21 May 2021 5pm – Late

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

Join VideOdyssey as we launch our VideoDrome viewing experience. Come and witness a lost slice in time as you enter a time warp where VHS lives.

Showing a selection of the best comedy films from the 80s and 90s, you will be guided through our TV studio space by a team of improv actors who will be performing between 18:00—21:00.

Browse our 10,000 strong video shop tape collection and choose a video to play. Visit our replica Mushnik’s flower shop, where you can get refreshments. Record your favourite film picks on our studio cameras for future visitors to watch.

Enter through the Toxteth TV building and garden and be guided on a one-way viewing system.

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

Age guidance: 12+

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

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.

Our chosen repertoire explores the theme of “play” through traditional well-known Liverpudlian pieces and also explores memories, dreams and thoughts all connected to the Earth, stars, memories, and feeling of community.

Specifically aimed at families with children.

Social Media

Twitter: @MusicBelvedere
Instagram: @belvedereacademymusic

The Three /VV’s (2021) explores social gatherings and ritual, and is informed by the Fibonacci sequence and golden ratio – a mathematical phenomenon visible throughout nature and often applied in classical art. This ongoing performance featuring Liverpool based singers could not invite an audience while restrictions apply, but has been documented instead, with the resulting footage forming the central element of the new three-part video work.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) follows Mirza’s “modular opera” structure, and features two scenes or “acts” from a previous iteration, Construction of an Act (2019), either side of this new performative element. As new acts join the repertoire, the narrative, based around a shaman who uses her voice to heal, unfolds exploring ideas of sound, medicine and mystical experience. Both works ask us to consider the sociological and physiological properties of the human voice, and explores Mirza’s interest in systems of belief, waveforms and patterns of movement.

Pathology in Three Parts (2021), will feature on Mirza’s forthcoming album released in digital format on the TAKUROKU label as part of a collaboration with Café OTO on 21 May 2021.

Featuring material commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for the Melbourne International Festival (2019).

Pathology in Three Parts (2021) vocal performance by Sarah-Jane Lewis. The Three /VV’s  (2021) features performances by Anne Taft, Emma Bispham, Jennifer John, Steve Boyland and Tayo Aluko.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, with support from Open Culture.

Watch the Excerpt

Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

The pupils have individually recorded their own specific parts of 3 brass band pieces and submitted their video recordings to Resonate Hub staff Neil Storey and Lucy Bowyer, who have then expertly compiled them to enable the young musicians to still take part in LightNight virtually. We hope you enjoy and thank you for watching. Ee very much look forward to seeing you during a live performance at LightNight in future years!

Specifically aimed at families with children.

Social Media

Twitter: @ResonateHub
Instagram: @resonatemusichub

Revolutionary Nature

A film celebrating documentation of early years children creating a discovery garden in the Liverpool Oratory grounds. The children draw the garden as they create it, learning about the cyclical nature of living systems and biodiversity. A collaboration between Jayne Seddon LIPA Primary Artist in Residence, Robin Riley Chair of The Friends of St James Gardens, National Museums Liverpool & Scouse Flowerhouse.

Hope on the Horizon

Looking up from Hope Street to the river, Year 6 children study the sky as a moving painting. Working with both music and art, they created graphic scores inspired by cloud formations. They share their sublime sound cells and stunning oil paintings of clouds in this film.

Bird Song Sky Shanty

Children in Years 3 and 4 make songs inspired by our native birds.  They play with birdsong, flight paths, patterns and pitch bending. Lyrics are inspired by their love of birds. This is a Love Music and Revolutionary Nature collaboration.

Shifting Skies

Musician Rachael Diop and LIPA Primary Artist in Residence Jayne Seddon share a composition of music and art inspired by patterns in nature and mersey clouds.


Audience: Specifically aimed at families with children


This event will be subtitled

Social Media

Twitter: @LIPAPrimarySch

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

‘Present’ (above)

What’s more playful than a cat? A cat with a cello! Join @stephanietress from @solemquartet for tonight’s concert as she plays ‘Gigue from the Bach Cello Suite no. 6’ accompanied by the VG&M artwork ‘Cellist with Cat’ by Elisabeth Vellacott.

‘Past’ (below)

VG&M Guided Tours from the comfort of home, taking a look at the different theatrical plays that have taken place in the Victoria Building lecture theatre from 1892 to the present day.

The University of Liverpool is home to the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M), the impressive redbrick Victoria Building on Brownlow Hill. It has a wide-ranging collection reflecting the many subjects taught at the university and a wide ranging art collection including fine art, sculpture and ceramics. As well as interesting permanent displays, there is a varied regularly changing exhibitions programme.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Age guidance: suitable for adults and children

Pre lockdown, the tree was never given much thought; but with people’s worlds being confined to single spaces, Daniel set out to create a portrait of something ever present, often overlooked and undervalued.

