Culture Diary w/c 06-01-14

Spirit of the Beehive, Friday @ TATE

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK…

Tuesday – Gloria 6pm @ FACT, ticket prices vary

A Berlin Festival multi-award winner, this comedy/drama tells the story of Gloria, a free-spirited older woman embarking on a post-divorce whirlwind relationship with Rodolfo, a former naval officer, whom she meets out clubbing. But is Rodolfo all that he seems?

Wednesday – Private View: Stephen Felmingham, The Violet Club 5-7.30pm @ Plymouth College of Art, FREE

An unusual take on landscape drawing, artist Stephen Felmingham presents a new body
 of work made in response to the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps. Finding the abandoned buildings across the UK, Felmingham sets out to investigate the trauma of the generation that lived through this most dangerous period in history.

Thursday – Introduction to Screenprinting 6pm @ the Bluecoat Print Studio, £145/£135

Always wanted to learn how to make beautiful prints? Led by experienced printmaker and designer Alex Smith, this four week course for beginners is a great way to get started. Create hand drawn, paper and photographic stencils, familiarise yourself with all the equipment and materials needed, and produce some professional artwork for friends and family.

Just Handshakes/Mean Jean/Songs For Walter/So Sexual 8pm @ House Liverpool, £4

Don’t be deceived by the cheap entry fee; this Edils Recordings evening of live indie-pop will be well worth a gander. Leeds-based headliners Just Handshakes latest record Say It has been described as “one of the freshest and most fascinating indie pop records you’ll hear for a while” (DIY), while support from local new-wave-post-punk-rockers So Sexual promises “a peculiar sense of dark optimism” (GIT).

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday – Film Screening: Spirit of the Beehive (pictured) 2-4pm @ Office of Useful Art, Tate Liverpool, £8

Dr Tom Whittaker, Lecturer in Film Studies and Hispanic Studies from the University of Liverpool, presents the first in a series of film screenings at Tate exploring how left-wing values have shaped filmmaking. This controversial Spanish masterpiece (the debut of director Victor Erice), made during the last years of the Franco regime, follows Ana, a young girl who believes a fugitive Republican soldier to be the spirit of Frankenstein. Shown as part of Art Turning Left; see our review here.

Saturday – We Colonised The Moon artists in residence Open Think Tank Late Breakfast 11am-1pm @ Bargehouse (London), FREE

“Should We Colonise the Moon?” Yes! Instigated by the people behind the recent Republic of the Moon exhibition at FACT Liverpool, artists in residence Hagen Betzwieser (Germany) and Sue Corke (UK) attempt to seriously explore the religious, political and economic impact of colonising the moon. Panelists include strategist Benedict Singleton, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology Ian Crawford, and Rev Dr Jeremy Law.

Sunday – Highlights Tour 2-3pm @ Manchester Art Gallery FREE, no need to book, meet in the Atrium

A great opportunity to see MAG’s current exhibitions before they close over the next few weeks, including Jermey Deller’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (see our review here) and Grayson Perry’s tapestries, these personal tours are created by each individual guide, reflecting their own highlights from the gallery’s extensive collections of fine and decorative art.

Posted on 07/01/2014 by thedoublenegative