Former student David Wilby, a graduate from the MA Cultural and Creative Industries programme, assists Harrow Arts Centre as a representative to promote upcoming activities and offer advice to the programming team as a HAC Ambassador. The current season at HAC includes several events loosely based on the theme of Myth (not intended in the Barthesian sense).
The new exhibition ‘Painted Earth’ by Jane McAdam Freud draws on the imagery of Middle-eastern archaeological artefacts and opens at the Gallery at HAC on 5 February 2014. Painted Earth is a material contemplation on themes of ancient myth and future fantasies as expressed through the artform of sculpture. It engages both topography and linguistic modes of play and considers our relationship with the self and other. The exhibition continues until 2 March 2014.
Among this season’s highlights is a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Immersion Theatre group. Following their critically acclaimed staging of Measure for Measure, the group, known for their experimental approach, embark on their first UK tour. Set in Britain just before the start of the Great War, this charming adaptation sees some of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters transported to a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity.
Tickets available for the performance at HAC on Thursday 13 March 2014, 7.30pm, (120 min plus 20 min talkback) £10 / £8
Finally, Brand New Ancients is a spoken-word event produced in conjunction with the Battersea Arts Centre and showcasing the work of Kate Tempest, best known for her upbeat and energetic live poetry. Unfolding on the edges of the city, Brand New Ancients discovers the myths of modern times in the lives of two families as they collide, connect and come apart – all racing towards a violent conclusion. Tempest tells an everyday epic set to an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics. She finds the gods of todays are all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer than we think. Thursday 20 March 2014, 8pm, (75mins) £12 / £6 (ages 14+)
For further information and details on how to book tickets for any of the above events please see www.harrowarts.com