Shades of autumn

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Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax will be the must-see destination for lovers of art, music and comedy this autumn.

The galleries, housed in the former industrial complex, will host exhibitions by Todmorden artist Chris Cullen (below), Liverpool-born David Roberts and Dean Clough artist Jo Brown.

In addition there will be Erik Knudsen’s striking photographs of Cuba and Stephen Weir’s paintings of the South of France.

There will be a private view of the exhibitions on Saturday from noon to 3pm and they will be open to the public until January 3.

One highlight of the autumn season at Dean Clough will be a performance of ‘Turner and the Thames’ by jazz musician and artist Tim Whitehead on Friday, November 7. The piece was commissioned in 2013 for the London Jazz Festival and will be performed by four of the UK’s leading jazz musicians - Tim Whitehead on saxophone, Jonathan Gee on piano, Winston Clifford on drums and Oli Hayhurst on double bass. The performance will feature a simultaneous screening of a film by Mike Dibbs about the ‘Turner and the Thames’ project.

The performance celebrates London’s great river and Turner’s lifelong relationship with it. It is a journey in music through eight locations which inspired Turner. Tim revisited each location and improvised and recorded music on the spot.

The piece was given its first performance at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

On Saturday, November 22 the Roger Beaujolais Quartet returns to Dean Clough for the first time in more than 20 years.

Comedy returns to Dean Clough tonight (Friday) when top performers Gordon Southern, Rory O’Hanlan and Jason Cook provide the laughs. Performances start at 8pm and tickets are £10.

Future comedy clubs will feature Phil Nichol, Chris Martin and Martin Mor on Friday, November 21 and Gavin Webster, Carl Donnelly and Andrew Rayn on Friday, December 12. Call 01422 255266.