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Queen Mary’s latest Arts and Culture programme released

Queen Mary University of London has announced a new programme of Arts and Culture activities to continue its contribution to London’s diverse artistic and cultural landscape.  

15 February 2019


The London Chamber Orchestra finds a new home at Queen Mary

Queen Mary hosts three resident Arts Council England National Portfolio companies: People's Palace Projects, Project Phakama and WasafiriIn addition to this, Queen Mary has entered into a partnership with the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO).

LCO combines the skills of some of London’s most exceptional musicians with a rich history at the heart of 20th century classical music. On their 100 year anniversary in 2021, LCO aims to be fully embedded into a residency at Queen Mary, collaborating the orchestra's activities with Queen Mary staff and students.

Dr Paul Max Edlin, Director of Music at Queen Mary said: “The range of possibilities that can develop between LCO and Queen Mary's students and staff are what makes this exceptional relationship and new venture so exciting.”

To mark the occasion, Queen Mary will be hosting a special event, Side-by-Side: London Chamber Orchestra and Queen Mary – A Celebration on 26 March.

Centre of the Cell’s Neuron Pod 

This semester also sees the opening of the brand-new Centre of the Cell’s Neuron Pod which will increase local community engagement. The pod is a new addition to Centre of the Cell – an award-winning science education centre helping to inspire local school children to pursue careers in the sciences, and engaging the local community with medical research.

Neuron Pod is hosting two Arts and Culture events: Johann Science Bach–The Cell/O on 13 and 27 February, and a workshop Creative Interventions in Dementia Care on 18 March.

Celebrating Chinese language and culture

Queen Mary’s Confucius Institute, is a collaboration between Queen Mary and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE).

After kicking off the events programme with colourful performances at the Chinese New Year Concert, they will be running a Chinese Calligraphy Workshop on the 26 February, a Chinese Painting Workshop on the 12 March and a Tai Chi Class on the 22 March.

Exploring ideas of time

A new video art installation which explores the different ideas of time has been developed in collaboration with Queen Mary. Time Tries All Things by Irish artist and filmmaker Grace Weir is the inaugural show in the Gallery at the Institute of Physics (IoP), a new £30m building in the heart of London’s Kings Cross.

Developed in collaboration with David Berman, from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, the installation features a dual screen video and sculpture.

Professor Berman said: “It was a great opportunity working with such a renowned artist as Grace Weir, especially for such an important project as the new IoP building.”

Time Tries All Things runs from 21 January until 29 March 2019 and admission is free.

An immersive multilingual poetry experience

Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, in collaboration with Professor Catherine Boyle and sound artist Alo Allik, have created a multilingual poetry experience Reveries about Language. This is the first in a series of immersive live performances conceived as part of the multilingual poetry project, Unbound. These multilingual poetry, multimedia performances aim to show how the spoken word, sound and image can interact in an innovative way to create a series of ‘unbound’ or free expressions.

About Arts and Culture at Queen Mary

Queen Mary launched its Arts and Culture strategy in November 2017 with the aim of developing the university as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within higher education. 

Queen Mary is a major contributor to London’s diverse artistic and cultural landscape, and has built strong relationships with its local, national and international audiences through the arts. 

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