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Everyone invited to take part in an array of free, creative arts activities in Preston

Posted on - 4th September, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Kid's stuff, Music, Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Work with artist Becky Atherton to design and make a Kraken. Pic: The Brewtime Collective

A host of free creative arts activities and performances are set to take place in Preston from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 September. The Collective Weekender has been created by The Brewtime Collective with the aim of showcasing some of the best creative arts the city has to offer.

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The exciting array of events, including photography, art, animation and craft workshops, dance and choir performances will take place over four days. Many of the events are drop-ins, but there is the option of booking to ensure that you get a place.

The festival is the brainchild of writer and Brewtime core member Shirley Bailey. She said: “The artistic intention was that the festival would build on, and strengthen, the growing sense of community amongst Preston‚Äôs Creatives and introduce new audiences to Preston‚Äôs cultural scene.

‚ÄúThe workshops will be engaging, unusual and, most of all, fun. We want to encourage everyone to come along and see something new or try out a new creative craft ‚Äď and come away with a brilliant experience of Preston‚Äôs thriving cultural and creative scene.”

Thursday 9 September

Workshop: Documentary and street photography – how to take better photos
Hosted by Lancashire Photography Festival organiser and documentary photographer Garry Cook. Meet up at The Larder at 10am.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167632929605

Workshop: Creative Colour Knitting
Join the regular members of the Knitting Café at The Larder and learn more about choosing and using yarn colours for projects. On at The Larder at 10am.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167712509631

Collective Animation Collaboration
Collectively you will create a short, looping animation – based on the Muybridge galloping horse. No drawing or artistic skills are required – just the enthusiasm to create!¬†On at The Larder from 1pm to 3pm. This is a two hour drop-in session and there’s no need to book.

Learn some fun classic dances with Anthony Padgett Pic: The Brewtime Collective

Vintage Dance with Surrealist Dance Performances
Learn some fun classic dances like The Charleston, The Peaky Blinders Stroll and The Rock n Roll Stroll and The Jerusalema. And whilst you’re catching your breath, you can enjoy dancer Anthony Padgett painting the Charleston. No need to book; simply turn up at 3pm at the front of the Guild Hall and get your shimmy on.

Roxanne Flynn will lead a no sew workshop. Pic: The Brewtime Collective

Look good, do good – No sew workshop
This interactive workshop will give you new ideas for extending the life of your wardrobe. Learn creative ways to re-imagine clothes from minor alterations to couture embellishments, all no sew. Materials included. On at The Larder from 4pm to 6pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167714212725

Performance: Helena Ascough Double Bill
You‚Äôll see – through Helena‚Äôs quirky performance style – that poetry is accessible to everyone as she performs two professional poetry sets in one sitting. Be part of a special event giving a unique insight into living with a disability.¬†There’ll be a Larder Supper served after the event and before Krissi Musiol’s live installation
(additional charge). On at The Larder from 7pm onwards.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167714912819

Live Installation: Missed
Missed is a live installation where Krissi Musiol carves out watermelons and the audience use the flesh to make watermelon margaritas.¬†The watermelons are chosen for their surprising red flesh, their sweet smell, the spraying juice and the sound of squelching.¬†Instructions and ingredients for how to make the margarita will be provided, either with or without alcohol depending on your preference. Audiences are invited to come and go, or stay as long as they like. Missed explores motherhood and loss. It’s a space for the pregnancies and births that never happened: The near misses, the last chances, the ‘please let it have worked’, the ‘please, no, I’m not ready for this’, the failures, the unlucky, the ‘nothing to be ashamed of’. The space will be safe with no obligation for you to talk about any personal experiences if you don’t want to. If this subject matter is particularly sensitive for you, you might want to give¬†Missed¬†a miss.¬†On at The Larder from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Friday 10 September

Past, present and future
Disability Equality NW is celebrating its 25th birthday and the charity is going to mark this special year by capturing people’s experiences of Disability and living in Preston from 1996, to now and in the year 2046. Using mixed media Рand your help Рthey will create three separate pieces of work depicting these three eras.
The works will go on permanent display at their offices on Church Street. Drop in to DENW at 103 Church Street and join in from 10am to 4pm.

Cyanotype: camera-less photography – just add sunshine!
Get a taster of analogue darkroom magic on a much simpler scale. Bring along your own found material Рor make use of what photographer and workshop host Nicola provides Рand create some beautiful prints.  On at The Larder from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167855174345

The Mythical and the Magical
Drop in and work with artist Becky Atherton to design and make a Kraken. You’ll look at images of artists’ impressions of a Kraken and at artist Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads for your inspiration. On at The Larder from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. No need to book, simply turn up and take part.

