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13th - 27th October


Souvenir brochure including full programme of events and locations



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Welcome to Heswall Arts Festival 2012 You told us last year that you wanted more so we have it for you: bigger, better and even more inclusive. For those who think their Festival Director never does anything other than music and festivals the image alongside here shows her enjoying the potential danger of skiing amongst crevasses and seracs above Chamonix. Why? Because life can be about taking risks, it can be about becoming a rounded person, it can be about trying new ideas and having a go: you may enjoy it! This is what our Festival is experimenting with for 2012. We have stepped out in parallel to the classical core Arts world to bring you the Heswall Fringe. It is all still Art in many different guises and we hope you will experiment with a few of the new ideas on show. Perhaps a poem composed in a phone box? Music for electric violin? Hairy Day? Foodie Day? The Battle of the Bands? Learning how to speak and sing? Telescopes on Heswall cliffs? How to take better photographs? Creating your Mosaic? Hot from the BBC, Keith Wilson with music and some odd words in Stables Wine Bar? And many more besides. We have a “not to be missed” grand opening concert with Orchestra dell’Arte playing a spectacular programme. Birkenhead Operatic Society and the Orchestra become the Tivoli Players on the closing night in their take on “The Good Old Days”: your opportunity to have fun, to sing along and to dress in whatever you can find relating to the period. In between these two star events we have recitals from Ian Buckle (piano), Delyth Jones (celtic harp), Stewart McCoy (Lute and Theorbo) and 18th century music on period instruments from Northern Baroque. Both Riverside Players and the Woolgatherers have performances this year and the wonderful Dean Johnson is back with his West End version of Bullets and Daffodils. The Heswall Art Trail has had so many artists applications for inclusion that we have almost run out of host venues but it will be great to see and to buy real artwork at firsthand. We have a vision that Heswall can support those starting out on their professional careers and so we would love you to be in Heswall Hall on 14th October, amongst some critics and agents, to see and hear what may be the next big name in show-business. We are very grateful to the Hall Trust for their support in giving us the use of the Hall for The First Rung. Also new this time is a chance to discover the fantastic work of Heswall Day and Care Centre and to see and hear pupils from Wirral Grammar School. Gordale Nurseries will be at Foodie Day, Andrew Collinge and Christopher Boynton at Hairy Day: the names keep on coming. Which brings me back to taking risks and trying new things. The organisers, who are all volunteers, have given huge amounts of time and energy to create two weeks of experiences for you to try and to enjoy. Please support them and all the highly talented artistes here to give you a feel-good factor. Your donations and your feedback will be welcome anytime.

Dr Valerie Warr

Festival Director Manager, Orchestra dell’Arte 3

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PATRON “Time has flown by in the 12 months since the last Festival. When I met with Valerie your Festival Director earlier this year, I was delighted to hear about the success of your programme in 2011 and the exciting plans for the coming season. I’m delighted to be associated with the Festival, in this my birthplace as your Patron, and I’m particularly pleased to hear about your vision to begin to support and encourage the early years of young professionals through The First Rung. It is harder than ever to make those first steps and it would be wonderful if you could find a way to put this work on a more permanent basis with financial benefactors and other assistance. Heswall could be a leader in this field in the UK and that would be something to celebrate. Rarely is an Arts programme as eclectic as the one on offer here and I hope the fortnight is a tremendous success. Sincere thanks to all the artists and volunteers who give their time and expertise so generously and of course to the sponsors and businesses for their support and confidence.” Stephen Hough

Tickets for most events are available from

Rotary International in the Wirral, and in particular the Rotary Clubs of West Wirral, Heswall, Mid-Wirral and North Wirral support the Heswall Arts Festival. Cees Parmentier President Rotary Club of West Wirral 4

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Events & Venues 2012 Saturday 13th October 12 noon The Telephone Box, Heswall Town Centre, Telegraph Road Keith Wilson The Red Box Gig

Number 7 in an esoteric series of 50 ... This is a special free event as part of the Festival launch and a precursor to his club gig at Stables next Saturday. Sharp-tongued poet, musician, playwright, TV presenter, philosopher and performer Keith Wilson will perform a short set in and around the public telephone box on Telegraph Road. He has already played six other Red Box gigs in different parts of the country and all of them were packed to the rafters!

Saturday 13th October 1.00pm - 4.00pm Royal British Legion, Heswall The Battle of the Bands Register your group with Rocky Everton. Simply call 07985 541653 or by email Equipment will be provided but please bring your own guitars. The prize ... A day in a recording studio!


Sat 13th Oct FRINGE EVENTS in the streets Wirral School’s Concert Band 11am - 1pm at the Fire Station Face Painting and Balloons throughout the day outside WH Smith Heswall Flower Club outside Tesco showing floral arrangements Mersey Morris Men will perform around Heswall from 11am Festival Tree Decorations around Heswall by local young people Wirral Grammar for Boys sketching at Kitchen Design and their musicians (in distinctive blue T shirts) will be busking around Heswall Street and Cafe poetry readings

Saturday 13th October 10.00am - 3.00pm Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall Admission free Contemporary Craft, Art and Design Fair

Organised by Barbara Meynell. Barbara is a textile designer/maker creating batik silk scarves and printed ties. At this event there will be around 20 artists and makers displaying and selling a wide variety of high quality work.

