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Comment by entsust.com on April 2, 2014 at 11:56

South West programmes add to Arts Council England's £5m commitment to WW1 commemorations


The recently launched 14-18 NOW is the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary that will see cultural and artistic events taking place across the country throughout 2014 and beyond.

The programme is supported with £5million of lottery funding from Arts Council England. An independent programme hosted within Imperial War Museums 14-18 NOW also receives funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Alongside the 14-18 NOW programme, Arts Council South West is also supporting various First World War arts and culture projects and events through Grants for the Arts and Strategic support funding.

Home to many important First World War heritage sites - from Wiltshire's Wylye Valley, transformed in 1914 with six miles of army training camps, to Avonmouth, vital dockyard and home to Mustard Gas factories - the South West area has much to remember.
Amongst the extensive programme some highlights include:

Battle Lines: a trilogy of short plays, inspired by real local stories, exploring the way three wars have shaped the lives of generations. Supported with a £176,000 award from Arts Council England's Strategic touring fund, Forest Forge will work with arts centres, schools, museums and community groups to create these productions which will tour Hampshire in March and April.

Landmark Trees: a collaboration of youth organisations, professional artists and young composers. A deconsecrated church will be transformed into a grove of trees, representing the young volunteers from the area at the outbreak of the First World War, with musical accompaniment. Supported with an Arts Council England's National lottery funded Grants for the arts award of £15,000, Ryde Art Works will run the show during Ryde Arts Festival 27 June - 7 July.

Gone but not Forgotten: an exciting dance and heritage project, researching local stories to create performance pieces. Dance Up were awarded £14,205 from Grants for the arts for this collaboration which will see Joli Vyann performing alongside community dance groups at an outdoor event in Petersfield, Hampshire on 20 July.

Cornwall Remembers: a series of arts- and education-centred events including music, art, poetry, film, lectures and seminars. Truro Cathedral will use their Grants for the arts award of £26,455 to work with schools and organisations around the county with the programme culminating in performances of Britten's War Requiem at the Cathedral on 8 and 9 November.

Will Harvey's War: world premiere of a brand new adaptation of famous war poet Harvey's unpublished novel Will Harvey's War. Arts Council England's National portfolio organisation The Cheltenham Everyman Theatre's professional company of actors will appear alongside local performers and musicians to create this epic tale of Gloucestershire, the battle of the Somme and a final attempt at escape through the countryside of Westphalia. The show will run at the theatre from 30 July to 2 August.

Cicatrix: a visual arts project incorporating installation, drawing and film. Starting in Trowbridge and touring to Salisbury, this exhibition offers insight into the WW1 legacy surrounding the unique rural, military and historical landscape of Salisbury Plain.  The programme, supported with an award of £14,100 from Grants for the arts, has begun and will culminate in November 2014.

¦     www.artscouncil.org.uk

Comment by entsust.com on November 25, 2013 at 11:40

Poole's Lighthouse arts centre has announced a further boost to its aspirations for improvemnt. The Borough Council has agreed to a contribution of £650,000 to the fund already firmly established by Arts Council England's first phase grant of £4m.

The project will support Lighthouse to become more sustainable and resilient through the improvement of some aspects of the existing building and its operating infrastructure. Areas to be updated include the studio theatre, backstage artists’ accommodation, increased rehearsal and function room space and improvements to access and public foyers. Plans also include replacement and overhauling of engineering and electrical equipment – and a particular focus on sustainable initiatives to improve renewable energy and increase efficiency.

Chief Executive for Lighthouse, Elspeth McBain said, “It is twelve years since Lighthouse was refurbished and many millions of people have used the building and its unrivalled facilities and enjoyed its arts programme since then. This exciting project will ensure that the building continues to be well maintained and a cherished iconic public building for Poole.

"Some areas, such as the dressing rooms and engineering mechanisms were not refurbished in 2002, so this project enables us to address that as well as to introduce some improvements for audiences and for our artists. We are very grateful that Borough of Poole has demonstrated its ongoing support for Lighthouse, and as the freeholder of the building is continuing to invest in its upkeep.”

Proposals and plans for the refurbishment will be shared publicly through the Lighthouse website and social media in the new year. Work is anticipated to commence during 2015 with completion in 2016, subject to additional funding.

