Tate Liverpool unveils two new free Collections Displays exploring Liverpool’s relationship to migration and international exchange

Hew Locke, Armada 2019. Installation view from Here’s the Thing 2019 at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK. Courtesy the artist and Ikon. Photo by Tom Bird.
Hew Locke, Armada 2019. Installation view from Here’s the Thing 2019 at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK. Courtesy the artist and Ikon. Photo by Tom Bird.

From February, Tate Liverpool unveils two new displays of works from the Tate collection that considers the impact of the global movement of people on artists and art movements throughout the twentieth century and beyond. The displays, The Port and Migrations and Global Encounters, will feature more than 80 works that explore themes of movement, migration and international exchange, and how they relate to the history of Liverpool.

A highlight will be Hew Locke’s Armada 2019, an immersive large-scale installation made up of a flotilla of boats and rafts. An array of cargo ships, fishing boats, caravels and galleons from different historical periods and places will be suspended from the ceiling at shoulder height, with each boat made from and embellished with a variety of materials. Some feature nets and decorations, while others incorporate jewels, charms, military badges and replica medals from the Caribbean and Syria and elsewhere. The Armada reflects on international trade and the movement of goods, as well as the movement of people and the current global refugee crisis.

The Port and Migrations considers how the movement of people and ideas is central to Liverpool’s history and identity, and the city’s relationship to the wider world. Through this, the display looks at the intertwined stories of the transatlantic slave trade, migration and displacement, and how these continue to impact society. For example, Sonia Boyce’s From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born ‘Native’ Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her Roots in Reconstruction 1987 raises questions about the effect of the dispersion of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora across the world through slavery and colonisation on the identity and representation of Black people.

The display will also feature artists such as Rita Donagh, Anish Kapoor, Chen Zhen, Ellen Gallagher and Donald Rodney, whose Visceral Canker 1990 consists of wall plaques displaying two coats of arms, one symbolising Queen Elizabeth I, the other John Hawkins, the first British slave trader. The plaques are linked via a system of tubes which circulate imitation blood, symbolising the movement of enslaved peoples and reflecting upon Britain’s colonial past.

Global Encounters explores and rethinks how international exchange has enabled the spread of ideas and knowledge, as global art movements and tendencies have been shaped by migration and the relationships between artists on different continents. The display looks at Modernist art from around the world and features works from artists such as Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Shikanosuke Yagaki and György Kepes. Mondrian’s Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937‑42 is an instantly recognisable painting by the Dutch artist, who was a central figure for abstract art throughout the twentieth century. György Kepes’s Cone, Prism, Rock c.1939‑40 is part of a group of photographs by the influential Hungarian artist made using physical objects and light sensitive paper to explore abstraction derived from natural phenomena and real objects.

The display includes works by Saloua Raouda Choucair from Lebanon, Brazilians Hélio Oiticica and Mira Schendel, and Li Yuan-Chia from China, an artist who settled in rural Cumbria. Their art presents insights into the expansive, complex internationalism that has always been at the heart of modern art movements. By exploring works like these, and how they resonate with local and global history, we can consider the relationship between Liverpool and the world that it looks out on.

The Port and Migrations and Global Encounters will open at Tate Liverpool on 14 February.

For more information visit www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool

Immersive Art Installation ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’ Coming To Liverpool Cathedral

Space The Universe and Everything at Liverpool Cathedral Feb 2022
Credit: Gareth Jones

Immerse yourself in the art installation Space, The Universe and Everything at Liverpool Cathedral.

Space, The Universe and Everything is a light and sound show like no other. In just one night, travel through space, light and time – from the first step on the Moon to the edge of the Universe then back again, without leaving the inside of Liverpool Cathedral.

While you ponder our relationship with planet Earth and beyond, artwork will be projected onto the Cathedral’s interior, highlighting its architecture. You will travel through the light artworks and installations, set to bespoke music.

Become immersed in this new stunning installation as you walk through the architectural splendour of Liverpool Cathedral. The artistic collaboration that brought you Angel Wings, Luxmuralis, will employ multiple lights and sound displays which merge and link to create a spectacular internal sound and light show.

Speaking about this awe-inspiring new immersive art installation coming to Liverpool Cathedral, Peter Walker, artistic director of Luxmuralis, said: “We’re incredibly excited about bringing ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’ to such a remarkable building. Liverpool Cathedral has an amphitheatre of space about it and to fill such a vast area of Gothic architecture with galaxies and the universe is going to be absolutely phenomenal.

“Mankind has only scratched the surface of space discovery and this artwork explores the amazing wonders of the universe, capturing the excitement of what the next steps might be as we see far away galaxies emerge before us. ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’ gives visitors the chance to lose themselves in space and time as we take them from the first step on the moon to the edge of the universe and back again in just one night. It really will be an unforgettable experience.”