Saturday 13th October 11.00am Linghams Admission free Journey to Chocolate - a book signing with Ann Girling Saturday 13th October 1.00pm - 4.00pm St Peter’s Church Hall, Lower Heswall Admission free The Property Design & Improvement Roadshow

A presentation by on how to renovate, extend and develop your home. This is followed by an opportunity to discuss and receive practical advice on your property queries. Refreshments will be served. 6

Saturday 13th October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £15 (concessions £14) from Linghams or call 0151 336 3618 The Opening Concert with Orchestra dell’Arte Conductor & Artistic Director Edward Peak Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare

Richard Strauss

Spartacus, Adagio (The Onedin Line)


Jazz Suite No 2 Dmitri Shostakovich Interval Scheherazade, Opus 35 Rimsky-Korsakov An evening of delightful and colourful music to get our Festival off to a great start. Under Edward’s baton the Orchestra will ensure you can relax in the stories of Scheherazade and Spartacus and admire the great compositions of Strauss and Shostakovich (including his very famous waltz used in the film “Eyes Wide Shut”).

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Sunday 14th October 11.00am - 4.00pm Heswall Hall Tickets are not required - but your donations are welcome on the day

The First Rung

A day for aspiring artistes and performers of all kinds to showcase their skills. Come at any time to see, hear and support the stars of the future. Heswall Arts Festival is keen to help performers on the first rung of the ladder to success! Artistes are travelling to Heswall from all over the UK and genres include opera, saxophone, electric violin, drama and bands. The full programme of performers will be published inside and outside Heswall Hall before the event and you will have the opportunity to give feedback about the performances in writing on the day. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Monday 15th October 1.30pm - 2.30pm Heswall Centre, 286 Telegraph Road - Free entry A Ferry Ride to Fame

A learning disabilities drama production. This is short play about a Mersey Ferry trip to an Awards Ceremony.

Monday 15th October 7.30pm The Ravenscroft, 5 The Mount, Heswall - Free entry Poetry at The Pub - LIVE poetry and music by local performers Food and drinks available until 11.00pm. Raffle. For further details call 0151 342 9886 or 0151 342 4425.

Tuesday 16th October 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Heswall Hall Tickets £4 from Linghams in aid of St John’s Hospice ‘Palm Court’ - Easy listening with ‘Dual Harmony’ violin, piano & song With guests the ‘Arvensis’ string quartet. 8

Tuesday 16th October 3.30pm - 4.30pm Linghams Tickets £4 (strictly limited to 10 people) from Linghams Life-writing: Memory Tales – fact + fiction

Presented by Lonely Furrow Company, Elizabeth Gates.

Tuesday 16th October - Hairy Day! 6.00pm for 6.30pm Andrew Collinge Hairdressing, 127 Telegraph Road, Heswall Numbers limited - please book early on 0151 342 1002 The Art of Hair

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne followed by an informal presentation which will focus on different hairstyles and techniques as well as catwalk trends in make-up and nails.

Christopher Boyton Salon, 150-152 Telegraph Road, Heswall Calling all budding hair artists - Create a New Hairstyle!

We are offering young people a unique opportunity to enter a competition to design a new hairstyle during the Festival. There will be an exciting prize for the winner to be presented on 16th October. For more information about entry please visit the salon or call 0151 342 9727.

Tuesday 16th October 8.30pm Royal British Legion, Heswall Donations please The Peninsula Jazzmen - An Evening of Jazz

Come and tap your feet to the great sounds of our own Peninsula Jazzmen! The Band was established in 1984, laying their first claim to fame by playing at the Liverpool International Garden Festival and sharing the bill with Acker Bilk and the Black Eagles. Regular members are: Roger Higham – Trumpet / Cornet, Ian Robertson – Trombone, Dave Dixson – Clarinet / Soprano & Alto Sax (leader) Mike Swift – Banjo / Guitar / Harmonica, Ali McDonald – Bass Guitar / Guitar Graham Conrad – Drums. Further information from: Dave Dixson 0151 342 8305. 9

Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st October Various times The Glegg Arms, Gayton Roundabout Live sketching, cartoons and caricatures

Look out for Paul Wilcox who will be sketching in the bar! Paul will create your image in caricature. A3 sketches are available to buy for around £7.00.

Wednesday 17th and 24th and Thursday 18th and 25th October 12.30pm - 1.30pm The Beacon, Telegraph Road ‘Hot Potatoes’ at the Heswall Arts Festival

Come along for a good value potato lunch and discussion at the Beacon. We’ll be offering baked potatoes followed by a short debate on one of the hot potatoes relating to faith. For example we’ll ask, ‘Should society accept same-sex couples for marraige?’. Join in the conversation or come along for lunch and just enjoy the debate.

Wednesday 17th October Acclaimed in the West End! 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) from the Hall Bullets and Daffodils - Dean Johnson’s sell-out West End production following in the footsteps of the iconic war poet Wilfred Owen. An evening of music, dance and spoken word. A passionate tribute to Wilfred Owen. www.


Thursday 18th October 8.00pm - 10.30pm The Ravenscroft, 5 The Mount, Heswall Free Alex Smith Live - The best of electric violin

Thursday 18th October 7.30pm - 9.30pm Linghams Tickets £4 from Linghams ‘In Concert at Linghams’ - music for the Lute

Stewart McCoy - an international teacher and player of early music - will play and talk about music for the lute and theorbo.

Thursday 18th October 9.30pm The Jug and Bottle, Mount Avenue, Heswall - Free entry The BIG MUSIC quiz

An interactive music quiz - look at the big screen and plasma tv’s to answer the questions. Entry is free. Cash prize to be won.

Thursday 18th October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £6 (Adults) £4 (Children) from Linghams or call Bernie on 0151 342 6918 Heswall Music Showcase

A lovely evening of well-known music performed by local musicians and singers of all ages. This is a show designed to appeal to everyone, featuring light classical, jazz, instrumental pieces and popular songs. Proceeds from this event will go to the Our Lady & St John Meeting Room Appeal Fund. Bar open from 7pm - 10pm. There will be an interval.


