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

How does sound, noise, and music contribute to your experience of the city, and your wellbeing?

Inspired by Anna Lockwood and Hildegard Westerkamp, a sound walk is a chance to explore the sounds in the urban and natural environment, and experience how they connect with your senses. The route will contain a variety of acoustic spaces, sculpture, and the waterfront with plenty of opportunities to playfully listen to the surrounding activity.

Hosted by Rory Ballantyne. Limited spaces available due to current limits to public gathering. Booking essential.

Book tickets for the 17:00 – 18:00 walk here
Book tickets for the 18:00 – 19:00 walk here

Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly

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

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


Founded in 1797 by famous Liverpool figures including Roscoe and Case, for two centuries the Athenaeum has played host to the rituals of friends meeting and exchanging information. Home to a famous library of over 60,000 items, its Reading Room has been called ‘one of the handsomest rooms in Europe’.

The Athenaeum bar is open for drinks and bar snacks.

The Old Dock experience has a new tour guide just for LightNight. Look out for him he’s “dead old”!

Take a tour of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock with expert guides. Discover this revolutionary dock and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name.

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance here

Full details of all the events across National Museum Liverpool venues can be found at liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lightnight

Take a tour of Liverpool’s historic Old Dock – the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock – with our expert guides. Discover how this revolutionary dock was key to Liverpool’s development and see the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name, under the streets of Liverpool One!

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via 0151 478 4499.

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