John Moores Painting Prize Talk: Emma ...

Join this talk on gallery to explore the themes surrounding the painting selected as the Lady Grantchester prize winner ‘Hurl’, led by Emma Roche.

“These works are primarily concerned with the mechanics and history of painting and are motivated by abstraction and experimentation. Images in the work often indicate liquids such as tears and bodily excretions. I am drawn toward the molten qualities of paint and how it is mimetic of these corporeal liquids.

The process is slow. I make long lines of acrylic paint, extruded through a syringe and then lay them out to dry. Once dry, they are peeled off and used as if wool or thread – the paint strands are literally knitted together (with knitting needles) to make the painting.

Preliminary drawings on gridded paper are used as craft charts to work from – each square represents a stitch to build the image. Physically questioning the ‘gesture’ through this purposefully irreverent and ridiculous use of materials and subverting the heroic history of painting is also of interest.This process corresponds to the humdrum of daily repetitiveness and physically records and stores time.”

Tickets for this talk are £5 and include entry to the exhibition.

John Moores Painting Prize | Artist ta...

Join the team for this talk on gallery to explore the themes surrounding the shortlisted painting ‘Other Light’, led by Damian Taylor.

Focusing on his work in the JMPP, Old Light, Damian will discuss his wider interest in reimagining the material and technical foundations of painting, and how it can respond to the sweeping changes in visual culture that have resulted from digital technologies.

He will locate this in relation to earlier periods of profound change, notably the introduction of photography in the middle of the nineteenth century and address his interest in trying to make images that are unstable or unfixed. In this spirit, he will welcome interactions and interruptions from visitors throughout the talk.

Tickets for this talk include entry to the exhibition.

John Robb

John Robb talks about a life in music, his best-selling art of darkness book, being the first person to interview Nirvana, inventing the word Britpop and adventures on the post-punk frontline…

John Robb is a many-faceted creature. Not just a well known face from TV but also a best selling author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit, music website boss, publisher, festival boss, eco warrior and vegan behemoth and talking head singer from post-punk mainstays The Membranes. John Robb is all these things and more.

His recently released book The Art Of Darkness – the History Of Goth is a worldwide pop culture best seller and his soon to be launched ground-breaking new scheme – the Green Britain Academy, is set to train up people in thousands of Eco jobs whilst Borders Blurred is a gaming and music agency with a twist.

He was one of the leading post punk fanzine writers in the UK with Rox before he went on to write for the rock press with Sounds in the 80s. John was the first person to interview Nirvana in the early 90s and was one of the first to coin the expression ‘Britpop’ and was instrumental in kick starting and documenting the ‘Madchester’ scene with his writing. His music and culture website Louder than War is currently the fifth most-read music and culture site in the UK and at the front of diverse modern culture.

Tickets for this event include a £1 venue restoration levy, included in the ticket price. This fee supports building investment at the Grade II-listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Roscoe Lecture – Malik Al Nasir:...

Malik Al Nasir is an author, poet and academic from Liverpool.

His presentation of ‘The truth that lies behind Roscoe’ may at times be uncomfortable or challenging to the audience, but is very much in the spirit of LJMU Roscoe Lectures; helping foster informed debate, intellectual inquiry and free speech in Liverpool.

William Roscoe is one of Liverpool’s most famous sons and the architect of many of its celebrated institutions, but what do we really know about Roscoe?

Malik Al Nasir a PhD researcher at University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College, who has Roscoe in his family tree, will unravel an epic tale of the network that supported Roscoe’s philanthropic and civic works, and the nuance inherent within it, in a way which will challenge our historic understanding of the man who was so evidently recorded as Liverpool’s most outspoken critic of the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

Malik’s memoir, Letters to Gil, is a compelling account of his childhood experiences in a brutal UK Local Authority care system, which left him traumatised, semi-literate, homeless, and destitute at eighteen, when a chance meeting with poet and civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron proved life changing and put Malik on a path to success.

He went onto graduate from all three of Liverpool’s universities, deliver keynote addresses to children’s care service commissioners and policy makers, help to craft the ‘Widening Access and Participation Bill’ and is working on a policy document called ‘Lifting the Barriers to Black Academia Through Positive Action and Decolonisation’.