Friday 19th October 10.30am St. Peter’s Centre, Lower Heswall Admission: Donations appreciated on the day Human Voices

An exploration of the difference between speech and song. “I can speak but I can’t sing” “I can sing but my speaking voice is terrible” A talk will be given by Elizabeth Brame an experienced singing teacher who has recently returned to Heswall.

Friday 19th October 4.30pm The Jug and Bottle, Mount Avenue, Heswall - Admission free Art demonstration and live flamenco music! Artists: Sue Boardman and Lisa Robinson Guitarist: Michael J Andres

Sue works in textiles, collage and acrylics to create pieces that reflect the world around us. On Friday Oct 19th she will be working on a collaged piece, the subject being a jug and bottle! She welcomes visitors who can try their hand at creating their own mini-masterpiece. Her work can also be seen in the ‘With these Hands’ exhibition in Heswall Library during the festival. Lisa will be showing 5 images 24cm x 32cm in pencil, watercolour pencil & ink.

Flamenco guitarist Michael J Andreas will be playing to accompany the art events (and again on Friday 20th October)

Michael, a Spanish concertist & composer plays an acoustic guitar. He has a relaxed style & bags of talent. He will be playing all evening on Friday 19th and Friday 26th October to entertain diners while they enjoy their traditional tapas and paella in the Tapa Vista Restaurant. 12

Friday 19th October 7.30pm - 11.30pm Heswall Centre, 286 Telegraph Road £10 - tickets on the door 50’s Night!

50’s band, disco and buffet included. Get ready to rock n’ roll!

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £10 each or £70 for a table of 8 people available from Linghams Riverside Players Present: Dickens, Drood and the Best of Tomes The year is 1869. Join us as we meet some of Dickens’ unique characters in scenes from his famous, and his less famous works! The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist, The Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, The Signalman, Our Mutual Friend, David Copperfield and the Old Curiosity Shop, all explored and put into context, using Dickens’ own words. An entertaining and informative journey through the works of one of our nation’s greatest authors - writer, reformer and social commentator! A cast of three will bring to life 29 of Dickens’ most loved characters with dramatic style and flair!

Sat 20th Oct FRINGE EVENTS in the streets Heswall Concert Band 11am - 1pm at the Fire Station Mold Town Band 1pm - 3pm at the Fire Station Cakes by Kirsten 11am - 12 noon and 1pm - 2pm at Goulds The Heswall Mosaic will be created at the Day Centre Festival Tree Decorations around Heswall by local young people Wirral Grammar for Boys sketching at Kitchen Design and their musicians (in distinctive blue T shirts) will be busking around Heswall Street and Cafe poetry readings 13

Saturday 20th October - Foodie Day! Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall Admission 50p The Art of Food

Come and watch fascinating demonstrations of cup-cake decorating, sugar sculpting, scone making, bread making and much more. Gordale Nurseries will show food from your garden. Buy delicious locally produced foods, plants, herbs and cook books.

Saturday 20th October 11.00am - 2.00pm Heswall Centre, 286 Telegraph Road Heswall Centre - Open Day

Heswall Centre is an establishment for adults and young people who have learning and physical disabilities. It is supported by a registered charity Heswall Parents & Friends Association. The Association helps raise money to further the many activities which take place at the Centre. This year the Centre has opened a Sensory Garden and a Cafe which is open to the public. In spite of all this amazing activity, the staff and people who attend the Centre have found time to take part in the Heswall Arts Festival. The public are invited to visit the Centre on between 11am & 2pm on Saturday 20th October to take part in the latest project - a MOSAIC entitled SUN, MOON & STARS. The mosaic will be designed and made in-house but visitors are invited to contribute to the final stages. The finished piece will be 6ft by 4ft and will be erected outside the Centre for the whole community to enjoy. Homemade crafts and produce will also be on sale during the day. The centre is also decorating a tree on Telegraph Road. The decoration theme is Wind Chimes & Outdoor Sculptures. 14

Saturday 20th October 7.00pm Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Station Road, Thurstaston Admission free

Wirral Star Party with the Liverpool Astronomical Society and Wirral Rangers

There will be telescopes to look through, entertaining and informative talks, things to see and buy as well as plenty of people on hand to give advice on getting involved in the fascinating science of Astronomy. There is plenty of free car parking space. Please remember to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions - even if it rains we will be there. Come along and learn a little about the universe around you! For further information contact 0151 220 8718 or 0151 648 4371.

Saturday 20th October 8.00pm Stables Wine Bar, Heswall Tickets £5 from Linghams Keith Wilson Oxymoron: Unplugged, Unshaven and Unpredictable…

Sharp-tongued poet, musician, playwright, tv presenter, philosopher and performer, Keith is colloquial, razor sharp and erudite. Lyrically smart, his words are drawn from life’s warp and weft and his music straddles an art-rock backdrop somewhere between Zappa’s improvisation and the The Bonzo Dog Band’s post-music hall vibe. He’s funny and morose: angry and incisive. His live work constantly shifts between stand up and stand out. Born in Kensington in Liverpool, he has worked extensively throughout the UK and Europe as an Actor, Writer, Director, Stand-Up Poet and Musician - occasionally simultaneously... As a headline act (both solo and with his band) he is much travelled and during a hailstorm of former lives has opened for numerous acts including the Jam, Buzzcocks, Ultravox, the Police, Big Country, Steve Marriott, Nik Turner, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, the Damned, Blondie, the Stranglers, Joe Strummer and Billy Bragg. Keith will be reading from his book ‘IRRITABLE VOWEL SYNDROME’ and performing material from his two solo albums ‘SLIP OF THE TONGUE’ and ‘RAPSCALLION BOP’ as well as previewing his forthcoming long player ‘L6 BOOMSLANG.’ Plus Support and Special Guests ...

