What’s on: October

From 1 October: Alexis Teplin, Bluecoat. In her first major exhibition in the UK, Teplin will display a new range of work. He works crosses between painting, performance and film, with parallels drawn between the process of these art forms. Teplin draws from many sources as inspiration for her work, from the Labour Manifesto to the films of Fellini. Originally from California, Teplin now teaches painting at RCA London. On until 23 February 2020.

3 October: Cycling and Walking – winning the argument, Museum of Liverpool. The first Autumn seminar from Engage Liverpool, following on from their successful Summer series about Boundaries. This one focuses on how to make the streets of Liverpool more walking and cycling friendly. Speakers include Klaus Bondham, CEO of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and former Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs in Copenhagen City Council, and Cllr Nathalie Nicholas (Liverpool), Deputy Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

5 October: Sketching in the Anglican, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool. Our friends at Dot-Art are holding a mixed ability sketching session in this beautiful location. It’s is suitable for experienced artists or beginners and will focus on various aspects of drawing skills. You will need to provide your own drawing materials and some warm clothing. The session runs from 10am-1pm and tickets are £25 plus a booking fee. The same session is also running on 23 November.

12 October: Introduction to Book Binding, The Ranch Studio, Arrad Street, Liverpool. Learn how to make beautiful handmade books. In this workshop you’ll learn about simple techniques for making a pamphlet stitch book, concertina book and Japanese stab stitch book. Using specialist tools, you’ll learn the basic skills to fold and bind these three book structures. At the end of the session you’ll have three beautiful handmade books to take home. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those looking to practise basic skills. Suitable for adults only. All materials and tools are provided and you’ll be guided throughout the workshop by an experienced tutor, refreshments will be provided. Tickets are £45.

16 October: We the youth – Keith Haring’s New York nightlife, Tate Liverpool. DJ and writer Dave Haslam is launching a new book which documents the music and nightlife that fueled Keith Haring’s nights out and inspired a lot of his work. Haslam will talk about some of the nightclubs and music venues of 1980s New York, as well as playing music excerpts and signing books. Starts at 7pm, tickets are £10. Booking recommended.

16 October: Motivate your Mind, The Women’s Organisation, St James Street, Liverpool. A one day course for women in Liverpool, to help build resilience and develop a more positive outlook. The course will include methods to reduce stress, underdtanding and changing behaviours and communicating effectively. Runs from 10am to 3pm, contact The Women’s Organisation to book your place.

17 October: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping – a different approach, The Tapestry, Fabric District. The second in the Autumn series, this one examines the rise of rough sleeping and homelessness, which is evident to all who walk around Liverpool. Speakers include Juha Kahila, Project Coordinator at Y-Foundation, Finland, where the Housing First Europe Hub has almost entirely eradicated rough sleeping, and Cllr Trish Hardy (Sefton), Deputy Portfolio Holder LCR CA, Housing and Spatial Network, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

17-27 October: Liverpool Irish Festival, various venues. The annual celebration of all things from the Emerald Isle is back again. All sorts of cultural events are held all over Liverpool, from performance art, poetry readings, live music performances to film, food and drink events and sports. Everyone is sure to find something to enjoy. The website has all events and information you could possibly need, along with details of how to book (where necessary).

19 October: Spooky Welly Walk, Sefton Park. This annual charity event is one of Liverpool’s most popular Halloween events. This year’s charity is the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The welly walk is two miles through Sefton Park and is designed with families in mind. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 on the day and can be booked here.

From 25 October: Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. This touring exhibition will feature 35 prints from the last four years of Henri Matisse’s life when he was confined to bed due to ill health. They are celebrated for their colours and cut-outs. More information is becoming available, so keep an eye on the website for detail. The exhibition finishes on 15 March 2020.

26 October: Katumba Halloween Parade, Liverpool. There was so much lovely information about this, we’ve given it its own blog post. Find it here. All details about parade routes, timings and workshops can be found in the post, written by Nicole Konigs Balfry from Zest Event Management.

26-30 October: Halloween Fright Night with film showings, Sefton Park Palm House. A range of films for half term and late nights, including The Shining, Hocus Pocus, 28 Days Later and Hotel Transylvania. All information and booking details are on the Sefton Park Palm House website.

31 October: Devolution and Governance – in the Brexit era, Constellations, Baltic Triangle. On the eve of Brexit (or so it looks at the time of writing this), this discussion will be around devolution, and clearing up confusion around the roles of the City Mayor and Metro Mayor, and how those roles might change after Brexit. Speakers include Prof Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics at Sheffield University Management School and Cllr Carla Thomas (Sefton), Deputy Portfolio Holder LCR CA, Policy and Resources, Strategy and Delivery, as well as other local panel speakers. Tickets are £4 (includes a £3 refundable donation to Engage Liverpool CIC) and can be booked here. Starts at 5.30pm.

1-10 November: Homotopia, various venues around Liverpool. The UK’s longest-running LGBTQ+ arts and culture festival is back again. It grows every year as it becomes more and more well known for its range of events and speakers. And this year is no exception. All events, including a collaboration with the Keith Haring exhibition at the Tate can be found here.

2 November: Christmas Modern Calligraphy workshop, Cass Art, School Lane, Liverpool. Hosted by Mellor and Rose, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make your Christmas wrapping and cards just a little bit special. These guys run workshops all over the North West, so we’re lucky enough to have them hosting another in Liverpool. Suitable for beginners, the price includes a starter kit and refreshments on the day. Runs from 1.30pm until 4pm, tickets cost £45. Email [email protected] to find out more and book.

8-10 November: Cirqadia Festival: a Queercentric Circus Arts Festival, District and The Florrie. There was so much lovely information about this, we’ve given it its own blog post. Find it here. All details about timings, tickets and workshops can be found in the post, written by Nicole Konigs Balfry from Zest Event Management.

16 November: Introduction to Professional Prosthetics FX Make Up, Make North Docks. If like me you’ve ever watched a TV programme or film and been amazed at how real injuries and wounds look, then this might be the class for you. Led by Jennifer Glynn, a renowned FX specialist will be leading this workshop talking you through the role of an FX make up artist, how to create genuine-looking cuts, bruises, scratches etc, working with gelatine moulds, and application of make up to create these looks. Designed to be a fun intro to prosthetics so suitable for anyone who has an interest. Runs from 12-4, tickets are £80.

24 November: Food of the Gods: The utterly divine history of chocolate, Ness Gardens, Wirral. In this beautiful garden’s latest series of lectures, Russell Bowes gives a fascinating account of the history of one of humanity’s most treasured plants and its famous produce, the cacao tree and its chocolate derivative. Held in the lecture theatre at Ness Gardens from 2.30pm until 4pm. Lectures are held every couple of weeks, the full programme can be found 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.

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