Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Halifax Arts Society: Chatsworth and the Story of the Devonshire Family Collections

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Halifax Arts Society will be holding the next lecture on Tuesday 13 February, 12:45pm to 3pm at The Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax HX1 1QG.

Simon Seligman will discuss ‘Passions, Personalities and Patronage: Chatsworth and the Story of the Devonshire Family Collections, 1549 – present’

The outstanding and diverse Devonshire collection is considered one of the finest surviving European family collections; it features Old Master drawings, fine books, silver and rare jewels, portraits, sculpture, furniture and ancient treasures. Its story is told chronologically through the interests, characters and tastes of its collectors over 16 generations

Simon fell in love with a photograph of Chatsworth when he was 10 and visited for the first time as a teenager. He then worked there for 19 years, from 1991 to 2010, starting with a summer job (car parking and lavatory cleaning!), and ending up as their first Head of Communications. Through his lectures he aims to pass on his life-long passion for this beautiful place.

Tickets are £7.50 to non-members and should be purchased on the day from the ticket office.

For more information visit The Arts Society Halifax

A Christmas Extravaganza

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From Thursday 14 December  to  Saturday 16 December Square Chapel Arts Centre  will be presenting a Christmas Extravaganza  in the Red Brick Auditorium at 7:30pm each night.
Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions)

With a company of over 100 performers, featuring a 25 piece orchestra and children’s chorus, Halifax Musical Theatre Company present an extravagant festival of Christmas music sure to delight and entertain. Get into the festive spirit with Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’, music from Polar Express and Home Alone (Somewhere in my Memory), The Most Wonderful Time of The Year, Silver Bells, White Christmas, music by John Rutter and traditional carols for everyone. With an eclectic mix of well-known carols, seasonal songs, arrangements from Christmas movies and one or two surprises this promises to be HMTC’s most spectacular concert yet.

For more information call 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on

Baabul – a Tribute to a Father

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Sponsored by verd de gris Ltd with Sameena Hussain BAABUL on Tuesday 28 November 7:30pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre

(Tickets: Pay What You Feel , approx running time: 1hr 15minutes without interval
Age: 14+)

BAABUL is the story of a daughter’s hero…
A tribute to a father from his daughter.
A daughter’s appreciation and gratitude to a father who raised his daughters as “a blessing”, this autobiographical performance revisits life events aiming to capture the beauty, love and struggles of a father raising his daughter in a patriarchal society; instilling the belief in her that she can be whatever she wants.
Devised by performer and writer, Sameena Hussain, BAABUL draws on Sameena’s own sense of family and cultural heritage to explore “rukhsati” – the concept of father/daughter relationships in Pakistani culture.
Verd de gris is an arts organisation based in Hebden Bridge, with extensive expertise in delivering arts and community programmes that bring different groups of people together, exploring the differences and celebrating the things we have in common. They work with different generations and with people from different backgrounds and communities.
This piece of work is underpinned by a programme of engagement with young people and people from different communities. A development project, BAABUL is also part of a larger body of work being developed by verd de gris, bringing new, young writers and performers to the fore in Calderdale, with a focus on those who draw on important or topical community issues.
This work is part of Creative Communities, an outreach programme led by Square Chapel in partnership with verd de gris Ltd and Orange Box young people’s centre, using the arts as a tool to bring about changes in people’s lives. Creative Communities is supported with a grant from The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
The performance includes a discussion and Q&A session enabling the audience to explore some of the ideas in the piece and to talk to the artist and verd de gris about the development of the work.
The performance is Pay What You Feel, with voluntary contributions accepted at the end.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Square Chapel website.