‘Keith Wilson is Shakespeare, Lennon, Brian Wilson, Pele, Adrian Henri and Gypsy Rose Lee rolled into one’ MICK ORD BBC RADIO ‘Anyone who rhymes Charlie Mingus with Aer Lingus is fine by me’ FRED DELLAR MOJO ‘Original and unusual, he seems to be able to put a dryly sardonic twist on pretty much anything’ MARK POWELL METRO 15

Monday 22nd October 1.00pm St. Peter’s Centre, Lower Heswall Tickets £5 from Linghams or 0151 342 3587 A Lunchtime Recital by Ian Buckle - piano presented by ‘Friends of the Phil’.

Programme to include works by Beethoven, Byrd, Couperin, Debussy and Timothy Jackson. Tea and biscuits available from 12:30pm. For further information contact Alan Bradshaw 0151 342 3587.

Monday 22nd October 1.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £5 - Discounts for parties of 10 or more Call 01384 423496 to book National Clown Theatre

Buckets of laughs and gallons of fun with a special family show for the half term holiday. Traditional slapstick, magic, circus acts, prizes and surprises!


Monday 22nd October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Admission £5

Advance booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from Heswall Hall, Linghams, or by contacting 0151 342 9269.

A Virtual Walk through Historic Heswall

The Heswall Society in support of the Heswall Arts Festival is pleased to host an illustrated talk by Jenny. With the aid of many old and modern photographs, Jenny will take the audience through an imaginary tour round the historic parts of Lower Heswall, using her extensive local knowledge to explain the history of the old buildings and of the people who lived in them. The presentation will start with a Cheese and Wine Reception at 7.30pm, followed by the talk at 8.00pm. 16

The Heswall Art Trail 2012 A four page pull-out section. Please visit the venues listed below. Many of the works are for sale. Do not be afraid to ask or contact the artist. EVENT: Tree Decorations ARTIST: Schools & young people’s organisations VENUE: Trees around Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th - 28th October. As you walk around Heswall take time to admire the work of our young artists displayed on the trees and give positive feedback and encouragement to youthful endeavour. No tree has been deliberately damaged during this exhibition! EVENT: Painting Exhibition ARTIST: Simon Birtall. VENUE: Avanti, Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13-27th October, Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-5.30, Sun 11-4 Simon Birtall is a local artist who creates figurative representations which represent abstract qualities. His work is influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and applying brush strokes over several layers he creates optical mixtures of colours, shades, shadows and light. Most of his recent works are landscape paintings in oil on canvas. Simon’s illustrations have appeared on book covers and greeting cards and are also used in advertising for a range of commercial clients. EVENT: ‘With These Hands’ Art exhibition ARTIST: Susan Lee Brown VENUE: Heswall Library, Telegraph Road. DATES/TIMES: Oct. 13-20th Mon- Fri 9-5pm, Weds 10-5pm, Sat 9-1, 2-5pm. ‘With These Hands,’ is a networking group for visual creative folks based in Wirral, living or working anywhere on the peninsula. The group has spawned many friendships and collaborations, exhibitions and projects between artists including those with international reputations. The nature of the group provides an eclectic variety of work for the exhibition. There will be a competition to name three sculptures and also a poetry reading.

Susan Lee Brown

EVENT: Three Artists: Painting Exhibition ARTISTS: David Brown, Rob Symington, Susan Lee Brown VENUE: Heswall Library, upstairs exhibition room. (disabled access) DATES/TIMES: Oct 20-27th, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm; Sat 9-1pm, 2-5pm. David Brown is mainly involved in painting in oils and drawing, with a particular interest in portraiture and life drawing, working from the live model. Twice past president of the Liver sketching club he is currently vice-president and honorary secretary to the Wirral society of arts. Susan Lee Brown is a multi-disciplinary artist, print maker and conceptual artist. Living and working on the Wirral peninsula has inspired many of her rural scenes, seascapes and cityscapes. Her pieces have been exhibited globally and include oil paintings and limited edition prints, etchings, linocuts and engravings. EVENT: ‘Seascapes’ - an Exhibition of Photograpy ARTIST: Mariathi Lainas VENUE: Heswall Medical Centre, Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: Oct 15-26th, Mon-Thurs, 8.30-6.00, Fri 8.30-4.45pm Awarded the photographic prize for the second year running at this years’ open exhibition at the Williamson Art gallery, Marianthi is a Hoylake based photographer specialising primarily in seascapes. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of the North West coast, the exhibition will feature some of her most recent work.

