The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned


Julia Griffin senior lecturer in Dance and Performance at Edge Hill University performs This week on Thursday 19th April at 8pm at Victoria Baths in Manchester.



The performance collaborates with Karen Lauke ( Senior Lecturer Music, Sound, Performance) and Helen Newall ( Reader in Performing arts) Exploring liminal places between breathing water and air in a live , mediated visual performance.

Performance Lecturers at Edge Hill University all have experience of working in the field in various branches. Many are still practising today. ‘The Ghost of Someone Not Yet Drowned‘ is a unique opportunity to take a look at some of the work that potentially be produced with a performance degree from Edge Hill. Despite the negativity that too often surrounds a degree in the arts.

Myself, Ian Jones and Jim Hendley will be helping with the performance on Thursday at the baths

Here is the link to book your tickets.



TITS, WOMBS, MONITORS and para-SITES :The instability of flesh


Its that horrible time of year with a looming dissertation. My project will be exhibited in the Open Skies Gallery Southport thanks to Ruth Ainsworth (Gallery owner). TITS, WOMBS, MONITORS and para-SITES :The instability of flesh  scenographically explores the pregnant body in an immersive installation. Blurring boundaries between performance, art  and installation. The piece will explore the contemporary anxiety’s of the pregnant body. Everyone is welcome to view the work!

OPENING TIMES: Wed 9th May 3pm – 7pm, Thurs/Fri/Sat/ 10am – 5pm Sunday 11am – 4pm




Design and Visual Exhibition May 2012

A great chance for you to come and view the work taking place at Edge Hill University. Unsure whether this is the right course for you? Third Year BA (Hons) Design for Performance and BA (hons) Visual Theatre exhibit a collection of their work throughout the three year course. Come and Visit Edge Hill University from the 21st – 25th May to view the free exhibition.

The exhibition will show you the progression of skills and projects throughout the course. Professional projects and collaborative work. Here is the link to the facebook event.

For more information drop us a comment or email

Burscough Car Boot

A glorious Sunday morning and a little trip to the car boot. Im a nightmare hoarder especially when it comes to unusual junk that wont fit in anywhere in my modest student house… and will almost certainly collect dust and consume my very existence.

Car boots are little treasure troves for any set designer. Last year we visited the car boot for props for the show ‘Fear and Misery’ (a second year drama production directed by Bill Hopkinson). Its dirt cheap and if your luckily you can find the perfect rusty spoon, walking stick or 1940’s smoking tin that might just put the finishing touches to your design.

The car boots a three minute drive from the University. Today was an indulgent grab a bargin day i wasn’t looking for anything specific but still managed to make a few purchases.

For anyone visiting the UCAS event I will be there with fellow student ambassador Chris Lawson in Wrexham tomorrow. Come and talk to us about the courses available at Edge Hill University.,Burscough,+Lancashire&cid=0,0,287713275041286832&ei=6TxvT63aGMSp0QWVwIyMCQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CAsQ_BI

UCAS events

The Student Recruitment Team  are on the road over the next few months attending UCAS events across the country. As a student ambassador i will be joining them on a number of these events. We will be giving advice and guidance to prospective students and parents about all aspects of Higher Education and Edge hill Univesity. All  This week i am in Cornwall and Exeter with the UCAS. If anyone is down there come and speak to us!

Visit the UCAS and edgehill  website for the full list of events.


Open Skies Gallery

Ruth Ainsworth runs a life drawing session every Friday at Edge hill for any students who wish to attend. The more the merrier!

The classes are very informal, explore what you like but also pick up a few creative techniques from Ruth. Life Drawing classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of studying design. You may think you can’t draw (and if i had a pound for every time someone said that…) and never will be able to . But it is incredible to see the improvement some of the students have made just from a couple of classes.

Drawing is such an easy way to get your creative ideas out of your head onto paper and present it to others. Personally I find it so much easier than trying to explain what’s going on in my head because it usually doesn’t make sense to the majority of people.

Life drawing is structured around your classes and lectures so you will always have spare time to go. Its great way to de-stress and just escape everything else for that minute.

Ruth also has her own gallery in Southport. Where she offers similar classes to locals. Some of her impressive art work is also available to purchase. Here is a link to her website and details of the address.

I visited the gallery last Wednesday and took some photos of the space. Which i will be using to display my dissertation piece. Enjoy!

Pin Hole Camera


This Friday we were introduced to the pin hole camera by Neil Willcock from the Media Department. Neill has always had an passion for this kind of photography.

He introduced us to a number of his own creative examples of pin hole photography. Some of the results are simply stunning.

Artist Francesco Capponi has created a pinhole camera from an egg. The artist places the photo emulsion on the inside of the egg, takes a photo, and then let’s the image get exposed on the inside shell of the egg.

There are so many possibilities. Creativity has no limits!

How to make a pin hole camera

When you make a pinhole camera for roll or sheet film, use a small can or box as the camera body. You can use anything that has a tight-fitting top – a clean paint can, a vegetable shortening can, a 2-pound coffee can, a shoebox, or even a cereal box.

Cut a small square out of a can (this will be where you pierce your pin -hole) sand the surface down if very thick.

To make the can light-tight, paint the inside with dull black paint or line it with black paper to prevent light reflections. If the can you use has a plastic lid, paint the lid black.

Be sure to paint it inside and out; then before using it, check to make sure no paint has chipped off. Chipped or peeling paint on the lid will allow light to enter the camera and ruin your pictures.

To make the pin hole take a surgical needle and pierce the can.

Positing the film paper will be dependant on the size and pan of image you would like to take. To calculate use the following webpage …

Here are a few photos from the session and our customized cameras!


Manifesto Exhibition

The past week has been an exciting week for activity in the performing arts department. Third Years had to exhibit their manifestos creatively in spaces around the department (see photos below) . Students in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre preformed on Friday night in the studio theatre. Connor QuillIam, Tara Pender, Rebecca Millard, Charlotte McKernan did an exceptional performance exploring drug use with dangling ropes, suspension, gymnastics through hoops.

Edge Hill university is one of the few in the country that offer facilities for aerial performance. The module choice is available in second and third year. Studying at Edge Hill enables you to learn aerial performance in a safe environment, with top class teachers, specialist aerial equipment, and truly have a one off experience learning bungee-assisted dance from the creators of the technique

Photos are up!

Here are some of the photos taken by Helen Newall for Friday’s exhibition/performance. The performance went exceptionally well with an unexpected turn out! we had to repeat the performance 3 times in fact! Up an coming is the 3rd years manifesto exhibition which will take place this thursday morning. The manifesto is something you will undertake in your 3rd year. Its a creative exploration of your own practice, which may be in poster form, an essay or even a performance itself. Plenty to be getting on with this week then and even more exciting photos to come!

The Final Frontier :Costume

The final week of costume is drawing to end. I don’t know whether to panic, celebrate or cry! Working with Louise Anne Wilson has been a thoroughly enjoyable process as well as collaborating with students from different disciplines such as Drama and Dance. Edge Hill Performing arts department allow you to choose diverse modules to contribute to your degree, so some of the students from Dance, Drama and Visual Theatre alike have been able to take costume as a module choice and they have thoroughly enjoyed it too!

The costume module has interrogated blurring the boundaries between costume, installation, performance and art what id being revealed is really extraordinary. Our work culminates in a presentation of our own costume on Friday. I’ve been looking into breast enhancement and surgically attaching myself to the sewing machine. Sounds bonkers but hopefully it will all come together in performance . Here are some photos from the groups process. I will upload pictures from the groups performance after Friday. enjoyx