Culture Diary w/c 25-03-2024

Dr John Cooper Clarke

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from across Liverpool and beyond…

Monday – Nobody Knows 7.45pm @ FACT Liverpool – £8/£6 

With his latest, Monster, currently in cinemas, it’s a good time to discover Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s treasure trove of a back catalogue. Tonight it comes in the form of Nobody Knows, a typically complex drama of an unorthodox family that was inspired by real events.

Tuesday – An Evening with Ramsey Campbell for The Nameless 6pm @ Blackwell’s, Liverpool – FREE

Horror legend Ramsey Campbell discusses new book, The Nameless, an exploration of grief and the trauma of not knowing, in the aftermath of the kidnapping of Barbara Waugh’s four year old daughter, Angela.

Wednesday – Branded ЗАТАВРОВАНА + Director in conversation 7pm @ FACT Liverpool – £10/£5

Artist and director Pauline Amos foregrounds art as necessity, against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Amos performs as Kateryna Polishchuk, the real-life Ukrainian actress, poet and combatant, who experienced the 2022 siege of Mariupol first-hand, in this self-described ‘arthouse narrative drama’.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: Keep Hoping Machine Running 6pm @ Bridewell Studios & Gallery, Liverpool – FREE

Bridewell Studios are enjoying a purple patch of programming, much of which has involved artist and curator Gareth Kemp, whose evolving abstractions once again feature here. They do so alongside a satisfyingly diverse mix of painting styles, including portraiture and landscape, from Lara Davies, David Horton, Sumuyya Khader, Phil King, Paul Mellor, Henry Miller and Covadonga Valdes.


Exhibition Closing: Abstract Thinking: Fanchon Fröhlich & Her Contemporaries @ the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool – FREE

An exhibition placing the Liverpool-based abstract artist amid a thriving UK scene, alongside peers including Peter Lanyon, Gillian Ayres and Sandra Blow. Read our review.

Friday – Dr John Cooper Clarke: Celebrating 50 Years in Showbiz 7.30pm @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – £40.50/£34.50/£29.50/£25

The Bard of Salford graces Liverpool with his socio-political punk poetry. Ground breaking, sardonic, and comfortably in the realms of poetry’s equivalent of rock star royalty.

(WEB SIZE) OPEN EYE - Look Climate Lab (JAN 2024) ©Rob Battersby-web

Saturday – FestEvol from 3pm @ Arts Club Liverpool – £27.50

Latest iteration of FestEvol, the all day live music extravaganza. 2024′s vintage sees headliners PEACE joined by 86TVs, Overpass, Witch Fever, Hooton Tennis Club, Casino, Van Houten, Slate, Bandit, Ambedo Blue, Bright Town and Tilly Louise.

Sunday – Exhibition Closing: LOOK Climate Lab 2024 @ Open Eye Gallery – FREE

This group exhibition considers how photography might best be used to address climate change. There is no one answer, with artistic responses coming from a variety of lens based practitioners, including Lizzie King and Mario Popham. Each offers a nuanced reflection of ecology in various stages of recovery after industrialisation’s unforgiving onslaught. Read our review.

Mike Pinnington

Images/media, from top: John Cooper Clarke, courtesy John Cooper Clarke; trailer for Branded ЗАТАВРОВАНА; Abstract Thinking: Fanchon Fröhlich & Her Contemporaries installation photography, courtesy VGM; LOOK Climate Lab installation photography, © Rob Battersby

Posted on 25/03/2024 by thedoublenegative