Dance taster day proves a hit

Students from across the county put their dance moves to the test last week when they experienced a day in the life of a Dance student.

More than 60 youngsters aged 13 to 16 years old took part in the taster day, joining lecturers from the BA (Hons) Dance course, including Programme Leader Kirsty Russell.

They were also joined by some of the course’s current students, who treated them to a private performance of one of their routines and shared with them some of their experiences as Dance students.

The day was packed full of activities including high quality contemporary technique classes, creative choreographic sessions, performance screenings and tours of the campus, all designed to give them first-hand experience of what the course has to offer and what it’s like to study Dance in Lincoln.

Ormiston Maritime Academy was just one of the schools who got involved in the day. Teacher, Mark Hallam, said the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said: “The school was really keen to bring the pupils along and to give them the opportunity to see what they could get involved in. A lot of the students have never given dance a go before so it’s a really nice opportunity for them to see what’s available and what it could be like to study it at university level”

Kirsty Russell, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Dance, said: ““Here at Lincoln it’s really important to us that we engage with as many youngsters as possible. Some youngsters may really enjoy dancing but not realise the opportunities there are to study it at University.

“We had a great day showing them what opportunities there are and what we have to offer here in Lincoln – now we can’t wait for the next taster day in July!”

If you know a school who’d like to get involved in a future taster day, or if you would be interested in dance workshops at your school please contact:

Mardi Gras Requiem

An online auction of artworks to raise money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Exhibition of artworks at Project Space Plus, Lincoln 19-28th July 2017, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.

Lincolnshire based artist and University of Lincoln lecturer, Andrew Bracey has organised an online auction of over 70 artworks to raise money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. The auction has been organised by Andrew in memory of his father, John Bracey who died of a heart and lung related illness last year. The artists involved have all generously donated their work for free and all money raised will go to the charity. An exhibition at Project Space Plus Gallery, at the University of Lincoln will be on from 19-28th July, 10-4pm on weekdays, so people can view the works in person, with the final day of bidding of the online auction on 28th July.

A number of Lincolnshire-based artists are in the auction, including Phil Cosker, Danica Maier, Ashley Gallant and Nick Simpson. Other artists include Turner Prize nominee Fiona Banner, Northern Art Prize winners Pavel Büchler and Leo Fitzmaurice, Marmite Painting Prize winner Iain Andrews and Contemporary British Painting Prize winner Cathy Lomax, as well as the man who inspired the auction, John Bracey.

The unusual title for the auction, Mardi Gras Requiem, recalls John’s love of trad Jazz and his favourite piece of music, Verdi’s Requiem. The mixture of the celebration of Mardi Gras and the act of remembrance in the requiem seemed fitting.

Andrew said “ my aim for the auction is to raise a lot of money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, who are one of the foremost UK hospitals delivering heart and chest care and research. The added bonus is that by donating to this worthy cause everyone who makes the highest bid will get to have a new and fantastic artwork on their wall.”

He talks of how, “my dad always liked to be a bit different and is remembered fondly as a creative gardener and designer, maker of a 15 ft bottle house, real ale enthusiast, architect, thinking po (positively), woodworker and for having a unique sense of humour.”

To make a bid people should visit the website to view the artworks.

Exhibition of artworks at Project Space Plus, Architecture & Design Building – East Wing, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

19-28th July 2017, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.

For more details about Project Space Plus please visit:


LSFM students get the opportunity to work on project in peru !

A team on nine students from the Lincoln School of Film and Media got the amazing opportunity to work on a project in Peru with Challenges Abroad! Prior to the trip the team fundraised for the FutureSense Foundation, raising a massive £20,499 throughout the year.

Now the team, consisting of Matt Snellin, Amy-Louise Knowles, Holly McGratten, Yve Odell, Katie Sharpe, Sarah Edwards, Harry Marshall, Ellie Plummer and Joanne Newton are currently in Peru, working on their projects supported by the money they fundraised. For their project they will be running a media club at Chichubamba School in the Sacred Valley over 3 weeks helping the students their to create a piece of media. This could include an advertisement, some photographs or short videos for example. Once the project has finished, some of the students will be trekking the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu!

Have a look at some of the pictures we’ve had sent over so far:

You can see more pictures here:

For more info, the full itinerary is on their website:

There will be another opportunity with Challenge Abroad for students next year. Watch this space for more information:


Journey through social media hysteria in new digital artwork

The latest creative commission for the digital arts project will be revealed today (Wednesday 7th June 2017) in a new work examining the effect of social media storms on people’s political ideas.

Named ‘Histolyrical’, the online commission explores how social media influences our thought processes and asks the question: is the hysteria of social media compromising freedom of thought? is a unique online platform that enables young people to explore the legacy of Magna Carta through the lens of contemporary art.

Led by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with regional arts organisations, businesses, schools and the city and county councils, is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England and a host of national and international partners.

It launched in June 2015 at Lincoln Castle as part of the international celebrations on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of ‘the great charter’ and culminates in November 2017, marking the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and coinciding with Lincoln’s Frequency Festival of Digital Culture.

Histolyrical is the latest digital art commission for and arrives on the two-year anniversary of the platform’s launch. It has been created by artists Ben Peppiatt and Stephanie Bickford-Smith, who collaborated with a group of young people from Lincoln to develop the work.

Tracking the Facebook activity of volunteers from across the UK in the days leading up to the European Referendum in June 2016, the artists explored social media consumption, tone of voice and content positioning in those pivotal days before the vote, considering how social media influences thought processes through subliminal messages.

The online experience takes the viewer on a metaphorical train journey, where they gaze out of the window and are lulled by trance-inducing soundtracks. They must decide whether or not to allow their thoughts to be interrupted by those of others as words appear on the screen, either abandoning themselves to these random musings or banishing them with a click of a button.

Artist Stephanie Bickford-Smith said: “Social media sites are super-efficient platforms that aid connectivity and information exposure. Increasingly they are becoming our gateway to the internet. However these sites are designed for consumption rather than contemplation. With HistoLyrical we are interested in questioning the impact this has upon our ability to think and process information coherently and what a more contemplative solution inspired by offline behaviours could look like.”

The online experience is the fourth of five artistic commissions planned for It follows the success of ‘The Empty Throne’, a featurette on Magna Carta created by Lincoln School of Film and Media filmmaker Phil Stevens and Lincolnshire scriptwriter Laura Turner, ‘Time for Rights’ live video event by Tim Kindberg and ‘spaceREC’ soundscape project by Kathrin Böhm.

Dr Sarah Barrow, Deputy Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln and project lead at the University, said: “All the artworks produced for have examined themes of freedom, liberty and democracy in interesting and insightful ways and this latest work tackles one of the most pressing questions facing democracies today: the influence of social media on how we think and interact with one another.”

Histolyrical will be released on at 12 noon on Wednesday 7th June. For the full experience, Histolyrical is best accessed on a tablet or a computer. The website also features an interview with the artists and the story behind their commission.