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Join artists, comedians, musicians, contrarians and performers for an evening of new material at IWM North inspired by Britain’s original rebel artist, Wyndham Lewis.

Inspired by Lewis’ reputation as a rebel and marginalised genius, six emerging artists will perform their own 10 minute acts of rebellion through music, theatre and film in IWM North’s disorientating Main Exhibition Space.

The performances are part of IWM North’s current exhibition season Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, the largest UK retrospective of the artist and writer’s work.

This revolution won’t be televised, but will be compered by writer, poet and theatre maker Jackie Hagan, whose play Cosmic Scallies was performed at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre earlier this month.

Responding to a Rebel will include the following artists and performances:

DBLD: Doubled Collective Inspired by the spirit of Woodstock, this local arts collective will give a take on the world we now live in with performance, music and spoken word.

Declan Colquitt will be channelling the Sex Pistols and exploring cultural burnout. Imploding in The Carnivorous Weird: A Response to Self-Image will merge video, spoken word in order to explore media consumption.

Emma Rogerson will perform her poetry piece exploring the challenges faced by artists, Rhapsody on the Blasted.

Jamie Lee will challenge the audience with a series of mini-referendums, monologues, animation and video entitled Second Blast.

One Way Song will perform a triptych of songs responding to the themes of art, war and Lewis’ marginalised genius.

Victoria Howarth will give a voice to one of Lewis’s lovers Kate Lechmere, who was instrumental in helping him establish the Rebel Art Centre.

A radical force in British art and literature, Lewis was the founder of Britain’s only true avant-garde movement, Vorticism. He was a controversial figure whose ideas, opinions and personality inspired, enticed and repelled in equal measure. When it came to his work, he chose to produce unpopular and even antagonistic critiques of both society and his contemporaries.

Spanning the First World War to the nuclear age, Lewis’ career encompassed one of the most violent and chaotic periods in human history. It was a period of change and fracture.

Responding to a Rebel takes place at IWM North on 21 November from 7pm. The event is suitable for over 18s only.

Tickets, priced £10 and £8 concessions, are available here.


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