Category Archives: Arts

Place in Process at the Discovery Centre

There is nothing permanent except change. Now there’s a phrase. Often attributed to Heraclitus but possibly by some other clever old Greek but whoever said it first they had certainly noticed a key feature of the way the world works.

However much we may crave stasis and continuity (and most of us do really, lets be honest) what we get is change. People, relationships, places, nothing is constant.

A fascinating new exhibition, Place In Process, (at the Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes until April 22nd) and subtitled Landscapes of Present and Past Grimsby and Cleethorpes, reshaped and re-imagined) gives two artists, Cleethorpes born Dale Mackie and Nottingham resident Steven Ingman the chance to explore the changing nature of places in time, whether it’s urban dereliction and decay in central Grimsby or seasonal change in the resort areas of Cleethorpes.

Ingman has a long standing interest in the way in which our relationship with, and understanding of, environmental space is changed by the passage of time. His pictures in this exhibition show iconic places in Cleethorpes including the sea wall, the Fitties, the prom and the big wheel but with emphasis on their appearance in the off season.As he puts it –

“I enjoy the process of trying to understand an environment and its human interaction by exploring it through an inverted perspective. In my previous work I have contemplated the juxtaposition of night and day and derelict spaces in cityscapes. In addition, I am fascinated in the relationship between the natural and the man made world. Within these settings I delve into the layers of human history, change and narrative. I am constantly looking for the hidden stories and through the work I produce I aim to reshape the everyday, allowing the viewer to re-imagine, question and find new meaning..”

Dale Mackie on the other hand draws his inspitration from photographs of old Grimsby, showing buildings we have long since lost, often in the process of destruction. The images on display include the changing map of central Grimsby, a collage of departed businesses including many familiar names, and a series of monochrome drawings of local buildings in the process of neglect and/or demolition.

His pictures are infused with sadness at the losses to the town’s architectural history, particularly during the late 60s and early 70s when so much harm was done to the local environment, most notably in the Bullring area.

As he says himself –

“If I had been born in Grimsby I no doubt would have ventured into some of those old historic buildings the town had to offer. Now all I can do is look at the old photos online and agree with all the comments: “Why did we rip the heart out of Grimsby?”

It’s a fascinating exhibition for anyone with an interest in the way that our area has changed over the past few decades, admission is free and the show runs until April 22nd. For more information check out the Arts Meridian website and Facebook pages.


An exciting collaboration between La Luna Publishing, Barton based author Nick Triplow and students from Franklin College will reach fruition on Thursday 30th November when The Moon On The Water on Cleethorpes Seafront will host the launch of a new poetry collection entitled In Case of an Emergency. The book also features photography and original illustrations.

The launch will feature some of the young writers performing their work. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

The anthology has been produced with support from Arts Council England and their funding has meant that the young writers have had the opportunity to receive critical editorial feedback on their work from professional writers and editors Josie Moon and Nick Triplow. They have also benefited from workshops with professional poets Antony Dunn and Helen Mort.

“It would be wonderful to have a great audience at the event to show support for these talented young people and the work they have done,” says Josie Moon, director at La Luna.

The book showcases the talent and courage of its authors so if you’re a poetry enthusiast why not take a trip down to the Moon on the Water and lend your support. The event begins at 7.30 pm and entry is free.

For further information please contact Josie Moon by email at

Favourite Ballets Coming To The Auditorium in December

There’s a fabulous weekend of dance in prospect at the beginning of December when Grimsby Auditorium plays host to two of the world’s best loved ballets – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (on Friday 1st) and Swan Lake (Sunday 3rd).

Both are directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky and performed by the company and orchestra of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It’s a tragic romance in which a princess is turned into a swan by an evil curse and captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker.

Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. Expect snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats and more.

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New Cartergate Underpass Mural Is Unveiled

Artists, councillors and representatives of many of the area’s most illustrious names gathered in Top Town on Thursday 5th October to celebrate the official unveiling of the new Cartergate underpass mural.

The mural is the work of art collective Creative Start and was painted by a team of volunteers led by founder and organiser Sam Delaney. Many of those involved have never participated in an arts project before and some took part as an element of a programme of abstinence therapy.

The design features a panoply of famous faces from the area including motorcycling champion Freddie Frith, record breaking Channel swimmer Brenda Fisher, top tennis player Shirley Brasher, motorcycle racer Guy Martin, dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, actor Sir John Hurt and players from Grimsby Town FC. There are also street scenes from the Top Town area including the Minster and 1940s Chantry Lane.

