Photo: Graham Clayton-Chance

Our season opens with ‘Voice of the Whale’ on 23 September, a new piece from Manchester Collective. This is followed by the Brodsky Quartet on 28 September. The concert programme moves to the Lancaster Priory on 2 December as Lancaster Arts welcome, for the first time, the Echo Vocal Ensemble to The Priory for their programme, ‘Already Gone’ which takes listeners on a journey that celebrates nature’s abundance but warns of future scarcity. Part of this concert features newly commissioned pieces that respond to Alice Oswald’s Dunt: Poem for a Dried Up River.

Responding to a poem also features in the exhibition, ‘Shifting Currents’, with specially written poetry by Costa Award winner, Mary Talbot. The exhibition opens on 26 October and brings live dance on 4 November by Company Carpi: ‘When You Light a Candle, You Also Cast a Shadow’ is a new dance work for gallery spaces with a trio of dancers and a string quintet.

In the Nuffield Theatre, there will be two shows full of joy and laughter with New Art Club’s ‘Cupid’s Revenge’ on 26 October and ‘The Vicked’ with stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas on 17 November. We will present a new sound installation, ‘The Wind as it Rushes through the Turbine’, on 23 October created by leo&hyde in our Nuffield Residency last year. There will be a Double Bill of Sea Change; two shows with new artists, Ergon Theatre’s immersive and engaging ‘The Wicked Problem’ on 09 November and Mandla Rae with her not-to-be-missed ‘As British as a Watermelon’ on 12 November.

Alongside the performances will be more exciting work off campus - we will be installing an installation by Fabiola Santana in an empty shop in the city centre. Artist Layla Khoo will be hosting workshops throughout the autumn that ask participants to explore the theme of belonging through the making of cups and will finish with an exhibition. We will have an audio work installed on campus called Beacons, an epic poem created by students in lockdown with the artist, David Boultbee. The three artists we worked with in the summer for our New Perspectives exhibition, Garth Gratrix, Julia Heslop and Gavin Renshaw will offer opportunities to engage with their work on seeing the campus differently. 

Tickets for performances can be found at or by emailing All events will take place in a Covid-secure environment. For more details on these events and their entire season, visit


Lancaster Arts
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A dozen performers walk through the streets of Lancaster city.  Image credit Eliza Brown

Where ideas, creativity and people connect. ​​​​​​The strapline underlines the commitment to exceptional art that connects people and ideas.  Lancaster Arts is based at Lancaster University in the north west of England and encompasses the Nuffield Theatre, the Great Hall and the Peter Scott Gallery.  A long-established artistic reputation for the creation, development and presentation of cutting edge contemporary arts and proud to be part of Arts Council England’s portfolio as a combined arts organisation.



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