Space The Universe and Everything will run from February 18 to 27 with shows starting every 15 minutes between 6 pm – 8 pm. Tickets can be booked in advance here.

Festive Things To Do In Liverpool

By Radka Hostašová

Festive Things To Do In Liverpool (Drone Skyshots)
Photo credit: Drone Skyshots

 

As nice as it is to stay at home, watching our favourite Christmas films, with the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, there’s also plenty to do in the city this Christmas. To help you plan a unique advent experience, we’ve created a list of festive activities and events that take place this winter in Liverpool. 

1. Christmas Markets

Let’s start with some of the most popular events in the city, where you can enjoy mulled wine, local food specialties, handmade gifts and live music. 

  • Liverpool Christmas Market is located on the St. George’s Hall Plateau and hosts around 40 stalls this year. The event runs from the 12 of November until the 23 of December and provides entertainment for the whole family. Whereas adult visitors can enjoy the traditional program and festive themed bars, children can ride on the big wheel or the giant Bavarian snow slide.
  • The festive spirit has also arrived at the waterfront as the Light Trail has illuminated the Royal Albert Dock again. This large-scale event features a number of creative light installations, while the dock’s independent retailers and restaurants bring a variety of original gifts and special offers. You can download the Light Trail map to guide you and find the best Christmas spots.

2. Activities For Children

Christmas is a time full of surprises and miracles for children, so it’s no surprise that there’s some fantastic kids events lined up.

  • On Saturday 4 & 11 December, Duke Street Food and Drink Market is hosting Santa’s Stories. The family event invites children to listen to magical tales and share their Christmas wishes with Santa.
  • Similarly, the GPO Food Hall, at Metquarter is hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 5, 12 & 19 December.  

At both events, children will receive a small gift, while parents can discover a variety of world cuisines from these two amazing food courts.

3. Skating

To balance all the delicious food we consume during Christmas time, why not throw in some exercise by going for a skate, while soaking up the festive atmosphere in a slightly different way. 

  • The Invisible Wind Factory has introduced Christmas Roller Skating, simply called ‘Skatemas‘. The event runs throughout December and offers an unusual alternative to a weekend night out. After getting tired of skating to famous Christmas tunes, visitors can take a break and enjoy festive themed refreshments.
  • If you prefer an ice rink over a roller drome, the city’s riverside is the place to be. Like in the previous years, the Pier Head hosts the Liverpool Ice Festival; however, this time it’s bigger than ever. The festival includes a large covered arena for ice skating, an adventurous Ice Slide, and Ice Jet ride displaying an exciting light show. Visitors can warm up with hot drinks and traditional food.

4. Cultural events

There’s also some heart-warming Christmas events happening at some of the city’s best-loved venues.

  • The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is bringing a number of performances featuring glorious Christmas stories and musical performances. There’s the Swingin’ Christmas concert, featuring seasonal favourites, made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland. Moreover, visitors can enjoy Love Actually In Concert, screening the classic film, accompanied by live orchestral music and of course a Christmas Eve screening of It’s A Wonderful Life.
  • St. George’s Hall will have a special Ginificent production of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, running from the 19 -23 December.

To discover more Christmas events visit our What’s On section.

Tate Liverpool re-evaluates the art of landscape with major exhibition for summer 2022

Gustav Metzger, Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005
Gustav Metzger, Liquid Crystal Environment 1965, remade 2005 © Gustav Metzger

In summer 2022 Tate Liverpool will present Radical Landscapes, a major exhibition showing a century of landscape art revealing a never-before told social and cultural history of Britain through the themes of trespass, land use and the climate emergency.

The exhibition will include over 150 works and a special highlight will be Ruth Ewan’s Back to the Fields 2015-22, an immersive installation that will bring the gallery to life though a living installation of plants, farming tools and the fruits of the land. This will be accompanied by a new commission by Davinia-Ann Robinson, whose practice explores the relationship between Black, Brown and Indigenous soil conservation practices and what she terms as ‘Colonial Nature environments’.

Expanding on the traditional, picturesque portrayal of the landscape, Radical Landscapes will present art that reflects the diversity of Britain’s landscape and communities. From rural to radical, the exhibition reconsiders landscape art as a progressive genre, with artists drawing new meanings from the land to present it as a heartland for ideas of freedom, mysticism, experimentation and rebellion.

Radical Landscapes poses questions about who has the freedom to access, inhabit and enjoy this ‘green and pleasant land’. It will draw on themes of trespass and contested boundaries that are spurred by our cultural and emotional responses to accessing and protecting our rural landscape. Key works looking at Britain’s landscape histories include Cerne Abbas 2019 by Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean’s Majesty 2006 and Oceans Apart 1989 by Ingrid Pollard. Ideas about collective activism can be seen in banners, posters and photographs, such as the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp banners by Thalia Campbell and video installations by Tina Keane.

Henry Moore, Recumbent Figure 1938
Henry Moore, Atom Piece (Working Model for Nuclear Energy) 1964-5 © The Henry Moore Foundation

Reflecting on shared customs, myths and rituals, the exhibition emphasises how artists have reclaimed the landscape as a common cultural space to make art. Interrogating concepts of nature and nation, the exhibition reverses the established view to reveal how the countryside has been shaped by our values and use of the land. Key works looking at performance and identity in the landscape include Claude Cahun’s Je Tends les Bras 1931and Whop, Cawbaby 2018 by Tanoa Sasraku, while the significance of the British garden is seen in works such as Anwar Jalal Shemza’s Apple Tree 1962 and Figures in a Garden 1979-81 by Eileen Agar.

The exhibition will also consider how artists and activists have created works that highlight and question human impact on the landscape and ecosystems, shining a light on the restorative potential of nature to provoke debate and stimulate social change. Radical Landscapes will feature works that reflect on the climate and its impact on the landscape including Gustav Metzger’s dazzling Liquid Crystal Environment 1965 (remade 2005) and Yuri Pattison’s sun[set] provisioning 2019.

Radical Landscapes will be presented within an immersive, environmentally-conscious exhibition design by Smout Allen that creates a dynamic dialogue with the artworks. The exhibition will be complemented by a new publication, with contributions by leading and upcoming writers, campaigners, naturists, environmentalists and social historians, offering a wide variety of voices on the subject of landscape. A diverse public programme will accompany the exhibition, taking place online, throughout the gallery, across the city and beyond into the great outdoors throughout the summer.

Radical Landscapes is curated by Darren Pih, Curator, Exhibitions & Displays, and Laura Bruni, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.

Radical Landscapes
5 May – 4 September 2022
Supported by University of Liverpool
Adult £13.50

www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool

5 Ways To Shop Local In Liverpool

By Radka Hostasova

As we head towards the end of another year we are slowly approaching the time of the year when shopping plays an important role! Hunting Christmas presents can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially in busy supermarkets and crowded high streets dominated by persistent adverts and ‘this year’s must-haves’. 

How about changing the routine this year and instead discover the gems amongst local businesses? Buying from small, independent businesses has a number of advantages.

  • By purchasing a gift from a local seller you’ll not only be spreading the joy between your friends and family, you’ll also bring a big smile to the face behind a small business. 
  • You’ll be supporting the local creative economy.
  • Many independent sellers items are handcrafted, which means that every single piece is original and unique. Additionally, handmade products are often made using sustainable techniques and eco-friendly materials. 
  • And finally, shopping local has a much more personal feel. You can get to know the person behind the business and feel even more connected to your local area.

So, if we’ve convinced you to visit local businesses we have listed the most popular shops and events where you can shop independent in Liverpool.

1. Shop at independent gift shops

MerseyMade Liverpool
Merseymade

Liverpool is bursting with lots of talented designers and artists. Popping into an independent store is the best way to see their work and purchase a piece from them. Merseymade is a great place to pick up gifts from a vast array of artists. Located in the heart of Liverpool, Merseymade is divided into a shopping area and a cute café on the ground floor. Moreover, the first floor serves as a studio space for artists to create and engage with customers. 

Ten Streets Market and Red Brick Market are also worth visiting to stock up on gifts. Both markets are in the industrial zones – whereas Ten Streets is located the north of Liverpool, Red Brick can be found in Baltic Triangle. However, both places offer a range of local food, drinks, artworks and fashion.

2. Shop online with Good Liverpool

Good Liverpool

Online shopping can be more convenient for a lot of us, and the good news is you can still shop locally, online, with Good Liverpool. The platform is filled with positive vibes, celebrating sellers who make a good impact and encouraging buyers to shop with purpose. As their slogan says: ‘Do good. Feel good.’

3. Local Arts & Crafts Markets

Winter Arts Markets
Open Culture’s Arts Market Photo Credit: Amy Heycock

Meeting local artists and business owners in person is always a one of a kind experience. For customers who prefer wandering around a number of different stalls, Liverpool has so much to offer.  

Open Culture curates huge, twice-yearly Arts Markets in Liverpool Cathedral. The Arts Markets gather some the best local artists, makers and creators in Liverpool and the North West under one roof for one of the most popular arts market in the region. Tickets for the Winter Arts Markets on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 December are on sale now.

