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PRESS RELEASE: Lancashire Electric

7th October 2019 by Morven Macbeth


The atmosphere will be electric when visitors to Lancaster’s Storey Gallery are invited to take a journey through time this November.

Lancashire Electric will see rare archive footage from a century of life in the county projected into the gallery from November 1-7.

Lancashire Electric gives an air of nostalgia to Light Up Lancaster and is the latest work by imitating the dog whose stunning projections have previously featured in the festival, most notably at the Castle.

More intimate than the company’s previous works, Lancashire Electric allows visitors to move around and immerse themselves in moving images of childhood, work and play some of which will be screened on deckchairs hung in the gallery.

Themes include the changing relationship between people and the landscape – from rural Lancashire to the coast – particularly focusing on those who worked the land and those who enjoyed spending leisure time there.

It will also depict the changing face of the landscape including developments in housing and the impact of environmental change.

North West Film Archive’s material will be accompanied by a stunning soundtrack by Leeds-based band, Hope & Social.

One of imitating the dog’s Co-Artistic Directors, Simon Wainwright, is a musician with Hope & Social and another of the company’s Co-Artistic Directors, Andrew Quick is Professor of Performance and Theatre at Lancaster University’s Institute of Contemporary Arts.

For Lancashire Electric, imitating the dog have worked with lighting designer, Phil Supple whose previous projects include lighting the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation at the Tower of London in 2014.

Admission to Lancashire Electric is free. It is open from 5.30-10pm on November 1 and 5.30pm-7.30pm on November 2. Visitors are also welcome on November 4-6 from 10am-8pm and November 7 from 10am-5pm.

Two free talks will further explore Lancashire Electric’s themes.

On November 2 at 2pm in The Storey Lecture Theatre, Chief Executive of Morecambe Bay Partnership, Susannah Bleakley will explain our complex relationship with Morecambe Bay and in the Gallery at 6pm on November 6, Simon Wainwright will talk about the making of Lancashire Electric.

Lancashire Electric is a partnership project with The Dukes. It is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground, and North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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