¦     www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Comment by David Atkinson on October 4, 2013 at 17:34

From www.thisisdorset.net:

Celebrities are joining a fundraising campaign to help save a historic theatre in Lyme Regis from closure. Big names performing on stage, including Lucy Porter and Billy Geraghty, are recording a short piece for a video plea, which will soon go on Youtube as part of a social media push to raise more money for Lyme Regis’s Marine Theatre’s Raise the Roof appeal.


The theatre, which is 120 years old, needs to raise £95,000 within three years to replace the roof after it was found to have a substantial leak which lets in a large amount of water.

It is so serious that artistic director Tim Bell said if the money is not raised in time, the theatre will be forced to shut down. Mr Bell said: “We have to raise the money, it’s that simple. This theatre is well loved in the town and provides something for everyone, but the roof is in such a bad state we have to raise the money or we will have to shut.

“We realise it is a huge amount and we also know a lot of the money will have to come from grants from the National Lottery or the Theatre Trust, but we need to raise as much as we can."

To keep up to date with the campaign follow @marinetheatre on Twitter, or like their page on Facebook.

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on September 3, 2013 at 0:11

If you are saving energy at your venue, and you live in the Bristol area, then check out what the Centre for Sustainable Energy could do in the next year to help you do the same in your home - http://www.cse.org.uk/news/view/1752

Comment by entsust.com on August 29, 2013 at 17:57

The Department of Energy & Climate Change and The Carbon Trust are taking their British Energy Challenge Exhibition Roadshow to Brunel's Old Station in October - see here for full details of the exhibitors - looks like a good crowd...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on July 19, 2013 at 12:21
Bristol's first hydrogen powered passenger boat opens to the public. Hydrogenesis, named by Adam Sidnell of Redland Green School, will take you on trips around Bristol docks. Commissioned as part of the city's bid for Green Capital status, the boat glides almost silently through the water, with only the sound if the gears changing, allowing passengers a peaceful journey and only emitting water. If you want to get on board it runs from by the ss Great Britain - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/18/hydrogen-powered-...
Comment by Ruth Atkinson on July 11, 2013 at 17:15

The 10:10 website has reported that Bath and North East Somerset Council, in the wake of drastic government cuts, have taken a different approach to most councils who have tried to turn streetlights off overnight. They invested up front in 4,000 LED street lights to recoup the energy savings in the long term. If more councils were prepared to see their spending budgets like this they would probably not need to consider turning off the lights at all - http://www.1010global.org/uk/2013/06/baths-massive-led-streetlight-...

Comment by Tim Atkinson on June 17, 2013 at 15:56

Bristol has been crowned the European Green Capital for 2015 at a ceremony in Nantes. The city beat Brussels in Belgium, Glasgow in Scotland and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, to the win. Nantes in France currently holds the title. The title rewards cities which consistently achieve high environmental standards and are committed to further improvement and sustainability.

More on the BBC Bristol page here, or the Bristol Green Capital's frankly awesome website here...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 28, 2013 at 19:46
The newly crowned Miss Somerset is organizing a kids competition to design an eco dress for her to wear at the Miss England competition. So if you know a talented kid who might like a go check out the article on thisissomerset.co.uk - http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Eco-dress-appeal-Miss-Somerset/stor...
Comment by David Atkinson on May 27, 2013 at 17:36

Weymouth Pavilion stages last show before closing

Weymouth Pavilion has staged its last show before being closed by the borough council.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has agreed to lease the building following a tender process, which is already under way.

It is hoped the building will be taken over and reopened as a theatre.

Cathy Page-Nash, chair of the Friends of Weymouth Pavilion, said: "We feel it must be kept - we cannot lose it, it's the only real venue in the town."

The venue had been under threat of demolition after the council said it had become too expensive to maintain.

'Wedding venue'

A report revealed the building needed more than £3m of maintenance work over the next 10 years to ensure it remained safe.

The Friends launched a fundraising campaign to help support whoever takes over the building.

The tender deadline for interested parties closes on Friday.

The final performance was of the long-running rock 'n' roll variety show That'll Be The Day.

Ms Page-Nash said: "This year it's being doing extremely well as a wedding venue, with wine fests, beer fests. With the popularity of Come Dancing, we've got a dancing group that uses the ballroom every Wednesday.

"To close it at this stage seems stupid - not looking ahead to the future."


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