A series of free arts activities for families begins at Preston Bus Station today (Wednesday 11 August).
The Lancashire Encounter has teamed up with Derelict: Art of the City to bring us ‘We Are Open’, their latest store-based public exchange. The activities will take place in a shop next to the café at the bus station and will run from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the next six weeks.
The boutique will host six Lancashire resident artists who will lead the public in moments of artistic exchange, designed to awaken and rekindle our passion and our possibility for collective change in a post-pandemic world.
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The project leads and becomes part of the Lancashire Encounter arts festival. In addition to the free artistic activities that the public can participate in every day, information will also be available on the next festival.
August 11-14, 2021: Molly bland – A large opening
Molly is a graphic designer, illustrator and creative facilitator residing by the seaside in sunny Morecambe, Lancashire. She works with collage and digital design to create playful responses to a wide range of issues in graphic design, illustration, mural painting, textile design and many other disciplines.
August 18 – 21, 2021: Hannah whitlow – Everything is connected
Hannah Whitlow is a multidisciplinary artist from Burnley whose work explores the connection between self, nature and the other by drawing inspiration from mythology, folklore and spirituality. In her micro-residence Everything is connected, she plans to create a collaborative, continuous and evolving process throughout the four days, starting with the starting point “connection”.
August 25 – 28, 2021: Ellie Barrett – Daily Museum
Ellie Barrett is a practicing artist who explores participation in sculpture through the use of everyday materials. Ellie will lead a pop-up “makerspace”, inviting the public to fill an initially empty space with their own salt dough sculptures, sparking conversations about collaborative creativity and accessibility through the handmade object.
September 1 – 4, 2021: JOseph Travis – A new perspective
Join Joseph Travis on a journey recording Preston through a forest of drawings made by himself and members of the public. Aiming to show that anyone can draw, Joseph invites you to reimagine a Preston skyline from the past, present, and future. Joseph is a Lancashire artist who works on a variety of media.
September 8 – 11, 2021: Nia Hoffmann – Re / emergence
Nia Hoffmann is an artist who is interested in people and their stories: the way we all interpret the world in different ways.
As our world begins to open up, who will you be? Choose the qualities that will inspire you and join Nia to create a collaborative piece to showcase Preston’s collective hopes for the future.
September 15 – 18, 2021: Becky atherton – A place for the Dryads
In the middle of the concrete is there a place for the Dryads? These female tree spirits are to be valued and revered. See Becky Atherton pay homage to the Dryads through her paintings and join her in making a Dryad headdress in the center of the concrete bus station. You can also make your own Dryad Hairdressing Tree Spur to wear when meeting Lancashire.
We Are Open, Preston Bus Station (next to cafe) August 11 – September 25. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Free participation, open to all.
The Lancashire Encounter Festival will take place from September 17th to October 2nd. To see the Facebook page of the festival for further updates.
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