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EVENT: ‘Colour, Form and Texture’ Painting exhibition. ARTIST: Lesley Fisher VENUE: Thyme Out Cafe, Brimstage Road, Heswall Hills. (Artist in residence) DATES/TIMES: Oct 13-27th; Tues- Sat, 9.00-5.00pm A prize winning artist, Lesley has taught in Wirral schools and currently has an exhibition at the Gallery, Tresco, Scilly Isles. She paints landscapes, seascapes, street scenes and still life using traditional and experimental techniques and various media. Her visual message is ‘beauty,’ and she strives to capture something of the ‘sublime’ in her work. EVENT: ‘As Far as the Eye can See’ Art and photography exhibition. ARTIST: Graham Thew (with additional photographic works by Patty Thew.) Lesley Fisher VENUE: Harris Opticians, 175-177 Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: Oct 13- 29th, 9am- 5.30pm. Architect Graham now works as a professional artist and runs courses in watercolour and sketching. His work for the exhibition focuses on investigating the enigmatic concept which is The Horizon Line. To engage others, his work is presented by way of print, photography and words. His wife Pat will also exhibit her recent photographic work from their visit to the Venice Carnevale and the Uffizi gallery in Florence. EVENT: An Exhibition of Work. ARTIST: Karl Hughes VENUE: 107 Dining Room, 107 Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: October 13-27th; Mon-Sat, 12-10pm, Sun, 12-9pm. Karl graduated from De Montfort University in 1994 with a degree in Design Management. Since then he has worked as a commercial illustrator, for clients such as Trinity Media Group and Rolls Royce, and as an art teacher before moving into a management position in the software industry. Karl, a commercial illustrator, lives in Barnston with his young family and has continued to paint at home and during his travels abroad. He cites the ‘delicate intimacy’ displayed by Vuillard and the tonal qualities of Sickert as major influences on his approach. His most recent work explores concepts around genealogy, family history and memories creating small intimate, often monochrome, pieces which attempt to preserve ‘fleeting moments’ in pigment. Working mainly in acrylics the images he creates are purposely out-of-focus, blurred and employ ‘contre-jour’ effects that heighten their anonymity and ambiguity. EVENT: Images of Bhutan; Himalayan Mountain Kingdom. ARTIST: Claire Glasscoe, Digital Photo Art Ltd. VENUE: Rocky Lane Dental Practice, 2 Rocky lane, Heswall. DATES/TIMES: Oct 15-19th and Oct 22-26th. Mon 08.00-16.00, Tues 09.00-17.30, Wed 09.00-13.00, Thurs, 10.00-19.00, Fri, 08.30-16.00. The event presents a selection of 9 Giclee photographic prints from a recent exhibition at Ness gardens. These are signed limited prints on fine art paper with pigment inks produced to archival standards. They will be displayed in the reception and waiting areas. Calendars and greeting cards will also be for sale.

Claire Glasscoe

EVENT: ‘Enchanting Escapes.’ Exhibition of paintings. ARTIST: Ruth Piper VENUE: Destination Anywhere, Travel agency, 21 Milner Road Heswall DATES/TIMES: Oct 13-27th, Mon- Fri 9.30-5.30, Sat 10.00-3.00pm Ruth’s sketches, made on her travels in Italy and India, are the inspiration for her paintings. Her interpretation of these various scenes is characterised by the use of thick oil paint to create texture.


EVENT: Exhibition of paintings and sculpture ARTIST: Subhash Lal VENUE: Cain of Heswall, The Glegg Arms, Heswall DATES/TIMES: Festival duration. Shop & restaurant hours ‘I am essentially a self taught and instinctive artist. My visual perceptions come from my Indian background. The technique of ‘wishy-washy’ watercolours which I adapt brings out the dreamlike transition in colours in space. I envisage that my work will make people feel the bliss that I feel when painting my pictures and that it will give an impression as to feel this again and again.’

EVENT: Painting display ARTIST: Rachel McMahon VENUE: Stuart Neville and Maxwell Hodge, Heswall DATES/TIMES: Oct 13-27th, shop hours. Rachel has just finished her foundation art degree at Liverpool Community College with a distinction and is hoping to take up a place at LIPA on their Theatre and Performance Design course. A Heswall girl, her work is of local scenes and ranges from acrylic paintings to mixed media work. EVENT: Open Exhibition, Dee Fine Arts Gallery, VARIOUS ARTISTS ORGANISER: Sue Webster VENUE: Dee Fine Arts gallery, Telegraph Road, Heswall. 0151 342 6651 for more information DATES/TIMES: Oct 13-27th, 9.30-5pm, Mon-Sat. Amongst the artists showing are: Leanne Hughes Having completed an art and design course, Leanne is about to start a fine art degree course. She specialises in naive/folk art. She likes to ‘imagine the scenes’ which she paints, aiming to ‘help people escape into a world of simplicity and happiness.’ Her varied work includes abstract art and animals. George Evans George’s speciality is in taking daytime infrared photographs but he also enjoys capturing other subjects such as flowers and landscapes. He likes to add his own post-processing style to his photographic images. George has two photographic prints, ‘Abandoned on the Dee,’ and ‘Dawn over Llyn Dinas’ on display and his portfolio can be viewed at

Leanne Hughes

EVENT: Exhibition; Glass and Ceramics George Evans ARTIST: Alison Dooley, Lizanne Carter VENUE: The Stables Gallery, Brimstage Hall Courtyard, CH63 6JA DATES/TIMES: Oct. 13-27th, 10.30-5pm Mon-Sat, 11-5pm Sun. This charming small gallery is hosting a unique exhibition of attractive hand-built ceramics which may be wall hung, and also exciting free-standing glass and driftwood sculptures. EVENT: ‘Colour and Light.’ Painting display ARTIST: David Wilson VENUE: Cain of Heswall (Menswear) Castle Buildings, Heswall. DATES/TIMES: Oct 13-17th, shop opening hours. David is vice president of Deeside Art Group, a member of NEWA and Hon. Life Member of the Artists’ Club in Liverpool. The images displayed which capture light and colour so well, will feature acrylics of boats which are amongst his favourite subjects. EVENT: Exhibition of paintings ARTIST: Jo Jenkins VENUE: The Ravenscroft, The Mount, Heswall. DATES/TIMES: October 13-27th, 11.00am-11.00pm Inspired by colour, Jo’s work, in oil on canvas, is based on places she has visited. Some are abstract, others have more obviously recognisable features. EVENT: The Art of Knitting and Crochet VENUE: Voirrey Embroidery and Craft Centre, Brimstage Hall, Brimstage Village DATES/TIMES: Oct. 13-27th, 9.30-5.30 daily As part of our month long knitting and crochet festival we will have a special exhibition to highlight the growing trend and the artistic use of yarn in major art projects. 19

