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Art and culture around the South East during the 2012 winter months

  • Date: 4 December 2012
  • Area: South East
 Elzbieta D. Harbord, Heaven and Hell (Series 3), Pen on paper. Part of Outside In: National exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2012

Elzbieta D. Harbord, Heaven and Hell (Series 3), Pen on paper. Part of Outside In: National exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2012. Credit: Image courtesy of Elzbieta D Harbord and Pallant House Gallery

We've got another great selection of exhibitions, Christmas pantos, shows and activities to warm your spirit as we say farewell to 2012 and welcome in 2013, all funded through Arts Council England.  

Aspex and Portsmouth City Museum: Make! Believe! Make!, Portsmouth City Museum, Portsmouth - now to 24 February 2013

Make! Believe! Make! showcases inventive uses of material and the process of making within contemporary craft. What drives us as humans to innovate, create and make? Nine contemporary craft artists exhibit new and existing work that connects with the museums colletions: Annette Bugansky, Judes Crow, Phil Cuttance, Alice Kettle, Sue Paraskeva, Matt Rowe, Ann Richards, Melanie Tomlinson, Sophie Woodrow.

Jean Dubuffet: Transitions, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester - now to 3  February 2013

The first major review in a UK public gallery for nearly 50 years of the work of the influential artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Dubuffet is best known as the father of Art Brut ('raw art'), coining the concept in 1945 and creating a celebrated Art Brut collection. Throughout his life Dubuffet sought out non-professional or self-taught artists that he perceived to be 'unscathed by artistic culture'. The exhibition features key paintings, drawings and sculpture from collections across France and the UK.

Outside In: National, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester - now to 3 February 2013

Outside In: National is a ground-breaking exhibition of works produced by artists from the edges of society. It showcases 80 moving, beautiful and unique works of art from across the country, each a testimony to the enduring creative spirit.

Shown for the first time in the Gallery's main spaces, the exhibition has been curated from over 2,300 pieces submitted to the Outside In: National competition over the past year. From substance misusers to self-taught visionaries, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth and vitality of work produced by individuals from outside the mainstream art world.

Goodnight Mister Tom, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester - now to 18 January 2013

Set during the dark and dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. This brand new production from Chichester Festival Theatre, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the novel, which continues to inspire audiences and bring generations together.

Pegasus' What the Dickens, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford - now to 30 December 2012

As part of their 50th anniversary programme, Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Pegasus presents its first ever commission as this year's Christmas show called What The Dickens, from stage comedy experts Gonzo Moose. This new show tells the story of Charles Dickens, who as an aspiring journalist in 1835 accidentally stumbles on a story in the slums of old London town that will make his reputation. A haunting tale of thwarted love, bitter revenge and all-singing, all-dancing cockneys.

South Hill Park's Jack and the Beanstalk, South Hill Park, Bracknell - now to 5 January 2013

Arts Council England National portfolio organisation South Hill Park brings the first ever pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, to the Wilde Stage in 2012.  The famous story of Jack, his beans and the cow comes to life at South Hill Park in 2012. If you're looking for a brand-new family show, packed with laugh-out-loud, slap stick comedy, hilarious puppets and more than a hint of magic, head to the Wilde Theatre and make sure the whole family is full of beans this Christmas.

Jane Mason & Theo Clinkard double bill, The Point, Eastleigh - 5 December

The Point and South East Dance present an exciting double bill of new work from two fascinating dancers and choreographers from the UK. Jane Mason's Singer works with space, weight, movement, rhythm and voice to explore the notion of home. Theo Clinkard's 'Ordinary Courage' is presents a group work set to Alan Stones' haunting original piano score. The piece follows a community in repair. Both dancers are supported by Arts Council England Grants for the arts scheme: Jane Mason is supported with a £22,400 award; Theo Clinkard is supported with a £39,075 award.

