Art houses go head-to-head

Crescent Arts get ready for an artistic rumble with a pre punch up Will Watts takes a big left from Stuart Cameron..Picture Richard Ponter 132009
Crescent Arts get ready for an artistic rumble with a pre punch up Will Watts takes a big left from Stuart Cameron..Picture Richard Ponter 132009
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Scarborough Art Gallery and Crescent Arts join forces – and take each other on – for one night only in Museums at Night 2013.

Poetry, film and fighting are on the agenda tomorrow, from 6.30-10.30pm, to mark Museums at Night, Culture24’s festival to inspire after-hours cultural events in museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Artist Karen Thompson with news billboards at Crescent Arts.Picture Richard Ponter 131932a

Artist Karen Thompson with news billboards at Crescent Arts.Picture Richard Ponter 131932a

Poet Jo Reed has joined the line-up at Scarborough Art Gallery in The Crescent, and will read a section of her poem A Soho Sequence called St Anne’s Parish, which remembers the people and places of that particular part of Soho in the Sixties.

The reading will start at 7pm, and will be followed by a short Q and A session.

From 8pm, teams from Scarborough Art Gallery and Crescent Arts will aim to resolve the age-old debate over realist versus conceptualist art once and for all – by slugging it out in the boxing ring.

But the gloves will be off as opponents look to do battle with more unusual props.

Crescent Arts, based downstairs in the art gallery building, will screen Future Shorts films at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.

Meanwhile, at the Rotunda, visitors can see night-themed exhibits, including creatures of the night from the taxidermy collection and Victorian nightwear.

Both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda will open from 6pm-9pm on the night.

All events are free except for film screenings.

Visitors to Crescent Arts can also see the latest exhibition which looks back at news content posters from The Scarborough News .

The affectionate look at two years of ‘content bills’ has been put together by artist Karen Thompson (pictured).

The Museums at Night event will also see judging take place to announce the winner of the news poster competition after the public was invited to create their own news bill.

The exhibition is run in conjunction with Local Newspaper Week which this year is themed around press freedom, highlighting the importance of local newspapers’ freedom to scrutinize authority and hold the powerful to account.

Crescent Arts director Stuart Cameron said: “We’re very supportive of the idea of Local Newspaper Week and the current exhibition reinforces the affection in which local newspapers are held.”

The exhibition runs until Saturday, admission is free.