EVENT: Art Show ARTISTS: Wirral Grammar School for Boys VENUE: Kitchen Design Centre and Cain of Heswall (Menswear), Telegraph Rd, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th - 27th Oct. Shop hours All the items on display will be work that was submitted for A Level 2012. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Cities’ including images of Liverpool, Paris & other urban areas. The students artists were all from the Upper 6th Form and most will go on to University in September. They were given a free hand to produce what they wanted- hence the constructions and the great diversity in the practical work. Some of the Students have volunteered to act as “ artist in residence “ from time to time so the public can watch them in action! EVENT: Display of Paintings ARTIST: Kate Noonan VENUE: Gill’s Kitchen at Heswall Bus Station DATES/TIMES: 13th - 29th Oct. 9.30am – 4.00pm daily except Sun. “I’m a local artist & like to paint still life, wild life & landscapes. My hobbies include walking & photography which take me into the Lakes & North Wales, where I get my inspiration. I paint mostly in acrylic & exhibit with the North Wales Fine Art Group & also with several local groups” EVENT: Art Exhibition ARTIST: Valerie Marshall VENUE: Home Instead, Lower Village, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 15th - 26th Oct. 9.30am – 4.30 pm Fri. Valerie has combined her other great interest ~ the theatre ~ in this collection of Shakespeare – themed paintings on canvas. It depicts variety of characters in a unique setting. EVENT: Art Exhibition ARTIST: Helen Bennett VENUE: Heswall Chiropody, Milner Rd, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th - 27th Oct. 6.30am – 7.00 pm Mon. to Fri. Helen is showing some toe tickling images to divert Mary’s clients while they wait for their treatments. She is also exhibiting at the Contemporary Art and Design Fair 13th October at Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall. EVENT: Art Exhibition ARTIST: Frances Lee VENUE: Rubens Coffee Shop, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th - 27th Oct. Frances is a printmaker using traditional and digital printmaking processes. She is part of The Bluecoat Printmakers Group in Liverpool. The item on show is ‘Forest Solstice’ and is a mixed media silk screen print with gold leaf. Other digital graphic prints also available. A brand new design photo collage of scenes in Heswall will be launched which will be exclusively available at Rubens as a card. There is also a original collection of handmade jewellery uing using silver, copper and brass on show at Dee Fine Arts.


Virginia Tasker


See page 30 for more Art Trail and a great photographic competition

Tuesday 23rd October 2.00pm St Peter’s Centre, Lower Village Road, Heswall Admission £4 including refreshments from Goulds the Stationers or via website: or telephone 0151 336 8715. Please book in advance.

Heswall Photographic Society Taking Better Photographs - Illustrated talks and guidance

Do your photographs lack the ‘Wow!’ factor? Are you disappointed with your holiday pictures? Would you like to produce memorable images rather than just ‘snaps’? Whether you use a compact camera or a digital SLR camera, you can avoid elementary mistakes and produce photos to be proud of. You can attend any or all of a series of short, informal presentations and, if you wish, bring prints or images to discuss one-to-one with a club member. The presentations will cover: Landscapes – countryside, towns, villages and the seaside Family pictures, children and portraits, sports and events Gardens and nature Basic photo editing using your computer In non-technical terms we will show you how to get the best out of your digital camera, how to ‘WOW!’ your friends with your holiday pictures, and how to stop those lamp posts growing out of your partner’s head!


182 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral 0151 342 6657

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Tuesday 23rd October 3.30pm - 4.30pm Linghams Tickets £4 (strictly limited to 10 people) from Linghams Life-writing: Keeping a Journal - all you ever needed to know Presented by Lonely Furrow Company, Elizabeth Gates.

Tuesday 23rd October 7.30pm Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall Tickets £6 (£3 students and under 16) on the door Bite size Bard - Comedy, History and Tragedy

Designed to provide an accessible introduction to newcomers and an entertaining reminder to those familiar with Shakespeare, Bite Size Bard, is a presentation of some of Shakespeare’s best loved soliloques, scenes and characters. Specially adapted for the autumn tour 2012, this show features condensed versions of Henry V and Taming of the Shrew. For further information contact

Tuesday 23rd October 7.00pm - 9.00pm The Ravenscroft, 5 The Mount, Heswall Free Philosphy in Pubs - what is art for?

All welcome for debate, discussion and maybe a pint or two ...

Wednesday 24th October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £5 from Linghams, 0151 334 5546 or 0151 608 7355 Swan Movie Makers 100 years of Wirral, the Mersey and Liverpool on film A new programme from 2012 from Swan Movie Makers, Wirral. 22

Thursday 25th October Heswall Hall Admission ÂŁ1 each lecture (free to students & Heswall U3A members with membership card)



A series of lectures organised by the Rotary Clubs of West Wirral and Mid Wirral. Sponsored by Heswall U3A.


Fun with Combustion


Art and the Science of Seeing


Do we really have a choice?


Evolution of Stars

Mike Hayward, Head of Science, Birkenhead School

Dr. Donald McIntyre, Retired Physicist EA Technology, Capenhurst

Freewill and Determinism: A Scientist’s Perspective Dr. John Fry, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool

The development of Life and the Fate of the Universe Prof. Maurizio Salaris, Professor of Stellar Astrophysics: Liverpool John Moores University

Tea and coffee can be purchased during intervals. For further information please contact Dr Keith Foggin. Telephone 0151 625 4201 or email:


Thursday 25th October 1.00pm United Reformed Church Heswall Tickets £5 (children free with accompanying adult) Lunchtime Concert - Northern Baroque

Northern Baroque, a group of professional musicians specialising in Eighteenth Century music played on original instruments, will be performing Trio Sonatas for Oboe, Violin, Recorder and Continuo by Quantz, Vivaldi and J.S. Bach.

