Another year, another roundup of events happening in the local area. I’m not sure where last year went, but boy did it go quick! This is the last of these events pages in this format, keep an eye out in January for a new style What’s On page. I can’t promise there’ll be fewer cat-related days featured though…
January brings us another studio favourite, Houseplant Appreciation Day, on 10th, which celebrates me not being allowed them because I kill them, but my colleagues appreciating what they add to the environment around us. And a new year wouldn’t be a new year without Motivation and Inspiration Day on 2nd, and intriguingly, Nothing Day on 16th. And finally, because it wouldn’t be an events page written by me if I didn’t mention them, it’s Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day on 22nd. I’ll be honest, most cat owners know that an entire day is not needed, when there is only one question a cat ever really asks, which is ‘why haven’t you stopped everything you’re doing and given me some food?’
National Museums Liverpool have an ongoing schedule of events which runs year round. There are too many to list here but there are hands-on activity sessions, storytelling, messy craft sessions for toddlers and tours, alongside the displays, exhibitions and installations. You can sign up to their newsletter, or just check out their website. Most activities are free, and will appeal to children and adults. Sessions are held across all the NML sites too. There really is something for everyone.
Until 10 March: The Art Schools of the North West, Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool. Interlinked exhibitions by John Beck and Matthew Cornford focusing on the changing nature of artistic education. Beck and Cornford are hunting down all of England’s art schools and photographing the sites as they are today. Sometimes the original building remains, sometimes car parks, supermarkets or building sites have taken their place. This exhibition features new images of 30 art school buildings that were once an integral aspect of creative life in the North West. The exhibition is free and open to all.
Until 17 March: Alex Katz, Tate Liverpool. Discover the pop style of American painter Alex Katz, a highly recognisable and admired by a younger generation of artists and the public. His elegant paintings present a modern, quintessentially American take on the classical themes of portraiture, landscape, figure studies, marine scenes and flowers. A group of works selected from the Artist Rooms collection, this exhibition will provide viewers with the opportunity to see a substantial body of his work. Free entry.
Until 19 March: Explorer Tours at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. This one’s a bit further afield than we normally feature but it involves a stunning neo-gothic building and books so we know you’ll be interested. The beautiful University of Manchester library is well worth a visit if you haven’t been, and these hour-long free Explorer tours held every couple of weeks are a great introduction to the geography of the building including where the staircases and doors lead to. You do need to book in advance for the tour on the link above. Or you can just pop in at your convenience and take a long wander around this amazing building.
Until 2 June: In Focus Talks, Tate Liverpool. Held at 13.20, 13.35 and 14.00 each day, visitors are invited to discover something new about Tate Liverpool’s free display Op Art in Focus. One of the gallery’s Visitor Assistants will give a short introduction to this dazzling display featuring works from innovative artists including Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Jim Lambie. Completely free to all, you just need to turn up.
13 January: International Netball Quad Series, M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena), Liverpool. Fresh from their recent win at the SPOTY awards, this is your chance to see the Vitality Roses in action before the Netball World Cup in July, also at the M&S Bank Arena. England will face New Zealand, and South Africa will battle Australia. Tickets start at £16.95 and can be bought here.
15th or 17th January: Get Your Head Around Code, Bold Street Studio, Bold Street, Liverpool. A free workshop from 6pm to 8pm to introduce adults to coding, including its benefits and techniques to improve career opportunities and skills. Perfect for those with no coding knowledge or experience but who are interested in learning more for career development. Book your place here.
17 January: Maker Meet Up #6, Make North Docks. This is a chance for the city region’s community of makers to get together to showcase their work, meet other makes and discuss the maker movement happening in the city. The event starts at 6pm, entry is free but you must register. Full detail are here.
26-27 January: Zero-Con! A new conference being held at Make, North Docks, Liverpool, this is the UK’s first Zero Waste Convention. It will feature a large trade fair, workshops, talks, product demos, thought-provoking discussions and socials. Full details can be found here, entry tickets are free but you must book to ensure no overcrowding at the venue, and some activities are payable. The timetable includes child-friendly activities too.
26 January: Peace Proms, M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena), Liverpool. Peace Proms is a free music education resource for primary schools which will culminate in a large-scale performance for choirs and orchestra. The programme promotes ‘peace through music’ and already engages almost 30,000 children from 500 schools throughout the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland, giving them the opportunity to sing in a large-scale production with a choir of up to 4,000 and a full symphony youth orchestra. With a musical programme aimed at 8-12 year olds, the whole experience is thrilling and engaging for all those involved. More details and ticket details can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to see your event featured in the future? Do you know an event happening that we haven’t mentioned which everybody should know about? Then tell us! We try and pick a variety of events from a multitude of organisations across the city and beyond throughout the year. Send info and links to [email protected]. Thanks.