Until 23rd February: RIBA Stirling Prize Exhibition 2019, RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the six schemes shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018. Find out why they were considered and how the judging process worked. It’s free and open to all.
Until 24 February: 40 Years of Grange Hill, Museum of Liverpool. This free exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of this groundbreaking series, which started in 1978 and ran for 31 series. It was originally based on Phil Redmond’s own school days, although it was ultimately set in a London Comprehensive. Includes some unique objects from Redmond’s collection never seen in public before.
Until 3 March: Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. Celebrating a unique, artistic partnership between illustrator Quentin Blake and children’s author John Yeoman, this exhibition will showcase more than 40 Quentin Blake works, including the beautiful illustrations featured in Yeoman’s magical storybooks. Free entry.
Until 31 March: Tales from the city, Museum of Liverpool. This powerful exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act with stories from Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) community over the past five decades. The exhibition reflects how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBT+ community have changed from 1967 to 2017. Individual stories are told through a mixture of objects, costume, art, photography, film and oral history interviews. The exhibition also explores the impact of national events such as Section 28, civil partnerships, marriage, age of consent equality, and equal adoption rights. Free entry.
1-2 February: See-Through, A NIght of Ghostly Tales, Gibberish Brewpub, Caryl Street, Liverpool. Presented by the Kimbo Theatre, this promises to be a spooky night of ghoulish tales. Starts at 7.30pm, free entry.
1 February – 6 May: Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Walker Art Gallery. To mark the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, a huge number of his greatest drawings will go on display across the UK. This exhibition showcases 12 of them covering a range of his interests, as well as other objects from his life including drawing materials, and lots of information about his working practices and creative process. Free entry.
8-10 February: Chinese New Year celebrations, centred around Liverpool’s Chinatown and welcoming in the Year of the Pig. Events include street theatre and dancing around the Arch each evening, and from 11.30am on Sunday 10th, the now annual family-friendly festivities will be held around Great George Street and Nelson Street. Last year’s event attracted 25,000 people so this not to be missed. The celebrations are all the more pertinent this year as Liverpool and Shanghai commemorate 20 years of being twinned cities.
10 February: Science Fiction Classics, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. A fantastic adventure through ‘Time And Relative Dimensions In Space’ as the Time Lord has close encounters with out-of-this-world favourites from large and small screens. Including music from Star Wars, Thunderbirds, Knight Rider and Futurama, you can travel Back to the Future in a DeLorean, trek through the stars in The Enterprise – and watch out for despicable villains like Gru and Darth Vader along the way. Join in the fun and come dressed up as your favourite sci-fi character. There are two performances – 2.30pm and 4.30pm and tickets start at £8 for children and £11 for adults.
16 February: Zorya Guitar Duo, St Bride’s Church, Liverpool. A very special pop up cafe at St Bride’s featuring the Zorya Guitar Duo and their wonderful mixture of Balkan and Baroque Music. The Zorya Guitar Duo was founded in 2014 while Antonio Persak and Borna Kuca were both studying in Croatia at the prestigious Varazdin School of Music. Antonia and Borna quickly cultivated musical chemistry that has resulted in a dynamic and exciting performance style. Starts at 11am, tickets cost £5-£7 and are available on the link above.
21 February: Professor Brian Cox: Universal, M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena), Liverpool. Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Cox makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos. Brian will once again be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any question they have. Starts at 8pm, ticket prices start at £39.
23 February: Coding Crash Course: How to build webpages from scratch, Jordan Street, Liverpool. Another workshop from Liverpool Girl Geeks, this is an all-day course and will take attendees from the very start of building a website to publishing it on the internet. The course also provides a greater context for those wanting to know more about the nuts and bolts of the world wide web. Places are strictly limited, tickets cost £200 (including refreshments), you can book your place here.
14-17 March: British Gymnastic Championships, M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena), Liverpool. An amazing opportunity to see Britain’s very best artistic gymnasts fighting it out for an array of British titles. The gymnasts will be looking forward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and hoping to make their mark to the selectors. The annual Championships usually sell out so get your tickets quickly if you want to go. Prices start at £11.50 and can be bought here.
From 15 March: Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. A touring exhibition from Glasgow Museums, this will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style. The Glasgow Style refers to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of the Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920. Tickets have been selling like proverbial hotcakes, get yours here. The exhibition is on until 26th August.
From 23 March: Monoprinting course, Make North Docks. Held over three consecutive Saturdays, our friends at dot-art will be teaching the processes and techniques of multi-layered gel plate monoprinting. With everything done by hand, you will use acrylic paints, a variety of stencils (both man-made and from nature), textured surfaces, masking and sgraffito techniques (scratching/drawing patterns into the paint) to develop your own sets of prints and eventually gift tags, envelopes and printed gift bags. The cost of the course is £125, and you can either buy tickets here or contact dot-art direct on 0345 017 6660.
From 29 March: Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, The Message is Death, Tate Liverpool. The first opportunity in the north of England to see the critically acclaimed artwork Love is the Message, The Message is Death 2016. Made by American artist and film-maker Arthur Jafa, the seven-minute video shows a montage of historic and contemporary film footage to trace African American history and experience. Presented in almost total darkness, visitors will be immersed in the video installation, accompanied by Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track Ultralight Beam, whose lyrics envelop Jafa’s rapid editing style. Free entry, open until 12 May 2019.
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