Saturday, 29 May 2010

Slack Space Colchester JUNE MINI FEST (3 – 5 June)

drum workshop

Wed 2 June 7pm – Fun introduction to drumming for beginners with Andy Franklin

The evening is a beginners guide to drumming and will last around two to three hours depending on how enthusiastic people are! It will be a chance for people who have always been interested in having a go at playing to find out what it is all about.

The evening is open to all age groups and no experience is needed. Andy will discuss and look at the playing of many styles from around the world and invite people to have a go at playing. Participants will be encouraged to understand the basic mechanics of drumming and that it is a fun, exciting and varied thing to do.

Thur 3 June 7.30pm - Lewis Forde + Hoof + Out of No Where + Animal Noise
Compere and poetry: Mark Brayley.
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Lewis Ford – spoken word
Hoof – Essex punk
Out of No Where – Colchester’s newest Indie band
Animal Noise - Folk rock. Flamenco guitar and baleric beats
Plus poetry and more from our very own Mark Brayley and guests

Fri 4 June 7.30pm - Love Love presents 'A Psychonautical Discordian Extravaganza.’
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Love Love is back in Colchester for the first time in 3 years bringing you 4 hours of deadly serious silly music including:

The Abominable Mr. Tinkler
The Fez!
The Caulfield Beats
Dreadman vs. Bag10

Sat 5 June 3pm - Cover Stories Jazz band

Smooth and sexy afternoon jazz!

Sat 5 June 7.30pm – Lee Ashcroft presents John Callaghan, Modal Roberts, Jim Tozzi and more
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Dead Air Live presents:

DAL01 An evening of music, comedy and live art including:
John Callaghan
Big in Albania
Kelvin and Crease
Modal Roberts
Rebecca Wigmore

Sun 6 June 6.30pm – Artslink meeting

Artists networking meeting featuring presentation from artist Paula Vans

The next meeting of Artslink Colchester will be on Sunday 6th June at 6.30pm at Slack Space premises in Queen Street, Colchester. Please try to come along and, as always, bring whoever to wish. The meetings are proving to be popular, interesting and informative. As usual, nibbles will be provided but please bring a bottle of your choice.

This month Paula Vans, an up and coming and exciting young artist, will be giving a presentation on her work prior to her exhibition at the Digby Gallery starting 15th June until 5th July.

Thur – Sat evening events are guest list only. E mail colchesterslackers(at) for inclusion


Transition - Catherine Litton

Transition - Catherine Litton
Transition - Catherine Litton
Transition - Catherine Litton
Transition - Catherine Litton
Transition - Catherine Litton
Transition - Catherine Litton

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Art In The Heart Poster

For full details of every poster upon display across Colchester, and a guide to their location, click here and here (then click on "all sizes" for a closer look)

Monday, 17 May 2010

Transition by Catherine Litton

The exhibition will run from 12 to 29 May and features prominent 'all bright and beautiful' local artist Catherine Litton. Catherine will show paintings and drawings spanning 30 years of work and will be painting a huge new work live in the space for the duration of the show.

Don't miss this opportunity to view a range of amazing work and see the development of one of the area's most respected and loved artists, as well as the chance to see her at work in the space.

You can find more details on Catherine's work on her website

A personal report from Dorian of the "Guerrilla Shakespeare Company":

Guerrilla Shakespeare Company's "Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare" from Dorian Kelly on Vimeo.

The two recent performance of "Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare" at The Space in Colchester were very much appreciated by the audience. Shakespeare can be a little daunting, so I was delighted that so many people appeared to enjoy it mightily. All the comments I heard were good and the voluntary donations to Slack Space were generous- for which we thank you. As a multi-purpose venue, Slack Space is if nothing else eclectic and always willing to present something unusual and different. Its a gallery, a dance space, a workshop area, a lecture hall, a theatre, a concert hall and a social space in equal measure, and its size and excellent acoustics made it a perfect small theatre- even if I did have to lug sixty chairs across town!

The group also gave a triumphant performance in London at Shakespeare's own Bankside Rose Theatre (established 1597), with a good house, including several agents and Shakespeare buffs as well as lots of ordinary theatregoers. I was particularly gratified with an open invitation to bring our next show there. We must have been good.

I am now developing the script with a view to it forming part of the official London Olympics 2012 celebrations - if we get the grant which will make that possible!

Any letters of support which the Guerrilla Shakespeare Company can use in our application will be welcome: as indeed will be any suggestions or criticisms. Please feel free to send them to with subject line "Shakespeare comments"

Monday, 3 May 2010

May Mini-Fest

Crate Music

Thur 6th May - 7.30pm Never Mind The Politics - This is Crate Music!

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Escape those election night blues and enjoy a relaxed evening listening to an eclectic selection of dusty vinyl that has been dug from the dark depths of a record crate. Expect plenty of bargain bin discoveries, a few long forgotten treasures and plenty of dust bunnies

Fri 7th May - 7.30pm - An Evening With Jeff Scott

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Sat 8th May- 2pm - Fast Folk from The Meddlars

- 7.30pm - University of Essex Classical Music Society Evening

Sun 9th May - 6.30pm - Artslink meeting featuring talk from artist Catherine Litton.

Artslink is an interactive social networking group for artists, encompassing all the arts. Come along, bring a bottle, nibbles will be provided. Meet fellow artists in an informal social environment. Exchange ideas, promote your events, share your skills and experience. This month esteemed local artist Catherine Litton will be giving a presentation of her work

All events are guest list only. Please e mail for inclusion

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Chris Northall - Solo Show

Chris Northall - Solo Show
Chris Northall - Solo Show
Chris Northall - Solo Show
The first exhibition at our new site finished today- a solo show from prominent local artist Chris Northall