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Workshop

Folk Masks Workshop with Anna FC Smith

Friday 23 February

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan

1-2.30pm (drop in)

(Free Entry)

Family Friendly


Make fun masks inspired by British and world folk traditions!

Workshop

Everyday Treasure Archive with Helen Mather

Thursday 22 February

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

1.30-4pm (phone to book: 01942 777800)

(Free Entry)

Archives can tell us a lot about a person or a place. In these workshops we will be creatively exploring ideas through the objects, people and places around us. Using textiles, we will stitch, print and embellish to create a fabric sample book which will go on to exist as an archive of our explorations together.

Exhibition

Repetition by Kate Bufton

An exhibition created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

Open 26 February - 4 April 2018

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

(Free Entry)

Repetition explores the creative potential within our public libraries, local book artist Kate Bufton proposed a project working directly with Wigan libraries collection of Art books during a 6 month artist residency at Golborne library. The four key areas that Kate focused on during her residency included sculpture, painting and photography. 

Workshop

Everyday Treasure Archive with Helen Mather

Thursday 8 March

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

1.30-4pm (phone to book: 01942 777800)

(Free Entry)

Archives can tell us a lot about a person or a place. In these workshops we will be creatively exploring ideas through the objects, people and places around us. Using textiles, we will stitch, print and embellish to create a fabric sample book which will go on to exist as an archive of our explorations together.

Exhibition

Ideas For a Town by Jess Rotheram

An exhibition created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

Open 10 March - Mid April (date tbc)

Wigan Library, Ground Floor,Wigan Life Centre

See Library opening times here

(Free Entry)

About the exhibition:

If you could create anything, how would you make your mark on your town? Ideas For a Town is a project by artist Jess Rotherham that explores the importance of community ideas and creating a sense of ownership around the places we live in. This exhibition serves as an archive of project ideas by people from Wigan, UK that have been created and collected over the past six months. Find out more about the project here: https://ideasforatown.tumblr.com/

Workshop

Everyday Treasure Archive with Helen Mather

Thursday 22 March

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

1.30-4pm (phone to book: 01942 777800)

(Free Entry)

Archives can tell us a lot about a person or a place. In these workshops we will be creatively exploring ideas through the objects, people and places around us. Using textiles, we will stitch, print and embellish to create a fabric sample book which will go on to exist as an archive of our explorations together.

Workshop

Everyday Treasure Archive with Helen Mather

Thursday 29 March

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

1.30-4pm (phone to book: 01942 777800)

(Free Entry)

Archives can tell us a lot about a person or a place. In these workshops we will be creatively exploring ideas through the objects, people and places around us. Using textiles, we will stitch, print and embellish to create a fabric sample book which will go on to exist as an archive of our explorations together.

Exhibition

Exhibition by Helen Mather

An exhibition created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

Open 7 April - 21 April 2018

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

(Free Entry)

About the artist:

Helen Mather is an artist inspired by social history and personal narratives. Mather uses collage to layer ideas  using stitch, image and cloth. After discovering a box belonging to her late grandma containing personal ephemera that she wanted to keep and preserve, Mather has been inspired to lead workshops that explore  personal archives, legacy and lives in a community using textiles, an important link to the historic industry of the Wigan and Leigh. 

Exhibition

Exhibition by Elizabeth Skull

An exhibition created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

Open 7 April - 28 April 2018

Shevington Library, Gathurst Lane, WN6 8HA

See Library opening times here

(Free Entry)

About the artist:

Elizabeth Skull is a visual artist who is interested in individual perceptions of beauty and social norms. Hailing from Higher Folds, Skull aims to create a series of mixed media portraits of inspirational individuals from her community. Throughout her residency, Skull has been leading workshops exploring the connections with our town’s milling heritage, our environment and each other, the results of which will be exhibited in Shevington Library. 

Performance

Scratch This by Paul Scott Bullen

A performance created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

10 April 2018

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan

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About the artist:

Bullen is a performance artist whose Imago project has been inspired by the true story of the Battle Of Wigan Lane in 1651. Bullen aims to create a conceptual performance solo that tells the story of 300 imprisoned men during the battle. Bullen draws inspiration from absurd, fantastical, surreal paintings and images to create live environments as performance space. He create landscapes and atmospheres that allow for escapism through authentic and embodied beings portrayed through his body as a communicative vessel.

Performance

The Culture of Boxing Day Procession by Anna FC Smith

A performance created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

14 April 2018

Wigan Town Centre

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(Free)

About the artist:

As a visual artist inspired by history, folk culture and customs, Anna FC Smith is researching the unknown origins of Wigan’s unique Boxing Day tradition. Throughout her Imago residency, Smith has been collecting donations of old Boxing Day outfits that will become part of a large sculpture, coupled with a public parade that aims to express the vibrancy of our town’s unique custom!