The Nuffield Theatre's Treasure Island by Nuffield Theatre, Southampton - 6 December 2012 to 13 January 2013

Stevenson's story of pirates, double crossing and treasure. Treasure Island follows Young Jim Hawkins and his motley crew across the ocean in their search for hidden pirate spoils. With mutiny in the air they soon face deadly peril from the most ruthless pirate to ever terrorise the seven seas - Long John Silver! So can young 'Jim Lad' out-wit the scoundrel and live to claim the treasure? Nuffield Theatre is an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Turner Sims Group's Winter Wonderland, Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Southampton - 9 December 2012

Southampton University Concert Band are proud to present their annual Christmas Concert.Turner Sims is an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Oxford Playhouse's Where's Father Christmas?, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford- 11 to 30 December 2012

With more presents than ever to deliver, the elves are wrapping as fast as they can. They're nearly ready for the big day, but where has Father Christmas got to? And will he be back in time to deliver all the presents? Join the theatre in Father Christmas' wrapping room for stories, songs and activities... and maybe even meet the jolly man himself...if you can find him!

From the team that created last year's sell-out show Dear Father Christmas comes this delightful, interactive, festive adventure for children aged 3 to 6 and their families. Oxford Playhouse is an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Anvil Arts' Snow White, The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke - 13 December 2012 to 6 January 2013

Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Anvil Arts presents its this Christmas' panto Snow White starring Lucy Benjamin as the Wicked Queen, Luke Roberts (CITV's Hi-5) as Prince Frederick, Ian Good as Nurse Dotty Dettoll, and Noel Brodie as Muddles and seven dwarves. With glittering costumes, sumptuous sets, hilarious jokes and great songs plus, of course, plenty of audience participation, this family pantomime is sure to add the necessary sparkle to the festive season.

Brighton Dome and STOMP presents The Lost and Found Orchestra, Brighton Dome, Concert Hall, Church Street, Brighton - 20 to 20 December 2012

This breathtaking show, which was first commissioned by Brighton Festival in 2006 and broke box office records at Sydney Opera House, is the latest production from the award winning creators of STOMP. An ‘utterly amazing’ (Sunday Express) spectacle that takes the audience on a musical journey like no other, all the instruments of an orchestra are replaced and reinvented in a unique performance that makes music a feast for the ears and the eyes…

Involving multi-talented performers and musicians plus a choir live on stage, what begins with simple melodies plucked, blown, thumped and brushed into life, ends in a complex symphonic and choral celebration.

dreamthinkspeak's In The Beginning Was The End, Somerset House, Strand, London - 28 January to 30 March 2013

A new large-scale, site-responsive theatre production, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, The Book of Revelation and the world of Mechatronics. Arts Council England National portfolio organisation dreamthinkspeak mixes hydraulics and modern mechanical engineering with a special blend of film, installation and live performance to reveal a vision of the world - either on the verge of collapse - or the brink of rebirth.

Take a journey through the maze-like underground passages and unseen spaces of King's College and Somerset House into a world of calamitous accidents and divine revelations.

The Sugar Dandies' Tea Party - A New Year Tea Dance, The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea - 12 January 2013   

Arts Council England National portfolio organisation De La Warr Pavilion presents a New Year Tea Dance hosted by the award-winning Sugar Dandies (as seen on Britain's Got Talent) who will lead dancers and non-dancers to trip the light fantastic! Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to take a whirl around the floor to your favourite Ballroom and Latin American standards or to learn a new 'party' dance. The Sugar Dandies will serve up the perfect brew of social dancing, performance, ballroom wit and of course lovely tea and cake for everyone!

Spring Season Sauce, Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury - 30 January to 9 February 2013       

Songs from the shows, comical characters, scintillating sketches and much, much more... A musical trip through the last century, full of fun and laughter for all ages.

The show presents variety of fun options for audiences, from a Top Hat and Tiaras Gala on Friday 1 February, with feather Boas, fish nets, frills and furbelows and boaters, blazers and bowlers, cream tea matinee performances to mulled wine with the cast on Friday 8 February. Watermill Theatre is an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.