The charming environment of Sefton Park’s Palm House also hosts pop-up markets. Palm House visitors can shop from small businesses, grab a cup of coffee and homemade cake and enjoy live music.

However, the possibilities of local shopping go beyond with the Good Market organised by Good Liverpool. Events are held on monthly basis in Chapters of Us, Dovedale Towers or Pins Social Club on Duke Street. Similarly, MAKE Liverpool invites customers to Summer and Winter Arkade Market located in The Invisible Wind Factory. 

4. Independent record shops

81 Renshaw Record Shop Liverpool
81 Renshaw

There is no doubt that Liverpool has a rich music heritage and music lovers with a weakness for vinyl have also many options to shop local. 

Probe Records is an independent store at The Bluecoat. Similar treasures can be found in 81 Renshaw, Defend Vinyl on Smithdown Road, Penny Lane Records, or Phase One on Seel Street. For those who don’t mind taking a journey over the water, Rockpoint Records in New Brighton awaits!

5. Independent plant shops

Root Houseplants at The Bluecoat
Roots Houseplants

Not just handmade gifts, food and drinks can be sourced locally. Several small businesses in Liverpool focus on selling plants that come from around the world. While shopping in the city centre, you can visit Lisa in her beautiful store Root Houseplants in the Bluecoat. If you prefer hanging around Lark Lane, you shouldn’t miss Freida Mo’s – a colourful, vibrant place selling plants, gifts and vintage fashion.

The Best Autumnal Walks Around Liverpool

The Best Autumnal Walks Around Liverpool

What’s better than walking through vibrant tapestries of red, gold and brown leaves crunching under your feet? Here’s our pick of the best Autumnal walks around Liverpool.

Sefton Park

Arguably the most popular park in Liverpool, playing host to major annual events such as Africa Oye and LIMF, Sefton Park is a stunning Grade I listed heritage site, steeped in history and beautiful landscapes. You could easily spend a full day there, with something to do for everyone. Why not grab yourself a hot drink from the Aviary Cafe or Lakeside Cafe before setting off on your walk? Tick off the many statues and monuments as you go, and take in the sights of the caves, ponds and waterfalls, such as the iconic Fairy Glen. Don’t forget to take a stroll over to the Palm House, too, where there will likely be something going on that you can check out. 

Croxteth Park

Situated at the opposite end of the city, Croxteth Park is another of Liverpool’s biggest outdoor spaces, boasting 500 acres of woodland and wildlife. Take your pick of the many paths and trails, where you might stumble upon horses and cattle. You could make this trip several times and each time have a different experience. Make sure you try out the different drinks and catering vendors; a particular highlight is the hot chocolate from Lola-in-the-Courtyard or Nutella-topped donuts outside of Croxteth Hall.

Calderstones Park

A visit to Calderstones Park in the autumn is an absolute must. Head over to the lake where you can feed the ducks and geese (if it’s not already frozen over, that is!) or take a walk through the Botanical Gardens featuring almost 4000 species of plants. Take a break from your stroll and cosy up with a book at the Reader Cafe, where they serve up breakfast, lunch and desserts. 

Allerton Country Walk

If you fancy a lengthy walk, then definitely try out the Allerton Country Walk. It is around 7 miles long, taking around two to three hours to complete. You might want to begin at Calderstones Park, being sure to take in the incredible features of the park, just a few listed above. From there, the next stop is Allerton Towers, following through to Clarke Gardens, Camp Hill and Woolton Woods. Next up is the hidden gem that is Reynolds Park, home to a walled garden and topiary garden that make for amazing photo opportunities. Finally, you will visit Black Woods and Childwall Woods, the latter of which is a Local Nature Reserve. Check out the full route guide and map here.

Croxteth Park (Photo Credit: Liverpool Snapshots)

Freshfield, Formby

This is a route that can be split into two, or joined together for one longer walk. Beginning at Freshfield Station, the first section is 3 miles long and takes you out to the coast following the Sefton Coastal Path. Absorb the views of the Mersey Estuary, Welsh Mountains and Irish Sea, before heading through the pinewoods where you can keep an eye out for Red Squirrels. The second section is 4.25 miles long and takes you through the countryside via inland Formby. Find the full guide and map here.

Hale Village

Take a round trip from Hale Village that follows the Mersey Way along the shore. Take in the sights of Hale Marsh, which is filled with wildlife, and the decommissioned Hale Head Lighthouse. Continue down the path that runs alongside the shore until you find yourself back in the village. 