Thursday 25th October 3.00pm Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall Tickets £1.50 children (adults £3) available at the door Air Tales - Flying Fairies and Whirling Witches

by The Yarn Spinner Fiona Angwin is a regular storyteller at Castle Howard in York, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm on the Wirral and Croxteth Hall in Liverpool, as well as many other venues – indoors and out! Some of her stories are simply told, but many involve amazing, unique puppets, making her shows very visual. Performances are aimed at 4 to 12 year olds, but can be enjoyed by the whole family, including the grown-ups! (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Come and discover stories about Fairies repaying favour for favour, Flying Beds, Unicorns and the Mayan Bat who created a rainbow... 24

Thursday 25th October 7.30pm Linghams Admission ÂŁ4 Poetry of the Past and Present + Visual Arts + Live Music Chris Kinsey - Poet, Dramatist, Journalist and Critic Former BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year and Poet Laureate of Greyhounds! Walter Pierre - Accordionist Extraordinaire Open Book - An opportunity to read one of your own poems Snacks, Coffee and Wine available until 7.00pm. For further details call 0151 625 5829 or 342 4425.

Thursday 25th October 9.00pm Stables Wine Bar, Heswall Admission free Live Jazz with Parker-Schultz

Relaxed, easy listening jazz - over a glas of wine or two perhaps - with Alison Parker and Thomas Schultz.

Dual Harmony in Residential and Nursing Homes Following on from their concerts last year Dual Harmony are pleased to announce FREE CONCERTS in any Nursing Home in the Heswall area during the Festival. We will bring the Festival to you! One hour of easy listening violin, piano and song. Contact


Friday 26th October 3.30pm Glegg Arms Conservatory, Gayton roundabout Admission free Not One, but Two Live Poets!

Chester poets George Horsman and Heather Freckleton will be reading their work for you.

Friday 26th October 7.30pm - 11.00pm Royal British Legion, Heswall Tickets £8.50 from Linghams or see below Wirral Jazz Friends present Jazz Evening Spectacular

There will be lots of instruments, fun and singing from Bunter’s Imperials, including Temperance Seven stalwarts and the Jamie Brownfield / Liam Byrne Hot Four, one of the best young bands in the land will thrill and delight. There will be dancing to do or to watch and a New Orleans parasol parade. Our special nights are for fans to get together, really enjoy themselves and help Claire House. We have raised £35,700 so far! For tickets please send a cheque and stamped addressed envelope to: Wirral Jazz Friends, 22 Woodlands Road, Parkgate, Neston CH64 6RT Futher information from Clive Edwards on 0151 336 1190. 26


Saturday 27th October 2.00pm - 4.00pm Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall Tickets £2.50 The Woolgatherers of Heswall present an afternoon of One Act Play Readings and Poems Saturday 27th October 7.30pm United Reformed Church, Heswall Tickets from Linghams A Concert by Celtic Harpist Delyth Jenkins Delyth Jenkins plays the Celtic harp and her repertoire includes her own arrangements of traditional music from Wales and the other Celtic nations, although it is perhaps her own compositions that have made the most lasting impression. As well as playing solo, Delyth has also played in various groups including the highly acclaimed instrumental trio Aberjaber. She has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and America. “Delyth Jenkins is one of Wales’s most accomplished and compelling Celtic harpists.” Taplas

Sunday 28th October 3.30pm Heswall Hall Admission free A Celebration of Our Festival A short ecumenical service with the theme ‘A Tree for Life - Life of a tree’. Tree planting ceremony at the hall followed by tea and music. Contact Rev. Alan Leach or Rev. Gwynfor Evans. 28

Saturday 27th October 7.30pm Heswall Hall Tickets £15 (concessions £14) available from Linghams or by calling 0151 336 3618 We would love you to wear hats or costumes of the period if possible and join ... ALL TOGETHER NOW! ... in the choruses of famous tunes from the BBC programme

The Good Old Days Old Time Music Hall


w Presented by the Tivoli Players from Birkenhead Operatic Society (BOST) together on stage with the Tivoli Theatre Orchestra Musical Direction by Edward Peak “Audience control tonight will be YOUR OWN, YOUR VERY OWN for an evening of pulchritudinous miscellany of song and dance where the stars could be... CHIEFLY YOURSELVES!”


