21 May 2021 5pm – Late

Enjoy LightNight at Tate Liverpool with free access to the galleries including and new collection displays and a late night view of the Liverpool Biennial.

Take part in a Buggy Walk, a specially formulated tour for young families and our Ideas Depot display featuring artworks curated by children for children.

Enjoy special LightNight only discounts on children’s activity books in the shop.

Shop and café will be open serving food until 20:00

Age guidance: Open to all with Buggy Walk aimed at 5 and under

There will be sparks. There will be flames. There will be bellowing.

Come and join us on LightNight as we turn rock into metal without the help of Ozzy Osborne! Visit our site to learn more and join us for interactive discussions of mines, metals and magic at 18.00–18.30 and 20.00–20.30.

A playful look at the production of copper

A restful soundscape of smelting

Game of Stones: The Magic of Metallurgy — 6pm Discussion

Game of Stones: The Magic of Metallurgy — 8pm Discussion

Enjoy these events online on LightNight right here or at: www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/lightnight2021

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Social Media
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Instagram: @garstangmuseumofarchaeology

Creative Innovation is a series of playful online demonstrations in the form of virtual content showcasing the innovative technologies and creative offerings homed within Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

Creative Innovation is a joint event between Liverpool Science Park, Sensor City and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool).

KQ Liverpool is a world-leading innovation district, spanning more than half of Liverpool City Centre, and is home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, education, music and creative and performing arts. KQ Liverpool links up like-minded cultural and commercial organisations, academics, clinicians and scientists, to promote the world-class innovation that exists within our city region.

Whether it’s through rapid prototyping, gamification of technology, virtual reality or creative research and development, customers based at Liverpool Science Park and Sensor City are involved in innovation and experimental play, pushing the boundaries of the art of the possible. Located within the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool Science Park plays host to a community of like-minded and ambitious innovators, developers and scientists. Sensor City is a global hub for the development of sensor and IoT technologies.

Programme Live from 5pm on LightNight

Spot the Dog- MTC 

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 with the objective of bridging the gap between academic and industry.

Meet Spot the Dog. This computerised canine can climb stairs and cross rough terrain, which would defeat most robots. Spot will help organisations to apply automation in dynamic and testing environments. Watch the launch of Spot the Dog and read about how Spot will be used in future projects in Liverpool and the North West.

 

Drones and Interactive Virtual Tour: Drone Site Surveys

Drone Site Surveys use smart technology to offer construction professionals alternative visual options, enabling them to work smarter.

Watch the drones in action with aerial shots from around the city and learn about their innovative capabilities.

 

Virtual Gallery Tour: Scenegraph Studios

From virtual and augmented reality, to games and web design, Scenegraph studios is a multidisciplinary creative studio building interactive real time experiences.

Take a tour around a 3D online gallery, and experience the future of immersive technology, here.

 

Revolutionary drumkit: Aerodrums 

Aerodrums is a revolutionary air-drumming instrument which plays just like a conventional drum set, minus the drum set. This award-winning, virtual kit is transforming the production and delivery of media and the arts, as well as solving the problems of portability, space and noise associated with traditional drum kits.

Watch the Aerodrums in action with covers of your favourite songs and listen to a learner’s journey of the experience of learning and playing the Aerodrums.

Bruno Mars Uptown Funk – Aerodrums Cover

Michael Jackson Billie Jean – Aerodrums Cover

Aerodrums – A Learner’s Journey

Playing House – RenderNation

RenderNation is a team of technology experts working hard to deliver innovative render farm solutions.

Navigate a 3D space and use the mouse to get a full 360-degree view in various locations around a luxury property.

http://lightnight.rendernation.com/

*Please note this link is for laptop/desktop use only.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Commissioned by METAL in association with LightNight

Musician, songwriter and curator Love Ssega presents an escapist family adventure where viewers are transported into a parallel version of Liverpool City region based on Andrew Kiwanuka’s Project Earth comic, which Love Ssega recently commissioned as part of his Season For Change Airs of the South Circular project. New music has been specially written and composed by Love Ssega to accompany this 3D Cut-out Opera, where the 2D characters and friends from Project Earth find themselves filmed and brought to life in 3D.

As a founder member and original songwriter of Clean Bandit, expect hooks to sing along to as well as a mix of synths and baselines associated with Love Ssega’s more experimental solo productions. Touching upon the themes of climate education, justice and air pollution affecting school-age children, Love Ssega brings stories he noticed growing up in South East London by the South Circular to the Liverpool City Region adapted especially for LightNight, as an act of creative solidarity.

Following the event, viewers will be able to download Love Ssega’s music and backgrounds to create their own ‘Cut-Out Opera’ at home with family or friends.

Watch the event here (embedded above) or on Love Ssega’s Youtube channel.

This event will be subtitled

Social Media

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Are we shaping technology? Or is it shaping us?

The fascinating world of artificial intelligence comes to World Museum in a new exhibition bursting with interactivity through immersive artworks and scientific developments, giving visitors a thrilling vision of the future.

Explored through prominent and cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, ‘AI: More than Human’ is an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology.

The exhibition tells the rapidly developing story of AI, from its extraordinary ancient roots in Japanese Shintoism, to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage’s early experiments in computing, through to the major developmental leaps from the 1940s to the present day.

CAFÉ & SHOP: You can also grab a bite to eat and drink at the World Museum café or pick up a souvenir from the shop.

Please note: You will need to buy tickets for this event, as a special LightNight offer when you book a ticket you will get one free (Friday 21 May 17:00—22:00 only).

The Exhibition was curated and organised by Barbican International Enterprises and co-produced by Forum Groningen, Netherlands.

AI: More than Human, runs until 31 October 2021.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting right now.

Check out all 67 paintings selected for this year’s exhibition and keep an eye out for our prize winning paintings. You’ll also be able to find out who has been crowned the winner of this year’s Visitors’ Choice Prize.

Please pre-book your ticket using the button below.

Café & Shop

You can grab a bite to eat and drink in the beautiful surroundings of the Walker café. The Walker shop is also open to buy the exhibition catalogue, has a great selection of merchandise and other special gifts, be sure to take a look.

Can’t make it to the Walker Arts Gallery on LightNight?
You can visit using the virtual tour.

 

The history of the Port of Liverpool echoes other histories of bodies – in labour, in motion and in struggle. Transforming the former Dock Traffic Office, David Zink Yi’s video installation Horror Vacui (2009) emphasises the role of rituals in the production of music, operating as an extended picture without beginning or end.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: David Zink Yi, Horror Vacui (film still), 2009. Courtesy the artist.

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

Grow-at-Home with Open Eye Gallery. Over the next two years we are working with a range of partners to develop a programme with a focus on climate change. To complement our LightNight events, which explore how we can engage with the green agenda through art, we’ve created ‘Grow-at-Home’ activity packs.

The packs contain native wildflower seeds, photo challenges and projects by local artists and movements engaging with the green agenda and are available to collect and take home from the gallery on LightNight. Pick up a pack and enjoy a  late night opening of our current exhibition – Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port.

About the Liverpool Biennial exhibition:

In the downstairs gallery, Zineb Sedira’s works, from her Sugar Routes (2013) series, recount the history of transoceanic slavery and forced migration, the triangular trade routes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the continued trade of sugar across the Atlantic for mass consumption.

Exhibited in the upstairs gallery, Alberta Whittle’s film, between a whisper and a cry (2019), also reflects upon these oceanic routes and worldview, hinging on memory, labour and the afterlives of colonialism in our contemporary world.

If you are taking part in LightNight’s online offer from home, you can order an activity pack to be posted to you. To order, email sorcha@openeye.org.uk by 13th May to receive on time for LightNight.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Zineb Sedira Sugar Routes I 2013

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

 

Come and take a LightNight stroll down wonderful Windsor Street, and discover May-time treasures. Join in games, see and make great art and enjoy tasty food with the Squash and Family Hive gang.

