Culture Diary w/c 04-09-2017

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

Monday – London Symphony (2017) On UK Release @ Cinemas Nationwide

Bringing back the city symphony genre – made famous by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler’s Manhatta (1921) and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) — Alex Barrett’s award-winning silent film is a contemporary portrait of London’s streets and its people.

Tuesday – Liverpool Biennial 2018: Artist Talk 6.30–8pm @ The Serving Library, LJMU’s Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool – FREE (Booking Required)

Meet four of the artists — Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria), Holly Hendry (UK, whose sculpture is pictured, below), Mathias Poledna (Austria) and Suki Seokyeong Kang​ (Korea) – taking part in next year’s Liverpool Biennial, entitled Beautiful world, where are you?

Holly Hendry, Gut Feelings, 2016, Installation view at Royal College of Art, London, UK. Photo: courtesy Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Wednesday – Liverpool Georgian Quarters Architecture Tour 2.15—3.15pm @ Liverpool — £7.20/FREE For NT Members (Booking Required)

Ever admired the buildings on Rodney Street and wondered at the people who used to live there? Join experienced National Trust volunteer Guides this afternoon to hear about the rich history behind these Georgian-era homes – completed when George III was on the throne. Book by calling 0151 709 6261, or email thehardmanshouse[at]

FACT Lates: Psych Fest Shorts 6—10pm @ FACT Liverpool – £4/3

Ahead of the hugely popular Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (happening 22 & 23 September in the city’s Baltic Triangle), let Lesley Taker, Producer/Curator at FACT, introduce you to some truly psychedelic artist-films. Expect acid trips, screaming mouths and shifting psychological states from the minds of Turner Prize artist Laure Provost, Venice Biennale artist Rachel Maclean (pictured), and more.

Rachel Mclean, still, Over the Rainbow, courtesy the artist

Friday – Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera 1/5.30/7.30pm @ International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester — £10/5

If 18—24 year olds were to write and perform opera, what stories would they tell? Expect a premiere of five exciting, brand new short operas – including one named after the infamous Call of Duty videogame – that have been produced during the Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera summer school. Show times one hour approx.

Saturday – PROJECTIONS: Cinematic Representations Of Mental Illness (Day Course) 10am—5pm @ Freud Museum London — £45-70

“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption…” Expect today’s Freud Museum’s course to focus on psychiatric diagnoses as depicted in cinema (like Shame (2011), pictured), through in-depth analysis and discussion. Advance viewing optional — select scenes and montages will be shown on the day.

Shame (2011)

Frieze Sculpture Tour: Meet The Artists 10.30am—1pm @ Chester Gate, Regent’s Park, London — £50

A VIP tour of Frieze Art Fair’s summer sculpture show, in the glorious surrounds of Regent’s Park’s English Gardens, expect to meet four exhibiting artists — Reza Aramesh, Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas J Price and Emily Young – followed by a Q&A at The Mandrake Hotel and a champagne brunch on the terrace. Don’t forget, Frieze Sculpture show itself is free to enter (without the posh tour) until 8 October.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Strange Collective All Dayer Vol. 2 4pm Til Late @ Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool — £10 OTD

More psych tonight, and in abundance, at Liverpool’s coolest music venue… Expect live, dirty garage punk from headliners Strange Collective (listen to Super Touchy for a taste), who will be joined by many of their friends and peers from the city and the genre — including Ohmns (try Boil D Rice) — plus Caribbean food, DJs and dancing. Not to be missed.

Polly Richards: an illustrator and zine making from Manchester

Sunday – Leeds Zine Fair 2017 11am—6pm @ @ Left Bank Leeds – FREE

Where, this Sunday, can you watch the Hillsborough Justice Film, go on a Reclaiming the Hides guided bird walk, make a zine in a day, AND buy a comic about Bruce Springsteen? Leeds, of course! Join UK artists, designers, filmmakers and zine makers as they descend on this energetic and jam-packed Zine Fair — returning for the third year in a row. Expect illustration (from Manchester’s Polly Richards, pictured, and more), fanfiction, short stories, photography books and posters.

Laura Robertson, Editor

Images, from top: Holly Hendry, Gut Feelings (2016), installation view at Royal College of Art, London, UK; photo courtesy Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Rachel Mclean, still, Over the Rainbow (2013), courtesy the artist. Still from Steve McQueen’s Shame (2011). Illustration by Polly Richards, an illustrator and zine maker from Manchester, UK

Posted on 04/09/2017 by thedoublenegative