Until March the Coventry Evening Telegraph building in Corperation Street, Coventry, is hosting a selection of artwork by Len Cattell (aka Lenny Whitefella).
Dating from 1985 to the present day, it includes paintings (aboriginal inspired, contemporary) and decorated furniture. Based on aboriginal artwork, Lens ‘dot’ pictures are as vibrant as the stories they tell, his imagination has no bounds. Now on show, there is a chance to see something unique in this country at this wonderful exhibition.
I Moved to Australia in the early 1980’s. I became fascinated with Aboriginal art work. I visited many art exhibitions in South Australia and the more I looked the more I became intrigued and my art career was born.
I taught Aboriginal art and culture to students in the local community and exhibited all over South Australia. I worked on varying commissions decorating offices, furniture, clothing, footwear and even Kelvinator fridges and other unusual objects my clients would ask, one of my favourites being a guitar.
I’m still painting as and when inspiration comes and this has come, in recent years, in the transcendence to psychedelic and luminous paintings that can be enjoyed in dim and ambient atmospheres.
I was featured in Interior Design Magazine in 1991 and had won top artist in the Balaklava Court House Gallery Inc art competition. I exhibited in lots of community exhibitions in and around Adelaide and was lucky to win some exhibitions where I exhibited. I also appeared on TV and the radio through an exhibition at Hereward College, Coventry where I born and bred
Awarded the name of Lenny Whitefella by the elders who came down from the Never Never (outback).
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice, a new heartfelt story from the trenches of the First World War will be staged at the Albany Theatre’s new studio space in Coventry.
The Window, written and directed by Paul Nolan, tells the true story of his great uncle James O’Neil, who was born at the end of the 19th century to a poor Coventry family who were fighting just to survive after their father was admitted to the notorious Hatton Asylum.
Fast changes were taking place in the rapidly expanding industrial city at the time, and James grew up to be exactly the ‘right age’ when the First World War broke out. News that the country was at war, announced on the August bank holiday 1914, shook the family home, pitching James into the most exciting adventure of his life, as he became part of a landmark British offensive with the 15th Durham Light Infantry that would change ground warfare as we know it.
This touching play describes both the horrors of the battlefield and the struggles on the home front though the voices of James and his sister Ivy. The Window is a compelling and beautifully constructed First World War drama about a young Coventry soldier and his harrowing experiences during one of the British Army’s most notoriously unsuccessful and bloody offensives.
Venue: Albany Theatre Studio, 53 Butts Road, Coventry CV1 3BH
Tues 13 March – Sat 17 March 2018 (Press night: Weds 14 March)
Evening performances: 7.30pm
Matinees: 13.30 Tues-Fri, 14.30 Saturday
Box Office 024 7699 8964 http://www.albanytheatre.co.uk
Running time approx. 1hr 15mins
All performances followed by a Q&A/Post show discussion with the writer/director.