In addition Malik is bringing together UK universities to develop a positive action doctoral training partnership and colonial research centre, to facilitate participatory action research in line with the work he is doing with libraries, universities, museums and galleries, around decolonising their archives and collections.

While tracing his ancestry back to Demerara, Malik uncovered an astounding story that sheds new light on forgotten aspects of the true extent of Britain’s role in the slave trade, resulting in a two book deal with the William Collins imprint of HarperCollins and a full ESRC scholarship for a PhD in history at University of Cambridge. Malik has since received the prestigious ‘Sydney Smith Memorial Prize’ for ‘outstanding achievement’ at St Catharine’s College and the Vice Chancellors Award for global social impact.

Bernie Sanders

Join the one and only Bernie Sanders as he discusses why it’s OK to be angry about capitalism, and why it’s even better to want to do something about it.

Live on stage, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will present his vision of what would be possible if the political revolution took place, and offer us hope for an alternative path forward. Join him as he demands fundamental economic and political change.

As the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history, Bernie will challenge the status quo and question democracy. With unflinching honesty, he will shine a light on a system that seems stacked against ordinary people while amplifying the influence of the wealthiest 1%.

Don’t miss out on this galvanising and powerful evening with one of the foremost political figures of our generation.

The art of kintsugi: creativity and we...

This informal talk will look at how National Museums Liverpool treats objects in its care, discussing how and why objects have value, and the art of kintsugi, which adds value to damaged objects. It will then compare this to how we think about health and wellbeing.

How do we value an object, especially one in a museum collection? Similarly, how do we value people, including ourselves? How do we consider a person’s worth? What would happen if we took a holistic approach when considering a person’s value rather than just what they were “worth” to society?

Join them for a vibrant discussion on this topic with National Museums Liverpool colleague and disability rights activist Gillian Ashcroft-Smith.

This talk is part of the Disability History Month events programme.

Discussion Event: Culture, HBA and the...

Human rights lawyer Dexter Dias KC, survivor ambassador and campaigner, Payzee Mahmod, Dr Hannah Baumeister from LJMU and other guests discuss culture, HBA and the legal system, what the justice system has achieved and what needs to change.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact at least one week in advance of the event, so we can facilitate your needs.

The event will be held in rooms UG16 and UG17.

This event is delivered by Savera UK in partnership with LJMU.

HBA and Harmful Practices Awareness Se...

Savera UK is hosting a free online ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) and Harmful Practice Awareness Session as part of it’s “Culture Is Beautiful: No Excuse for Abuse” campaign during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and abuse (25th November – 10th December 2023).

Savera UK is a leading charity working to end ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) and other harmful practices, including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, hymenoplasty, virginity testing and conversion therapy.

‘Savera’ means ‘new beginning’ in Hindi, which is symbolic of what we provide for survivors and those at risk of HBA and harmful practices, regardless of age, culture, sexuality, gender, or ethnicity

Places are free but registration is essential.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact at least one week in advance of the event, so we can facilitate your needs.

Royal Institute Christmas Lectures

Watched by millions on the BBC, the annual Christmas Lectures are a firm family favourite broadcast during the festive season.

Confirmation of World Museum as one of 16 livestream partners has been announced, and means that Liverpool’s science lovers, and anyone who’s just curious about the world around them, will be able to experience first-hand the magic of the world’s longest-running science lecture series.

Filming of the 2023 CHRISTMAS LECTURES will be livestreamed from the Royal Institution’s iconic theatre on 12, 14 and 16 December. The Lectures will be broadcast on BBC national television and iPlayer between Christmas and New Year.

The 2023 Christmas Lecturer and the Lectures topic will be announced by the Ri in late August.

Vision Through Art: WSBPS Artist talk

Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted present their exhibition “Vision Through Art“.

On Thursday 9th November 11am-12:30pm artists and WSBPS staff will be in the exhibition to showcase the work, explain the impact of sight loss on the perspective shown in the pieces, and demonstrate some of these eye conditions with simulation glasses. Free, drop-in.

This is a display of multimedia artwork produced by visually impaired people. Their expression through the senses demonstrates how the world is seen from the perspective of sight loss.

The artwork has been produced by members of the Society’s arts, crafts and pottery groups who have a range of eye conditions, including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and cataracts.