Culture Calendar: February

'A Crack in the Window' performance documentation_cropOur run down of Cultural events happening in February…

Walls with Wounds
Until – 18 May
The Herbert
Free entry
Originally a graffiti artist spray-painting the walls of Bristol under the tag ‘Vermin’, Dale Marshall was sectioned in 1999 in one of Britain’s oldest asylums, St Lawrence’s Hospital in Cornwall. Walls with Wounds draws inspiration not only from graffiti and Marshall’s time at St Lawrence’s, but also from his studio, a former Victorian workhouse in North Wales, its decaying walls inscribed by children over 100 years ago.
Each painting is inspired by a dramatic memory and represents a healing journey through physical destruction and repair.  Marshall’s layered, multi-media works consist of a symbolic language of abstract expression and mark making.  The result is a series of vibrant, powerful works documenting his personal journey from rebellion to rehabilitation.

A Crack in the Window, Dennis Isou (pictured above)
A3 Project Space
20 February, 6.30pm | @a3projectspace
Free – Book via A3 website
Dennis Isou is the pseudonym for the collaboration between recent graduate artists Mark Bleakley and Josh Wilson. The artist-duo, based in Newcastle, will be in resident at A3 Project Space during February as part of Connect/Exchange funded by Northern Film & Media.
Their artist residency will culminate in a performance of ‘A Crack in the Window’, produced in collaboration with a regional actor and sound artist. Through fictional writing, film, installation and performance. Their table top performance explores the act of ‘spectating’ and will pull the audience in and out of out of a trance-like state of immersive viewing.

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
The HOUSE at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
20 – 22 February | @birminghamrep
£12.50 to £25 (concessions available)
Talawa Theatre Company and the National Theatre take Errol John’s “bruising, brilliantly witty play” (Time Out) on tour after its critically acclaimed run in London in 2012.
In Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
21 February, 1pm
An audio described tour of A Big Bang: The Origins of the Pop Art Collection Part 1 for people with visual impairment. Free entry, drop in.

Craft Club
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
22 February, 11am-1pm
A forum for anyone interested in making things together. Practice your craft and share skills and information with like-minded people. For everyone from beginners to experts. Please bring along your current project to the session.

Textile Group
Bilston Craft Gallery
26 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
£3 per session
If you are a textile maker or simply interested in textiles, then the Textile Group is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people in a creative environment and swap knowledge and skills.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
26 February, 11am-12pm
Regular conversation club for people 50 years and over, offering a chance to relax and enjoy a chat about the topic of the month, supported by objects from the handling and reminiscence collections.

Foundry Night
The DOOR at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
27 February | @birminghamrep
£5 (concessions available)
New stories, new voices and new visions of the world. As The REP moves into the next phase in its remarkable history they are offering a new, yearlong development programme, REP Foundry, for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands.
The selected artists will present their work in progress at REP Foundry Nights. These scratch performance nights will provide a unique insight into how new theatre is formed and staged. Be the first to see work from REP Foundry artists throughout 2013.
REP Foundry Nights take place on the last Thursday of the month at 8.00pm

Never Try This at Home
The HOUSE at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
28 February – 8 March | @birminghamrep
£12.50 to £25 (concessions available)
In the year 1609, brilliant scientist Galileo makes an astonishing discovery that will change the world. But as he sets out to prove that the earth moves around the sun he creates uproar and finds himself facing the wrath of the church.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
28 February, 5.30-8pm
Enjoy an after-hours preview of the new exhibitions the BP Portrait Award 2013 (opens 1 March) and New Art West Midlands 2014. A not-to-be-missed introduction to the spring season at Wolverhampton.

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