Artbeat

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
Be whoever you want to be. What a good reason for going to an art gallery. The last word in fantasy personalities is catered for at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford in the ArtIMP exhibition, where there is a dressing-up corner to enable young visitors to compete with the monsters and dream characters some of them have been making.

Eight local primary schools have worked for a year, with backing from the DfEE's museums and galleries education programme, to make paintings and objects on strange and imaginative themes with the help of professional artists. Their inspiration came from eight works in the gallery collections.

This exhibition represents the culmination of the first part of a three-year programme. The next stage will involve 24 primary schools joining ArtIMP to develop ideas for teaching literacy. Until May 6. Information: Cartwright Hall, 01274 751212

Ancient Egyptians have arrived in Doncaster from Aberdeen and will soon be on their way to Bolton and Telford. Tutankhamun and the Treasures of the Pharaohs, which has already been seen by 12,000 children, consists of replicas of 300 treasures, 100 of which are objects found in Tutankhamun's tomb, including three golden sarcophagi and his famous golden death mask. Among the other exhibits are copies of the Rosetta Stone and a bust of Nefertiti.The replicas have been made according to ancient methods and are decorated, like the originals, with gold leaf and semi-precious gems. Information: www.egyptiantreasures.co.uk. School bookings for all venues via the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre: 01224 824824.

The Atticus Project at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch, designed to accompany the theatre's production of To Kill a Mockingbird, ends in an all-day debate for governors, headteachers and teachers tomorrow. Its theme, Creatively Tackling Racism in Outer East London, will be expressed in performance and discussion, with a presentation by students from Kingswood school, Havering, and Cumberland school, Newham, showing the result of a Queen's residency based on the novel. Jatinder Verma, artistic director of Tara Arts Thetre Company, will give the opening address. Phoenix Dance will lead all-day workshops on April 2 as a curtain-raiser to its performance on April 3. Information: Owen Gillum, 01708 456118.

The Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, known for its exciting, modern choreography, is in Manchester this week. Workshops, talks, lecture demonstrations and performances centre on a new 15-minute digital dance piece, Web, which includes projections and effects provided by new technology. Web provides the basis of the company's new piece, Phantasmaton, which can be seen next year. Information: 020 7928 6294, www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk

On March 28, Combination Dance will be performing as part of the annual Leap into Dance festival at the Richmond Theatre. Its programme of new pieces for different ages will include the results of work in local schools. Information: 020 8332 0534.

Visitors to the Education Show today and tomorrow will be pleased to find young musicians performing at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Today's delights include the Birmingham schools bhangra ensemble and De Ferrers high school choir from Burton-upon-Trent. Tomorrow, the steel pan band from Sandwell Music Service and the Dudley Music Service brass ensemble will perform. Music for Youth and the National Union of Teachers are responsible for this excellent innovation. Music for Youth's Birmingham Lollipop Prom, two free concerts for primary schools, is at Symphony Hall on March 26. Music for Youth: 020 8870 9624, www.mfy.org.uk

Primary school children are thinking big these days. One hundred of them took part in a world premiere, From Clocks to Stars by David Bedford, part of the Timepiece Project, on March 17. Three years in the making and lottery-funded, this provided an opportunity for different parts of the community to come together and help Harlow Chorus celebrate its 25th anniversary. Back at the Richmond Theatre, 800 children from 25 primary schools will be performing at a gala concert organised by Richmond Music Trust on March 30 as part of the Primary Schools Singing Festival 2001. Information: 020 8940 0088.


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