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The Month Ahead: February 2020

Muse's Arts Editor Jenna Luxon runs through York's top events for the coming month

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York Ice Trial
Saturday 1st February – Sunday 2nd February across the city centre
Forty ice sculptures will be appearing around the city of York for the first weekend of February. With live-carvings, hands on experiences there will be plenty to see. So, head in to town and grab a map to see how many you can find. More information here

Picasso’s Women
Wednesday 5th February at 8:30pm in the Studio, York Theatre Royal
An exploration in to the life of Picasso, through the voices of his wives, mistresses and muses, originally produced for the National Theatre, and told through three monologues. More information here

Fern Brady
Sunday 9th February at 7:30 in The Basement
As seen on Live from the BBC, Live from the Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour, and Live at the Apollo, Fern Brady will be coming to York as part of her biggest comedy tour to date, talking all things sexuality, feminism, power and covering topics from Brexit to nationality. More information here

Have I Got News For York
Wednesday 12th February at 8pm in V/N/045
University of York Comedy Society present their version of the hit BBC quiz show Have I Got News For You, talking all things York. More information here

Together against gender-based violence: art/crafts collab
Wednesday 12th February at 8pm in P/T/006
An evening of discussion on gender-based violence and an opportunity to express this through art and crafts activities, run by Uni of York Amnesty International, Feminist Society and Free the Flow York.

Right Here Right Now: February
Friday 14th February at 7:30pm in Friargate Theatre
Comedy improv night based on audience suggestions. Come with ideas and the band of improvisers will instantly turn them into chaotic comedy.

Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once at York Art Gallery
14th February - 31st May in the York Art Gallery
Featuring some of Miller’s best-known work as well as some new painting, York, So Good They Named It Once explores Miller’s formative years growing up in Yorkshire in the 1970s which he believed to have been key to his artistic development. More information here ttps://

SLAP Festival
Saturday 15th February in York theatre royal
SLAP (Social Live Art Performance) aims to generate opportunities for artists to produce risky, small-scale work on the fringes of traditional performance. Developing experimental dance, theatre, live art, installation and film, SLAP festival will be showcasing a broad range of the project’s performance in venues across York. More information here

Art Society Gilding Workshop
Thursday 20th February at 6:30 in P/T/006
Artist Rob Oldfield who has been gilding professionally for years and teaches classes across Yorkers will be running this session with the University of York Art Society. Gilding is a decorative technique for applying a thin coast of gold to solid surfaces, all materials will be provided. More information here

Bridging the gap between art and nature: Beauty and aesthetic value in Ottoman Calligraphy
*Tuesday 25th February at 6:30 in the Bowland Auditorium, Campus West *
The question of what makes something ‘beautiful’ has been a long-standing area of artistic, philosophical, and theological inquiry. This talk from the university’s open lecture series aims to participate in this discussion by exploring the nature, importance and theologically significant of beauty in Ottoman calligraphy.

UYDS One Night Only Spring Showcase 2020
Saturday 29th February – Sunday 1st March in Central Hall
The University of York’s dance society’s spring showcase will be showing a variety of performances from ballet to afrobeats, tickets available soon.

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