST STREET ARTS

For the Leeds Pavilion, East Street Arts have invited three Leeds artists to be in residence for the duration of the festival. The artists will respond to the idea of ‘the local’, exploring the urban and the position of the festival itself in the city of Warrington.

The artists Lydia Catterall, Josh Gibbs and Bess Martin, will bring a fresh and exciting new perspective to the concept of a Leeds Pavilion and the artistic challenges of creating work in response to a new place.


Leeds Pavilion (part 2)

Leeds Pavilion (part 2)
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Hatters Row
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

Established in 2014, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation in Leeds city centre. The Gallery, alongside the newly acquired project space, provides an annual programme of contemporary art exhibitions, events, residencies and commissions, predominately focusing on emerging artists. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun also presents a permanent collection of art works throughout the building as well as providing onsite studios for 20 emerging artists. 


Liverpool Pavilion

Liverpool Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Platform 2, Warrington Bank Quay Station
Open Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by MODEL

Lurking inside a semi-derelict former first class lounge on platform 2 of Warrington Bank Quay train station is an exhibition of boss artists, born and bred in the Liverpool city region, like.

Dave Evans
James Unsworth
Joe Fletcher Orr
Kevin Hunt
Nicki McCubbing
Peter Martin

SCOUSE HOUSE Volume II – A Liverpool Pavilion is presented as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival in partnership with NORTH and curated by MODEL


Middlesbrough Pavilion

Middlesbrough Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
12-14 Horsemarket Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by PLATFORM A

Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions. 
Located in the railway station of central Middlesbrough, Platform A represents emerging and established artists. 


Newcastle Pavilion

Newcastle Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
12-14 Horsemarket Street
Open: Wed-Sat 12-6pm

Curated by VANE

The Pavilions for the North of England are curated by institutions and individuals who shape the arts in the North. Vane have curated the Newcastle Pavilion at 12-14 Horsemarket Street, showing the work of Michael Mulvihill, Narbi Price and Alison Unsworth.


Sheffield Pavilion

Sheffield Pavilion
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Pyramid arts centre
Open: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm, Thurs-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Curated by S1 Artspace Studios

S1 ARTSPACE presents 'Bear With Me'

For the Sheffield Pavilion, S1 artists have proposed a virtual exhibition space in Pyramid arts centre, which will house hypothetical artworks from studio holders. Created by Ashley Holmes, the space will enable artists to envisage works of an ambitious nature that would otherwise be impossible to realise. 

Artists exhibiting: Ashley Holmes, Natalie Finnemore, Anna McQuillin, Lizzie Feather, Mark Riddington, Peter Martin, Lucy Vann, Emily Musgrave, Paul Barlow and Vicky Hayward.


WCAF15 Open Exhibition

WCAF15 Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

The fifth Contemporary Open Exhibition is a selection of work by local and regional artists. Regular judges Derek Dick from Culture Warrington and Emma Kelly from The Gallery at Bank Quay House will be joined by a guest judge and lead curator for NORTH, William Lunn.

Image: detail from last year's winning entry, Ian Rayner-Smith's Time Waiting


WCAF15 Photography Open Exhibition

WCAF15 Photography Open Exhibition
FREE
Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 31 October, 2015
The Gallery At Bank Quay House
Open: Monday-Friday, 9-5pm and Saturdays by appointment

On show in the fifth Photography Open Exhibition is a selection of work by local and regional artists.

Regular judges Derek Dick from Culture Warrington and Emma Kelly from The Gallery at Bank Quay House will be joined by guest judge Nina Agnew.

Image: Last year's winning entry, Pauline Rigby's Time Travel


Curators' Talk and Tour

Curators' Talk and Tour
FREE
Saturday, 3 October, 2015 -
14:00 to 16:00
Pyramid arts centre

Talk 2pm – 2:45pm
Tour 2:45 - 4:00pm

NORTH curator William Lunn and focus exhibition curator Paul Carey-Kent will introduce the inspirations, ideas and vision that has created the festival. The event will provide the opportunity for visitors to the festival to ask questions. Further details to be announced.

The talk will be followed by a tour of the festival led by William Lunn. 


Tmesis: That’s Amore

Tmesis: That’s Amore
£8.00
Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

“That’s Amore” examines the excitement and risks of submitting ourselves to the capriciousness of love….

Four extraordinary performers play out a series of scenes of misremembered tropes from old movies, great pop songs and mesmerising projection to investigate the culture, science and myths of desire and heartbreak, ecstasy and despair.


Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
£11.00
£12 on the door
Friday, 9 October, 2015 - 20:00
Pyramid arts centre

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are a strange and wonderful beast of a band, effortlessly juggling stand up, rock, and performance art.

It’s an incredibly daft, joyful and sometimes poignant affair, as Mik tumbles around the stage, spluttering lyrics, occasionally tripping over leads, and sprinkling straws over the audience, while the elegant engine of Benson Walker on bass and Jonny Flockton on guitar hold down the melodies.

For one night only, the show lands in Warrington. Check these guys out, you won’t regret it – they’re a life changing experience.


Group Career Development Workshop

Group Career Development Workshop
FREE
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 -
10:30 to 11:45
Pyramid arts centre

For Artists Living and Working in the North

How do I build my career as an artist living in Northern England? What practical steps can I take to get my work seen? How can I develop my commercial practice whilst maintaining my credibility?


Creating a Cultural Corridor

Creating a Cultural Corridor
FREE
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 -
13:00 to 14:15
Pyramid arts centre

The future of the arts in the North of England?

Speakers include:

Eleanor Clayton - Curator, the Hepworth, Wakefield 
Laurence Lane - Director, International 3 and The Manchester Contemporary 
Stephen Snoddy -  Director, New Art Gallery Walsall
Tony Charles - Platform A 


Longshot Micro Film Festival

Longshot Micro Film Festival
£6.00
Saturday, 10 October, 2015 - 18:00
Pyramid arts centre

A 90 minute micro-festival of film screenings created by artists across the country with a connection to Warrington.

The Long Shot Film Festival is a showcase for the film making talent of Warrington. Every October, as the dark nights draw in, we gather to show a selection of short films.

For information about submitting a film check out the Long Shot Film Festival website.


Capriccio Experimental Music Workshop

Capriccio Experimental Music Workshop
FREE
Saturday, 17 October, 2015 -
12:00 to 18:00
Pyramid arts centre

Capriccio has been conceived as a workshop and performance for any number of musicians and artists, comprising live graphic scoring and semi-improvised playing.  There’s a strong emphasis on developing skills in improvised playing as part of a group, with a strong focus on both watching and responding to a live score, and listening and responding to fellow players. There is no ‘skill’ level to being a performer, just the desire to work well with others and be open to new ideas.

The workshop is delivered by Shaun Blezard.


Arts Hub meetup

Arts Hub meetup
FREE
Tuesday, 27 October, 2015 -
17:30 to 19:30
Pyramid arts centre
1st floor

With Bess Martin and Lydia Catterall

Artists Bess Martin and Lydia Catterall invite creative people, and those who are interested, to their temporary studio to meet each other (and them.)

Drop in for tea, cake and chat on topics such as:

What do you do with a residency in Warrington?

What does it mean to be an artist living and working in the North?

Is Warrington the least cultural place in England?

We look forward to meeting you!


The Ted Bundy Project

The Ted Bundy Project
£13.00
Thursday, 29 October, 2015 - 19:30
Pyramid arts centre

The Ted Bundy Project is a solo performance that sprung from an experience that contemporary artist Greg Woehead had in November 2012. He stumbled upon the confession tapes of Ted Bundy, the American serial killer, rapist and necrophile. He couldn’t stop listening.

The performance was born from a curiosity about the nature of charm, the label of ‘monster’ and the tension between attraction and repulsion.

Please note, this performance contains extreme images and graphic, violent subject matter and has an age guidance of 16+


Shaun Ryder Beermat Workshop

Shaun Ryder Beermat Workshop
No booking required, just drop in
FREE
Saturday, 31 October, 2015 -
12:00 to 18:00
16-18 Sankey Street

Ikon have commissioned a new edition of beer mats for The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show at the Birmingham Pavilion, a project by Midlands-based artists Kevin Ryan and Cathy Wade. These beer mats have been distributed across various venues at the festival, with the invitation to rework and reimagine them. The Birmingham Pavilion is open 12 – 6pm on 31 October for a public workshop – drop in and amend our mats. 


WCAF15 Closing Party

WCAF15 Closing Party
FREE
Saturday, 31 October, 2015 -
18:00 to 21:00
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Witness magic and horror at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery as we play host to a haunted silent disco. Spooky characters will guide you round the museum where you can have your face painted and take part in an eerie silent boogie. Blackwood Events will be hosting special interactive ghost talks called Smoke and Mirrors.