Culture Diary w/c 11-09-2017

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 most of it’s free!

Tuesday – Exhibition Opening: Rachel Whiteread 10am–6pm @ Tate Britain, London — £15/13.10

The first ever woman to win the Turner Prize, critically acclaimed sculptor Rachel Whiteread looks back on 25 years of arts practice with a significant solo show at Tate Britain. Expect tactile casts of plaster, concrete, resin, rubber and metal, depicting domestic objects and spaces. Until 21 Jan 2018.

Wednesday — Scalarama Fassbinder Season: Fox And His Friends (1975) 6pm @ FACT Liverpool – £11.60/10.60

Arguably one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s most shocking and moving films, the director also plays the lead — as naive, working-class circus performer Franz Biberkopf, whose lottery win has tragic consequences.  Part of Scalarama’s September film festival.

Fox And His Friends (1975), still

PICK OF THE WEEK: Thursday – Exhibition Opening: The Circle And The Square 5–8pm @ Northlight Mill, Brierfield — FREE

A complex artwork that has seen arts organisation Super Slow Way commission acclaimed US artist Suzanne Lacy to work in Pennine Lancashire, the results are shown to the public tonight, 12 months after production. In essence charting how the residents of Brierfield have learned to sing, Lacy’s vision is more about those same people discussing the impact of the textile industry on their tiny Northern town. Expect live singing in the form of Shape Note, Dhikr, Nasheed, and traditional mill ballads, plus refreshments. Exhibition continues until 23 Sept. RSVP by emailing laura[at]

Discussion: Art And Its Materials 6—7.30pm @ Spike Island, Bristol — £0/5.74

What’s the metaphorical nature of making in contemporary art? What does it mean to have ideas other than your own rush in and take over? Discuss the pleasure of making tonight with John Ó Maoilearca, Professor of Film and TV at Kingston University, author of Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality (2010).

Stephen Shore 'Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida, November 17, 1977', 1977/2011 © Stephen Shore

Friday – Exhibition Opening: States of America 6.30pm @ Nottingham Contemporary — FREE

Subtitled Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, this timely focus on America is surely a pause in which to consider how it has arrived at its present cultural, economic and political state. Expect a careful selection of well-known, experimental photographers — including Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston, Bruce Davidson, and Stephen Shore (pictured).

Saturday — Last Day: Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker / Un-Veiled 10am–5pm @ RIBA North, Liverpool — FREE

Your last chance to see the new RIBA North building’s inaugural exhibitions: the former, celebrating the city’s famous skyline through archive drawings, models and watercolours from the RIBA Collections; the latter, site specific “subversive architecture” from Karsten Huneck and Bernd Truempler (pictured) – a transparent, blood red pavilion in which to view and discuss some of the most iconic spaces of the Northern Powerhouse.

Un-veiled by KHBT Architects at RIBA North © Johannes Marburg

Networking: Women In Photography 1—3pm @ Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead – FREE

Amateur or professional photographer? Get yourself down to Redeye Photography Network’s meet-up this afternoon, which also promises a tour of Stephanie Wynne and Stephanie Fawcett’s latest exhibition — photo stories from the Wirral that have been produced as part of the Open Eye Gallery’s ambitious Culture Shifts project.

Exhibition Opening: Blue Hours 10am–5pm @ VARC, Highgreen, Northumberland — FREE

Lucy May Schofield has spent the last 12 months literally capturing light on the Northumberland moors. For a rural art residency at VARC, her resulting exhibition, Blue Hours, is a collection of photo-sensitive works — including Cyanotype paper walls, and a daylight sleep performance (pictured) during the equinox. Expect live readings from the artist at 3pm today and tomorrow, or see it by appointment until 21 Sept.

Awake, Lucy May Schofield. Courtesy the artist and VARC

Laura Robertson, Editor

Images, from top: Still from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Fox And His Friends (1975). Stephen Shore, Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida, Courtesy of the artist and Thames & Hudson. Un-veiled by KHBT Architects at RIBA North © Johannes Marburg. Awake, by Lucy May Schofield, 2017, Courtesy the artist and VARC

Posted on 12/09/2017 by thedoublenegative