As outdoors is now the new indoors, we invite you to visit our new on-the-street gallery and our first exhibition, Signs of the Times. Local artists and community members have contributed to this group show of new and archive drawings, embroidery, photographs, poetry and painting, celebrating spring growth, community action and the importance of togetherness.

On LightNight we’ll be playing recreational games responding to the artworks and would love you and your family to join in. And we hope your visit inspires you to get creative by taking photos, writing poems and making pictures. Signs of the Times has been activated by Squash’s 100 year street vision, inspired by nature; to actively transform our Windsor Street neighbourhood into a people-powered place that is known throughout the world for being a playful, resilient and loving community where everybody thrives!

Community arts organisation Family Hive uses play as a key approach to community participation and will be co-designing the street games on LightNight.

The Squash cafe will be open with a special menu for LightNight.

Signs of the Times is dedicated to our dear friend, the photographer and baker Mark Loudon, whose work features in this exhibition.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Blossom by Tabitha Moses photograph by Jon Barraclough

With the grand opening of British artist Peter Walker’s Peace Doves on this year’s LightNight it promises to be a truly memorable night. Peace Doves comprises of many thousands of beautiful paper doves flying high above the Well.

Thousands of cathedral visitors over the last year have written upon the Peace Doves to document their hopes and prayers. Both playful and uplifting, the installation will sit alongside a programme which will begin with Choral Evensong and the always engaging and fun demonstration from one of the world’s biggest cathedral organs.

This year the main installation will also be supplemented by a range of musical interludes throughout the evening, including Liverpool based company Katumba who are a fierce fusion of UK big beat, Caribbean calypso and the carnivals of Northeast Brazil. Katumba will be popping up to perform outside the front of the cathedral.

The cathedral’s fabulous young Choral Scholars will entertain with some operatic scenes and the professional chamber choir L24 will present a programme of uplifting music with themes of both peace and a African and Latin-American vibe alongside Katumba.

Inside, on the Welsford porch, will feature the cathedral’s wonderful new catering offer from Liverpool company Flynnhurst with an array of mouth-watering food – including the ever popular cathedral barbecue.

17:00 Cathedral opens
17:30 – 18:05 Choral Evensong with peace as the theme
18:10 – 18:45 Organ demonstration with Ian Tracey
18:45 – 19:15 Choral Masterpieces sung by the Cathedral Choir
19:30 – 20:00 Scenes from musicals and operas sung by Choral Scholars. Semi-staged.
20:00 – 20:30 Katumba Drummers
20:30 – 21:30 Concert with L24 choir and Organist Daniel Greenway collaborating with Katumba Drummers
21:30 – 22:00 Organ performance of music from films given by Daniel Bishop. With lighting effects!

The Peace Doves installation will run at Liverpool Cathedral until the end of the Summer.

Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Artists gathered in this venue employ different viewpoints and organisms to question, disrupt and explore what a human can be against a ‘neutral’ and universal designation.

Some of the artists explore ways in which our bodies are fluid, porous and interdependent – be it natural or artificial. Others confront historical corporeal constructions by amplifying experiences of those who have other bodies often located in a space of lack, in a place of disadvantage and subordination. But all call for an urgent need to re-think what a human is – dismantling structures that inflict violence upon those whose humanity is valued differently because of their race, gender, sexuality, or abilities.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Image credit: Jenna Sutela, Magma, 2019. Photo: Moderna Museet

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

The artists gathered in this venue question what we consider a body to be and what it might mean to be human. Ostensibly, a straightforward notion – yet our answers are often drawn from an historical Western assumption of the body as that of a white heterosexual male.

‘Universal’ understandings such as this structurally shape the way we think of bodies, and humans – often in binary terms. For example, the body is often understood as a border between the internal self and the external world.

Dualisms such as mind/body are integrated into the fabric of Western thinking, making it difficult to imagine experience outside of these constraints. Another example is the opposition between male/female and associated stereotypes, where a female’s identity is often regarded as more entangled in her bodily existence – more biological and less rational. These characteristics are also attributed to colonised and racialised bodies. The fact is, however, that humans imagine and experience the nature, limits and capacities of the human body – and its relation to the self – in extremely diverse ways.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Kathleen Ryan, Mother of Pearl, 2019. Photo: Jack Spicer Adams

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

Heavy Gardening is a new trail of seven art works, running from Wood Street to Wapping Dock, produced by artist Andrew Merritt of Something & Son, in partnership with dot-art, Open Eye Gallery and First Take, as part of Liverpool City Council’s Urban GreenUP project which seeks to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

Andrew has transformed seven small pieces of public infrastructure and human engineering to make them useful habitats for other species. Through this playful approach to urban design, we can create city habitats that encourage biodiversity to the area and even reintroduce species that may have been lost.

First Take worked with local communities to produce seven short films, accessed by QR codes, showcasing nature-based artworks, green interventions and encouraging local people to talk about the benefits of greening their environment.

Join us at the start of the trail outside FACT to find out more about urban wildlife with the RSPB, pick up a map and start your self-led journey.

Find the trail map at: www.dot-art.co.uk/heavy-gardening

Photowalks at 17:00 or 19:00

If you’d prefer a guided trail, you can book onto a guided Photowalk with Open Eye Gallery’s Andy Yates. Andy will take you between the seven art installations, inviting you to capture the trail and take part in a series of photography challenges.

Photowalks take place at 17:00 and 19:00. There are 12 free places available on each photowalk, booking is essential.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Age guidance: 16+ for photowalk, self guided tour open to all ages

Social Media

Twitter: @dotart
Facebook: @dotart
Instagram: @dotartliverpool

More Heavy Gardening events:

Online Discussion – Heavy Gardening: A Cross Sector Approach to the Green Agenda

The Peter Macaulay exhibition in our elegant Cook Street gallery moves between representational and abstract paintings with Pollack-like streaks and splashes compared to the more elegant works inspired by Egon Schiele’s drawings.

The strong graphics contrast with the stark background of others and absurdity is a frequent theme, with, for example, an image produced with house paint and tea. Many are left without explanation and appear both unfinished yet resolved.

Above all there is a sense of Joie de vivre and a celebration of wit and sensitivity which is all true of Macaulay himself!

Exhibition runs until June 12th.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image credit: Girl Round the Pool 3 Oil on canvas by Peter Macaulay

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held the largest single stock of cotton in the world. This former Cotton Exchange is symbolic of this moment in the city’s economy and societal history; the building is explicitly and integrally tied to a time when wealth and economic prosperity depended upon enforced movement of people, enslavement, trade and labour.

The works gathered here address the long-term impacts of the mass and forced dispersion of African people in different American contexts: Colombia, Brazil and the United States. They do so in a number of different ways – from critical viewpoints of the effects of racialisation of humans as a tool for domination, through to building forms of resistance and empowerment across borders.

This exhibition will run until 27th June.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

 

Image credit: Invernomuto & Jim C. Nedd, Grito – Las Brisas de Febrero (video still), 2021. Courtesy of the artists

Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.

You can experience Erick Beltrán’s Superposition (2021) by booking a special ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 (normal phone and taxi rates apply). Available throughout Liverpool Biennial, the full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis are Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio.

FACT invites you to explore the galleries after hours, with a chance to see new immersive artworks as part of Liverpool Biennial as well as a collection of new and recent works by Liverpool-based artist, Kiara Mohamed.

In Gallery 1, experience Black Obsidian Sound System’s (B.O.S.S) new installation Collective Hum (2021), a club-like space of collective pleasure and healing, or in Gallery 2, encounter Bo Zheng’s sensual examination of queerness through the use of plants and natural landscapes.

Don’t miss artist and filmmaker Kiara Mohamed’s solo exhibition Soft Boys in Foyer Gallery, which comprises a collection of intimate short films exploring what it means to be human through intersections of race, gender, sexuality and self-care. To celebrate the reopening and welcome you back, FACT will present streamed DJ sets by members of B.O.S.S across the galleries and building.

