Culture Diary w/c 14-05-12

Monday – Deviation: a surreal life drawing event @ Red Wire 6pm til late, £3

Beginning this evening and running throughout Liverpool Art Month, Red Wire will play host to a series of alternative life drawing classes spearheaded by artist Rob Flynn. Going by the name Deviation, the classes will give people the chance to experience life drawing in a different context, with models, environments, situations, props and installations all on the menu. Classes continue Monday 21 and 28 May.

Flash Gordon @ FACT, 9pm

Based loosely on the first few years of the original 1930s comic strip, the movie tells the story of Flash Gordon, football star turned hero as he takes on the might of Ming the Merciless. Famous for a score from Queen and bombastic performance from Brian Blessed, Flash was neither a commercial or critical success on release but is undeniably a camp classic. See website for ticket prices.

Tuesday – Get Inky! Learn The Art Of Screenprinting @ the Bluecoat 10.30-4. 30, £50 inc all materials

Ostensibly a gig poster exhibition (see Thursday), Gary McGarvey’s Screenadelica has grown into a full-on curated festival in its own right, bringing together international artists and bands. It has also illustrated perfectly the import of creating lovingly designed visuals to help promote a gig. Get Inky! is a rare opportunity to learn to screenprint over a full day, making prints, posters or invites with Graham Pilling, an experienced graphic designer and print-maker.

Thursday (to Saturday) – Liverpool Sound City, wristbands from £25

Now in its fourth year, Sound City has established itself as one of the UK’s leading metropolitan festivals, regularly attracting some of the top national and international acts to Liverpool. Featuring heavyweights Death in Vegas, Michael Kiwanuka and Mystery Jets, there’s also a healthy smattering of local talents such as Stealing Sheep and Forest Swords.

Screenadelica at Liverpool Sound City @ the Academy of Arts, free

Celebrating the art of the screen-printed gig poster, Screenadelica originated at Sound City in 2010. This year alone, McGarvey (aka designer Horse) has taken exhibitions to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, Bestival and Orlando Calling, before returning to Liverpool in time for a very big weekend. With an impressive and long list of international artists exhibiting alongside handpicked bands including Mugstar, Sun Drums and Vasco Da Gama, there is much to recommend it.

Friday – LightNight, various venues across the city, free

With more than 50 participating venues including FACT, Tate Liverpool, The Royal Standard and the Anglican Cathedral, LightNight is the perfect opportunity to get out and see the city in a fresh context. With exhibition launches, open studios, historic tours and impromptu happenings, amongst other things, the night looks set to have something for everyone.

Posted on 14/05/2012 by thedoublenegative