Cutting the ribbon Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for Health, Adult Social Care and Wellbeing commented on how much, as a regular user of the underpass, she had enjoyed watching the development of this latest part of the Cartergate renewal and on the skill and dedication of the artists involved. As a football fan she was particularly taken with the section of the mural celebrating the achievements of the Mighty Mariners.

The artwork certainly makes a huge difference to what has been, in the past, a somewhat neglected part of the town and it’s yet another step along the road to the renewal of the Cartergate area, which has seen new pavements, railings and of course the construction of the Wilkin & Chapman building close to the underpass.
If you’re not a regular user we’d certainly recommend taking a visit to admire the mural, especially while there are still pieces from
the recent Urban Arts Festival to enjoy on the walls of St James House.

To find out more about Creative Start or to get involved, visit or their Facebook page

Grimsby’s Urban Arts Festival 2017

There was a colourful and fascinating mixture of art, craft, music and dance on display on Saturday 9th September when the Minster and St James Square played host to the 3rd annual Grimsby Urban Arts Festival.

Titled ‘The Four Elements’ the festival celebrated the four essential components of the culture that originated in New York’s Bronx in the late 1970s, namely rapping, deejaying, break dancing and graffiti writing. Together these phenomena formed one of the most vibrant and exciting cultural movements of the twentieth century – Hip Hop – and their influence lives on and can be heard and seen in urban musical and graphic culture today.

There were nearly twenty graffiti artists from all over the country painting on the day, each with their own unique trademark style, plus a selection of art and craft stalls in the minster and music on the lawns and although the weather wasn’t kind there were always plenty of visitors in attendance to watch the artists at work.

The festival has certainly become one of our favourite events on the calendar and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for more next year!



It’s about a year since Fusion Creative moved into St Martin’s Church on the junction of Sutcliffe Avenue and Scartho Road and in that time they’ve gone from strength to strength, with thriving drama groups, a ukulele orchestra, a more than eighty strong choir and a host of special performances from poets and musicians and art and graffiti exhibitions.

They also offer regular craft sessions, knit and natters, circus skills training and they’ve got an exciting new local history project – Nunsthorpe Stories – in the pipeline.


On Saturday night they presented their winter show, featuring the Junior Drama Group performing Little Star, a portmanteau murder mystery from the Senior Drama Group, Christmas Carols ukulele style and to cap it all a rousing performance from the Community Choir.

A fantastic show it was too, enjoyed by a full house, and here’s to the next year and also to the Fusion Christmas Fair which is on Saturday December 3rd from 10am-6pm and includes the chance to become a part of Fusion’s King Arthur project in 2017 by pulling a sword out of a stone.We’ll see you there.



We Shall Overcome at The Minster


There was some joyous music and poignant words to appreciate on Saturday night (October 8th 2016) as The Minster played host to a concert of music and poetry in aid of the second annual We Shall Overcome week.

We Shall Overcome was founded in 2015 and has already spread to become a worldwide grassroots movement of musicians, artists and organisers aimed at expressing anger at the human cost of austerity while doing some positive good in their local communities.

The Grimsby concert featured readings by Carolyn Doyley and the Franklin College Young Voices and music from The Life & Times Of The Brothers Hogg who played a set made up of tunes from their new album, Celestial Emporium, plus some old favourites from the first.


The line up was completed by the Fusion Creative Choir, playing their first big public gig, whose excellent set included favourites like Hallelujah and of course Pete Seeger’s theme tune for the evening, We Shall Overcome.

Admission was by donation of either cash or groceries and the event raised nearly £300 plus a huge collection of much needed stock for the Grimsby Food Bank.


You can find out more about We Shall Overcome at their website

Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden


Beautifully crafted theological sheds go on display at Grimsby Minster

During April and May, Grimsby Minster will be hosting the first of a series of free exhibitions as part of the Art In The Minster programme, supported by Arts Council England.

The first exhibition Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden features the work of artist Richard Bartle and is brought to the town by ‘our big picture ltd’ in partnership with Grimsby Minster and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.


Richard Bartle is a contemporary artist living in Sheffield who makes sculptures, installations, videos and paintings about society, current affairs, religion and politics.

Originally created to respond to the former church building housing 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, the piece consists of twelve scale model garden sheds, each with an interior modelled on the worship place of a different world religion.

Each sculpture has been extensively researched and is lovingly hand crafted, wherever possible using the same materials that would be used in their life size counterparts. Details include hand woven rugs, painted ceilings, hand turned furniture and glass light fittings.


The work reduces the usually grand architecture of churches to a more private space, inviting the viewer to make their own minds up about what it is to have faith and the differences and similarities between differing beliefs and cultures.

Deities at the Bottom of the Garden runs until 21st May, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Lady Chapel in Grimsby Minster. Admission free.


This feature also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition