Lakes Alive 2018 announces new commissioning opportunity for artists
We are opening the door to the weird, wonderful and enchanting...
9 to 10 September 2017
Hawkdance Theatre, AbouTime Dance, The Merry Maker, Stanelli's Super Circus, Annie Coxey, Artspace, Anna Sorbie, Ben Dodge, Danny Clahane, Giddy Art, Graham Watson, Janette Phillips, Jo Vincent, Morecambe Bay, Proper Northern Yoga, Rebecca Callis, Space2create, TADesign
The Factory, Castle Mills, Aynam Road, Kendal, LA9 7DE
The Factory is easily accessible with events happening on flat ground. Some artist studios are upstairs.
Fuel your imaginations and taste buds. This dynamic collection of creative workspaces, home to some of Kendal's most creative minds, throw open their doors, inviting you to come, see and play.
Taster sessions include sculpting, felting, collage, textiles and glass work. You can also join Ben Dodge to create a Lakes Alive festival tote bag (charge for bag).
Breathing life into one of Kendal’s most impressive post-industrial sites, The Factory is a dynamic collection of creative workspaces and versatile event venues. It’s all happening here.
As The Factory swings open its doors to the many artists’ studios, we’ll also celebrate the best in Cumbrian fayre with food available to buy. There will also be some fantastic live music on both days.
The very wonderful Factory Tap will also be open serving the finest real ales.
Live Music at the Factory. Saturday 12-1.30pm / Sunday 2-4pm
Many artists will also perform at the Factory throughout the weekend:
Cotton by AbouTime Dance Saturday 9 September: 2.30pm
A captivating exploration through dance and sound-illuminating processes of cotton production, this new work is intertwined with traditional clog dancing, mesmerising sound design and intricate choreography. Performers from the local community work with professional dancers.
The Merry Maker by Kazzum Saturday 9 September: 1.45pm and 3.30pm, Sunday 12.15pm
This smile raising walkabout offers audiences a treat. Freestyle, interactive and created just for you. Nothing makes you merrier than a one minute rap on a three-wheeled trike. Merry Maker returns to the Factory on Sunday.
Pass by Hawkdance Theatre Saturday 9 September: 3.15pm
An unusual passer-by. Playful and emotive, this fluid dance performance looks at what would happen if stopped to notice the world around us.
Meet and work with these wonderful artists during open studios at The Factory Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September:
Annie Coxey: Try your hand at felting. Sunday 10 September 10-4pm
Artspace Exhibition and open studio. Saturday and Sunday 10-4pm
Ben Dodge Festival merchandise: Make your own Lakes Alive tote bag. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
BlueJam Arts Improvised choir taster session. Saturday 1-2pm
Bunting Making Build your own family flag and collect at the end of the weekend. Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
Danny Clahane The first sculpture mass made by the people of Kendal. Come and have a go! Saturday and Sunday 10-4pm
Graham Watson Create your own collage with a twist Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Giddy Art Open studio
Janette Phillips Watercolour. Open studio. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Jo Vincent Bespoke Glass work. Open studio. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Morecombe Bay Try your hand at archaeology. Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm
Proper Northern Yoga Mass Yoga, no experience necessary, mats provided. Saturday: 10am-10.45am
Rebecca Callis Ceramics. Open studio. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
Space2create Exhibition. Open studio. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
TADesign Open studio
Hideyuki Sobue fine artist
Anna Sorbie Bridal Bridal consultancy and head wear designer/production. Anna will be running mini-makeover tasters