MUSIC AND ARTS
The Pierian Centre hosts a range of events, from art exhibitions and book launches to film and acoustic music gigs. In addition to one-off events there are regular sessions like our Musicians Forum – and weekly, fortnightly or monthly workshops in activities as diverse as Improvisation, Didgeridoo and Zulu Gumboot Dancing.
Our art exhibitions are curated by Kath Cockshaw, the Pierian Centre’s Arts & Cultural Development Manager. They take place 3 times a year, showcasing work from the best of the region’s practitioners – and they fill 4 storeys of this beautiful Georgian building.
The biggest of these shows coincides with Refugee Week in June, and is a good example of our commitment to combining artistic excellence with community involvement. The exhibition runs for 9 days with workshops, discussions and special events bringing a wide range of people in to view work by or about refugees and asylum seekers.
2008 sees the launch of our regular Sunday night Film Club, and the first phase of a major regional exhibition called From Field to Feast. Longer term ambitions include a permanent Art Gallery and a room dedicated to the work of leading nineteenth century designer, William Godwin, who lived in Portland Square with his lover, the actress Ellen Terry.
Slavery, Power and Freedom in March 2007 produced the following reaction:
“Thanks for this incredible and interesting exhibition.”
Another visitor said:
“It gives me a deeper awareness of the colour of my skin,
of the struggles my race has gone through,
and a realisation that as I am part of the future generation of
young black people I should make more of an effort to achieve
the most I can because of what my African ancestors suffered.