Daniel also saw this as an opportunity to ‘play out’ as a filmaker, freeing his camera and his work, finding time to examine a perfectly ordinary tree that sits outside of his home. Normally too busy to think about or make a film like this, Daniel used this opportunity to enjoy the creative playful experience of celebrating the tree sat on his doorstep.

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

This event is subtitled

Social Media

Twitter: @Daniel_Draper_

A visual and audio installation based on emerging spoken word artist TEE’s debut EP – a twisted love story tackling self-love, belonging, mental health and vulnerability.

This installation is a physical manifestation of the music, allowing you to experience the emotions, sounds, sights and soul of the project through performance, art, film, discussion and a Q&A.

TEE is a spoken word / rap artist and multi-instrumentalist with influences ranging from Kanye West to H.E.R and Dave.


18:00 & 19:30 CHARTREUSE ROSE

Rejuvenation of the spirit.

A choir performance led by Jabez Walsh


18:30 & 20:00 // PALE PINK ROSE

Consumed by grace and elegance.

A movement piece, choreographed by emerging dancer Eleanor Grace.



An interactive discussion surrounding topics such as fatherhood, mental health, family & love.



Enchanted by love and adoration.

A live performance of the full EP by TEE the artist.



Energy. Vibes. Passion.

A DJ set featuring all the influences and inspirations of A Dozen Roses.   

LightNight Commission

A multi-screen installation by international artist duo Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon.

Based on four years of research, the film presents an expansive audiovisual journey into the spiritual and cultural rituals of Brazil. Exploring the boundaries of cinema, the work aims to blur the divide between viewer and subject; taking audiences on an ethnographic exploration of diverse sacred ceremonies progressing through a sensorial realm of movements, dance and music.

A sumptuous, cinematographic meditation on sacred Brazilian culture, Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil offers a lesson on how we might live now; a moral compass for the Anthropocene age from those living in the most fragile environments.

Visitors can also see Híbridos, the Spirits of Brazil for free between 10:00—15:00 on Saturday 18 May 2019.

For more information about the project visit www.hibridos.cc

Supported by Victoria Gallery & Museum and the University of Liverpool as part of Open House.

LightNight Commission

A participatory project by Liverpool-based Japanese artist anti-cool exploring memorial objects, funerals and ceremonies from different cultures.

Ahead of LightNight and inspired by Japanese cremation ceremonies, burning rituals were held with local participants in which objects of sentimental value, donated by them, were cremated using primitive fire-making tools. The resulting exhibition consists of a multi-screen video installation made up of participants’ interviews showing their personal stories, why their objects were special to them and why they chose for them to be cremated.

This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.

Giovanna (SisBis) The Garden 20:15 — 21:15

Sandi Hughes 21:00 — 22:30

Giovanna (SisBis) Main Space 22:30 — 00:30

Manara 00:30 — 02:30

plus BBQ in the Garden

Open Culture and Cartier 4 Everyone present four female artists at one unifying party to jumpstart LightNight into its next phase.

An audio-visual installation blurs into a dance piece; legendary LGBT/BAME archivist Sandi Hughes sets the tone with party tracks cut from 1975 to 2005; the vital global grooves of Giovanna (SisBis) light up the dancefloor further, before the Bollywood/Punjabi pop/club/hip-hop melting moves of south London’s Manara carry us away.

Also features a new work by locally-based video artist Anna Levin, screened 20:30 – 21:30.

Ticketed fundraising party to support LightNight. £4 advance / £5 OTD. Tickets are available to buy here.

Also features the premiere of new video work ‘Binding Ties’. Liverpool-based performer, artist, choreographer and filmmaker Anna Levin has worked with a dancer, costume-maker and composer in creating a dazzling mix of stop-motion cinema and Kabuki-inspired movement. ‘Binding Ties’ is about the relationship between two opposing forces, and a common thread that transforms them, tying them together in unison. With original music by Simon Knighton, this mixed-media video work is chapter one in a story waiting to unfold. From 20:45

Screening: 18:20 — 18:40, Filmmaker Q&A: 18:40 — 19:00

A documentary looking at the 1981 Toxteth Riots and the circumstances surrounding Liverpool 8 at the time of the unrest. Using first-hand accounts, newsreels, and animation, the story is told from the viewpoint of members of the Toxteth community.

Ages 12+ LightNight visitors are invited to Liverpool Cathedral for a jam-packed programme including a major LightNight commission The Imago by In Atoms and Rest in the Lady Chapel.

Families can also enjoy Movema’s Unlock the Box dance workshop in the Well, and a performance from Sense of Sound & Sub5 choirs in the Lady Chapel. Take in the sights and sounds of Liverpool from the top of the Cathedral Tower (ticketed – open until 22:00) and the Mezzanine Café and Welsford Restaurant are also open throughout the night and the ever-popular BBQ returns on the Welsford Porch.