For those who aren’t ready to visit yet or who are unable to, you can also watch the streams live on FACT Liverpool’s Mixcloud page to enjoy the mix from the comfort of their own home.

Watch the B.O.S.S. live stream on https://www.mixcloud.com/live/fact_liverpool/

Heavy Gardening by Something & Son

On LightNight, FACT will launch Heavy Gardening – a new trail of seven art works, running from Wood Street to Wapping Dock, produced by artist Andrew Merritt of Something & Son, in partnership with dot-artOpen Eye Gallery and First Take, as part of Liverpool City Council’s Urban GreenUP project which seeks to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

Transforming small pieces of public infrastructure to make them useful for other species, Heavy Gardening is based on the idea of ‘gardening the city’. The installations will use tools and equipment usually reserved for human-centric infrastructure, such as billboards and drainage, to create space and shelter for other species.

The URBAN Greenup project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 730426

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Make began its journey in the Baltic on LightNight back in 2013, where we opened our doors for the first time to showcase our space. For this years LightNight, for one night only, we will be taking over the Shed at Baltic Creative, just inside Baltic Roastery.

With our focus around the theme of play, each artist has expressed themselves through their work in a variety of different art forms and mediums. After a long time unable to exhibit any of their work, it’s sure to be one to remember.

Make houses an eclectic mix of makers, do-ers and creators and we can’t wait to showcase the amazing work created by our talented residents. Join us at The Shed and immerse yourself in the work of some of Liverpool’s artists, creators, and makers and discover more about Make.

Since 2013 Make has branched out to other parts of the Liverpool City Region including the North Docks and Birkenhead, offering much needed studio and working space, classes, events and business support.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

For LightNight 2021, Hub Studios and Gallery will reopen its doors in order to share a brand new body of work they have created during the last 12 months.

Hub Studios houses an independent collective of local artists and creatives. The group was originally set up in late 2008 – mostly refugees from the urban redevelopment that saw the final demise and deterioration of small transient studios in the city of Liverpool.

Hub studios, like many other art collectives in Liverpool, has had a rollercoaster year. Each of their artists has taken solace in their creative processes whilst using the time to play with new ideas, disciplines and techniques, embracing the restrictions in the best way possible.

 

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

More events at Northern Lights:

Innominate Studios: Open Studio
COBALT!
The Royal Standard: Members Show

Innominate Studios is a new artist collective, founded in late 2020 to provide workspace for artists of various disciplines. A mix of established artists and ones who have never held studio space previously. The gathered skillsets encompass painting, illustration, sculpture, moulding, resin casting, embroidery, and textile work.

Innominate wish to invite you to their very first open studio where you can meet the residents in an informal environment and discover their artwork!

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

More events at Northern Lights:

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio
COBALT!
The Royal Standard: Members Show

After the rollercoaster ride of 2020 ROAD Studios have decided to have some fun for LightNight 2021 and will be hosting COBALT! an exhibition exploring the many quirks and in jokes that have come about in ROAD Studios over the years.

Through COBALT! we plan to explore how play grows within an environment where people work together and how it can create a community but how it can look strange and confusing to those outside of that community.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment. This exhibition can be found in the Luna Room inside Northern Lights.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Age guidance: 12+

Social Media

Twitter: @road_studios
Facebook: @RoadStudios
Instagram: @road_studios

More events at Northern Lights:

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio
Innominate Studios: Open Studio
The Royal Standard: Members Show

The Bluecoat Display Centre presents new displays including ceramics by Attila Olah, Emma Rodgers and Jacob Chan, glass by Verity Pulford, mixed media by Michael Brennand-Wood, metalwork by Ruth Ball and wood by Hugh Miller. Many of these maker’s work will also be shown in new displays in the Craft and Design Gallery at the Walker Art Gallery and the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum throughout 2021.

You can join Samantha Rhodes – Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre – in conversation with exhibiting artists, online on LightNight:

Attila Olah in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Attila Olah is a local ceramicist whose work explores the power of the vessel: over thousands of years, through association with birth, nourishment, ritual, celebration and death, the vessel has become deeply rooted in the human psyche. He runs Altar Pottery, a progressive ceramics studio based in John Archer Hall, Toxteth. Watch Attila’s short film, ‘Ice Motion’, here.

Jacob Chan in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Jacob Chan is a local emerging ceramicist. His work is heavily based around his cultural background and heritage. Being half Chinese and half English his ceramics take inspiration from traditional Chinese shapes and forms, whilst the surfaces are heavily decorated in slips and oxides that contain other raw materials such as sand, slate and broken pottery collected from around the coastlines and mountain ranges of Britain. Jacob was a finalist in the 2019 series of the Great Pottery Throw-down on Channel 4.

Emma Rhodes in conversation

For LightNight 2021, Samantha Rhodes continues her series of recorded conversations with local makers from their studios. Emma Rodgers is a local ceramic artist who creates sculptural works which explore “confrontation, energy, curiosity [and the] essence of a moment” and are indicative of the very nature of the animals she depicts. Recently Emma has started to experiment with bronze, as she feels clay can not sustain the demands of some of her ideas in terms of strength and durability.

Age guidance: Young children should be accompanied by an adult

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Closed captions are available for this event. If you require captions please view the work through Google Chrome web browser, and enable them via the Settings tab. Google Chrome can be downloaded here.

The Royal Standard will be hosting a special studio member show for LightNight 2021. In response to this year’s theme of ‘Play’ members have created new works in small groups in the same style as playing the game ‘Exquisite Corpse.’

One player draws the head, one draws a torso, and one draws the legs. Not revealing their shared creation until the very end.

Each group of members takes a different approach, a more literal version of the concept, but still following the original game rules. This is a more experimental approach to interpreting the theme, which leaves room for more random outcomes. None of our artists will see each other’s work until the opening night, like unravelling the paper at the end of the game and seeing what you have collectively created.

A virtual reality version of the exhibition is also available online (courtesy of Capture VR) below and at this link:

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

More events at Northern Lights:

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio
Innominate Studios: Open Studio
COBALT!

Northern Lights will open its doors to members of the public to explore the artist’s studios within. You’re invited to visit The Royal Standard, Hub Art Studios and Galleries, ROAD Studios, Innominate Studios and Ryde.

Each studio will be responding to the theme of Play. Expect installations that explore how play grows within the artist’s environment, exhibitions that incorporate gameplay and much more.

Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

More events at Northern Lights:

Hub Studios and Gallery: Members show and Open Studio
Innominate Studios: Open Studio
COBALT!
The Royal Standard: Members Show

Join us at Bluecoat for food and drinks from our cafe – served in our city-centre garden oasis, and a special late-night opening of our current exhibition, part of Liverpool Biennial.

Book your ticket to avoid disappointment using the button below.

Take a look in our galleries where we have Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. The 11th edition is titled The Stomach and the Port.

The artists exhibiting at Bluecoat acknowledge the intimate connections between humans and nature. Vibrant abstract paintings by Jadé Fadojutimi explore how bodies and nature are in constant flux. Mesmeric documentary style films by Laura Huertas Millán and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, together with intricate sculptural works by Roland Persson, Kathleen Ryan and André Romão point to new ways of connecting with the natural world.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Image: Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018

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For LightNight ROAD Studios Director Tony Knox will be collaborating with ROAD members and guest artists to produce the latest issue of the Mothman comic book, giving an insight into the dysfunctional life of the Mothman.

As he stumbles throughout different ages in history, his tales become interwoven within folklore, this cryptid being bringing misfortune in the most haphazard of ways.

Individual pages will be shown as a series of large-scale posters displayed in various outdoor locations across the city centre as part of LightNight 2021 which you can see from 19th May until 3rd June 2021. A map of the poster locations can be viewed here.

ROAD Studios is an artist led organisation that has served as a creative hub within the heart of Liverpool since 2012.

Mothman #4 will feature the work of Tony Knox, Helios Bernal Alcantarilla, Eoin Flynn, Robert Flynn, Kirsten Hawkins, Lauren Masterson, Louis Jeck-Prestidge, Sasha Spyrou, Lo Tierney, Tomo and Andy Wolfenden.

See the artwork across poster sites in the city whilst you’re on your LightNight trail!

Social Media

Twitter: @road_studios
Facebook: @RoadStudios
Instagram: @road_studios

 

William Nicolas Crosland – known affectionately as Nicholas, was born in Colwyn Bay on 9th of April 1951. Crosland, a trained classical musician, was the first person from Mabel Fletcher Music College in Liverpool to go to the prestigious Royal College of Music in London.

After university, whilst travelling through India, Crosland met a man who carried a travelling chess board. Its speculated this was the genesis of his tapestries. In 1990 Crosland moved to Barcelona and began his tapestries creation. During that time lots of people wanted to learn Spanish guitar, but its suggested that Crosland only wanted to teach classical guitar so instead he charged his creativity into tapestry. These evolved over time, developing to more abstract and intricate, intertwining with a playful exploration of the hallucinogenic.

This exhibition of William Nicolas Crosland’s tapestries was made possible by his children, Thomas Crosland, William Furgus Crosland and Jana Crosland.

Book required to avoid disappointment.

Please note venue change from 24 Kitchen Street to Chapters of Us

More events from 24 Kitchen Street:

After Party – Crazy P  now hosted at Camp and Furnace

Visit Liverpool’s unique graffiti art focused venue Zap Graffiti and watch several artists get playful and create works live especially for LightNight on a large scale.

Since 1995, Zap Graffiti have been busy engaging folks from all walks of life in the positive artform of graffiti. They also coordinate the Contrast Mural Fest.

If you’re interested in future workshops, buying equipment, having your own mural specially commissioned or booking the their venue speak to a member of the Zap team on the night.

Specifically aimed at families with children

No booking required, but please note all LightNight venues have limited capacities and you may need to queue to help us adhere to safety guidelines. Read more

Join Liverpool John Moores University as we explore the Keith Medley Photographic Archive, and encourage you to contribute your own memories and observations of these special places that live on in the hearts of Scousers.

This will be an entirely online event, but will give you a taster of the joys of delving into the University’s archives and discovering new wonders.

Keith Medley was a commercial photographer in the Liverpool City Region from the ‘40s through to the ‘80’s leaving a fascinating and exhilarating glimpse into the life and times of people from Merseyside.  This evening we will focus on a selection of his insightful images of how Liverpool and Wirral went to ‘play’: the fairground, the beach, sports pitches and music venues, to name just a few.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly.

To explore the archive visit the website

 

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Twitter: @LJMU_SCA

Once you’ve finished watching our video, we want you to create and capture your own table top scene and share it with the world by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram – @NTHardmansHouse. We’ll be sharing your (and our) creations throughout the evening on our social media. You’ll be amazed at what you can create by playing around with a camera, some household objects and your imagination.

As part of the video, you’ll also learn about the life and work of the Hardmans and get a glimpse of the original studio and other interesting rooms in the 1950s time capsule on Rodney Street.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

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Social Media

Twitter: @NTHardmansHouse
Facebook: @NTHardmansHouse
Instagram: @NTHardmansHouse

Cyber Labyrinth

It is presented in the form of a pseudo futuristic cyber café, showcasing a wide spectrum of experimental works including but not limited to video art, animation, music video, game, sonic art and performance art. Audiences can interact with the fun and engaging artworks as they embark on a psychedelic journey of future imaginings filled with wonders and surprises.

Unrestricted by geographical limitations, Cyber Labyrinth is set to engage audiences from anywhere around the globe through a playful, extraordinary and immersive experience into a kaleidoscope of possible futures.

Visit the online portal from 5pm on LightNight: https://cyberlabyrinth.xctuality.com

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults

Social Media

Facebook: @Art by Jaxton Su
Instagram: @jaxtonjx  and  @nientingchen

Play the Stars

In a new interactive digital commission for LightNight, you are invited to help create a 3D story as Tilt Brush artist Rosie Summers live-paints audience suggestions into a magical virtual reality world set at Liverpool’s waterfront. Produced by theatre company leo&hyde the live-streamed performance will feature a live score by Liverpudlian composer Marco Galvani and storytelling by Rebecca Macauley.

About the artists:

leo&hyde is a Mancunian theatre company, exploring ways to combine live storytelling, music and technology. They’ll be joined by Warrington actress Rebecca Macauley, who starred in their production The Marriage of Kim K at The Lowry in 2019. @leoandhyde

Rosie Summers is a Leeds-based 3D animator, virtual reality artist and Tilt Brush live performer. She tells stories through light and motion with her animation work – check out her Twitter and Instagram at @VR_Rosie.

Marco Galvani is a Liverpudlian composer, equally at home writing classical and electronic. In this project, he’ll create an ecstatic synth vision – listen to his seductive synth soundscapes here.

This event will feature Speech to Text reporting/Closed Caption subtitles.

Join the Fashion team at LJMU for a playful collaborative exhibition throughout the night, shared via Instagram. It has been a strange year for everyone, forcing us all to learn new ways to work, learn and play, from inside our own homes.  The LJMU School of Art & Design Fashion team have produced an evening of new visuals, played out over Instagram, reflecting how these new ways of work and play impact on the world around us.

For LightNight 2021, the team have gathered in the metaphorical playroom. The dressing up box has been upended, books dragged off the shelves and the crayons and felt tips ready to go – we are creating new work inspired by our circumstances.

This playful evening will use a broad range of mediums including photography, video, illustration, sculpture, styling, still life, graphic design, and collage to unite a team that hasn’t worked together in person for over a year.  This project is about collaboration, remembering that although we are in different physical spaces, we can still share, respond and play together. As David Hockney said: “People tend to forget that play is serious”.

To see the exhibition unfold during LightNight visit www.instagram.com/aplaceforeverythingand

Artists: Andrew Ibi, Anne Liddell, Carol Ryder, Jacqui McAssey, Kayla Owen, Marc Provins, Nicole Watkinson, Paul Owen and Ruth Clifford.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

A Portal has opened.

A mysterious glowing disc appears in the grand Picton Reading Room, inviting people to play. PORTALS is a mesmerizing interactive experience for all ages and abilities, allowing users to intuitively generate complex patterns through movement and colour.

Phase One explores the generative properties of feedback and movement through projection mapping. Through audience movement and interaction, intricate patterns organically emerge from the portal, accompanied by sound samples by Liverpool composer Tom Rea Smith.

For Phase Two, digital artist Sam Meech and musician Raz Ullah present a special performance in surround sound, using coloured lasers to generate organic video forms in Red, Green and Blue, that trigger a sweeping synth soundscape.

PORTALS is a sci-fi inspired interactive video-mapping installation and AV performance exploring time, space and recursive patterns in nature. Hypnotic, enchanting, almost alive.

Libraries are portals to culture, stories, ideas. Taking inspiration from the awesome circular reading room of Liverpool Central Library, PORTALS creates a window in space-time – a glimpse to another dimension.

Encounter something surreal. An everyday sci-fi experience.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

School Girls is a series of playful animations with commentary between two sisters that explores being working class, social constructs and humorous stories.

Animated by Cath Garvey, accompanied with the voices of Cath and Sarah Garvey. Cath is a freelance illustrator based in Huyton. She makes work with themes of working class life, feminism and humour. Her work often juxtaposes imagery and themes to tell another side of the story.

Running time: 20 min.

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Discover the organised and strict routines used in preparing for surgery; the ritual of the surgeons and staff in preparing themselves with washing and dressing for the operating theatre. The importance of these hygiene rituals is emphasised and demonstrated with interactive displays – learn how to dress as a surgeon yourself!

Medicine consists of many rituals, all aimed at healing. From ritual bloodletting, or the stitching used to sew a wound, to setting out instruments in a specific way that is almost an art form of arrangement. The ritual cleansing of skin and putting on of sterile personal protective clothes and equipment is shown and explained.

You’ll have the opportunity to see and understand this vital, private ceremony, essential to our health and the success of the surgeon. There will also be general displays of medical items available to see.

Lecture Rooms 1 & 2

Dignity Without Danger presents a collaborative multi-part installation examining rituals surrounding menstruation.

Blood Rituals combines virtual reality, photography and film exploring menstrual experiences in Nepal with material from LJMU’s Femorabilia collection, artworks and craft activities with Period Project Merseyside to reflect on menstrual stigma in the UK and globally.

An exhibition of watercolour paintings created with children from LIPA Primary School, projected inside The Liverpool Oratory.

Inspired by observations of the sea, the children have painted the Mersey as viewed from their art room window. Continuing the Project Revolutionary Nature (featured in LightNight 2018) this is a partnership between Jayne Seddon, artist in residence at LIPA Primary, ART Labs at LJMU, The Friends of St James’ Garden and National Museums Liverpool.

The children have explored cultural representations of the sea across time, from Turner to contemporary visual artists who are inspired by oceanography, working in the field of conservation, and using art as a catalyst for social change. Leading surgeons recently stated that medical students are losing the dexterity in their hands, and therefore the ability to operate, due to spending hours in virtual worlds and swiping screens.

Celebrate the ritual of fine art practice and how a commitment to creative processes supports the development of fine motor skills. Share the children’s enjoyment of painting, and their wonder of the natural world and the cyclical nature of living systems. International soprano Rachel Harland will sing Sea Fever, and the school choir will perform sounds inspired by the sea from 18:00.

Night at the Museum (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 22:00

See phenomenal photographs of space, auroras and stars at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, find out more about how astronauts prepare for space travel, or enjoy refreshments in the café until late.

Constellations (Family Friendly) 18:00 & 19:00

Join MDI, Merseyside Youth Dance Company, 50 Moves and Men!Dancing! for an immersive 15-minute dance performance. The dance is inspired by the rituals which different civilisations have created over time to honour the movement of the constellations and their effect on us.

Astronaut Rituals (Family Friendly) 18:15 — 19:00 & 19:15 — 21:00 (CANCELLED)

Learn about the rituals astronauts follow when preparing themselves for space travel in a hands-on interactive station.

Ancient Egyptian Rituals and Mummification 18:15 — 19:00 & 19:15 — 21:00

The ancient Egyptians ritualised the daily workings of life and death. Death was ruled by mummification rituals and life was ruled by the movements of the stars, which even influenced the positioning of the great pyramids. Explore the process of mummification though the handling collection and the ancient knowledge of the night sky with an interactive map installation.

Difficult Displays in Museums 18:30 — 18:50 & 19:30 — 19:50

Join Science Museum Research Fellow, Dr Angela Stienne and curators from National Museums Liverpool for an interactive discussion on the routines and rituals museums go through as they decide whether or not to display human remains. Discuss the ethical dilemmas of curating collections such as mummies in the ancient Egypt gallery and how we can interpret their stories. Book free tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the theme of ritual inspired by the creative processes of art-making and adornment, taking inspiration from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition and its motifs and patterns. Get into the spirit with Marvellous Mackintosh facepainting and the Ritual & Myth pop up photo booth, and enjoy refreshments in the café till late!

Throughout the evening there will be a series of events and performances which convey interpretations of ritual, death and adornment. This includes the immortalisation of the subjects of artwork such as The Death of Nelson.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style is ticketed via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mackintosh From £9 (concs available) free for members.

Big Art For Little Artists (Family Friendly) Ground Floor 17:00 — 20:00

A special evening opening of the children’s gallery. Stories and hands-on activities inspired by mythology in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.

Music, Movement, Ritual and Adornment (Family Friendly) 17:00 — 22:00

Performances by LIPA students at intervals throughout the evening, featuring garments by students from LJMU School of Art & Design.

OUTPUT gallery works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside. OUTPUT OPEN is an annual group exhibition that brings together different artists all operating in the local art scene. They represent a cross-section of styles, forms and intentions in their art making.

Explore our pop-up exhibition Arrival City, which presents a portrait of Liverpool, and more specifically Toxteth, as a city of immigration. Come and learn more about the project, and share your own stories and experiences to become part of this collaborative archive.

 

Liverpool’s historic status as an important port city makes it one of the most unique ‘arrival cities’ in the UK, with many layers of history still making up the identities of people who have lived here for generations. This past has influenced the architectural character of the city – we walk through streets named after celebrated anti-abolitionists and past grand buildings paid for by slave-traders. One of the questions Arrival City asks is: how does the past affect the people’s way of life in Liverpool?

Explore FACT’s galleries after hours and discover the evocative works of Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

 

Using technology and classic tropes of fairy tale storytelling, both artists create artworks that are alluring and repelling, sensual and troubling.With work reaching across more than 40 years, the powerful films and installation on display presents strikingly different forms of visual storytelling.

In Gallery 1, Beckman uses imagery, style and language of early computer games – as well as the rigid structures and rules of gaming – to examine the perceived need for women to adhere to societal norms in order to achieve what is expected of them. Upstairs in Gallery 2, Simnett’s visceral language combines mythology and surgery to create tales of morality. Themes of corruption and innocence depict illness and disease, commenting on gender divides in our cultures.

Exhibition continues until Sunday 16 June. Enjoy free exhibition entry all year round.

The ritual of breaking bread with friends and family is very important as it not only nourishes us both physically and emotionally but it draws people together.

Sharing plates of food gives everyone the chance to taste something new, bringing people together in a new shared experience. How food is presented is also very important in how we experience it, the rituals surrounding the meal and the company at the table with us.

Recent graduate Natalie Moon, an exhibitor in current exhibition New Makers will talk about her contemporary ceramics that challenge our perception of ‘the plate’ and how it is used. Natalie uses her beautiful ceramics to enhance and reinterpret the ritual sharing of food, by creating separate components that can be used in various different ways, making it an interactive experience where the user decides the function and the set.

Natalie will be joined by Peter Kinsella, chef and owner of Lunya and Lunyalita, the fabulous Catalonian deli, restaurant and bar in Liverpool and Manchester. Peter will share his passion for Catalonian and Spanish food, and reveal how he makes his delicious pinchos- small snacks that are typically served in Spanish bars -perfect for sharing.

Booking essential, please call 0151 709 4014.

Dawn Parry Cunliffe is a visual artist fascinated by nature and the environment. In ‘To Cultivate Compassion’ she continues a long tradition of literal and metaphorical human-animal hybrids which were, and still are, often created to help explore a larger, more interconnected understanding of the world we live in: mythological tales, religious rituals and contemporary cultural phenomenons are littered with them – think Minotaurs, Easter lambs and Peppa Pigs.

Since choosing a vegan diet and lifestyle, Cunliffe has realised how crucially important it is to hold an unrelenting compassion for other living creatures and the earth as a whole. For this exhibition she uses anthropomorphism to imbue farmed animals with the respect they deserve by showing them as individuals with the capacity to feel a wide range of our own emotions, such as happiness, pain and loss, that come from being sociable and sentient creatures.

‘To Cultivate Compassion’ attempts to re-balance our emotional and physical links with the animals we depend upon by focusing our attention on how farm and human animals experience a shared life, highlighting the parody we perform by adoring the thought and imagery of the animals we breed to eat while in reality causing them inhumane suffering.

Luna Space

To celebrate relocating to Northern Lights, ROAD Studios is hosting a temporary gallery in the Luna Space.

‘Rituals of the Mundane’ is ROAD Studios’ response to this year’s theme, paying homage to the imperceptible miracles of the everyday, whilst shining a spotlight on the miniature processes that control forces of order and chaos. It elevates the role of the familiar, providing a platform upon which we can appreciate the essentials of day to day life. If these unsung heroes of the commonplace were to find a new context, celebrated in the foreground, would chaos ensue?

Featuring works by resident artists specialising in fine art, photography, illustration, typography, sculpture, graphic design and jewellery-making on the theme of everyday ritual. An animation screening will also be shown to complement the medley of fine art exhibits. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their workspaces to get a feel for where the magic happens.

See roadstudios.co.uk for participating artists. Please note that there is no level access to the open studios.

All of Northern Lights opens its doors!

ROAD Studios present Rituals of the Mundane in the LUNA exhibtion space, paying homage to the imperceptible miracles of the everyday, and the miniature processes that control forces of order and chaos. Rituals of the Mundane features works by resident artists specialising in fine art, photography, illustration, typography, sculpture, graphic design and jewellery-making on the theme of everyday ritual. An animation screening will also be shown to complement the medley of fine art exhibits.

LUNA exhibition space is open until 23:00. The Mezzanine studios are also open until 19:00. Please note: there is no level access to the Mezzanine.

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The Royal Standard present Let Your Hands do the Talking, an exhibition of tactile artworks. Many studio members’ doors will also be open for you to explore. Members of HUB Studios & Gallery are also opening up their studios and hosting a market place selling their work.

Tusk are open serving great food and drinks until late.

Multidisciplinary artist and creative Amadeus Kyulx work examines the roles played out in ‘x’ situation using iconography to trigger a form of recognition and allowing the merge between reality and illusion whilst creating a fragmented story the viewer can place themselves in.

Make Baltic will also be holding open studios of their Baltic space to give you a look into the working space of their residents.

Liverpool’s first street food market, Baltic Market will be providing grub on the go, great cocktails and a whole evening of live music and more.

From wood-fired pizzas to halloumi fries and everything in-between – never LightNight on an empty stomach. Everyone is welcome so bring your mates, bring your Nan, bring the whole family or bring your Chihuahua – and let’s celebrate the ritual of coming together around long benches and feasting to our hearts’ content.

In keeping with this year’s theme, there will also be a special cocktail inspired by a Hawaiian hula dancing ritual, the Hula at Sunset – dark rum, velvet falernum, grenadine, fresh lime, orange and mongozo coconut beer!

Lovely Goose 5:30-7:30, acoustic trio

Soul 4 Soul 7:30-9:30

JDisco 9:30-11:30

Experience the gallery after hours with delicious street food in the café, live music from Liverpool Guitar Society, workshops and a special presentation of work by Tony Conrad (1940–2016).

Food served until 21:00, last orders at 20:45. Last orders at the bar 21:40.

Tate Collection gallery, first floor and Op Art in Focus, second floor are open until 21:00.

 

Pom Pom Pom (family friendly) 17:30 — 19:30

Create your own pom pom in the café to take away! You can wear it, hang it on a bag or simply play with it. Pom poms are fun, easy to make and suitable for all ages.

 

Mega Models! (family friendly) 18:00 — 20:00

Get involved in free creative workshops in the Clore Learning Studio. Taking inspiration from Ugo Rondinone’s colourful outdoor sculpture Liverpool Mountain, play with different materials to create your own balancing structures! Led by Debbie Goldsmith and suitable for all ages.

 

Tony Conrad 10 Years on the Infinite Plain 19:00 — 20:30

Head to the Wolfson Gallery for a special performance of Tony Conrad’s audio-visual meditation. Pairing hypnotic film loops with droning strings, this is a rare chance to see a pioneering work of minimalist cinema and sound. Tony Conrad (1940–2016) is a pivotal figure in contemporary culture. His multi-faceted contributions have influenced and redefined music, filmmaking, minimalism, performance, video and conceptual art.

Supported by the Estate of Tony Conrad, Greene Naftali, New York, Tate Americas Foundation and a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Kinship looks at how women are using photography to reflect upon their sense of kin.

All six artists in this exhibition are women, and the projects collected together seek to uncover the ways people build close relationships amongst each other that feel like family. This ‘kin’ can be relations, partners, or close friends, tracing the way that our understanding of family and relationships are in flux.

Alongside the exhibition anyone is welcome to have their portrait taken as part of a ‘family’ with free drop in Polaroid portraits, reflecting on the ritual of family portraits and how we present ourselves as a group. You can take your free polaroid portrait home with you.

The exhibition features Pixy Liao, Momo Okabe, Margaret Mitchell, Lydia Goldblatt, Jenny Lewis, and Johanna Heldebro. Open Eye Gallery offers free tea and coffee on a ‘help-yourself’ basis.

Enjoy special events and a late opening of the museum’s ground floor galleries until 22:00, and Rhythms of the Candomblé Orixás outside on the steps at 21:00 -22:00.

 

Early Settlers and the Calderstones 17:30, 18:30 & 20:30

Glimpse into the lives of the first people to settle here and gain some understanding of a society and culture far removed from our own at this series of talks. Connect with a people who did not see the divide between the supernatural and natural worlds as we do today.

 

Ron Cowell, Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology 18:00, 19:30 & 21:00

Uncover how early societies have been rediscovered by archaeologists and explore the belief systems of Merseyside’s earliest people through the scant symbols and structures they left behind. Piece together the rhythm of the daily lives of prehistoric people, their rituals and their beliefs.

 

Rituals as the Theatre of our Lives (family friendly) 20:30 — 21:30

Local playwriting group Lantern Writers perform short plays reflecting rituals as the theatre of our lives; bridging the past and present. 15+

 

Rhythms of the Candomblé Orixás (family friendly) Museum of Liverpool Steps, Pier Head 21:00 — 22:00

A show-stopping dusk performance from samba reggae drumming band Batala Mersey. Performed by over 30 drummers in traditional costume as they pay homage to the spiritual significance of the band’s Afro-Brazilian roots and tell the story of three orixás. 3 x 20min ritualistic percussive routines.

In homage to the rich variety of festivals on offer throughout the UK the BME creates an immersive walk-through experience looking at how ‘the festival’ has become embedded within our culture as a rite of passage.

Be witness to a visual and audio soundscape that will take you on a journey through the decades from the sub-culture youths of the sixties and seventies to now and witness the evolution of the ‘festival’ from its folk and rock origins to the more mainstream popular music of the nineties and noughties.

From The Who and David Bowie to Gorillaz the spectacle of the festival will be represented on BME’s own mainstage, celebrating headlining acts throughout the decades.

LightNight Commissison

Recent graduate of the Royal Academy Schools and Art World icon Richie Moment turns his critical third eye on the rituals that interlace our modern lives with eight contemporary light sculptures installed at the historic St. Georges Hall Plateau.

Moment’s video and installation works are as vibrant as they are intriguing – blending neon colours and a grungy aesthetic, with a keen eye for modern anthropology. His work is as emotionally sensitive to the subject as it is impactful. Although Moment always appears to be having a better time in his work than the rest of us, a closer analysis reveals a deeper questioning of the wants and pressures of the human condition.

The light sculptures are shrines to the popular culture we engage with on a daily basis. Whilst their bright colours celebrate convenience food, celebrity and the days of TV on demand, they also hide a darker musing of how much of a good thing is too much of a good thing?

Shrines to things we love are all around us. Whether the multiple takeaway menus pinned to our fridges, or the stack of gossip mags arranged on our coffee tables. But historically, the things we worship are not always what are best for us… or are they?

For level access please enter St George’s Hall via the North Entrance facing Walker Art Gallery.

Sleeping In The Middle is a new project seeking to intertwine poetry and photography.

In 2015, photographer AJ Wilkinson faced the ending of a 25 year relationship. To communicate some of the sense of loss he felt and the heightened emotional states he encountered, he made photographs. A year later, AJ and Pauline Rowe (Open Eye Gallery’s Writer in Residence) began a collaboration, using the images as a starting point. Together, they have woven original poetry and images around each other, creating a moving synthesis of words and image.

The poems borrow lines from William Blake, Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wyatt: these lines interlace with Pauline’s, carrying with them the charge of the original poems they are sampled from. The photographs will be projected on to large screens, with recordings of Pauline’s poetry playing out loud through the gallery space. Here, spoken word does not seek to explain or contextualise the images, but instead offer a more immersive way of approaching how it feels to lose someone close.

Existence is absurd. Life has no meaning. Death is the ultimate absurdity: it undoes everything that life has been building up to.

Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre draws a sharp distinction between being and existing: if one chooses to act, one is said to be; when one chooses not to act, one merely exists. The universe, being irrational and absurd, has no meaning. Man is free to choose, hence to act, hence to give his life personal meaning. One must make use of freedom; only freedom of choice can allow one to escape ‘nausea’.     

Non-Playable: After-Intelligence is a real-time generative artwork based on Sartre’s existentialist play No Exit, representing three characters stuck in their own personal hell. Using the language of video games, non-playable characters, and notions of artificial intelligence (AI), Marija Avramovic and Sam Twidale reinterpret Sartre’s play in a simulated artificial world, populated by story-telling AI characters imbued with algorithmic emotions.

The characters in the simulation are programmed to make their own choices and therefore to put their existence before their essence. In doing so they become autonomous – free from their observers and even their creators. The narrative of the piece is determined in real time and follows the ever-changing whims of the characters, accompanied by a soundtrack from musician and sound designer Robin Ngi.

Visual artist Marija Avramovic and digital artist/programmer Sam Twidale explore Ideas of storytelling and characterisation from film and video games, especially the ability of these medias to concentrate complex human emotions into a concise experience.

The Box

Did you know that heart rate and anxiety are closely related? Chill Panda allows your child to better understand and manage this relationship. By pressing their finger against the camera on a phone, Chill Panda will monitor heart rate, and children can express how they are feeling via the app, as well as take part in activities and mini games enabling them to express their emotions based on their mood and heartbeat. The app recommends activities to lower anxiety and increase well being, with games designed to make children feel better, as they watch their mood increase along with pandas.

There will also be the opportunity to design a new character for Chill Panda – get involved, and be in with a chance of your artwork being part of the game!

(Ages 0-8, must be accompanied by an adult)

CGA Simulation are a Liverpool based games developers and virtual simulation experts. They apply creative gaming knowledge and expertise in emerging technologies, to solve real world problems, combining many years of dynamic games design experience (gained at companies like Sony and Onteca) with academic research/ development and commercial insight. They create applications that are exciting, immersive and timely. They are currently working in partnership with Liverpool’s Universities, wireless tech companies like Blu Wireless, UK 5G (as part of the UK’s 5G strategy and roll out) and an array of government bodies, to create a body of work that is both diverse and impactive.

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Annwn: The Otherworld is a surreal game of stealth and strategy, as you explore a mysterious archipelago in the celtic Otherworld in search of a lost loved one. As a disembodied soul, you can only transmit or absorb energy, and move from one skull totem to another. Your goal on each island is to ascend to the highest point and absorb the Watcher who guards the island.

(Ages 6+)

Quantum Soup are an independent developer founded by industry veterans and based in North Wales. They make games focused on story and mood rather than combat.

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Explore exhibitions looking at the port of Liverpool, with highlights including Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors and Lusitania: life, loss, legacy.

Special live performances from the Liverpool Guitar Society will take place at intervals throughout the evening in front of the Titanic and Liverpool: The untold story exhibition on the 2nd floor.

World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Walker Art Gallery are also open for LightNight, find out what’s on here.

This exhibition will no longer be open late due to the special LightNight event Sleeping in the Middle.

What is it that we’re sharing when we share images online?  Worldwide, we post over three billion images on social media every day. Although the act of snapping and sharing photos seems casual, it drastically shapes the way we understand ourselves, each other, and cultures we are less familiar with.

Snapshot to WeChat: A Migration of Identity looks at photographs taken by ordinary people in China and considers how the everyday act of taking photos shapes our identity.  Anthropologist Xinyuan Wang explores photos posted by people on WeChat, China’s hugely popular social media platform.   Thomas Sauvin presents ‘Beijing Silvermine’, an archive of photographs sourced from thousands of rolls of used film bought from a recycling plant outside Beijing.

Teresa Eng presents her Self/ Portrait series, in which she asks young people in China and Liverpool to show her one of their selfies and presents it next to a new portrait she has taken.   China has seen an unprecedented migration from rural to urban living to support a rapidly expanding economy.

As part of Liverpool 2018’s China Dream season, Snapshot to WeChat examines the modern role of photography and casts some light on life in a rapidly transforming culture.

This interactive work by Jayson Haebich creates a mesmerising effect of colour and light, taking the pure white light from a laser and breaking it apart into millions of its component colours, which are then scattered around to create a dazzling array of colour and light.

RIBA North is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ national architecture centre.

It Will Never Work is an unplanned trip from Madchester to Brexit via Easyjet and driverless cars, with a quick history of unorthodox thinking and a few buildings along the way.  In their first 25 years, Urban Splash have won over 40 RIBA Awards.

These awards cross the spectrum from Small Projects to the Stirling Prize Shortlist and cover refurbishment and new-build on residential, leisure and commercial schemes. Special awards acknowledge the company’s commitment to Sustainability, Housing and Conservation.

Urban Splash profess to have started without a plan, purposefully ignoring advice and routinely rejecting accepted development processes. At every step ‘it will never work’ has been a call to action rather than a discouragement.

In this exhibition, explore the RIBA Award-winning projects in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day.

We will try to understand what, in the Urban Splash approach, connects all these projects and cuts across the immediate context to form a consistent body of work and essential ethos.

Hear from one of the founders of Urban Splash as they give a guided tour of the exhibition telling the wider story of the award-winning projects that are highlighted.  It Will Never Work is an unplanned trip from Madchester to Brexit via Easyjet and driverless cars, with a quick history of unorthodox thinking and a few buildings along the way.

Urban Splash profess to have started without a plan, purposefully ignoring advice and routinely rejecting accepted development processes. At every step ‘it will never work’ has been a call to action rather than a discouragement.

In this exhibition we explore RIBA Award-winning projects, in the context they were created and against the specific challenges and opportunities of the day.

Book your free place via architecture.com/lightnight2018

Come and join in the fun with Tate Liverpool’s Collective’s who will lead a hands-on workshop making shakers that you can wear and move with, inspired by new exhibition Utupya! You’ll then be encouraged to wear and shake them around the gallery! The top floor gallery has been transformed by Brazilian collective OPAVIVARÁ! into an immersive environment featuring playful and interactive installations.

Visitors are invited to become an active part of the artwork by sharing ideas, cultures and experiences within the communal spaces.  Enjoy chatting with friends in a giant colourful hammock, made by stitching together several individual hammocks, or relax over a cup of herbal tea at the free tea station – it’s the perfect place to enjoy views of the waterfront whilst also becoming part of a piece of socially engaged art.

The Brazilian theme will run throughout the evening; enjoy music inspired by the Rio Carnival, a delicious menu of Brazilian delicacies and cocktails in the café and the opportunity to be transported straight to Brazil by the impressive Dream Screen experience!

Upon entering a dark, empty room you are greeted by an instantaneous flash of UV light, revealing an abundance of writing sweeping across the walls.

An engaging installation by Elizabeth Challinor, this work gives a personal presence to the space as it fills up with fleeting thoughts and feelings. Due to the quick nature of the flashing lights, it takes a few attempts to be able to read a single word or phrase, meaning you will never be able to see the work in its entirety at any time.

Now in its second year, Northern Lights is delighted to be welcoming the public into their nooks and crannies! The whole of Mann Street will be opening its doors to artists studios, new event spaces, rehearsal- and recording studios and other creative work spaces.

The Royal Standard Gallery will be open with a moving/transforming sculpture exhibition: And Yet It Moves. Some of the studio members will open their studios for the night and show works and present projects.  http://the-royal-standard.com/ 

HUB Studios & Gallery will be open with resident artists showing work and selling prints. http://hubstudios2.co.uk/

Tusk will be playing host to performances on the night and offer a great space to take a break, have a drink and something to eat.  http://www.tuskbaltic.co.uk/

Metamorphosis is a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist John Petch. In 2016, John was asked by electronic band OMD, who hail from Wirral, to design the cover for their new album. This body of work comprises the development and preparatory work for this painting, the accompanying single art work designs and subsequent pieces inspired by the creation of these now highly recognisable artworks.

The artist says that with the cover design, he aimed to represent a morphing from one form to another; colour to black and white, a change of view point from human to mechanical, creating a tension between what is known and experienced to what is new. Limited edition prints of the cover of ‘The Punishment of Luxury’, signed by both the artist and the band, will be available to buy on the night.

The exhibition will take place in the dot-art Gallery, with Queen Avenue hosting a surprise musical appearance, as well as a range of food and drink stalls, making for a party atmosphere!

No tickets are needed after 19:30 – everyone is welcome.

Pre-booked tickets are SOLD OUT for 17:00-19:30 via dotartlightnight2018.eventbrite.com but there will be a small quantity of tickets available on the door.

This event has been generously supported by Liverpool BID Company and Bruntwood.

Explore the States of Play: Roleplay Reality exhibition after hours and experience a whole host of interactive workshops, showcases and performances across FACT and Ropewalks Square. Highlights include a new artistic commission and music performance, and a building takeover by local gaming studios, developers and students, turning FACT into an immersive gaming hub.

States of Play: Roleplay Reality brings together artworks and industry games to explore how the roles we play expose our true realities: with all of our contradictory motivations, biases and assumptions. The result of this can be joyous and disturbing, freeing or subjugating, but now – more than ever – it is impossible to separate our physical identities with the roles that we take up in virtual space.

Watch a team of graffiti artists transform a street with new artwork during the course of the evening.

A hub for the city’s street artists and admirers, Zap Graffiti is an ever changing space where folks from all over come to paint on a daily basis, with monthly exhibitions, workshops, materials shop and much more.

PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art will be open to the general public with some added extras to enhance visitor experience.

Part of the evening will see Highlights tours run by volunteer invigilators for the exhibition. These volunteers are passionate about the exhibition and will present one piece, explaining their personal reaction to the work and what they like about it.

In addition to the Highlights tours, there will be a musical performance of ‘Jasmine Flower’ by Ciara and Eno. This is a Chinese folk song which is sung in Chinese by Ciara, a native English speaker, with lyrics and pronunciations taught by Eno, a native Mandarin speaker who will provide the melody on a piano.

An exciting element of the evening will also be the addition of an interactive Liverpool version of City DNA, a piece by Lu Xinjian which features a creative map of Manchester and Salford. LightNighters will be invited to trace a giant map of Liverpool in multi-coloured felt tip pens to mark parts of a Liverpool map in the style of iconic work, Lu Xinjuan’s, City DNA.

Entrance via the Heritage Centre.

An exhibition in the window space, featuring work by member artists in a variety of mediums inspired by a narrative that begins ‘You are sat underneath a tree alone, suddenly there is a sound; The tree is whispering to you’.

Each of the artists continue the story, and through their work show a transformation of narrative. The location of the installation is an abandoned shopfront that will be transformed into a sophisticated gallery space, inspired by window displays in Europe. The work can also be seen 17:00 — late until 1 June 2018.

All the family are invited to discover amazing collections, from Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones. Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!

Note: Visitors to China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors are advised to pre-book tickets costing £14.50-£5.50. Free for children aged 5 years and under. Last entry at 21:00.

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Join in with these fun activities and find out how you can reduce your environmental impact. Play the Carbon Game to discover more about this important element and take an atomic journey through a planet’s carbon life cycle.

Create your own glacier, watch how it grows and shrinks and see the damage we are doing to our climate and our planet. Take home some simple but effective steps that can help make a difference.

Watch simulations of the beginning of the Universe and discover how it has evolved over time. Find out more about the creation of elements within stars and the chemical transformations they undergo.

Stand with plasma balls and use hand-held spectrometers to split light into an array of separate colours and observe the unique visual ‘fingerprints’ produced by different elements.

Can technology resolve our tendency towards destruction and conflict? In an unsettling but playful way, this installation begs us to change, to transform. A dark corridor. Dry ice. An immersive video installation where two, life-like, sleeping babies are hooked-up to a strange computer, as they escape a decaying planet.

Drifting moments from 20th and 21st century life, both iconic and mundane, emerge from the cosmic/in utero space. What do these images mean? Who is generating these visions? How will you respond?

Afterwards, feel free to take a break in the LJMU Social Space with its eclectic mix of fun and functionality, indoor lawn, trees, and colliding tables.

Hazuki Knit is a game inspired by quick time events experienced in games such as Dragon’s Lair, Shenmue, Resident Evil 4, and Metal Gear Rising. It’s a neat mechanic, easy to pick up, nerve-wracking, and endlessly frustrating when you mess up. Through Hazuki Knit, collaborators James Medd and Gemma May Latham explore the crossovers between the development of skill through repetitive game play and the habitual making practices of traditional craft. A game controlled by a hand powered knitting machine, Hazuki Knit will test your ability to remain focused and keep rhythm whilst knitting game motifs.

Simply push the knit carriage back and forth to simultaneously knit rows and power the game. As the carriage moves back a forth a sensor is triggered. The aim of the game is to trigger this sensor as the icon on the screen is displayed and continue to keep pace as the game progresses. The game requires no specialist skill but the artist will be on hand to assist you getting started with the knitting machine.

James Medd is an artist, musician, educator, and more, based in Manchester, UK whose work comprises entertainment, accessibility, and whimsy. In 2016, James created the Awkward Arcade, a real life experimental video arcade showcasing games that make you move and think in ways uncommon in mainstream games culture.

Gemma May Latham is a participatory maker based in Manchester. Her work combines analogue and digital processes, taking inspiration from craft heritage. Embracing accessible materials and methods she engages a wide range of people and makes otherwise intimidating processes accessible to all. Gemma is passionate about the power of combining physical and digital forms of making.

(All ages)

Foyer

Sensor City is hosting a range of events exploring the theme of ‘the art of technology’. Check them out from 17:00 – 23:00:

Mothergrain

Sensors help us to inquire further than our natural senses allow. Sensor City’s Artist-in-Residence, Professor John Hyatt, experimented with how sand and liquids move under different frequencies to investigate waveforms, flow, resonance and beauty. When teaching in Oman for the British Council, one of John’s students gave him a bottle of sand from her local beach. Working with Sensor City engineers, John used a powerful, sensor-equipped, microscope camera to concentrate on just one tiny grain of this sand. John called this piece of sand, Mothergrain.  Its impressed, regular, hexagonal flower patterns were captured and edited into a series of 3 videos. John also made the score for this video piece by digitally translating an image of vibrating water into a musical composition for a string quartet.

Drones & DigiArt

The Sensors and UAV research group from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University exhibit the outputs from the EU funded project DigiArt (665066). This project is in its final year, tasked with creating 3D models of cultural heritage artefacts and sites using drones and sensors and providing viewers with access to a range of cultural sites across Europe. For more information please visit website http://digiart-project.eu/.

Skull models

Laura Ortega Lacasa is a 3D Artist and Concept Designer. Having received two master’s degrees in Spain, Laura moved to England to advance her freelance career. Her recent 3D anatomy design project resulted in significant interest across the world and is now being showcased in Germany. Laura will be exhibiting this physical skull model and will also be transforming it into a virtual reality model for Sensor City visitors to experience.