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‘Experimental’ arts festival launched in Lincoln

An arts festival has been launched in Lincoln with an exhibition featuring film, drawing, photography and experimental music.

The Regrouping Festival, organised by arts collective BendInTheRiver, will feature over 40 artists from three counties and will be the group’s biggest show to date.

Regrouping was launched on Saturday September 29 with Weird Garden, a week of film and experimental music at Decimal Place on Burton Road.

It continued last night, October 2, at 7.30pm with a live sound exhibition. A film festival is being held on Thursday evening, followed by a music exhibition which closes Weird Gardens on Saturday evening.

Lincoln’s Usher Gallery will also host drawing workshops for members of the public as part of Regrouping’s Drawing Tools project, taking place from Saturday, October 6-27.

Helen Barff, from London, and Paris artist Chloe Briggs will be leading the workshops and making unusual drawing tools at the Gallery as part of the ‘Big Draw’, a worldwide celebration of drawing running throughout October.

Each of BendInTheRiver’s 15 core artists has invited another artist to contribute to the exhibition.

Marcus Hammond, Co-Director of BendInTheRiver, said; “Throughout October people across the UK engage in drawing events as part of The Big Draw. We hope this portion of Regrouping will get Lincoln
people drawing.”

“We have always put energy into supporting and developing artists and arts infrastructure in our region. The size and scope of Regrouping feels like a physical manifestation of all this invasive activity.”

The festival, funded by Arts Council England, will also have sites in Gainsborough, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

BendInTheRiver will move into Regrouping’s Sheffield venue permanently in January.

Photos: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite