Culture Diary w/c 29-01-2018

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 – Exhibition Continues: Daughters Of Necessity: Serena Korda & Wakefield’s Ceramics 10-5pm @ The Hepworth Wakefield — FREE

Artist Serena Korda is known for her unusual combinations of ceramics, sculpture and sound art. Her new work, Resonators, doesn’t disappoint: inspired by a 1950′s essay found in the archive, which refers to clay vessels as ‘daughters of necessity’, she’s made five large, glazed vessels in response that sing in bass-tones. See this, other recent work and a selection of her favourite pieces from the Hepworth vaults, daily until 5 July.

Wednesday — Wednesday Talks: Dora Garcia 12.30-2pm @ The Whitworth, Manchester — FREE

A fantastic chance to see acclaimed Catalonian artist Dora García talk in person about her prolific career – which recently has included her first major British solo show, These books were alive; they spoke to me! (The Tetley, Leeds, 2017), dedicated to her books and book sculptures, and The Mnemosyne Revolution, an apocalyptic newspaper produced for An Imagined Museum which imagined a world where all art had disappeared (Tate Liverpool, 2016). Expect an insight into the concepts of her work, which span radical art to psychoanalysis to science fiction.

Hofesh Shechter Company Presents: Grand Finale. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Hofesh Shechter Company Presents: Grand Finale 7.30pm @ HOME, Manchester — £10-19

A surreal gig, play and dance spectacle all rolled into one (pictured above), see the international Hofesh Shechter Company continue their world tour of this brand new – and ambitious – stage show tonight. Expect a darkly comic look at the human condition which is receiving four star reviews across the board. Continues unit Saturday.

Thursday – Exhibition Opening: International Weird Collage Show 6.30-8.30pm @ Jealous, London – FREE

We LOVE collage (John Stezaker has to be one of our all time faves) so its heartening to see the medium brought bang up to date, to comment on contemporary concepts as well as show off contemporary processes and technical ideas. Continuing a successful run of exhibitions, that have travelled to 13 cities so far, including New York, Berlin and Rotterdam, it’s London’s turn tonight. Expect 25 collage artists including Sarah Hardacre, who works with images from public archives and vintage porn magazines (pictured below), alongside a live sound collage for tonight only, by soundtrack composer Maxwell Sterling (son of post-punk collagist Linder Sterling). See it until Sunday 11 Feb.


Friday + Saturday – A Gentle Way To Think About Things Together – *Further Studies* @ CBS Gallery & Studios + Other Venues, Liverpool – FREE (Spaces Limited, Booking Essential)

During an informal – and free – residency of sorts, let Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau guide you through two days of gentle activity. With the aim of taking time out to think and press the reset button, expect communal swimming, garden walks, reading out loud, and writing exercises. Email for more information and booking.

Friday — MOON DUO + God On My Right + Lo Five 8-11pm @ District, Liverpool — £12

Touring their new albums, Occult Architecture Vol 1 (pictured below) & 2, released last year through Sacred Bones and described as their “psychedelic opus”, expect a synth-propelled and minimalist ode to the changing seasons, through the darkness of winter to the light of summer. Tour continues to Leeds, London and Istanbul: see here for dates and venues.

Album cover art for Occult Architecture Vol. 1 LP, Moon Duo

Saturday — Redeye Academy: Introduction To Light Painting 5-10pm @ Peak District – £62.50 Early Bird Tickets

Ever seen the light painting photographic technique, and wondered how it’s done? Maybe even wanted to learn how to do it yourself? Never fear – Jérémy Palisse and Tim Gamble (latter pictured below) are here to train amateur and expert photographers alike tonight. Using long exposure photography at England’s spectacular national park, bring LED playthings – like lasers, torches or light sabers! – plus a camera and tripod (of course), comfy shoes and warm clothes.

Sunday – Bolshoi Ballet: Lady Of The Camellias (2018) 1pm @ FACT, Liverpool — £10.40/9.40/8.40/7.40

Alexandre Dumas fils’ novel, La Dame aux Camélias, premiered at this exact time almost 170 years ago – at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris on 2 February 1852. A semi-autobigraphiclal love story, based on his brief affair with courtesan Marie Duplessis when he was just a naïve young man, expect a doomed romance indeed… Prima Svetlana Zakharova stars as the consumption-riddled courtesan Marguerite Gautier, who seeks love and redemption to Chopin’s devastatingly starry-eyed piano score.

Light painting with Redeye: Image: © KOMEG and Tim GAMBLE

Laura Robertson, Editor

Images from top: Hofesh Shechter Company Presents: Grand Finale. Photo: Rahi Rezvani. Sarah Hardacre, Gentle Persuasion, shown as part of the International Weird Collage Show. Album cover art for Occult Architecture Vol. 1 LP, 2017, by Moon Duo. Light painting © KOMEG and Tim GAMBLE

Posted on 29/01/2018 by thedoublenegative