Festival Gardens

Festival Gardens is arguably the most unique of these spaces, with the addition of oriental gardens and pagodas. It is a tranquil space, set back behind rows and rows of trees. Why not park up in Otterspool and follow the promenade until you find the Festival Gardens.

Georgian Quarter

If the messiness of the countryside isn’t for you, then maybe take a stroll through Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Set in the Canning area of the city, on the border of Toxteth and the city centre, the Georgian Quarter is perfect if you’re a lover of 18th Century architecture. The beautiful townhouses that were once home to the city’s wealthiest residents now house some perfect little spots to eat and drink. Just on Hope Street alone, you will find iconic venues such as the Everyman Theatre and the Philharmonic Hall, bookended by The Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals. Some hidden gems can also be found if you take the cobbled back streets off Hope Street and Faulkner Street.

Botanic Gardens

Another piece of history lies in the Botanic Gardens in Wavertree, that once played an important role in the recreational and cultural life of Liverpool Residents before World War II, when the great glasshouses were destroyed. 

Halloween Events In Liverpool

Halloween Events In Liverpool 2021

As the spooky season returns we take a look at the Halloween events happening in Liverpool from crafty classes to family days out.

Otterspool Adventure’s Ottersghoul 

Otterspool Adventure will be hosting their Ottersghoul event this Halloween, featuring Pumpkins Passage Maze, Monster Motel A live action Scare Maze for the whole family, a full live production spooky show, Halloween Parade, Pumpkin Patch, breath-taking illusions, fire and spooky songs, plus more.

Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 October
Price: Children £15, 12 to 23 months £6, adults £7, concession £6. Buy tickets here.

Drag Halloween

Enjoy cabaret, bingo, popcorn and fizz with FunnyBoyz Liverpool who present Drag Halloween (ages 14+) at Blundell Supper Club.

Saturday 30 October
Price: From £21.79. Book your tickets here.

Wing It

‘Wing It’ theatre company is telling six original horror stories with live music in the intimate setting of The Bunker, located deep below the Liverpool Arts Bar based on Hope Street.

Friday 29 October
Price: £10. Book tickets

Little Shop Of Horrors Film Screening

Whether you’ve never seen this classic spooky film from 1986 or if it’s your firm favourite, the British Music Experience screening is a must for film fans. 

Little Shop Of Horrors is about orphan Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) who works at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. When he finds a mysterious unidentified plant, he calls it Audrey II after his co-worker who he has a crush on. It’s not long before Seymour realises the odd plant has a craving for blood, and so he feeds it Audrey’s boyfriend.

Thursday 28 October, 7pm
Price: £8 adults, £6 child/concession. Buy tickets here.

 

Halloween Paint and Sip Liverpool Arts Bar
Paint and Sip Liverpool Arts Bar

Paint and Sip – Halloween Starry Night

Join Liverpool Arts Bar for a creative afternoon of drinking and painting in the heart of Liverpool. You don’t need any previous painting experience as this two hour step-by-step painting session is led by their experienced artist and assistants. All painting materials will be provided and you’ll get to go home with your completed masterpiece.

Saturday 30 October
Price: £30.81 Book tickets

Make North Docks Crafty Classes

Make have a variety of half term Halloween themed classes that kids will love, including Decorate Your Own Pumpkin PiñataMake A Golden SnitchMake A Magic Wand. All children must be accompanied by an adult at these classes.

Various dates
Price: £16.76 (1 ticket= 1x child and accompanied adult).

Halloween Flower School Class

Join Booker Flowers for an evening of Autumnal flower arranging. This flower arranging evening class will cover a selection of different floral techniques and you will create your own Halloween-themed floral arrangement, which you can take home to enjoy.

Wednesday 27 October from 6pm till 8pm
Price: £45 which includes all materials to make your bespoke arrangement with fresh flowers. Book tickets.
Booker Flowers and Gifts, Booker Avenue, Liverpool, L18 4QY

 

Katumba Halloween Parade
Katumba Halloween Parade

Katumba Halloween Parade

Every Halloween, Katumba transforms Liverpool City Centre into a playground of imagination, inspiring and engaging audiences with big, bold, visual outdoor shows and performances; an immersive spectacle of drums, fire, lights, dance, theatre and more.

Traffic free Croxteth Park Family Halloween Bike Ride

This is a traffic free 2 mile cycle ride within Croxteth Hall & Country Park. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costumes and there will be a treat for all children who participate. For more info visit their Facebook event page.

Halloween At The Florrie Community Cinema

After the success of their summer movie screenings The Florrie Community Cinema is re-opening for a spooktacular day of Halloween films.

Join them in their Grand Hall to watch some Halloween classics on their huge 20ft screen. There will be three screenings; two family friendly films (The Addams Family 2019 & Hocus Pocus 1993) and a 15+ screening in the evening (The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Sunday 31 October
Price: Tickets are just £1 for children & £5 for adults & are available in person from The Florrie or online here

FACT Halloween Film Screenings

FACT will be showing Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show on the big screen this Halloween, along with a Kids Club screening of Hocus Pocus and a special 25th Anniversary screening of Scream.

 

Check out our What’s On section for all the latest arts and cultural events.

Get creative with these arts and crafts classes in Liverpool

Dot-art art classes
dot-art

If you’re looking for a creative outlet check out these arts and crafts classes in Liverpool. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone.

dot-art

Independent gallery and dot-art run loads of great arts and creative classes for children and adults. Their courses include life drawing, abstract painting, cartooning, photography, an introduction to darkroom, textile arts, Cyanotype workshops and more. There’s something for everyone.

Make Liverpool

Make offer a range of creative courses like introductory courses to Woodwork, Pattern Cutting and Sourdough. Their Drink and Draw night is always popular for both avid drawers and beginners, where you can enjoy life drawing in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Convenience Gallery

Convenience Gallery CIC host a monthly life drawing session on the third Tuesday of every month. The session is for people of all levels and is untaught, meaning you can bring along whatever materials you wish to work with. There will be a mixture of poses; both short and long, with a 20 minute break at the halfway point. The class takes place in the bar/ coffeeshop at Bloom Building & Coffee, so you can get a drink whilst you draw. At Bloom, 100% of the money you spend goes to support the work of the Open Door Charity, so there’s even more reason to get involved.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool regularly hosts workshops, classes and courses which you can find out about here. There are various offers for people of all ages, interests and abilities.

Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre: Liverpool Life Drawing

Liverpool Life Drawing is back for a series of Thursday sessions at Unity Theatre. Currently in the middle of a course, there are two sessions left on 28th October and 11th November. The sessions are £8 on the door and run from 5.30-7.30pm.

dot-art: Drawing for Everyone

Also taking place at the Unity is a three-part drawing course beginning on 7th November. Slightly on the pricier side, this course is £125 for the three sessions. It is designed for both beginners and those more advanced, and teaches students how to use the ‘thumb-and-pencil’ method to measure and draw.

Studio Arts Liverpool

Studio Arts Liverpool is based in the Bridewell Studios on Prescot Street, L7,  and has been running classes since 2015 for people of all abilities. There are various classes and courses on offer, including the recent addition of collagraphs and drypoint etching. At the end of each course, students are invited to exhibit their work in the Bridewell Studios gallery to celebrate their achievements. For more information about courses, check here.

Life Drawing at 92 Degrees

92 Degrees adds to its burgeoning reputation across Liverpool with it’s Life Drawing event. The event is keen to stress it’s supportive environment and is not gatekeeping amateur artists from taking part. In fact, all skill levels are welcome!. If it is anything like the coffee shop, expect a colourful, diverse crowd who enjoy the passionate work from the staff. 92 degrees Liverpool branches are found in the most vibrant areas of the city! This includes Jamaica Street, Myrtle Street and Hardman Street. The Hardman Street venue is where this is taking place, so feel free to enjoy some coffee and culture here! Tickets are available here.

The Create Workshop

Based in the stunning setting of the Mansion House at Calderstones Park, the Create Workshop offers weekly workshops in sewing, craft and dressmaking. Students have access to a fully equipped studio complete with sewing machines, cutting table, pressing equipment and other specialist tools. Here’s the full list of courses available.

Cass Art

If you are a frequent visitor of The Bluecoat, then you may have come across Cass Art on School Lane in Liverpool One. Cass Art is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of art materials, and the Liverpool store is conveniently located near some of the city’s major art galleries. Various workshops take place at Cass Art, including calligraphy, oil portraiture, acrylic workshops and screen printing. Visit their website for more information about their courses.

Black History Month Events

Find out more about the eclectic calendar of events taking place in Liverpool to celebrate Black History Month.

Black to the Future: Saturday 16 October 2021

Black To The Future Liverpool

 

Black to The Future is an exciting two part event will focus on a debut Documentary facilitated by Go Off Sis, Elev8 and Julian Gilly focussing on L8 and their impactful work deriving straight from the local Black community.

7pm-10pm
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Entry/Tickets: Free

Routes & Roots-Festival of the African Diaspora: Saturday 16 – 30 October 2021

Routes and Roots Festival of the African Diaspora

Routes & Roots Festival Opening
Saturday 16 October 2021, 12 noon – 5pm
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR

A day of workshops for all ages, introducing the public to different art forms and activities including African and Brazilian dance, drumming, capoeira, slavery tours on bikes and more.

