(Normal gallery opening times - free entry)
- A gift for Colchester from Slack Space
Rebirth through decay was partly inspired by local people submitting photographs of various loved areas of Colchester that had fallen into disrepair along with artwork depicting decay in humanity and all things organic as part of the cycle of life. As autumn draws nearer the fragility and beauty of decay becomes more evident.
Artists have been drawn to old and shabby buildings for centuries, to ruins that offer a sense of romance, melancholy and a longing for the past. In this exhibition Dave Buckingham reminisces Layer Road Football Ground, Lisa Temple Cox premiers her film of a decaying head and Tracey Johnson displays new work on the theme of decay.
Slack Space Colchester – the Third Performance Arts Mini Festival
Thursday 17th September - Saturday 19th September
Thursday 17th September
Thursday 17th September evening is guest list only. Please email to book your place(see sidebar)
1pm – 6pm Free watercolour painting workshops with Sudbury artist and tutor Michele Webber
1-3 pm try out watercolour (beginners workshop)
4-6 pm watercolour tips and techniques (advanced workshop)
These workshops will use Colchester based images
Please email to book your place (see sidebar)
7.30pm Music from Jazmine Ava
Jazmine Ava has been described as a ‘truly talented performer’ (Juice FM radio) and ‘tipped for stardom’ (Argus newspaper.) Her music is a unique fusion of what she terms as ‘enchanted’ blues / rock / soul / folk with a ‘pop edge.’
Listen to her music here
8.30pm Poetry from Ted Luff
Could have been Colchester's answer to Pam Ayres but not with those legs! Don't laugh, you'll only encourage him.
8.45pm ‘Peyote’ Film by Keziah Osborne
A short aesthetic and moving art film of peyote ceremony with a shaman from Mexico
9.00pm ‘I make things …..’ Films by Sean Pointing
'I make things’....is a selection of some of the different things Sean has made over the past couple of years, from stop motion animation to 16mm art films and from fantastical creatures to BMX professionals. Sean says ‘I love to make films that’s all there is to it!' The films will be followed by a short Q&A session to give you the chance to pick the brains of this prominent local filmmaker!
You can see Sean’s show reel here
9.30pm Hand drumming session with Harlequin
We have no drums available for this activity so bring hand drums if you have them!!! Harlequin will lead a hand drumming session for 30 minutes while the main band of the evening set up
10pm Music from Meanderthal
The word basically describes a weirdfunky sort of 'non-linear' and integral approach in day-to-day routine; much gets accomplished overall, though in what would appear to the outside (non-meanderthal) observer as a randomly chaotic, somewhat disjointed fashion. This evening’s headliners will blow you away and you will wake up in a French Café – honest!
Friday 18th September
Friday 18th September evening is guest list only. Please email to book your place (see sidebar)
8.00pm 'Made in Colchester' Ray Hollingsworth
A 65 chapter, 138 minute documentary that reflects the history of Layer Road - the home of Colchester United, and previously Colchester Town. The film has a soundtrack by local indie band Absent Kid and a poetic backdrop. During filming the ground was shot from a plane at 1600 feet, the tops of office blocks and from the roofs of stands. Some of the historic newsreel footage was created in association with ITN Source, East Anglian Film Archive and private collections. The film includes footage from 1948 that had been in an attic in West Mersea for over 50 years!
View the trailer for this film here.
There will be a 15 minute intermission featuring music from Rosso Merda
Rosso Merda is a multi-disciplined collective of anonymous individuals with members throughout Europe and the USA. The principle areas of interest to the group are the contradictory relationships between music & noise, work, creation and decay, ownership, public performance and private actions. The 10 minute piece will feature sounds sourced from recordings made of the electromagnetic properties present in an old electric cash register salvaged from a shop which had closed down. The recordings are not new, but have not been released or used in any way before.
Listen to the music here
Saturday 19th September
Saturday 19th September evening is guest list only.Please email to book your place (see sidebar)
7.30pm Music from Sugar Tree
Acoustic original trio; Richard Moss on Guitar, Andy Franklin on Djembe and Rachel O'Mahony on vocals
8.45pm Music from Stand Still Kid
Previous house band on Radio One's s’ Switch’ and twice winners of the last two Colchester sixth form battle of the bands, Stand Still Kid play poppy-disco-rock with a pop-punky edge!
10pm Music from the Bad Terrorists
Noisy, punk, political and opinionated but very, very danceable! Come and hear some of the songs from ‘Terror the Musical’ premiered in Wivenhoe earlier this year!
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