“Get thissen’ art!”

An explosion of music, performance, art and poetry and installations by up-and-coming artists will transform Rotherham, when the Rotherham Open Arts Festival hits the town.

A collection of innovative art work including installations and sculptures from a variety of local professional artists, will be displayed in the Old Market Gallery on Corporation Street in the centre of Rotherham, throughout November.

Artist such as Pete McKee and Michael Latimer are amongst the local talent exhibiting their works.

These will be accompanied by a ‘Schools Gallery’ displaying the best arts work created by Rotherham Young People in workshops based on the concept of ‘Rotherham Roots’.

Festival organisers Rotherham Culture Company will be inviting local schools and community groups to participate in various workshops at the gallery including heritage workshops running on a 1969 Rotherham open top bus.

South Yorkshire Transport Museum will be running heritage workshops buses from outside the exhibitions.

At the Magna Centre Internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre, will be performing a collection of dance pieces in the Red Hall on November 19.

The innovative Retina Dance Company will also be performing their piece ‘Layers of Skin’ at Magna on November 20.

Professional dancers from Retina and 12 local young people will come together to create a unique performance.

Each Wednesday there will be A free folk concert At the old Markets Gallery, bringing the very best of local and regional acoustic talent to the Festival.

There will also be a short Programme of one off events from Workshops led by Ray Hearne and Paul Davenport and a performance of “Hearts of Steel” a great show about the steel making heritage of Rotherham.

To book tickets, visit www.rothcultureco.eventbrite.co.uk