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" One touch of nature

makes all the world kin "

William Shakespeare

The Naked Debate at the Lowry in Manchester

August 20th, 2010

Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. Rising from the regenerated docklands, it is a welcoming building, designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces.

The Lowry opened on 28 April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. Opening its door to the best in entertainment and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community. 1,000 people took part in US artist Spencer Tunick’s multiple-site installation across Salford and Manchester in May this year, in honour of The Lowry’s tenth anniversary, and in conjunction with the exhibition of Tunick’s work, Everyday People, which is on display at the gallery until 26 September, Philip will be presenting ‘The Naked Debate’ at 7pm on Wednesday 15 September

Writer and psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm explores the positive feelings associated with being naked. Author of A Brief History of Nakedness, Philip will talk about how nakedness can be used to enlighten, empower and entertain. Despite the religious, legal and cultural restrictions that surround its display, nakedness has been used creatively by mystics, political protestors and artists for centuries. Today it is also being used by ‘ordinary people’ to break free from feelings of body shame and from the tyranny of stereotypical ideas about beauty.

There are only a limited number of tickets available. To book please call The Lowry Box Office on 0843 208 6010.

The waiting room was the audience chamber all along

August 20th, 2010

But there is no in-between! No transition! No place is liminal now!
The waiting room was the audience chamber all along, you know! This is it, no ending,
No beginning. So where are you going? What are you doing right now, amidst this
Rush of ever changing lights? What are you up to in your steaming heart-kitchen?

An excerpt from Barry Patterson’s poem ‘You Cannot Hold a Candle to the Year’

See Barry’s website.