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Art and music in harmony at the Lancaster exhibition

The music has inspired many artists showing their work at the Art of Music exhibition, including Nicola Hepworth whose painting, Steel Pan Players, will be on display.
The music has inspired many artists showing their work at the Art of Music exhibition, including Nicola Hepworth whose painting, Steel Pan Players, will be on display.

The Art of Music is the second time that King Street Arts (formerly known as King St Studios) has presented an exhibition to coincide with the Lancaster Music Festival.

The exhibition opens on October 13, the day before the Festival, and continues until October 25.

“No art form is isolated and we have always wanted to open a dialogue between the different creative arts,” said Roy Smith, who created King Street Arts with Kath McDonald in 2017.

James Mackie pictured playing with Selecter. Photo by Geoff Campbell.

Nearly 50 local, national and international artists will present works ranging from paintings, drawings and sculptures to photography, video, mixed media and printmaking at the King Street Studios, the Storey Building and the Atticus Bookstore.

And while visitors view the artwork, they can also listen to music as occasionally musicians will perform in the galleries.

These include visual artist Edward Foster who presents a Renaissance Lute concert on October 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Celtic harpist, Celia Briar who performs at a music and drawing event on October 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at King Street Arts. Places are limited during these events and must therefore be reserved in advance by sending an email to: [email protected]

Aspiring artists also have the opportunity to perfect their skills during free workshops on October 16 hosted by Kath.

Lancaster-based artist James Mackie will exhibit his work at the Art of Music exhibition.

Draw To The Beat will use the power of music to inspire attendees at the Storey Building in two sessions from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Equipment is provided but places are limited, please reserve by sending an email to: [email protected]

Together with the members of the Lancaster Music Festival board of directors, Roy and Kath had the difficult task of selecting works for the exhibition from professional and semi-professional artists.

The chosen work was produced either by visual artists inspired or influenced by music, or by musicians who are also visual artists.

Among them is James Mackie of Lancaster, a visual artist, who as a musician performed with The Selecter and Madness during the 1980s, and Manchester-based Rachael Addis, featured artist in the BBC documentary on the ‘Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020.

All works are for sale and visitors can vote for their favorite exhibition so artists have a chance to win a cash prize.

The art of music can be seen October 13-25 every day except October 24. The opening hours are from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from October 14 to 17; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October 18 to 25, except October 22 and 23 when it is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry.

For more information call 07743238663 or visit www.kingstreetstudios.art


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