Museums at Night lights up Liverpool with Light Night

By Poppy Bragg | 25 April 2011
A photo of a young woman playing a flute in front of yellow lights
Museums at Night 2011: Light Night, various venues, Liverpool, May 13 2011

Liverpool’s Light Night will include more than 50 events, including photography exhibitions, drop in art workshops and a candle-lit labyrinth.

The annual celebration of the city’s culture for Museums at Night will see museums and galleries stay open late into the evening of 13 May.

This year, Light Night launches Liverpool’s first international photography festival, Look 11.

The theme is Call to Action, looking at the role of photography in addressing global social, economic, political and environmental issues.

It encourages everyone, no matter what their experience, to pick up a camera and take photographs, held across 15 sites including The Walker Art Gallery, which hosts Paul Trevor’s exhibition of life in Everton and Toxeth in the mid 1970s.

The Art and Drama Academy displays focus on the troubles in Northern Ireland. The Bluecoat’s Look 11: Confined display takes the theme of social justice, with seven artists contemplating confinement in everyday life.

Photography is by no means the only allure of the Light Night flame. For music lovers the Tate Liverpool has interactive music experiments created by local collective a.P.A.t.T in response to the museum’s exhibition, Sculpture: The Physical World.

The LJMU Art and Design Academy has live musicians playing by its candle-lit spiral labyrinth path.

Visitor participation is encouraged via drop-in art workshops being held at various venues in the city.

The Performance Space at BBC Radio Merseyside hosts introductions to painting in acrylics and oil. The Liver Sketching Club is holding a workshop where budding artists can draw from a live portrait model, and FACT will be inviting people to make their own Flunstella – a constellation of thoughts, emotions and memories.

There are also walks and tours planned. RIBA is holding a Gateway to the world Walk, telling the Liverpool’s story – past, present and future.

People will also have a chance to see stunning city views at night from the top of the Anglican Cathedral, which will admit visitors until 9.30. 

The event culminates with Darkness in Light: A Very Superstitious After Party.  The free entry event is held at the Contemporary Urban Centre and runs from 10pm-2am, featuring DJs Ben Power and CMWMSMDM and a music project by Kaya - The Science of the Lamps.

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