Culture Diary w/c 20-03-2017

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the UK – and most of it’s free!

Monday — Genuflect Softly #1 10am–6pm @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London — FREE

In her first solo exhibition, German oil painter Stefanie Heinze (pictured, below) is taking queer theory, gender and class as a starting point, and seeing how far she can distort those themes. Expect hybrid, lumpy figures, objects and consumable products expressed in “a tangled mass of abstraction’. See it until 22 April 2017.

Wednesday – Writing Walks: Mary Paterson 2—3.30pm @ Arnolfini, Bristol – FREE (Donations Welcome)

Ever thought about walking and writing as interconnected artistic practices? Writer-in-Residence Mary Paterson thinking they are. Expect to get stuck into a writing task, with Paterson’s guidance, followed by a silent, thoughtful walk through the public spaces of Bristol. Meet at Arnolfini box office no later than 1.55pm.

Stefanie Heinze, Genuflect Softly #1 10am--6pm @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London -- FREE

Bad Taste Reading Group 6pm @ The Bluecoat, Liverpool — FREE

A monthly reading group led by Dr Paul Jones, Bluecoat’s Sociologist-in-Residence, expect a good chat about the relationship between social values and art – taking a different, short text each month as a catalyst for discussion. Expect work by Pierre Bourdieu, Nicholas Bourriand, Donna Haraway and more.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Aleksandra Domanović: Votives 11am—5.30pm @ Henry Moore Institute, Leeds — FREE

How do technological advances impact on communication and culture? Sculptor Aleksandra Domanović tries to answer through a new show at HMI. Making a bunch of new work, entitled Votives, that respond to the building around them, expect funny, colourful pieces that take their visual cues from a range of media references and cultural icons, including Greek Korai — female figures holding offerings of animals and fruit. Until 11 June 2017.

Thursday – Aleksandra Domanović: Votives 11am—5.30pm @ Henry Moore Institute, Leeds -- FREE

Found Footage Festival Vol. 8: Live Show! 9—11pm @ FACT, Liverpool  — £10/11

What do satanic panic videos from the 1980s have in common with blooper reels from North Dakota local news, or toilet training cats (top)? They’ve all been found on VHS tapes in American garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters. A passion project from comedy kings Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Late Show with David Letterman), expect to join them in person tonight for a whirlwind tour of their favourite VHS finds.

Friday — PICK OF THE WEEK: ReROOTed @ Humber Street Gallery, Hull — FREE

Curated by performance artist Gillian Dyson and FACT director Mike Stubbs, ReROOTed (pictured, below) is a love letter to innovative commissioning agency Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA) and its Running Out Of Time (ROOT) Festival – originally co-founded by Stubbs. Started in the 1980s, HTBA was an experimental co-op of artists, hosting events on the street and in borrowed buildings. Expect an archival show of key works from HTBA glory years, and some old friends with live interventions – from Alexandre Burton’s exhilarating captured lightning (not suitable for those with a pacemaker – you have been warned)  to skateboarding along the river with performance lecturer Dani Abulhawa. Until 26 March 2017.

Friday -- PICK OF THE WEEK: ReROOTed @ Humber Street Gallery, Hull -- FREE

First Year Art Auction 7—9pm @ Liverpool Hope Creative Campus — FREE

Roll up, roll up: affordable art for a limited time only! Fine Art and Design students from Liverpool Hope University are auctioning off original artworks this week, and it’s your chance to bag yourself a future masterpiece over a few drinks and good company. And the best part? You’ll also be helping raise money for the Global Hope charity: connecting Liverpool Hope students to global partnership programmes.

Saturday – Piano Recital 1.15—1.45pm @ Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village – FREE (Drop In)

A wonderful opportunity to hear a free lunchtime concert from concert pianist, and piano tutor at Junior RNCM, Naomi Kayayan. Expect not only a world premiere performance of Richard Knight’s Songs Without Words for solo piano, but also Bach, Petri, Busoni and Siloti, in the stunning surrounds of Lady Lever’s Main Hall.

Sunday -- Double Bill: It’s Dearer After Midnight + Them Down There 3.30pm @ HOME, Manchester – £7/5

Sunday — Double Bill: It’s Dearer After Midnight + Them Down There (1968) 3.30pm @ HOME, Manchester – £7/5

Two for the price of one this afternoon at HOME, in a homage to a couple of Granada TV’s best dramatic programming from the ’60s. First up, Michael Apted’s It’s Dearer After Midnight, which follows a taxi driver who takes his customer to a strip club in a fictional city; while Four Weddings and a Funeral director Mike Newell’s Them Down There sees what tragic consequences ensue after an estranged couple have to deal with the arrival of two builders in their remote valley home.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Posted on 20/03/2017 by thedoublenegative