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A special photography exhibition celebrating the achievements of Lancaster-based arts collective kicks off next weekend.

Wired In – a Photographic Retrospective by Richard Davis, looks back over the course of 18 events and the many diverse performers involved in the project.

The launch takes place in The Dukes Gallery and bar area on June 7 at 7pm and also includes various live performances on the night by specially invited guests. Wired In, created by photographer/filmmaker Richard Davis, started life at The Dukes back in 2010, and has visited a number of other venues along the way.

Richard said: “The idea was to put together an event which mixed up various art forms such as music, dance, spoken word and comedy which would then be performed in front of a projected light source, of either film or photography.

“Having an emphasis on this visual light source made WIRED IN unique during the last few years and helped give it an identity all of it’s own. “Collaborations were encouraged and artists positively encouraged to try something different and to experiment away from what they would normally do.

“All of this made Wired In different to other events in the area and enabled it to get well attended audiences. The plan was to make each event different to the last which gave it an unpredictable edge and meant we didn’t end up repeating ourselves, usually anything went!”

Over the years Wired In has seen performances from The Heartbreaks, The Lovely Eggs, Mike Garry, Girl Peculiar, Kilcawley Family, Molly Warburton, Ruthless Rap Assassins, Jack Bee, Stephen Hudson, Ludus Dance, Nancy Kent, John Robb, Maja Bugge, Miss P, Rat Bit Kit, Sarah Hymas, Steve Lewis, Joe McCorriston, Katy Pickles, Liar Liar & many more.

The exhibition runs from June 3 until June 30 in the Dukes Gallery. For more information visit www.totallywired.org.uk.