One of the unique aspects about studying the arts at Lancaster is the professional arts organisation, Lancaster Arts. As a contemporary arts student you will be able to see, hear, and experience a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions and performances.
Valuing creativity and creative practice, Lancaster Arts delivers public programmes of arts presentation, production, preservation, research and learning on behalf of Lancaster University and co-stakeholder Arts Council England. LA’s mission is to support the many colours of art in the 21st Century and to foster social, cultural, educational and economic impact within this context, as an organisation based in the North of England.
Our activities bring a wealth of UK and International artists of the highest calibre to Lancaster every year - professional theatre, dance, exhibitions, concerts and more for public, staff and students to experience both on and off campus. The Peter Scott Gallery and Nuffield Theatre venues, situated at the north end of campus site the largest frequency of programme.
The Peter Scott Gallery
A small gem of a gallery that hosts exhibitions and artists’ talks, the Peter Scott Gallery is open to the public free of charge. The PSG is also home to the University’s international art collection, which includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, works by twentieth century British artists, and prints by significant European names such as Dürer, Miró, Ernst and Vasarely. It’s also a venue for the assessment exhibitions of LICA Fine Art undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Nuffield Theatre
One of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe, the Nuffield is “the place [in England] to see the most innovative new work,” according to The Guardian Insider’s Guide to the Arts 2010. Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art at this venue alongside public performances by Lancaster students and societies and local community organisations.
Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University facilitates a classical music programme on Thursdays at the Great Hall venue during the autumn and spring terms. The BBC Philharmonic, Opera North and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio are just some of the orchestras who’ve performed over the years. Recent seasons have welcomed world-renowned pianists Pascal Roge and Nikolai Demidenko playing on Lancaster University’s Steinway grand piano, acquired in 2012.