• 16-05-2014
  • Sculptor Rachael Champion's first solo exhibition at Hales

  • Opening on the 11th June until the 26th July "Primary Producers" is an exploration through energy and architecture in the form of a site-specific installation integrated into the architecture of Hales Gallery. The installation presents a pebble dashed landmass, punctuated with cylindrical concavities containing both wild and specific strains of fresh water algae. The title refers to algae and its characteristics as a basic life form, which, in spite of being used by humans for centuries, only recently became an important subject in sustainability. Pebbledash, a controversial rendering ubiquitous in the British landscape, and algae, a strong candidate for renewable energy as biofuel, are signifiers of both progress and problem-solving. These materials, integrated together as an architectural sculpture, point at both optimistic yet fallible responses to the urgent needs of our society. For more info http://www.halesgallery.com/exhibitions/66/installation_shots/

  • 05-05-2014
  • LINDA FRANCE, poetry fellow, wins 2014 National Poetry Prize

  • Her poem entitled 'Bernard and Cerinthe' imagines an erotic encounter between a buttoned-up man and a seductive flower and winning her £5,000 awarded by the National Poetry Competition. France summons up the purple, downward-pointing blossoms of the honeywort – Cerinthe major Purpurascens – evoking the "ruffle / of knickerbockers or petticoat", the "scent / of terror, vanilla musk". But her protagonist is left "dumbstruck, / a buffoon in front of a saloon honey // high-kicking the can-can" and tries to "cool himself". First awarded in 1978, the prize is judged anonymously, with the panel only discovering the identity of the poets after making their final decision. France, who lives in Northumberland and edited the anthology Sixty Women Poets, joins a roster of winners including Helen Dunmore, Ruth Padel, Tony Harrison and the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. See http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/29/linda-france-national-poetr... for full review.

  • 22-04-2014
  • Hinterland success with Netflix

  • If you haven't seen Hinterland then the American public might see it before you do! Creator of these Welsh detective drama films and also fellow of the Arts Foundation Ed Thomas is delighted. It means also that this is the first time a Welsh drama series will be immediately available to the See for more info US.http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2014/apr/15/welsh-language-thriller-hinterland-netflix-bbc

  • 22-04-2014
  • World premier of Eva Recacha's new work

  • On the 25th-26th April Eva's new work "Easy Rider" will be premiered at The Place. Come and see the wonderful Antonio de la Fe, Eleanor Sikorski and Lola Maury on stage, with Sound by Alberto Ruiz Soler, Design by Kasper Hansen, Lighting Design by Jackie Shemesh and Costume Supervision by Sophie Bellin Hansen. Eva Recacha looks at the human compulsion to engage with superstitious beliefs and practices in the pursuit of happiness, revealing a concoction of religion, customs and self-help manuals drawing on first-hand observations of ritualistic behaviour in her native Spain. I'm sure Eva is right when she says....The evening will be memorable. Tickets from http://www.theplace.org.uk/performances

  • 31-03-2014
  • Call to Photographers for Entries - deadline 14th April

  • FotoDocument open call for ten photo essay commissions
    on One-Planet Living Deadline: 14 April 2014
    Photoworks are partnering FotoDocument and BioRegional to commission ten public space photo essays launching during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and to remain in situ for ten months. Each of the ten essays will be themed on one of the principles of One Planet Living and works will be installed in a corresponding key public space in Brighton & Hove. Submissions are welcomed from established and from emerging photographers, not in full-time education, who must be over 18 and based in the UK. Each selected photographer will receive a fee of £2.5k to include travel and subsistence. Further funds are available to cover printing and installation costs.The judging panel includes Simon Roberts, Francis Hodgson, Nina Emett, Celia Davies and Melanie Friend. http://photoworks.org.uk/projects/fotodocument-open-call-ten-photo-essay...