Culture Diary w/c 19-09-2016

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

Tuesday – Situational Night Live! 6.30-8.30pm @ Cains Brewery, Liverpool – FREE

A night of fun from Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool Comedy Festival (below), expect a comedic set from artist David Sherry; a personal tour of Cains Brewery via local stand-up comedian Tony Simpson; and a talk entitled Children are the Shock Troops of Gentrification by writer and artist Tessa Norton.

Wednesday – Exhibition Opening: RIBA Late: Copy Paste City Scape 6-10pm @ RIBA, London — FREE

A bumper evening of architecture-themed talks, screenings and workshops, in celebration of artist Giles Round’s new exhibition: We Live in the Office. Highlights include designer Adam Nathaniel Furman on the sensuousness of ’50s Italian design to the the puritanical Apple products of the ’90s; learning to block print textile patterns with Paternity; and watching Gordon Matta-Clark’s influential film Conical Intersect (1975). Exhibition continues until 5 Feb 2017.

Situational Night Live! 6.30-8.30pm @ Cains Brewery, Liverpool – FREE

Curtains For The Welsh Streets: A Reflective Talk By Nina Edge 7pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — £3/2

Speaking candidly about her 2006 Independents Biennial artwork Nothing is Private, and revising this work 10 years on, expect to hear what impact living on Liverpool’s boarded-up Welsh Streets has had on this radical, socially engaged artist.

Thursday – Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary @ Old Granada Studios, Manchester — £12/4/FREE

See why more than 42,000 people have been flocking to Manchester’s art fair (below) since it started in 2008 — and spending more than £3 million in the process. Don’t miss the free talks (including a Fair Cities Conference); guided tours; affordable limited edition prints from artists and galleries (like Walker and Liverpool Biennial); plus a few more cutting edge collectables at Manchester Contemporary (expect S1 Artspace, Paper Gallery and more). Until Sunday. Read our top collecting tips here.

Buy Art Fair 2015

Exhibition Opening: SEVENFOLD 6-8pm @ University of Northampton — FREE

Featuring seven graduating students from their MA Fine Art programme, expect a variety if ideas — including the body in print; drawing in response to architecture; and painting politics. Drinks and nibbles provided; exhibition continues until 28 Sept.

Circuit Breaker 6.30pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £7/5

The second Liverpool Biennial event this week — this time in cinema. These short films (below) are all by artists who use new technologies in their work; including early pioneers Stan Van Der Beek (who used computers to create abstract  experiences), the wonderful Lyn Hershman Leeson (who crosses scifi, female politics, bigenetics and time travel), and contemporary artists Cecile B. Evans, Jon Rafman, Rosa Aielo, and Lu Yang.


Friday — Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia @ District, Blade Factory and Camp and Furnace, Liverpool — Day Ticket £40/Weekend Ticket £80

NME’s ”Best Small Festival” of 2015, this virtual reality-loving, pale ale-guzzling, PZYK worshipping, mini-festival is back for the fifth year running. Expect live performances by Super Furry AnimalsThe Horrors,  Cavern Of Anti-Matter, FlamingodsThe Moonlandingz and more; read our guide here. Until Saturday.

Exhibition Opening: Eva Rothschild: Alternative To Power 6-8pm @ New Art Gallery Walsall — FREE

The steel, leather, resin, plastic and fabric sculptures (main image) from Irish artist Eva Rothschild’s range from the spider-like and spindly, to unstable geometric forms; expect a series of old works, as well as a new commisission inspired by Walsall’s maunfacturing industry. Until 15 Jan 2017.


Saturday – Exhibition Opening: Felicity Black: Radical Vulnerability 6-9pm @ Caustic Coastal, Salford — FREE

Her first solo exhibition in seven years, after a self-imposed “art exile”, expect Black (above) to show new site specific watercolours, and reimagined past work made in the early noughties. Don’t miss Islington Mill’s Mr Scruff Raise The Roof Fundraiser after the show.

Sunday – Stonewall (1995) 6-7.45 pm @ Small Cinema Liverpool — £3/4

Never released on DVD, Nigel Finch’s final ever film will tonight show on vintage VHS. Inspired by gay historian Martin Duberman’s memoir of the same name, and including real footage of those who were there, expect a fictionalised account of the counterculture, police raids, peaceful protests, and eventual violent uprising of 1969.

Laura Robertson, Editor

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Posted on 20/09/2016 by thedoublenegative