Culture Diary w/c 27-06-2016


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

Monday – Co-op Dialogues 1966-2016: John Akomfrah & Louis Henderson 7-9pm @ Tate Britain, London — £8

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the London Film-makers’ Co-op, Tate Britain will be screening works from two prominent video artists, followed by a discussion. John Akomfrah was a founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective in 1982, and spent much of his career in the ’80s and ’90s exploring the experiences unique to Black British citizens, and the intersections between race and class. Next generation artist Louis Henderson looks at contemporary racism, such as the killings of Black youth by US police officers.

Tuesday – Jamaican Pulse: Di-Andre C.Davis & Leasho Johnson 6-8pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £2/3

Join Jamaican artists Leasho Johnson (below) and Di-Andre Caprice Davis as they talk about their work focusing on the female experience — and the ineluctable politics that comes with it. Their two-week residency will include digital technologies such as animation, looping GIFs, and digital image manipulation; each designed to express an aspect of what it means to be a woman.

Jamaican Pulse - Leasho Johnson

Should An Art Gallery Be A Place To Test New Products Out On The Public? 3.30-4.30pm @ Blue Skies Stage, Exhibition Centre Liverpool — FREE

This International Festival of Business 2016 event boasts plenty of speakers, all trying to answer the same question in a series of quick-fire presentations: should an art gallery be a place to test new products out on the public? Whether you are an artist, business owner, curator, freelance designer or gallery-goer, expect to leave with a greater understanding of collaborative research with the creative industry.

Wednesday — First Draft – Scratch Night 7.30pm @ Everyman Bistro, Liverpool — FREE (Optional Food Bank Donation)

Enjoy hump-day with this relaxed evening showcasing some of amazing creative talent Liverpool has to offer. Hosted by Film Book Club‘s Gary Lunt, performances include everything and anything; from spoken word to stand-up to music to mime, and much more.

Thursday — Backdoored 6.30-9pm @ The Nunnery, London — FREE 

Part of the 2016 Bow Open Show, artist Nye Thompson has curated a series of webcam images from around the globe (below). By bypassing computer authentication, a legal method known as using the “backdoor”, Thompson has created an archive of webcam stills where the subjects in photo have no idea that their images are being broadcasted to the world. Explore the eerie project here.


Friday – Sounds Of The City 2016 @ Castlefield Bowl, Manchester – £35.75+

Three years old this year, and featuring live music over 10 days, SOTC (not to be confused with Sounds From the Other City) have invited Guy Garvey, Haçienda Classical (an interesting collab between The Hacienda and Manchester Camerata orchestra), James Bay, Stereophonics, Catfish And The Bottlemen, New Order, The Last Shadow Puppets and more to entertain you in the summer sun.

Saturday — The Strange Collective Record Launch All Day @ Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool — £4

The Kazimier’s latest venue and ongoing arts project, Invisible Wind Factory, is thankfully offering another (great quality) live music venue in the city. Tonight’s record launch promises music from great Northern bands Beach Skulls, Lying Bastards, and Rongorongo, and well as Bito Lido DJs, and of course Strange Collective with a brand new album.  Can’t wait until Saturday? Read about the first time our editor Laura Robertson entered the Invisible Wind Factory here

Liv Wynter: HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING YOU? @ The Royal Standard, Liverpool — FREE

An unapologetically queer, working-class Londoner, Liv Wynter will be resident artist at The Royal Standard until 10 July, deliberately coinciding with the opening week of New Contemporaries and Liverpool Biennial. Entitled HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING YOU? (feature image), Wynter’s workshops, live performances, talks and publication are all centred around the uncomfortable issue of class and money within society, which she isn’t afraid to discuss.

Art Night London

PICK OF THE WEEK: Art Night London @ Venues Across London — FREE (Some Events Booking Required)

A brand new late-night contemporary arts festival, curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, expect 10 international projects and six on-site commissions across art, architecture, music, design, dance — all dotted across the capital for you to explore.

Sunday — A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.30pm @ The Rock Garden, Edge Hill University, Liverpool – £13/15

Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Shakespeare intended: in the open air on a warm afternoon. This 16th century romantic comedy has just the right amount of magic and mayhem to enjoy on a rug with a picnic as you bask in one of the Bard’s greatest works.

Vanessa Wheeler

Posted on 27/06/2016 by thedoublenegative