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Storefront’s innovative pop-up art in Luton features a new installation and a showing of paintings by one of the town’s most exciting artists, Asiya Clarke. Clarke’s life and work are inspired by Sufism, the mystical aspect of Islam. The installation Die before You Die (illustrated) is part of As You Change, So Do I, a three-year series of public art events funded by Arts Council England’s Luton Investment Programme, which produces up to nine projects each year in which artists are given a platform to make new public works in response to the town’s industrial and cultural history. The programme has been curated by Mark Titchner, Matthew Shaul and Andrew Hunt.
Tobacco Factory’s critically acclaimed version of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is on a UK tour after a successful run at the Bristol company’s own theatre. Directed by Mark Rosenblatt and designed by Janet Bird, it features Colin Connor as Estragon and David Fielder as Vladmiir. Waiting for Godot is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from November 22-25.
In the Peaceful Dome concludes Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary year and brings together historic and contemporary art, new commissions and archival material which connect the Liverpool arts centre's’past with the present. Among the artists featured are Roderick Bisson, Fanny Calder, Jacob Epstein, Fab Lab Liverpool, Janet Hodgson, Sumuyya Khader and William C. Penn, whose is pictured. In the Peaceful Dome runs until March 2018.
Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is hosting Songs for Winter, a joint exhibition exploring the work of Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen. The pair settled in the Borders turning a set of farm buildings an hour south east of Edinburgh, Allanbank Mill Steading, into their home and studios. It is an inspiring house, garden and working environment which they open up each year for a four-day event. Songs for Winter shows the diversity and unity of their work and runs until 4 March 2018.