Head into the December with a roundup of what's new, big, quirky and interesting in the world of arts and culture.
"A new play staged by the National Theatre will thrust actors in their 70s and 80s onto the stage without a script and ask them to improvise a storyline.
Lost Without Words, described as 'a theatrical experiment,' recognises that memory loss means that elderly actors often find it harder to recall scripts. Michael Gambon confessed that he uses an earpiece to prompt his lines onstage because his memory is so bad. Rufus Norris, the NT’s artistic director, said the play, would feature 'older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who had spent their lives on stage bringing life to a writer’s words, actors who now they are old appear in our theatres less and less – what would happen if we put those actors on stage without a script? What scenes would they create? What stories would unfold?'"
"Artistic director Dennis Garnhum has created a new play development program called COMPASS. Garnhum proudly presented five titles in the program, adding 'in order to be a relevant theatre company, we must develop and premiere our stories on our stages.'"
"Lawren Harris was born rich in 1885 and did not sell his works for cheap, routinely getting twice as much for an oil sketch as his friend and fellow Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson. Even Harris would have been surprised, however, to see one of his large canvases sell at auction to an anonymous buyer for $11.2-million, nearly double the previous record for a painting by any Canadian artist."
"Art, board culture and indigenous ways of being are all explored in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) newest exhibition, Boarder X...
The multidisciplinary exhibit includes carving, weaving, painting, video, performance and photography by indigenous people from across Canada, explained Jaime Isaac, the WAG’s curator of contemporary and indigenous art."
"We're at the preview of Virtually Real, the Royal Academy's first exhibition of VR art, which runs from 12 to 14 January 2017 at the revered London institution. Three artists - Adham Faramawy, Jessy Jetpacks and Elliot Dodd - are showing off 12 sketches created in virtual reality, in amongst the landscapes and portraits adorning the walls of the RA's first floor private apartments. 'What you see on the walls around you was once thought of as radical,' points out Eileen Cooper, keeper of the Royal Academy."
"Spark celebrates creative self-expression by emerging artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental illness, brain injury, and/or chronic illness. Artists are encouraged to explore authentic interpretations of the disability experience with the festival providing exhibition and advancement opportunities."
"The ways in which clients at a Bronx, New York, outpatient mental health program use art therapy in their recovery process are explored in a new Vanderbilt Department of Art exhibition by one of its graduates."
"More than 60 art museums and organizations from around the world — but none from Canada — are part of the launch of .ART, the first Internet domain name dedicated to the art world."
"The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) opened its doors to the Michal and Renata Hornstein Peace Pavilion for Peace..."
"Sir Peter Blake has revealed his latest and perhaps most surprising art collection, inspired by the imminent arrival of smart meters to every home in the UK.
The Arrival of Smart Meters has been unveiled at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds to coincide with the rollout of 53m of the devices across the country. The government has pledged to install a smart meter in every household by 2020."