Klub Kulcha Event, Friday 2 July 1999

Cleveland Arts are hosting an evening of club culture at Stockton Central Library this Friday from 7-10pm as part of the National Year of Reading.

Attractions include an installation by Stockton youth project The Cornerhouse; Playstation games; Breakdancers; Rap artists and freestyle open mic. There will be a DJ Mixing workshop with Voodootek and a comic Book Workshop with artist/writer ILYA whose work includes The End Of The Century Club.

Cinema includes a showing of the film Strangedays starring Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett.

Stockton Library will be showcasing its collection of books, novels, short stories, poems and CD’s from Club Culture. Admission for the evening is absolutely free!

The event is part of the Beyond Trainspotting cult literature promotion, co-ordinated by Cleveland Arts in partnership with Hartlepool and Stockton Libraries to celebrate the National Year of Reading with a series of innovative library events running throughout June and July. The events, promoting cult literature, are the culmination of development work by groups of young people working with writers and artists to explore contemporary poetry and cult fiction. The creative work combines writing and images to form library exhibitions and installations in Stockton and Hartlepool Central Libraries.

The project is a major initiative, funded by The National Year of Reading, The BT Challenge, The Roald Dahl Foundation, Northern Arts and Buzzwords to strengthen the links between reading and other forms activities that interest young adults. The events are aimed at breaking down some of the stereotypes around reading and library use and tap into many strands of youth culture, from DJs, breakdancers and rappers to boxers, kung fu fighters and fans from Planet Football.

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Fabulous Faces at Most Holy Rosary Primary School, Billingham

Children from Most Holy Rosy Primary School have been working this week on a week long arts residency entitled Fabulous Faces. The project is part of a major arts in education initiative involving Billingham schools.

The children have been taking part in a series of workshops in mask making, creative writing and expressive movement led by artists Adrian Moule, Bob Beagrie and Chris Hoy.

Arts development agency Cleveland Arts have co-ordinated the project in collaboration with Stockton on Tees Borough Council’s Education Department.

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Open Arts Network Meeting

Open ArtOpen Art is the Disability Arts Network in Teesside. It aims to support and promote disabled artists and to support and promote disability issues through the arts.

Disabled people are invited to attend a public meeting to Open Art to adopt a constitution for the group at Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Friday June 11th from 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm. There will be a variety of entertainment and presentations as well as refreshments available.

With a steering group of local disabled people, Open Art devises events, and publishes a monthly newsletter.

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arts are ours at Dyke House School, Hartlepool

As part of the arts are ours initiative, musicians Luke Harding and David Allen have been working with a group of 12-13 year old boys from Dyke House School during the first week of May in composing and recording their own music.

One outcome which the project hopes to achieve is that music recorded will be used in Dyke House’s new rock musical for 1999-2000 called The Journey. It is about a group of aliens who build Dyke House pupils a spaceship/time machine and take them into the future and other galaxies to show them the variety of life and opportunities.

Arts development agency. Cleveland Arts have co-ordinated the project in collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Education Department.

the arts are ours is a major new Arts in Education initiative in the North of England. It involves all 13 Local Education Authorities of the Northern Region, an area the size of Wales, and builds directly on the region’s recent and pioneering success in hosting the Year of Visual Arts.

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Cleveland Arts’ Millennium Poet First

Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage has recently been named poet in residence for the Millennium Dome and has been given the job of producing a 1,000 line millennium poem. Photo: Paul Wolfgang Webster

Simon Armitage has recently been named poet in residence for the Millennium Dome and has been given the job of producing a 1,000 line millennium poem.

Simon is no stranger to millennium poems as in 1997 he started off Cleveland Arts’ chain poem for the millennium, in association with the WRITEAROUND Festival.

The idea being that the poem would circulate for a little less than two years – each week a new poet would add a ten line stanza, then pass it on to the poet of their choice. After two years Cleveland Arts would, hopefully, have a long, composite, collective poem by some of the best poets in the world – 100 stanzas for 100 years, 1,000 lines for 1,000 years.

The poem will give a fascinating insight into poets’ views of the end of the century. After one and a half years so far, the poem has journeyed the globe and travelled across Australia and the United States of America. The Poem for the Millennium will be a truly historic work, both a chain and a mosaic, exploring important ideas and providing a unique picture of poetry at the end of the century. Poets who have joined Simon Armitage in contributing to the poem have included Brendan Kennelly, Sean O’Brien, W.N. Herbert, John Kinsella, Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney.

Simon Armitage’s start to the poem reads:

Eve of the dawn of the year two-thousand,
thousands stand on a far east island,
first to be lit by millennium’s morning
loving the starlight that passes for meaning.

Time, the human kind. ‘Although below the date-line,
fathoms deep, the sea-bed separates and weeps:
new rocks record the earth’s magnetic field contentedly,
and mollycoddled in the heat, old life-forms

well beyond the register of sun, swayed by the moon,
hang fire, go on regardless, blind, and unbeknown.

The Poem will be launched at the Writearound Festival in October 1999.

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Sculptor John Clinch unveils Showtime Sculpture

A sculptor will fashion a striking new look for Redcar on Friday, July 18th with the town’s Regent Cinema as his backdrop.

Famous film legends Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne will be among the stars from 100 years of cinema bursting out of the Regent’s gable end.

The dramatic piece of work, entitled showtime, commissioned by Redcar and Cleveland Council in collaboration with the cinema and Cleveland Arts, will be put into place by the creator, nationally-renowned sculptor John Clinch.

A second phase, carrying on the cinema’s centenary theme, will be created between the Regent and the end of the Esplanade and installed, hopefully, in the second week of August.

Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Arts Development Officer Bill Sinclair said

“It will wonderfully complement the existing railing features along the Esplanade, hopefully prove a talking point and put a smile on people’s faces”.

Cleveland Arts’ Public Arts Officer John Cairns, whose organisation has managed the project, said:

“We think it’s a unique piece of work, especially for Redcar and it links in very well with the town’s Gateway feature. And hopefully it will get people talking.”

Regent Cinema, manager Niel Bates said:

“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it in position. And I’m sure it will attract a lot of attention.”

The £4,000 sculpture, made of steel and a form of glass fibre, is part of a £40,000 Public Art scheme, funded by Urban Programme money and European funding through a Resort Regeneration Pilot Scheme.

The sculpture will be unveiled at 12.30 pm on Friday, July 18th 1997.

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