Voice Power: singing for everyone
Join choir leader Stef Portersmith in a 90 minute singing workshop. Learn songs with harmony parts in minutes. Feel an uplifting sense of unity singing with others. You don‚Äôt need to be an experienced singer, or be able to read music- this is for everyone. On at The Larder from 5.30pm to 7pm. Book in advance or simply turn up on the day and if there‚Äôs a place available, it‚Äôs yours. There’ll be a Larder Supper served after this event (additional charge). You’re welcome to stay on for that and take in the show at 8pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168078317773

Performance: The Expedition of Fumes: Human Experiment
Brand new script, performed by a two-hander cast about the difference smoking marijuana can have on a person. Written by Jacob Blackhurst and directed by Andrew Sumner. On at The Larder at 8pm. Running time is 30 minutes. You’re welcome to turn up from 7.30pm onwards for a Larder Supper (additional charge).
To booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167718399247 

Saturday 11 September

Past, present and future
Disability Equality NW is celebrating its 25th birthday and the charity going to mark this special year by capturing people’s experiences of Disability and living in Preston from 1996, to now and in the year 2046. Using mixed media Рand your help Рthey will create three separate pieces of work depicting these three eras.
The works will go on permanent display at their offices on Church Street. Drop in to DENW at 103 Church Street and join in from 10am to 4pm.

Workshop: Live. Write.
This guided creative writing workshop will focus on life writing. Using prompts, participants will be guided through the process of creating a short piece of autobiographical writing. The completed pieces will be collated and published on Amazon Kindle, forming a lasting legacy of the Collective Weekender event. On at The Larder, from 10.30am to 12.30pm
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167719594823

Heritage Portraits
Explore who you are through your family history and heritage by creating a portrait of a family member who fascinates and inspires you. Transfer the chosen photograph on to cartridge paper and with guidance and support experiment with colour mixing using acrylic paints to capture their character and likeness. For the best outcome bring along an A4 head and shoulders image of your special person to work from. On at The Larder from 1pm to 3pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167720264827

Hodge Podge – join dance artists Alissa and Corinne to create a community artwork through game play, music and dance. Pic The Brewtime Collective

Hodge Podge
This is your invitation to join Dance Artists Alissa and Corinne to create a community artwork through game play, music and dance. Look out for them at 3pm on the Bus Station Plaza.

Ukulele Zero to Hero
The ukulele is one of the most accessible musical instruments and is the perfect way for those with a love of music to experience playing an instrument without huge expense and years of practice.¬†Learn how to play in a single session – and complete a short performance to prove it. On at The Larder from 4pm to 7pm. Ten ukeleles, ten places, ¬£10 fee refundable at the event.¬†You’re welcome to stay on after the session for a Larder Supper (additional charge) and to enjoy The Dissonance Collective at 8pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167721522589

The Dissonance Collective play Lancashire Folk Pic: The Brewtime Collective

Music: TDC plays Lancashire Folk
In their first performance of Lancashire folk song, The Dissonance Collective will take the tales and stories from across the generations and present them in a unique way specific to that moment in time. On at The Larder from 8pm to 9.30pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167723183557

Sunday 12 September

The Big Picture drawing experiments
Have fun with some large scale drawing experiments – try something different and see where it takes your drawing skills. In a supportive atmosphere with some materials you may not have tried before expand your mark making experience in a group where we all support each other. On at to Disability Equality North West at 103 Church Street from 10am to 1pm. The workshop session (max. 12 participants) is on from 10.15am to 11.45am but anyone who wants to go and do their own thing drawing on big paper can attend for the three hours.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167723845537

Invisible Images
Painting a picture with words is a way of turning otherwise complex and incoherent thoughts and feelings into beautiful immaterial images. Invisible Images will be a fun, family-friendly and creative affair. Designed to help participants express themselves through the medium of poetry, this workshop will explore rhyme, alliteration, and metaphor Рand newly fledged poets will take away with them a creative piece of writing Рan immaterial picture in material form. On at The Larder from 10am to 12.30pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167726688039

Workshop: Preston Architecture Collage
This workshop is limited to six participants but all visitors are very welcome to call in. Preston has a fascinating architectural history, with buildings and squares full of character and personal stories. This workshop will give you the chance to create your own architectural collage of a place or a building you love in Preston. For people aged 16 and up. On at SHOP at 3 Syke Street (formerly Rwanda Charity Shop) from 12pm to 4pm
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167726246719

LemonDANCE: Dance and Wellbeing session
A creative and engaging dance session led by Lemon DANCE founder, David Darcy (he) and Inclusive Dance Practitioner, Laura Worden (she), exploring the connection between dance and wellbeing. On at The Larder and open to anyone who is interested.
To book the 1.30pm to 2.30pm session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167727285827
To book the 2.30pm to 3.30pm session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167730924711

Join Phoebe Foxtrot to craft a Celebration Cape Pic: The Brewtime Collective

Craftivism, Self-Love, Cape-Making and Empowerment Disco
In a world that profits from our self-hate, fight back with an afternoon of self-celebration. Join Phoebe Foxtrot to craft a Celebration Cape and take to the dance floor to move and groove your way through a self-love-manifesto-creating disco. Take your beautiful cape and Phoebe Foxtrot manifesto home to stick on your fridge! This workshop is suitable for able bodied and non able bodied people. For people aged 10 and up. On at The Larder from 4pm to 6pm. Dancers are welcome to keep their capes on and stay on for a Larder Supper (additional charge).
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167731829417

Preston Scratch Band

Join a band of however-many-people-turn-up playing whatever-instruments-you-bring and all singing along. Music books, stands, a small selection of percussion instruments, and a small PA with microphones will be provided along with four-way power adaptors to assist those with amplified instruments. You’re welcome to turn up from 6.30pm for a Larder Supper (additional charge). On at The Larder from 7pm to 9pm.
To book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167734108233

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