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Music legends bring South African groove to Dome

Brighton Dome: Hugh Masekela + The Mahotella Queens

It was South Africa night at The Dome this week, as veteran music legends dropped in to prove that some acts just improve with age.

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A little love for Christmas

Put more love into your Christmas – that's the message from artists working in an empty shop in Shoreham by Sea.

And to help, they're running sessions every Tuesday evening until Christmas, helping people to make cards, decorations and gifts. The emphasis will be on the unusual, and there will be lots of inspiring ideas using affordable, easy to find and even recycled materials. Everything that's needed will be provided, and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits available to keep everyone fuelled throughout the sessions. The evenings will be led by Shoreham artist Lou Durham, with help from other artists.
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Brighton's documentary film festival

Documentary fever will once again be hitting the streets of Brighton and Hove from the 24th - 27th of February with the return of SEE, The Brighton Documentary Film Festival.

SEE is dedicated to all things documentary and celebrates both existing and emerging talent within the industry. This year will see a programme packed full of screenings, premieres, workshops and seminars.

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Bristol empty shop space available

A Bristol empty shops project are looking for artists, curators and groups to hold exhibitions in 2011.

Broadwalk Arts ask those using the space for £30 per weeks use (of the whole space!) towards running costs (£25 for members of Broadwalk Arts CIC) and 10% of any sales, although work does not have to be for sale.

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Carlisle artists open studios

This November Carlisle will play host to the very first citywide Open Studios initiative where artists, craftspeople and creative practitioners alike will open their doors to the public; inviting you in to view the work, talk about the ideas, maybe learn a few processes and see working Studios in operation.

The day is happening in correlation with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, ‘Sedition - an uprising of Contemporary Artists’. The exhibition inspired Carlisle based artists to organise this one day city-wide event on Saurday 20th November between the 10am – 4pm.
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Free Partnership Development Workshop

Slack Space Colchester are running a free workshop for anyone interested in taking an active part in overcoming the barriers to building successful art spaces in empty shops.  

This workshop builds on the success of Slack Space Colchester and provides an opportunity for anyone looking to create a similar cultural project for creative artists and musicians.

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Sound of South Africa arrives as legends visit Brighton Dome

From the townships of apartheid to the opening concert at the World Cup, South African music has travelled a unique road.

This year, two legends unite to present their songs of resistance and the colour and carnival of the greatest show on earth as the jazz icon Hugh Masekela comes to Brighton Dome’s Concert Hall on 16 November with his band, in the company of the three doyennes of mbaqanga, the Mahotella Queens.

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Demons and death at British Museum

Demons, death and the monstrous Devourer take centre stage at the British Museum’s major Autumn exhibition.

Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead will exhibit the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Book of the Dead papyri. The ‘Book’, used for over 1500 years between c. 1600 BC and 100 AD, is not a single text, but a compilation of spells thought to equip the dead with knowledge and power which would guide them safely through the dangers of the afterlife and ultimately ensure eternal life.

The British Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Book of the Dead manuscripts on papyrus in the world, and this exhibition will be the first opportunity to see so many examples displayed together. Due to the fragility of the papyri and their sensitivity to light it is extremely rare for any of these manuscripts to ever be displayed so this is a truly unique opportunity to view them.
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Earth and Fire - opportunity for potters

Earth & Fire is one of the country’s premiere ceramic events. For three days, at the end of June, over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe come to Nottinghamshire to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls set in the grounds of a ruined 12th century abbey. 

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A-Z exhibited at Shoreham's empty shop

An artist is set to explore the basic building blocks of modern life in an empty shop in Shoreham.

Dan Thompson will be curating a collection of objects, artwork and events around the theme of the alphabet. Exhibits will include printing blocks alongside letters from boardgames, interesting examples of typography and old packaging, and a collection of music and sound inspired by the theme.

There will be a library of books, including A-Zs that Dan has collected by artists, writers and designers, with comfortable sofas and fresh coffee. Original artwork inspired by the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet and some giant letters created especially for the exhibition will complete the exhibition.