Culture Diary w/c 09-05-2016

Maria Kulikosvka - 9th of May

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

Monday — Exhibition Opening: 9th Of May @ Art Represent, London — FREE

Be sure to visit Ukrainian artist Maria Kulikosvka’s (above) first solo exhibition titled the 9th of May, named after Victory Day, which celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union. Inspired by the sociopolitical events taking place in her home country, including the government’s attempt at rewriting the history of the Second World War, and the ongoing dictatorship over Crimea, Kulikosvka expresses her distaste and rebellion through her work. Her sculptures, ceramics and sketches interpret the relationship between humankind and war, creating a message of hope and resistance.

Viking Moses 9pm @ Caledonia, Liverpool — Donation Entry

The modern day nomad (as we like to call him) returns to one of his most regular touring cities tonight; which is no mean feat, as he’s reputedly been on tour since 1993. See the US singer songwriter — described by pop mogul Alan McGee as “the most uniquely talented musician since Kurt Cobain… an absolute genius” — perform tracks from his latest LP, Jahiliyah.

Tuesday — Exhibition Opening: Fierce Light 12-7pm @ East Gallery NUA, Norwich — FREE

Created as we come close to commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, Fierce Light is a collection of works from international filmmakers and poets inspired by one of the bloodiest battles in history; killing over one million men. The exhibition artistically captures the nightmare of war and includes eery works by renowned poet Simon Armitage; creating a time capsule for us to look back and learn from the tragedies of our ancestors.

Bowder Stone, Borrowdale c.1863-8 by Atkinson Grimshaw 1836-1893

Wednesday — Exhibition Opening: Painting With Light 10am-6pm @ Tate Britain, London — £16-18

Immerse yourself in the art and photography from the Pre-Raphaelites all the way up to the contemporary age with this new exhibition at Tate Britain, which boasts nearly 200 works; including (above) Bowder Stone, Borrowdale (c.1863-8) by Atkinson Grimshaw. Looking back at the history of art photography and its intersection with painting, Painting With Light focuses on the aesthetic beauty sought from the different mediums of art throughout different periods in time.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Thursday — Manchester After Hours 5pm-Late @ Venues Across Manchester — Events Individually Priced (Most FREE)

Described as a “one-night, city-wide social”, Manchester After Hours is one night where the city refuses to sleep — instead offering a huge programme of arts and culture events for all to enjoy. From D’Arts Festival at the Whitworth, to Physical at The Portico, or Climate Control at Manchester Museum, there is something for everyone; including an experience of the world’s oldest surviving passenger steam-train at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Mondrian Cake - Great Art Bake Off

PICK OF THE WEEK: Friday — Light Night Liverpool 2016 5pm-Late @ Venues Across Liverpool — FREE

It’s back, and bigger than ever! Light Night Liverpool unlocks the city after hours for a one-night-only arts and culture festival. Every major venue in town will be taking part, and even expect a secret visit from Liverpool Biennial. Our top picks include Experimental Shakespeare and a Silent Disco at Central Library, the Great Art Bake Off at Tate (above), and an appearance from Open 2: Pieces of You artist Phoebe Kiely in Open Eye Gallery’s specially constructed dark room. Oh, and don’t forget to attend the After Party at Constellations when you’re done!

Exhibition Opening: Afro Supa Hero 10am-5pm @ International Slavery Museum, Liverpool — FREE

Artist Jon Daniel (below) takes a closer look into the importance of Black role models and their capacity to inspire the youth of today. Specialising in the niche collection of comics and games featuring positive Black characters, Daniel has transformed his hobby into an exhibition celebrating the journey from childhood to adulthood, in an era still struggling with racism yet celebratory of African heritage and identity.

Afro Supa Heroes, Jon Daniels: Grace Jones

Saturday — Meet Todd White 12-2pm @ Whitewall Galleries, Liverpool — FREE (RSVP)

American artist and professional charmer, Todd White, is set to meet the British public during his White Hot tour of nationwide Whitewall Galleries. Known for his risqué paintings of seductive women from the glamorous eras of the past, the expressionist artist has had works commissioned by the Grammy Awards and even his own set of Coca-Cola bottles. Enjoy the evening mingling with the coolest artist in town — just don’t mention his past as the creator of Spongebob Squarepants, since he still finds it a touch embarrassing.

GIT Awards 7.30pm @ Constellations, Liverpool — Tickets Available Soon

Revel in the music of Merseyside bands as they battle it out at the fifth edition of the Get Into This Awards. Expect to find great bands you’ve never heard of before and enjoy a night of drinks, dancing, and live music. Not to mention, the winning live act will receive a cash prize of £1000.

Sunday — Nebraska (2013) 5.30pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool — £3-4

In honour of Dementia Awareness Week, Small Cinema are showing the Academy Award-nominated black-and-white comedy-drama Nebraska. This quirky film focuses on a son assisting his decrepit father as they journey across the States to collect a $1 million winning sweepstakes ticket. Despite the wearings of age and alcoholism, the father-son bond is strengthened through selflessness and simply looking out for one another through trying times.

Vanessa Wheeler

Posted on 09/05/2016 by thedoublenegative