Community Workshops
Sunday 17 – Saturday 30 October 2021, Various Times
Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Caribbean Centre, Merseyside Caribbean Centre, 1 Amberley Street, Liverpool, L8 1YJ
Pal Multicultural Centre, 68A Mulgrave Street, Liverpool, L8 2TF
Katumba Culture Hub, #1 John Archer Hall, 68 Upper Hill Street, Liverpool, L8 1YR
Asylum Link Merseyside, St Anne’s Centre, 7 Overbury Street, Liverpool, L7 3HJ

A range of workshops that will give participants the chance to learn skills and build props they can showcase at the Katumba Halloween Carnival performances on Sunday 31 October.

This will also include online workshops with international guest artists as well as a creative exchange day with all facilitators to inform and bring together the collaborative aspect of the 31 October activities.

Saturday 16 – Sunday 31 October, Various Times
Various Locations
Entry/Tickets: Free

BlackFest Hip-Hop Dance For All: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Blackfest-Hip Hop For All

BlackFest’s Borderline Funk group are proud to present a verbatim piece of Theatre for Social Change based on the theme of ‘Protest’. BlackFest are passionate about people having a voice, the right to use that voice, be heard and listened to in a peaceful way. Everyone has the right to express themselves and be respected. We’ve all experienced times in our life when it has been hard to have our voices heard. The arts are a powerful medium for expression and here you will be presented with a dynamic, political performance combining multiple art forms to express the passion of this ethos.

By Unity Theatre in partnership with BlackFest
7.30pm
Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
Tickets: £12 per person / £10.50 Concession /£6 Creative Membership / Carers FREE

Roni Size x LTJ Bukem:  Saturday 23 October 2021

Roni Size x LTJ Bukem

Coming together for this headline show are LTJ Bukem and English DJ and record producer Roni Size. An event for the night owls that will keep you moving right through to the earlier hours of the morning.

11:00pm – 4:00am  Ages 18+
Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Road, Liverpool L3 7DS
Tickets: £10.45

1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings 40th Anniversary Exhibition: Friday 22 October – Wednesday 22 December 2021

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Writing on the Wall and Liverpool Record Office present an original exhibition remembering the 1981 Liverpool 8 Uprisings. ‘The Toxteth Riots’, as they were dubbed by the media were a reaction and response by the L8 community to many years of racists policing, brutality and racism, aimed at the community and individuals. This exhibition displays many of the news material from 1981 and reveals the extensive L8 Law Centre collection.

Time TBC
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW
Free. No booking necessary

On Record Merseyside: Saturday 23 October – Sunday 7 November 2021

On Record Merseyside

On Record Merseyside is a curated celebration and exploration of Black music in Liverpool and the role it has played in the city and in communities over the past 70 years.

Following the success of 2020’s On Record: Untold & Retold, the 2021 edition will include:

  • A collaborative music making project entitled the Liverpool ONE Project – Take Two, artistically directed by L100’s DJ 2Kind in association with Go Play Studios.
  • GRIME > PUNK, in partnership with TATE and University of Liverpool. The day event will reflect how Grime is Punk for this new generation and will include a debate, live performances, workshops and an exhibition of art and fashion
  • Black music on Merseyside seminar at the British Music Experience. The event will include the launch of the Liverpool City Region Music Board’s Black music manifesto, a series of roundtables and a number of guest speakers.
  • The premiere of the BEATS OF HEART Black music trail, presented by poet and performer, Curtis Watt.
  • A DJ clash club night presented by 24 Kitchen Street featuring an assortment of the best Black music DJs in the region.
  • A series of exclusive podcasts including 4 new Untold Stories and a live recording of a special episode of Mellowtone’s Beneath The Merseybeat.

Black Market: Sunday 24 October 2021

Black Market 24 Kitchen Street

Black Market brings together a wide range of locally produced products  – art, film, photography, fashion, food and tunes, plus much more. Interactive workshops will unfold throughout the day at this progressive event. The aim of this market is to champion Black talent and the organisers envision a year-round regular event in the future.

24 Kitchen Street, 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Entry/Tickets: Free

Sessions: Monday 25 October 2021

Sessions Unity Theatre

Sessions is a discussion with Ifeyinwa Frederick, a 30 year old back man who engages his audience in a raw and honest look into the complexities associated with masculinity, depression and therapy. The Esmée Fairburn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are supporting this event.

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool L1 9BG
Book Tickets: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
Tickets: £10 – £12

Katumba Halloween Carnival: Sunday 31 October

Katumba Halloween Parade

Join the Katumba Halloween Carnival, part of the new ‘Routes & Roots-Festival of the African Diaspora’, which is a partnership with the newly formed Black & Brown Social Traders Network (BlaST).

