Sunday, 18 April 2010

Opening days and new opening times

Slack Space will open at its new location ‘The Space’ (19 – 29 Queen Street / old ‘Shoe World’ property) on Wed 21 April at 11am. The first exhibition will be a solo show from prominent local artist Chris Northall

Slack Space will no longer open on Sundays but will open on Wednesday to Saturday from 11am – 6pm.

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Guerilla Shakespeare presents ‘Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare’
22nd and 23rd April (Shakespeare's Birthday) 7pm

Shakespeare at its most accessible. A great evening of the Bard at
his best. A lot of family fun. presented as a rehearsed reading by
The Guerrilla Shakespeare Company, Colchester’s own hit and run
bardolators, in association with Slack Space Colchester.

The performance includes some romance, tragedy, history, comedy, a bit of Bard biography, sonnets, the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" bits of "Hamlet" and "Othello", some knockabout comedy like the watch scene from "Much Ado", Launce and his invisible dog from "Two Gentlemen of Verona" , plus the Rude Mechanicals and an amazing punk fairy jazz song from "A Midsummer Nights Dream".

The company Directed by Dorian Kelly is a mix of experienced professional actors and local amateurs including Jason Cattrell and Sally Tarpey.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Welcoming Party and Art Auction:


Click HERE to view full catalogue

Moving has been a very expensive business so we have decided to
combine the opening party with an art auction to raise money for the
new space. All works shown in this set are to be offered for auction.

The opening party / art auction will be held on Friday 16 April from
7pm. The auction will run from 8pm - 9.30pm and we are delighted to
welcome back our friends Lady Bird and The Larks who will play from
9.30pm to 11pm.

Bring refreshments and a cheque book!

Art works for auction have been donated by:

Adrian Mills
Bethany Mitchell
Elspeth Livingstone
Glynis Brown
Hazel Harvey
Ilona Northall
Jack Briggs Miller
Jean Akem
John Livingstone
Lee Thomas
Lisa Temple-Cox
Paula MacGregor
Matt Keeling
Rosa Mackinder
Shaun Dipper
Tracey Johnson
Viv Stokes
Vron Francis
Willow Mitchell
Julia Usher

So come and pick up a bargain, support Slack Space and hear some great

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Slack Space will open on Wed 21st April. New opening times are Wed to Sat 11am – 6pm. See you there!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010


Slack Space is currently busily working to get it’s brand new location ready for opening. If you haven’t seen it yet why not have a peepthrough the door! The old Shoe World property – now renamed ‘TheSpace’ - is a huge, light and airy area perfect for the display of art and a wider range of events and activities. The building is located on Queen St, at the corner with the bus station. Full address in the sidebar.

If all goes to plan we will open on Wednesday April 14 at 11am. Ifthings do not go according to plan, it may be a week later.

We have also changed our opening days and times. Slack Space will nolonger open on Sunday, but will open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm.

Alternative Voices

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Friday, 2 April 2010


Thur 8 April:

7.30 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

7.45 Lou Terry

Lou Terry is 15, and writes and performs his own songs on acoustic guitar. He performed at the Wivenhoe May Fair in 2009 and won the Brightlingsea Battle of the Bands Best Acoustic Act, and in 2010. His influences range from Tom Waits to Radiohead.

8.15 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

8.30 Mark Forde gong workshop

Mark Forde, Buddhist gong master, talks on the history, philosophy and importance of the Gong in the 21st Century and demonstrates tone and sound. Questions and a chance to explore

10.00 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

10.15 Clive Cowan

Musician Clive Cowan introduces his orchestral Pastoral piece ‘Evening Mist’. After he will conduct questions and answers, explaining how the composition was recorded and produced using ‘real’ instruments, synthesisers, samplers, MIDI and sequencers. (see link)

Fri 9 April:

7.45 Connor Sturges

8.30 ToeJam

9.15 NoToKill
Playing various music, written and performed live on his Roland Groovebox D2

10.15 DJ Mullah

An indie lover at heart but loves to mix with electro, dub and DnB on top of the indie core. Has had some great sets supporting the likes of Florence & The Machine, as well as DJing at Club XFM and Student Traffic

Sat 10 April:

2pm 'Obby 'Oss rides again! Stabled in Slack Space Queen Street, but let off the reins to roam freely throughout the town centre. And if his beady, horsey, eye should happen to catch yours - beware! Prepare yourself for some Pagan horsing around, and jokes which almost certainly date from pre-christian times

7.30 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

7.45 Artwork

Celtic fusion acoustic duo from Suffolk. Original tunes with a bit of a jazzy feel

8.15 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

8.30 Dragonfruit

9.00 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

9.15 Sugartree

10.00 Poetry from Mark Brayley and guests

10.15 GrumB

Matt Coy AKA Grumb has put down his drums sticks for a night of pure self-indulgence. Instead of lugging his drum kit about he has downsized to a laptop and a knobtwiddling contraption thingme bob. Playing a variety of interesting, entertaining, dark electronic beats that has been inspired by many music genres and his unique mind

Sun 11 April:

Arts link Colchester is an inclusive, informal social networking group for those involved in, or interested in, the arts. Our aim is to hold regular monthly meetings to enable people to meet face to face , socially, to share knowledge and experience and promote their events/ exhibitions etc. Our first meeting will be at Slack Space Colchester on Sunday 11th April 2010 at 6.30pm. All we ask that you bring a bottle and be prepared to wear a name-tag, (provided). Nibbles and entertainment will be provided

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