The Heswall Art Trail 2012 Stop Press additions. Please visit the venues listed below. Many of the works are for sale. Do not be afraid to ask or contact the artist. EVENT: Display of Wildlife Paintings ARTIST: Jean Hill VENUE: Mason Mclean,Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th-27th Oct 9am-5pm daily Mon-Saturday Jean is a mainly self-taught artist who took up painting 12 years ago at the age of 74! She specialised almost immediately in wildlife & has exhibited & sold at the prestigious annual NEWA exhitition at Gordale. Jean is a member of Heswall Astists & won the trophy for best Wildlife painting at this years’ summer exhibition. EVENT: Exhibition of Art & Craftwork ARTIST: Emily Atherton VENUE 1: Heswall Dental Practice, The Mount, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th -27th Oct. 9.30am - 5pm Mon - Fri VENUE 2: Contemporary Craft Fair, Good Shepherd Hall, Heswall DATE/TIMES: Sat. Oct. 13th, 10am - 3pm “Currently studying Surface Pattern & Printed Textile Design at the Leeds College of Art, I am inspired by my local area & try to source my images from the Wirral. My designs are influenced by coastal landscapes & details of nature.I have previously worked with paper & fabric & enjoy the hands - on experience of printmaking. My real passion lies in Interior Design such as wallpaper & stationery design.I enjoy the slow crafting processes of screen - printing & paper - cutting & watching my ideas develop into considered designs.” EVENT: Painting Exhibition ARTIST: Joe Venning VENUE: Gusto Restaurant, Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES : 13th - 27th October 2012 12.00 - 23.00 daily Since graduating from the prestigious Chelsea College of Art in 2003, Joseph’s work has evolved from “cold, minimal, conceptual installations into bold, graphic,unashamedly decorative paintings.” His popular paintings & drawings now combine highly detailed realism with vibrant colours,text & stylised, carefully designed, modren compositions. EVENT: Painting Exhibition ARTIST: Virginia Tasker VENUE: Abode 2 Let, Telegraph Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES : 9am - 5pm Mon - Friday “I am a freelance illustrator, living in Hoylake .I studied at North East Wales Instute in Wrexham. My work so far has been commissions in the areas of editorial, packaging & publishing. Clients include Marks & Spencer, Liverpool City Council, Cain’s Brewery, Cheshire Wildlife Trust & Merseytravel. This is my first venture into exhibiting.” EVENT: ‘The People’s Photographic Exhibition’ and Competition VENUE: Cetra Studios, 50 Pensby Road, Heswall DATES/TIMES: 13th - 26th October - 10am - 5pm Closed on Sunday The People’s Photographic Exhibition displays local photographers’ images, professional and non-professional. WE WANT EVERYONE TO GET INVOLVED AND SHOW OFF THEIR TALENT! Pop-in during the Arts Festival and vote for your favourite image. There are three categories: People, Nature and Places. To exhibit submit a maximum of one image per category at 300dpi with category name and email address to: Submission deadline Monday 8th October. All images will be printed by Cetra and displayed at the studio during the Festival. Artists cannot vote for their own image. The winner will be announced after the event at: Their image will be displayed in our window during November and the winner will receive a canvas of their print. 30

OUR APPRECIATION The Heswall Arts Festival would like to thank the following people for their part in making the 2012 Festival a success.

The Festival Committee

Local Businesses and Clubs

Valerie Warr

Rotary Club of West Wirral

Cees Parmentier

and other local Rotary Clubs

Nigel Smith

Heswall U3A

Deidre Waite

Linghams Booksellers

Hani Zakhour

Brian Howell (Creativo Design)

Keith Foggin

Edward Peak (Festival Films)

Chris Sullivan

Carol Wilson

Ann Warr

Heswall Magazine

Peter Wright

Heswall Business Association Christopher Boyton

Our Patron

Andrew Collinge

Steven Hough

Wirral MBC Gordale WH Smith Tesco

The festival committee are very grateful for the support and encouragement given by the Heswall Hall Community Trust. The Performers & the Venues

All the artists, performers and those behind-the-scenes. Staff and management of our many venues. A huge thank-you to the last minute helpers whose efforts do not go unappreciated! And finally thanks for all donations of raffle prizes.

Disclaimer In every case performers are responsible for the organisation and conduct of their own particular event. Heswall Arts Festival volunteer committee cannot guarantee the on-going accuracy of information supplied by the performing groups. Details can change so please check with the venue or telephone contact to avoid disappointment. 31

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Wirral Star Party with the Liverpool Astronomical Society and Wirral Rangers

Saturday 20th Oct 7.00pm Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Station Road. Admission FREE

25% OFF



Dee Fine Arts

182 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral 0151 342 6657

Thank you to:

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The Heswall Arts Festival needs YOU! We need your support as SPONSORS please. If you are a business there are opportunities for helping with financial support for artistes, promoting a concert or play, donating a raffle prize, offering a free venue or perhaps taking advertisement space in our literature. If you would like to be a Personal Sponsor, for a donation of ÂŁ10 (minimum) you will receive a free Souvenir Programme and be welcome to attend and speak at our AGM to influence the future of our Festival. Further information can be obtained from: e-mail: Telephone: 0151 336 3618 Your financial gifts are greatly appreciated and are vital to the success of our endeavours.

Heswall Arts Festival 2013 28th September - 12th October See you next year! 33

Heswall Hall & Library CH60 0AP

St Peter’s Church, Home Instead Centre CH60 0DZ

Heswall URC, Cain Menswear, Harris Opticians CH60 7SE

Ravenscroft Pub CH60 4RE

Church of Good Shepherd CH60 0DX

Cetra Gallery CH60 7RE

Dee Fine Arts, Rubens CH60 0AJ

Glegg Arms CH60 3SD

Linghams, Avanti, Heswall Centre, Stables CH60 7SG

Royal British Legion CH60 7RF

Heswall Chiropody Centre CH60 5RZ

Emma’s Coffee Shop CH60 0DX













Key to venues: Maxwell Hodge Solicitors, Gill’s Kitchen CH60 0AL Andrew Collinge, 107, Abode 2 Let CH60 0AF Christopher Boyton, Gusto CH60 0AH Jug and Bottle CH60 4RH Mason McLean CH60 0AD Kitchen Design CH60 0AG


Thyme Out Cafe CH60 1XF Rocky Lane Dental Practice CH60 0BY Destination Anywhere CH60 5RT Stuart Neville CH60 5RQ


T Tesco CH60 7SL

Heswall Methodist Church, Beacon Cafe CH60 0AE


Heswall Arts Festival 2012  

Programme of events

Heswall Arts Festival 2012  

Programme of events