PAST EVENT: Workshop

Ideas Workshop with Jess Rotherham

Monday 19 February

Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan

11-12.30pm (drop in)

(Free Entry)

Family Friendly


Join artist Jess Rotherham and create clay sculptures of your ideas for public artworks or places. Suitable for children and adults. All sculptures will become part of the Ideas For A Town art exhibition in March 2018 at Wigan Library.

PAST EVENT: CPD Workshop

Know Your Responsibilities: Child Protection Training / Working with Vulnerable Adults

Wednesday 14 February 9.30-4.30pm

Golborne Library, Wigan, WA3 3AW

(Tickets £5. Limited 8 places available)

An introductory Safeguarding Training course for artists working across the borough of Wigan with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The session, will cover:

- What does safeguarding mean
- Who is it relevant to
- What are we safeguarding against
- What to do if you have a concern
- Good and safe practice (including policy 
writing)

Facilitated by TIPP arts.

Session Date and Times:
Wednesday 14 February 2018
9.30: Arrival 
10am: Start
1pm: Lunch
1.45pm: Afternoon Session
4.30pm: Finish

(Bring Your Own Lunch)

PAST EVENT: Exhibition

Flow by Lousie Robson

An Installation created as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

Open 20 January - 10 February

Wigan Library Mezzanine, Wigan Life Centre

See Library opening times here

(Free Entry)

About Louise Robson

Louise Robson is a visual artist who works with digital media. Inspired by the way people interact with artworks and environments, Robson creates digital installations that react or respond in an interactive way to the people in them. Thoughout her time as artist in residence, Robson has been creating a digital artwork specifically based on the movements of visitors to Wigan Library.

View some of Louise's past projects here: http://louiserobson.co.uk/pages/artworks.html  

PAST EVENT: Workshop

Everyday Treasure Archive with Helen Mather

Thursday 8 February

Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, WA3 3AW

See Library opening times here

1.30-4pm (phone to book: 01942 777800)

(Free Entry)

Archives can tell us a lot about a person or a place. In these workshops we will be creatively exploring ideas through the objects, people and places around us. Using textiles, we will stitch, print and embellish to create a fabric sample book which will go on to exist as an archive of our explorations together.

PAST EVENT: Q&A

Ask the Artist. Q&A with Louise Robson

7 February 12pm-2pm 

Wigan Library Mezzanine, Wigan Life Centre

(Free Entry)

In this informal Q&A the public are welcomed to pick the brains of artist Louise Robson. Talk about her art practice, current art installation, ideas of art and technology and more!

PAST EVENT: CPD Workshop

Non Arts Council Funding with Steph Graham

Saturday 3 February 10am-1pm 

Wigan Library Mezzanine, Wigan Life Centre

(Tickets £4. Only 8 places available)

What the session will cover:

- An introduction to fundraising and funding. From fundraising, to income generation, and all that’s in between
the differences

- pros & cons
- the psychology of philanthropy vs transactional funding

A tour through the different forms of funding available
- Grants & bursaries
- Crowdfunding
- Bursaries
- Sponsorship
- Patronage
- Income generation

Sourcing funding – where to look?
Where to find out about funding opportunities

- Bid writing advice
- Bid-writing 101 – golden rules, hints, tips and no no’s

What makes a good project?
- So you have an idea – what next? - What aspects of a project are funders looking for?

Final questions – Q&A

*****

About Steph Graham

Steph is a consultant, fundraiser and producer who specialises in artist and organisational development. Steph has worked extensively for Arts Council England, developing the Artist International Development Fund, and assessing over £4 million worth of projects.

Before founding Adapt for Arts CIC, Steph worked at the Barbican, where she raised money for the centre’s artistic and creative learning programmes. Steph trained as fine artist, delivers workshops and training to individual artists, and is a trained project evaluator. Steph was part of the inaugural cohort of AFP Fundraising Fellows, and one of the first recipients of the Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy from the University of Leeds.

Her clients include Peckham Platform, the Crafts Council, Castlefield Gallery, The Place, The Royal College of Music, and many more…

PAST EVENT: Artist Talk

An Artist Talk about Lousie Robson's Art Practice

February 2 February 4pm-5pm 

Wigan Library Mezzanine, Wigan Life Centre

(Free Entry)

Influenced by systems thinking and art from the 1960s and 70s, Louise Robson works with various forms of technology to create digital installations which subtly interact with people and their surroundings. She is inspired by the way in which people and environmental aspects can become part of an artwork, and experiments with creative ways of using technology in order to connect people, objects, and environments.

