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Chance to work with a punk icon

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • Linder is most famous for this collage for punk band Buzzcocks' hit single.

  • Northern Soul dancing is energetic, acrobatic and increasingly cool.

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HAVE you got soul? Young people aged from 15 to 25 are being given the chance to work with a punk pop icon and a group of Northern Soul aficionados on a filmed artwork in St Ives next week.

The three-day workshop at the historic Porthmeor Studios will include opportunities to get involved with filming, documenting, blogging, promoting, dancing and performing and DJing.

The workshop will also use The Crypt and St Ives Theatre and will be led by world renowned artist Linder Sterling.

Linder, currently artist-in-residence at Tate St Ives, was a key member of the Manchester punk scene, designed one of the most iconic record covers ever – the collage for Buzzcocks' Orgasm Addict – and is friends with Smiths' frontman Morrissey.

Tate Collective and Linder have invited WYS, a group of young Northern Soul dancers from Wigan, who will be sharing their interests, knowledge and ideas and working alongside Linder and Tate Collective in creating an ambitious artwork considering identity, location and underground art and music movements.

Northern Soul saw the youth of northern England develop their own dance culture around imported US soul records – often played out at venues like the famous Wigan Casino.

A revival in Northern Soul has seen the music influence recent hits and Northern Soul dancers feature in pop videos like John Newman's Love Me Again. St Ives also has its own vintage soul following with the Sold As Soul Motown and Northern Soul events being held regularly in The Guildhall.

The Tate Collective workshops run from 10am to 6pm on February 20, 21 and 22. They are free and informal and lunch is provided.

Places are limited. E-mail Sally Noall, of Tate St Ives at sally.noall@tate.org.uk

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