Culture Diary w/c 26-09-2016

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

Monday – Little Men (2016) @ Picturehouse Cinemas Nationwide

Ira Sachs’ coming-of-age-drama is getting a lot of five-star reviews; possibly because it’s tender, funny, and manages to talk about money worries without being partonising or schmaltzy. “Brimming with little truths about modern life.” (Variety)

Tuesday — Grilled Cheese Competition 4-8pm @ Filter + Fox, Liverpool – FREE

Yep, we said grilled cheese competition. A fan club for cheese fans, a shortlist of eight will present their best cheesy recipe live (no more than six ingredients! Must be accompanied by matching beverage and music!) to a panel of judges tonight.


Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Work It! 6-9pm @ A-side B-side Gallery, London — FREE

“Is it worth it? Lemme work it!” Mimicking a nail salon, expect new works by artists — and shop girls – Ellie Barrett, Olivia Brazier and Sophie Rogers to question everything from female labour to the Day Job. See it until 2 Oct.

Friday – Emerging Practices: Ensuring Development And Sustainability 11am- 4pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

Join Art Fund, Tate Liverpool Artistic Director Francesco Manacorda, writer and curator George Vasey and the Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins for this day-long symposium. There’s not much information, but expect some riveting debate on the development and sustainability of  – and what that means for – our cultural institutions.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Take Me Anywhere, 2016 HD video 10 min, Video/edit Luke Turner

Finnish Video Shorts Programme 1: Poetic Q&A 6pm @ HOME Manchester — £4/3

Remember Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner‘s #TOUCHMYSOUL existential call centre? See Rönkkö in person again, this time discussing her solo work; with fellow Fin Elena Näsänen and founder of the Finnish Art Agency, Laura Köönikkä. Expect artist films on the theme of poetic narratives; don’t miss part two on surreal realities at 1pm tomorrow.

Exhibition Opening: Peel, Tear, Patch & Repair 6-9pm @ Crown Building Studios, Liverpool – FREE

“A bodged repair, filling holes with plaster: a half-hearted attempt to cover up…” See new sculptural work from artists Ian Jackson and Joshua Johnson; expect some seriously beautiful and expertly manipulated materials. Until 16 Oct.

Suzanne Lacy

PICK OF THE WEEK: Saturday – Brighton Photo Biennial @ Venues Across Brighton — FREE

In its seventh edition, this year’s highlights include Ewen Spencer’s photographs of teenagers at Notting Hill Carnival and in Liverpool; and Olivia Arthur and Bharat Sikka’s collaborative, documentary LGBT portraits, taken in Mumbai and Brighton. See it until 30 Oct.

Suzanne Lacy’s Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope 11am-late @ Smith & Nephew Mill, Brierfield, Lancashire — Invite Only

Shape Note and Sufi chanting have been the main tool for US artist Suzanne Lacy to bring the communities of Pennine Lancashire together; today, the group put their new skills to the test in an all day performance, followed by banquet for 500 people. Read more about this dramatic and historic public artwork in our special feature. 

Laura Robertson, Editor

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Posted on 26/09/2016 by thedoublenegative