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Why are works of art so socially important? (William H. Gass)

Originally posted on Biblioklept:
Why are works of art so socially important? Not for the messages they may contain, not because they expose slavery or cry hurrah for the worker, although such messages in their place and time might be important, but because they insist more than most on their own reality; because of the…

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ChippFest 2015, is the new incarnation of Chippenham Arts Festival

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
There is another new, or rather a reformed festival, on Wiltshire’s cultural landscape. ChippFest 2015, is the new incarnation of Chippenham Arts Festival. Andy Thatcher and Brian Reid at Chippenham FM decided to take up the challenge for this year when the original organisers decided to step down. It is…

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Ten things to celebrate about Swindon No 4: The sculptures. E: The Wish Hounds

Originally posted on Born Again Swindonian:
The Wish Hounds “And then he sought the dark-green lane, Whose willows mourn’d the faded year, Sighing (I heard the love-lorn swain), ‘Wishness! oh, wishness! walketh here.’” — The Wishful Swain of Devon. By POLWHELE. THE tradition of the Midnight Hunter and his headless hounds–always, in Cornwall, associated with…

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Guest blog: Russ Tunney talks about Blue Skies in Corsham

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
When I was in my late teens I was asked to programme music, comedy and theatre at an arts festival in the North West. It was not part of a scheme or structured mentoring programme (I don’t think those things existed back then). I was just the lucky…

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The Floating Cinema 2015

BRENTFORD TO BRISTOL & BACK AGAIN ‘The Floating Cinema On Tour’ presents a brand new summer programme of open air and on-board film screenings, performances, talks and events created for the waterways of the South East and West of England. This unique vessel will begin its epic journey from Brentford Lock, travelling along the Kennet…… Continue reading The Floating Cinema 2015

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Week 133 – Ben

Originally posted on People of Swindon:
“The arty people of Swindon are re-drawing, re-sculpting and re-imagining their town.” Hi! My name’s Ben and I’m dangerously into arty, creative stuff. Music, theatre, film, sculpture… You name it, I’ve probably tripped up a curb while daydreaming about it. I originally come from the North and moved to…

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Funding: Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

Originally posted on The Arts in Wiltshire:
The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications…