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Upcoming, Ongoing & Past Events & Exhibitions at Theartbay
In association with The New Vic Theatre, Basford, North Staffordshire, Theartbay is presenting a charity art exhibition in aid of The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Fund and The New Vic Theatre's Building Future's Appeal.
The exhibition lasts from Wednesday September 2nd to Saturday 19th September, with a preview evening on Tuesday 1st September.
With 10 pieces of original art devoted to each cause from the region's 20 most renowned and promising artists, we're sure the event will be a great success in raising a substantial sum for these two worthy causes..
As the finished pieces are donated they will be listed on this page. Interested parties should contact Theartbay Gallery in the first instance.
Lidice (German: Liditz) is a village in the Czech Republic just north-west of Prague. It is built on the site of a previous village of the same name which, as part of the Nazi created Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, was, as per orders directly from Heinrich Himmler, completely destroyed by German forces in reprisal for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in the late spring of 1942. On June 10, 1942, all 192 men over 16 years of age from the village were murdered on the spot by the Germans in a much publicised atrocity. The rest of the population were sent to Nazi concentration camps where many women and nearly all the children were killed. The buildings were then bulldozed so that no trace of the village's former existence would be found.
The atrocity committed by the Germans against this defenceless mining community outraged the British public, particularly in the mining communities of North Staffordshire and from Stoke-on-Trent came the defiant voice of Shelton GP and city councillor Dr Barnett Stross, who coined the slogan "Lidice Shall Live" in direct response to Hitler's orders that "Lidice Would Die Forever!" This gave the lead to the free world, and the campaign to rebuild the village after the war, which had gathered huge support in North Staffordshire, with its thousands of mining families, spread worldwide.
"The miner's lamp dispels the shadows on the coal face," Dr Stross wrote at the time. "It can also send a ray of light across the sea to those who struggle in darkness."
The Lidice Shall Live Movement was formally launched three months later, at a mass meeting in the Victoria Hall, Hanley, with the Czech president-in-exile, Dr Edouard Benes, as the chief speaker.
The people of Lidice always remember the role played by Sir. Barnett Stross and the miners of North Staffordshire in rebuilding their village. In Lidice Stross's name is well known, place names being named after him. A Lidice Memorial Museum attracts visitors from across the globe.
THE BIG "A" DEBATE
As part of a series of events to commemorate The Miners' Strike and celebrate the mining industry, Theartbay Gallery put on a "Question Time" style debate at The Forum Theatre in Hanley to discuss the legacy of The Miners' Strike over the last 25 years; an episode in Britain''s recent past which affected millions of people, both directly and indirectly. Judging by the levels of emotion in The Forum Theatre on the evening of Wednesday 3, I feel vindicated that we should have raised this issue. It is clear that the humanitarian cost of The Miners' Strike 1984-1985 is immeasurable.
We've received many complementary comments from audience members and panellists alike about the production and execution of the event. Everybody who was there enjoyed themselves and many, according to the people we spoke to, were able to get a few things off their chest that they'd been bottling up for 25 years; after all, this was the first opportunity for the public to quiz senior politicians about The Strike and the following de-industrialisation that took place.
One of the exciting things for us was that people were there from all over the country (Durham, Nottingham, Derby, Wales, Coventry) - which was our intention from the beginning; coming to Stoke; spending in Stoke. We wanted Stoke-on-Trent to host a debate about the NATIONAL legacy of The Strike. There were few parochial references. I was also pleased about the wide range of ages there. It was an educational, as well as a, long overdue, scrutiny event.
And this is the way forward for Stoke-on-Trent. To look forward and outward in attracting people to Stoke-on-Trent for reasons other than ceramics, Stoke City FC and The Staffordshire Hoard. It could also be a springboard for future community engagement events in the city - particularly if Mr. Van der Laarschot means what he says about transparency and accountability. We can then further raise the level of political debate in Stoke-on-Trent and the awareness of what's going on at The Civic Centre; which can only be a good thing in terms of moving the city forward as a united force. Community, officers and elected representatives pulling in a common direction.
As organiser, Theartbay, Fenton, would like to thank the following:
The panellists – Edwina Currie, George Galloway MP, Ken Loach, David Hencke and Mike Nattrass MEP;
The chairman – Oliver Speight;
Liaison – Jilly Stubbs, Sue Law-Webb;
Reception – Sid and Kendal Kirkham;
Microphones – Stephanie Boden, Damian Rowe, Darren Smallwood, Joanne Clews, Louise Smith;
Film – Andrew Stuart, James Bell and Staffs Live Film Crew;
Strike footage soundtrack – Steve Shaw;
The "Big A" logo – Harry Davies;
Photography – Dave Chesters.
We would also like to thank Laura Mcmullan BBC, Terry Walsh BBC Radio Stoke, Tony Walley and Mike Rawlins at Pitsnpots, Martin Tideswell and Mike Sassi of The Sentinel, Clare Short, Tony Benn, Peter Tatchell, Mike Stubbs, Brenda Procter, Harry Davies, Steve Shaw, Mark Fisher, Mick Bell and Martin Hulme.
Finally I'd like to thank the audience for their attendance and involvement. Although mainstream media, with a few notable exceptions, to whom we are sincerely grateful, have generally abandoned the millions affected by the de-industrialisation that's taken place over the last 25 years, there was enough passion on display that night to confirm that we don't and won't forget.
An exhibition by Stoke-on-Trent's most internationally acclaimed artist.
Saturday 11th December to Thursday 23rd December
A selection of new originals, full size limited editions and deluxe edition, fully illustrated books complete with free limited edition prints will be available to view at Theartbay Gallery.
See Frederick's catalogue here