Culture Diary w/c 31-03-14

BCNMCR exhibition, Manchester

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

Wednesday – BCNMCR 4pm-late @ Twenty Twenty Two Manchester — FREE

On until 26 April, this showcase of Barcelona-based design, typography and illustration is a celebration of the city’s creative spirit. The brainchild of Manchester-based designer Dave Sedgwick, who was a fan of studios based there and wanted more collaboration between the two cities, expect a great selection of graphic art.

Cloud Boat and Hannah Peel 7.30pm @ the Shipping Forecast Liverpool — £5

Like your music dreamy, or (dare we say it) of the easy listening variety? Singer songwriters Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke, aka Cloud Boat, bring their style of ambient new-age electronica to the Ship on Wednesday. Support comes from the retro-instrument-loving Hannah Peel, whose tracks have graced both toothpaste ads and new US series America Horror Story.

Thursday – Keywords Discussions 3pm @ Tate Liverpool — FREE (booking essential)

You’ll recognise Independent journalist, author and critic Yasmin Alibhai-Brown  – she’s known for her sharp commentary on TV programmes as diverse as Newsnight and The Wright Stuff. To celebrate Tate’s latest exhibition, Keywords, she is joined by renowned artist Sunil Gupta (known for London Gay Switchboard (1980)), and Director of Research at Winchester School of Art Jonathan Harris, for fifteen-minute presentations on the meaning of ‘key’ words, and how they reflect the cultural shifts in our society. See Keywords, Raymond Williams and The Evolution of Language.

A View from the Bridge 7.30pm @ Liverpool Playhouse £10-£23 

This version of Arthur Miller’s ‘devastating’ portrait of the American Dream gone sour has been produced collaboratively with the National Theatre and the Playhouse’s new director in residence, Charlotte Gwinner. The plot follows a typical poor but happy Brooklyn family: docker Eddie, his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine. That is, until the arrival of Beatrice’s illegal immigrant cousins, who force Eddie into a clash of generations, culture and moral duty. Showing until 19 April.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday – Glasgow International @ various venues across Glasgow — FREE

Our Pick this week was a toss-up between this, the Conflict exhibition and the Alibhai-Brown talk. But this won! On until 21 April, Glasgow’s popular contemporary biennial art festival is now under the helm of new Director Sarah McCrory. Known for being an arts festival for artists, the quality, breadth and ambition is always excellent. See our Unmissable Exhibitions of 2014!

Glasgow International - Bedwyr Williams

CONFLICT: Art and War 11am-5pm @ Contemporary Arts Society London — FREE

Featuring some of our favourite artists — including sculpture/new media from Pio Abad and Venice Bienniale exhibitor, photographer Richard Mosse — this powerful and timely exhibition explores conflict, destruction and war. Continues until 27 June.

Saturday – Poster printing with Gary McGarvey 10am @ the Bluecoat — £130/£120

The ever-excellent, former Artist of the Month Gary McGarvey (aka Horse) leads this intensive poster printing masterclass. Whether you’re currently a graphic artist toying with the idea of learning how to screenprint, a novice who seriously wants to make some great promo, or just a big fan of poster art, this workshop’s for you.

Sunday – 80p with Don Vito/Jealousy Mountain/Concrete Island 7pm @ Mello Mello — 80p (!)

POSTMUSIC’s 80p live music night is back, this time with German no wave/drone from Don Vito and Jealousy Mountain, with weird pop support from the post-LOVECRAFT breakup band Concrete Island (great name). Ridiculously good fun on a ridiculous budget.

Posted on 02/04/2014 by thedoublenegative