Our reputation for arts and music is steadily growing. This is no surprise since we are actively trying very hard to develop programmes of music and dance and present exhibitions of visual art.
We recently hosted the premiere of Pitman by the Eliot Smith Dance Company and it was so well received that we are hoping to build up a programme of contemporary dance performances for the future.
We have also hosted a book signing of a debut novel by locally born author, Chris Ord and a book launch by local artist Gordon Highmoor who will also be exhibiting his paintings in the Latimer Room early next year.
Both our art exhibition spaces are in great demand. The Breakwater Café is booked up until November 2017 and continues to provide opportunities for artists and photographers of various backgrounds to display their work. These range from nationally known artists such as Ian Robinson to local art groups and more local individuals.
The Latimer Room exhibition space has proved to be a success also and provides the opportunity for longer displays by invited artists thus giving the local community an opportunity to experience more professional work that they otherwise would have to go further afield to see. The Latimer Room has a programme of exhibitions lasting to the end of 2017.
Popular music groups Happy Cats, North Sea Gas, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of the Wonder Stuff all had sellout concerts and are scheduled to return next year as a consequence of popular demand. Acoustic Magic also continues to present gigs every few months including the likes of Luke Concannon, We Steal Flyers, Pastures Logoz & Twister, Ed Tudor Pole, Martin Stephenson and Lee Madison. And then, of course we have our fortnightly Buskers Night hosted by Sam Gibson.
We are happy to promote as many aspects of the arts as we can; all we ask is for your support!