Be ready to have your senses bewitched with an all-immersive spectacle, a hybrid of visual performance, theatre and music this Halloween. Stay tuned for highlights on the artists taking part and the revealing of the devious characters, as well as how YOU can take part!

5pm – 9pm
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR
Church Street, Liverpool, L1 3AP
Liverpool ONE, Sugar House Steps, 2 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW
Free. No booking necessary

Clinic: Interview

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Since the ‘90s Clinic have stood out from the crowd. Never once wanting to follow the conventional path, their ever-evolving, post-punk psychedelia sounds has enraptured fans across the world.

From their debut 2000 album Internal Wrangler, Clinic released stellar albums every two years up until 2012’s Free Reign. Then, after a seven year absence they returned with the stand out Wheeltappers and Shunters, confirming that they’d lost none of their unique quality during that break.

In October, they return with their 9th album, Fantasy Island, so we caught up with frontman Ade Blackburn to find out more about their latest record, the band’s influences, favourite gigs and more.

Uncover Liverpool: You’re back with the new album Fantasy Island on 22nd October, what can you tell us about it?

Ade Blackburn: It’s a fun and exotic sounding album, in keeping with the tropical title. We thought it’d be good to make something colourful at the moment to combat the darker side of things.

Uncover: How did making this album compare with previous ones?

Ade: We went down a more pop and electronic route than before, which really opened things up to fresh ideas. It felt a lot easier and more enjoyable to make.

Uncover Liverpool: Each of your albums has been completely distinct from any of your other releases. Does that come easily to you or do you feel a pressure to make a completely unique record?

Ade: It doesn’t always come easy, we have to work at it. With each record we try and use different and unusual/vintage instruments (whether we can play them or not!), that approach usually means you get a different end result.

Uncover: Is there a favourite/standout track on the new album for you?

Ade: My favourite is ‘Refractions (in the rain) it’s our semi-serious take on eurodisco and quite a demented dancefloor number. It’s probably the most out-there song on the Lp.

Uncover: You’ve had to postpone your planned gigs for now, but are you excited about playing live again?

Ade: Unfortunately we had to postpone due to illness but hopefully we’ll be playing live soon. It has felt a really long time. 

Uncover: It feels like your on stage look will actually feel very relevant in the current climate, with the pandemic making masks commonplace! Can we still expect to see you in masks and surgical scrubs?

Ade: Yes such a strange turn of events, I never thought we’d see that. We’ll be back with masks and scrubs but with a different twist based around the totally tropical theme.

Uncover: Favourite gig/s you’ve ever played?

Ade: My favourite was playing a London gig for the DJ John Peel. I’d always been a regular listener so it was nice to be asked. He was very supportive of the band and I think everyone still misses him and the programme even now. 

Uncover: Favourite song/s to perform live?

Ade: I’d say Ferryboat of the Mind, a nice merseybeat instrumental and Shopping Bag, a full on demented punk song. It’s good to have a mixture of things live. 

Uncover: Is there somewhere in the world you’d really like to play that you haven’t yet?

Ade: I’d like to play in South America, I’ve never been, the audiences seem passionately into music and dancing, which would suit us down to the ground.

Uncover: What’s the music writing and production process like for Clinic?

Ade: We record everything ourselves so it’s fairly self-contained and DIY. With the writing, the songs are based around rhythms and then we let the ideas develop from there.

Uncover: Do you have any particular goals or ideals that you want to push forward with the music and have those changed over the years?

Ade: I think it’s essential that less mainstream music is still heard. Our ideals and goals are all wrapped up in that, to keep an alternative going. Not just with ourselves but other bands and artists.

Uncover: Who are your main influences, and have your influences changed over the years?

Ade: The influences have changed over the years, the new songs have quite an 80s pop influence, from things like Fun Boy Three and Kid Creole and The Coconuts. The main underlying influences though would be early rock ‘n’ roll and The Velvet Underground.

Uncover: Favourite review or feature someone’s ever written about you?

Ade: We were featured in Vanity Fair as an example of eccentric Liverpudlians, which I was quite chuffed about.

Uncover: Favourite current Liverpool bands?

Ade: I like Eyesore and The Jinx and also Prison Behaviour, they’ve both got a really good sense of humour to their music and visuals.

Uncover: What’s next for Clinic? Will there be another album on the way after Fantasy Island?

Ade: Yes all things being well, we’ll be back with more mayhem and eccentricity!

 

Clinic’s new album Fantasy Island, is out on 22nd October and you can pre-order the Limited Edition Colour Vinyl now via https://www.dominomusic.com/artists/clinic