Part of February, all of March 2012

There have already been some innovative, exciting and experimental doings throughout the first half of February – reviews are in the pipeline. If you’ve not been out and about yet or just can’t get enough then our pick of the next 6 weeks should steer you in the right direction. If you think we’ve missed anything please get in touch so we can rectify the matter, and if you want to see your favourite Preston events written about, and are feeling lyrically inspired, drop us a line and you could start writing for us (It’s the passport to some free nights out!)


A Private Affair: Personal Collections of Contemporary Art  –  The exhibition highlights a strong interest in supporting artists and the fascinating journeys undertaken by the collectors from the North of England. 28th January – 5th May. Free. The Harris

Cotton: Global Threads – Preston based & internationally renowned Lubaina Himid features in this exhibition where the fashion and textile displays engage in dialogue with the work of seven contemporary artists working in a range of disciplines whose work addresses one or more of the exhibition themes. They include Yinka Shonibare MBE, Lubaina Himid, Chicago-based Anne Wilson, Malian artists Abdoulaye Konaté and Aboubakar Fofana, and Grace Ndiritu, while Liz Rideal‘s work illuminates the exterior of the building throughout the hours of darkness. 11th February – 13th May, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. If you are down in London there’s still time to catch Thin Black Lines

Collage Night – Wednesday 22nd February and Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm till 9.30pm – £2. The Continental 

International Drawing Project – Launches Thursday 16th February 5pm-8pm. February will see the first ‘International Drawing Project’ curated by Cafe Royal Books. February 13th – 2nd March. PR1 Gallery, Victoria building, UCLAN. PR12HE

Field of Vision: Two Printmakers, Ten Walks, Two Countries – Tracy Hill and Martha Oatway share a passion for printmaking and walking. They took walks near to their homes in Lancashire, and Washington DC, and through print we see their responses to the landscapes. 8th February-14th April. Opening reception Friday 2nd March 5-7 pm The Harris

A Private Affair special event – How to Collect – Ever thought about building your own collection of contemporary art but don’t know where to start? Join Beatrice Hodgkin, author of Affordable Contemporary Art: A Guide to Buying and Collecting (Vivays Publishing, 2011) as she offers practical advice, hints and tips about buying and collecting contemporary art. Mark Doyle, Head of Collecting, The Contemporary Art Society, North West will also be on hand to answer your questions. Tickets £5 (free to Friends of the Harris and CAS members) call 01772 905414 to book you place. Saturday 10 March 2pm-4pm The Harris

Time, Place & Negotiated Space -International Women’s Day – Visual Arts Trail across Preston. Curated by Professor Lubaina Himid. Thursday 8th March 2012, 10.30am – 8pm. FREE. more details

Love Hand-Made – Art and Craft Fair. Sunday 25th March, 12-5pm. £1 entry. The Continental

Film & Video

Young programmers presents: Dreams - Curated by Preston’s Young programmers. Dreams Of A Life (12A) 24th Feb: 7.30pm. Under 21s: free / Over 21s: £4

Mini Cine Young Film Festival 2012 3rd March 2012 12pm – 11pm

12pm – The Illusionist (PG) + Q&A with animators. Under 21s: free / Over 21s: £4

3.30pm – Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws. Under 21s: free / Over 21s: £4

7pm – Dream themed youth shorts + Q&A with dir. Rob Savage. FREE

9pm – Ebony Road (15) + Q&A with dir. Maia Krall Fry. Under 21s: free / Over 21s: £4

10.30pm – Youth Shorts Award Ceremony + Wrap party. FREE

All free for under 21s, Over 21s: £4/ Film // £10 for 3 film // £15 for All Day festival pass. 

The Wizard of Oz (U) – Family Friendly Screening 4th March 2012 11am. Under 21s: free / Over 21s: £4. More info vist The Continental

Film Literacy CPD Day – They Eat Culture are running a full day of workshops and talks at The Continental with industry professionals to explore and develop ways in which film can be used to enhance both curricular and extra-curricular learning. Friday 2nd March, 11am-6.30pm. The Continental. To find out more or reserve a place, register with Eventbrite or contact: // 01772 499 207

Preston and Its Guild 1902 to 1992 – Film screening. See the transformation of Preston during the 20th Century from its industrial past to the modern city that we know today through the eyes of professional and amateur film-makers. Thursday 13th March 2012, 7.30pm Tickets £5 plus booking fee. The Charter Theatre. DVD available to buy from 13th March.

Lancahsire International Film Festival (LIFE)  – a variety of engaging filmmakers to Preston for screenings and master classes. There will be opportunities to meet, greet, work alongside and pitch to a range of industry professionals. For the Guild year LIFE will be additionally linking up with the Northern Screenwriters’ Festival, Preston Sync and They Eat Culture. 15th – 18th March The Media Factory, Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema and other venues TBC (map)


LYDIA LUNCH, Inca Babies, Gilded Palace of Sin & No Womb – Lydia is preparing a special solo set for her appearance at the Continental, effectively a worldwide exclusive for Prestonians! On stage around 9pm. Not to be missed! Thursday 16th February 8pm – Tickets now £10 advance & doors. The Continental

Bilge PumpThe Fifty 50’s +  Hello Bamboo – A thick broth of art-punk fractured progressive noise, condensed into atonal pop songs free of power chords. Friday 17th february, 8pm. FREE. The Mad Ferret

Spotlight KidThe Youth Anxiety + Audio Conspiracy – mixtures of Shoegaze, Krautrock and 90s Psychedelia. Saturday 25th February, 8pm. FREE.  The Mad Ferret

Must Die Records presents Ceramic Hobs Vinyl Launch Night – a night of experimental, sound-scape and noise art/music. Featuring: Ceramic Hobs, Stewart Keith, Bad Suburban Nightmare, Miles Hadfield and the Must Die Soundsystem and Uncle Paul. First 25 through the door receive a free CD. Tuesday 28th February 2012 8:30pm – £4 on the door. The Continental

Thomas TruaxStephen Hudson & The Fiat Pandas  + Jamie Brewer – a bewildering melange of garage rock songs, avant garde sounds and cabaret showtunes, full of whistles, toy piano, ice cream chimes and invented instruments. Tuesday 28th February, 8pm. £4  The Mad Ferret

Ellen & The EscapadesSeamus Mcloughlin + Mikey Kenney – elements of folk, pop and rock dripping with poppy modern folk credibility. Ellen’s dusky, enchanting vocals and strikingly well-crafted songs have already captured the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Not to be missed! Thursday 1st March, 8pm. £4. The Mad Ferret

Teeth of the Sea, Mugstar and Rapid Pig – Adventurous and intrepid psychedelic rock.  Friday 2nd March, 8pm. Tickets are £5.50 advance (£7 on the door). The Continental

Natural Snow Buildings, Woodcraft Folk and the Totally Wired Collective – An ultra-rare pairing of two genuinely enigmatic outfits, this is a superlative one-off. Thursday 8th March 2012 8pm – Tickets £5.50 advance / £7 door.  The Continental

Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam SixMobius Loop + FirstnameFrank – Their infamous live shows – incorporating rock, jazz, folk and theatre influences – have proved time and time again that the group is at home on any line-up. Thursday 8th March, 8pm. £4.  The Mad Ferret

Luke Leighfield & BandThe Might Aswell + Bill Orrick – For this special show he will be performing with an eight-piece band including a brass section. Sunday 11th March, 8pm. £4. The Mad Ferret

The Magic Band – If you have not heard this band, you are in for a treat, as the music is a mixture of avante-garde jazz and delta blues that has to be heard to be appreciated. This is the first Magic Band appearance in Preston since their show at the Guild Hall on 27th April 1973! Tuesday March 13th 2012 7pm – Tickets £17.50. The Continental

G.B.H plus Billyclub and Total Bloody Chaos – A chance to see this legendary act in Preston (or even the North West outside of a Rebellion Festival) is rarer than the proverbial hen’s gnashers – if you’re at all of the punk persuasion then you cannot possibly afford to miss this! Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm – Tickets £8 advance / £10 on the door. The Continental

Hello BambooPterodactyls + Fighting –  Hello Bamboo (from Preston) headline an eclectic night of music, with their mad-hatter arrray of surreal and funny songs. They deal with very profound subject matter such as David Gest, the cycle of domestic abuse, and how much of a shit Nosferatu is..Friday 23rd March, 8pm.FREE. The Mad Ferret

Baboon and Bingo Bay – The most fun you can have stood up with a pint. Saturday 24th March. The Bitter Suite.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul club night – The curry-devouring, last-surviving human of Red Dwarf fame will be manning the decks and displaying his wealth of funked up knowledge. Support from The Templebys and The Milk (Live). Saturday 24th March, 10pm-3am. Advance: £12.50 Public / £10 NUS. 53 Degrees, UCLAN.

Leyland Band – Brass on Broadway – Lancashire’s finest in brass. Saturday 24th March 7.30-9.45pm Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, UCLAN (map)

Theatre & Comedy

O’ Mice and Men – Black Box Theatre Company present a brand new piece inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men. Thursday 1st March. Tickets are £7 full price on the night, £5 for advance and concessions. The Continental

Organised Mike – An electric mix of Comedy, music, magic, poetry and theatre. Saturday 3rd March. 8.30-10.30pm. The Adelphi

The Boy with The Tape on His Face – Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting. “A deliciously skilful hour, some of the set pieces are simply joyous, sometimes mesmerising” – The Times ****. Monday 19th march 8pm. Tickets £8/£7. The Frog and Bucket


The Preston Geekup – Bring out you inner nerd. Monday 20th february, 7.30pm – Free entry. The Continental

Outing the Past 2  – a day of talks and displays celebrating the ‘hidden history’ of Lancashire’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, past and present!. FREE EVENT, including refreshments, but places are limited. Wednesday 25th February, 10.30am – 4pm. Call or email Kathryn on 01772 536795 or to reserve your place. Lancashire ArchivesLancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE, UK

Curators talks at The Harris – There are a variety of interesting talks happening in February/March. Look out for: Preston’s first library -the legacy of Dr. Shepherd Wednesday 22 February 6.30pm-8pm; Fashion in Focus – Vivienne Westwood Wednesday 14 March 1pm-1.30pm; The treasures of Preston’s oldest library Thursday 29 March & Saturday 12 May 2pm-4pm.

Local Heritage for Local People: When is a Building Worthy of Protection? –  This lecture will explore the historical background to listing and the evolution of the listing system. It will uncover how for many years the principles used in the selection of listed buildings were held secret from the public, and investigate whether an entirely new approach will benefit or perhaps put at risk this country’s heritage. The simple question what is heritage will be examined, as will the notion that one person’s treasure might be another’s carbuncle. By Chris, O’Flaherty, Lecturer, School of Built and Natural Environment. Wednesday 21 March 2012 Darwin Lecture Theatre. UCLAN.