In this informal talk Louise will discuss her practice and the contexts behind it, specifically ideas surrounding systems in art from the 1960s up to now (referencing work by artists such as Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman and Robert Rauschenberg) and the writing of art critic Jack Burnham, who claimed in 1968 that art was moving towards a systems-oriented culture, and away from a culture of objects. Alongside this she will be introducing some of the ways in which she uses technology creatively, providing an insight into the ways in which coding, electronics, and other technological approaches to art-making are accessible to artists. 

PAST EVENT: CPD Workshop

Accredited Emergency First Aid Training

Saturday 2 December

Wigan Life Centre South

Emergency First Aid at Work Course Aims:

To provide candidates with an understanding and practical knowledge of the skills in First Aid to enable them to:

- Prevent injuries becoming worse

- Promote recovery

- Preserve life

Objective Upon successful completion of the training program candidates will have a good understanding of

- The Law relating to First Aid

- Recovery Position

- Dealing with the incident

- Dealing with the casualty

- Artificial Ventilations and CPR

- Choking

- Recovery Position

- Epilepsy

- Shock

- Burns and Bleeding

 

The course is taught over 6 hours Candidates complete through continuous assessment and will be required to participate in activities.

PAST EVENT: Performance

Past event: Pier to Pier by Amy Burdon

An mass outdoor performance made as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

9 and 10 September 2017

Leigh Civic Square

(Free Entry)

About the event:

Bringing back to life Wakes Weeks and fond memories of trips to the seaside, Pier to Pier was a free outdoor arts performance Choreographed by Imago’s artist-in-residence Amy Burdon. Featuring performers from Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre, Fred Longworth High School, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and WigLe Dance.

PAST EVENT: Performance

Past event: Pier to Pier by Amy Burdon

An mass outdoor performance made as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

16 September 2017

Leigh Civic Square

(Free Entry)

About the event:

Bringing back to life Wakes Weeks and fond memories of trips to the seaside, Pier to Pier was a free outdoor arts performance Choreographed by Imago’s artist-in-residence Amy Burdon. Featuring performers from Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre, Fred Longworth High School, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and WigLe Dance.

PAST EVENT: Performance

Past event: Pier to Pier by Amy Burdon

An mass outdoor performance made as part of the Imago Artist In Residence Development Programme

23 September 2017

Leigh Civic Square

(Free Entry)

About the event:

Bringing back to life Wakes Weeks and fond memories of trips to the seaside, Pier to Pier was a free outdoor arts performance Choreographed by Imago’s artist-in-residence Amy Burdon. Featuring performers from Wigan and Leigh Carer’s Centre, Fred Longworth High School, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and WigLe Dance.

PAST EVENT: CPD Workshop

Imago Artist Commando Training

Monday 28 August 2017

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan

Are you an actor/musician/dance artist/visual artist/theatre maker based in Wigan and Leigh (or with strong links to the Borough)?

Would you like to be paid for your work and begin to make new work with other people?

The new IMAGO commissions for £2000 are out. A whole host of other commission opportunities are out. Let's bring that work to local artists!

Artist Commando Training is a practical exploration of how to make new work in line with commission briefs and working with artists from other disciplines.

We will be working in small groups to generate ideas and snippets of new material. How can a visual artist and a dancer work together? How can a writer, an actor and a musician work together? Let's explore and experiment and turn ideas into fully-funded projects.

PAST EVENT: CPD Workshop

Imago Dance Development

Sunday 5 March 2017

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan

Are you a dancer- in your final year, just graduated or already teaching but want something more or miss a creative way of working? 

Have you got loads of ideas but not sure how to turn them into
funded work?

Do you want the chance to work with other dance artists and
practitioners and to network with people in your position?

Are you not sure what funding opportunities there are for
dance artists, teachers and practitioners?

Come to The Old Courts Wigan, for a day of ‘dance
and practicalities’ as we look at what it is like for a
dance artist in the borough and surrounding areas.

MORNING SESSION
Dance with Debbie Milner. 
Explore creative ways of working suitable for funded projects in libraries, museums and schools. This is a practical session. Come in suitable clothing and be ready to move.

AFTERNOON SESSION
Advice and information.

• What it is like to be a dance artist creating a professional practice;
• How to take quality ideas and turn them into paid work;
• Collaborative working and the opportunity to network;
• Funding for your projects. Funding in the Wigan borough and the wider context.
• Wigan’s ‘Imago’ artist development programme and artist-in-residence paid opportunities.

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