Weekly Newsletter (10/01/24)

  • Published on: 12th January 2024
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The Songs the Beatles Gave Away

Sat 17 Feb, 7.30pm

BBC’s Whispering Bob Harris and author/music journalist Colin Hall talk you through their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles, including rare archive from Bob Harris’ collection of interviews with Lennon & McCartney.

By 1963 the pair had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to be offered to other artists for recording and the Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor-made outlet in artists such as Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly.

This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’

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Call Out for Evening Class Tutors

Deadline for submissions: Fri 02 Feb
Courses to start week commencing 26 Feb

An Lanntair invites proposals from Artists of all art-forms who are interested in teaching a series of art classes. Our art classes allow adults to learn diverse new skills in a wide range of art-forms. Whether you are a dancer, musician, visual artist, designer or actor, we’d love to hear from you if you have specialist skills that you can teach to others. You don’t need to have taught before, just be accomplished in your chosen practice and passionate about sharing your skills.

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Creative Connections – Winter Drawing

Mondays: 19 Feb – 25 March, 2.30pm-4pm
Free, but booking essential

This weekly drawing workshop with artist Kate Temple will focus on taking inspiration from our seasonal homes and gardens. We’ll explore natural materials and objects, to create some experimental drawings. Be prepared to have fun, try out surprising materials and new techniques, in an informal and supportive environment.

Creative Connections is a series of free creative workshops for adults over the age of 60 in the Western Isles who feel isolated as a result of their circumstances – be it geographical remoteness, disability or any other disadvantage.

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Artist Gathering

Fri 26 Jan, 6pm
Free, but booking essential

This month includes a special appearance by Kim McAleese, director of Edinburgh Art Festival, who is visiting Lewis as part of our Artist Support programme. Originally from Belfast, Kim, pictured above, was previously programme director of Grand Union in Birmingham and has worked on art projects as far afield as Buenos Aires, Mexico City and San Francisco. An experienced curator,  in 2021 she was on the jury for the Turner Prize, and was recently on the jury to select the artist for the British Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale.

Also appearing in January will be Lewis-based Gaelic visual artist Mairi Gillies, who has worked on numerous projects with An Lanntair. For our first Artist Gathering of 2024 Mairi will be focusing on how the long dark hours of winter have shaped her work, which has previously included workshops supporting people to “discover the creative potential of darkness”.

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