The Arts Society Halifax: Romance, Realism & Revolution

On Tuesday 10 April, 1:00pm at the Red Brick Auditorium of the Square Chapel Arts Centre, Fenella Billington will be speaking on Romance, Realism and Revolution 1700-1800.

France under Louis XV in the 18th century saw the age of Rococo. The works of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard are compared to the more sombre paintings of Chardin and Oudry. In England, the contrasting art of Gainsborough, Stubbs and Hogarth is considered briefly. The French Revolution, followed by the rise of Napoleon once more changed styles in fashionable art.

This lecture considers the many rich threads of art being woven in France and in England in the 18th century, a time that witnessed a radical change from one social system to another.

David Glover Talks at Square Chapel – A Brief History of Shibden Hall

Admission: £6 (£4 concessions)
Wednesday 28 March 2018 – 2pm to 4pm

Our Grade II* listed historic house at Shibden dates from 1420 and has been extensively remodelled from its original design by generations of residents.

From the disputes between the Oates and Savile family in the late 15th Century, through the thriving Waterhouse years, and on to the fascinating diversity of the Listers, David traces a story of absorbing interest.

Tickets available from Square Chapel Arts Centre.

For more information about this event contact Box Office on 01422 349422.

Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space

Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives have become firm favourites with children aged 3 – 7 years with brilliant newly commissioned pieces of music by Children’s Composer in Residence Paul Rissmann.

Recent successes include Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom, The Chimpanzees of Happytown and Stan and Mabel.

Following on from the popular Stan and Mabel, Music in the Round have commissioned a brand new show: Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space, with new music by Paul Rissmann and a new story and illustrations by Jason Chapman.

With lots of audience participation, catchy songs and image projections from the book, this fun, enjoyable concert is an ideal first introduction to top-quality classical music by professional, acclaimed musicians.

The event will be at the Red Brick Auditorium, Sqaure Chapel Arts Centre on Saturday 24 March, 2:00pm. 

Tickets are £8 and can be purchased through the Square Chapel website.

You can even practice the songs before you go!

A Celebration of Square Chapel – Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers

On Saturday 24 March, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium of Square Chapel Arts Centre, there will be a Celebration of Square Chapel by Ensemble 360 & The Hepton Singers.

Commissioned by the Centre, composer Paul Robinson has written an entirely new piece of music setting excerpts of a verse by the over 50’s Creative Writing group and the original poem written by the founder of the Chapel, Titus Knight.

This concert weaves the history of Square Chapel, the important role it plays in the community and where it is today. Ensemble 360 will also perform Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune and a vibrant selection of Shostakovich’s ‘jazz’ music.

The commission was sponsored by Robin and Jessica Sutcliffe (Founders and patrons of Square Chapel Arts Centre).

Tickets: £18 (£15 concessions) can be obtained from the Square Chapel website.


Illustrated Talk – Old Photos of Halifax

Wednesday 14 March, 2pm at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts David Glover will be presenting images of old Halifax.

Another selection of nostalgic pictures of Halifax, a new variety for 2018. From nostalgic photos of the Borough Market, old buses in Boothtown Road and New Bank, via old Copley, and on to the demolition of Northgate End Chapel, David Glover presents a wonderful cavalcade of snapshots.

Do you remember what Riding Hall Mills and Caledonia Wireworks looked like? Not to be missed!

Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions) can be purchased from Square Chapel.

Afternoon Dance at Square Chapel

Monday 26 March, 1.30pm–4:00pm at Square Chapel for just £4 including refreshments.

Join in with the monthly Afternoon Dance in a wonderfully atmospheric auditorium, with a mix of ballroom and sequence dancing for the over 50’s. The professional dance tutor, Andrea, is on hand to support the class – it’s a wonderfully friendly and fun group and a great way to meet new people.

For more information contact Michaela O’Sullivan, Head of Audiences, or Kane Rattray, Education and Outreach Manager at or call 01422 353073.

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Hidden Figures Screening for International Women’s Day

Join Holly Lynch MP for her annual International Women’s Day film screening to raise funds for the Women Centre in Halifax on Thursday 22 Mar, 7:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax.

Tickets: £7  can be purchased online at For more information call the Box Office on 01422 349422.

Hidden Figures (PG) is the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA – Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.