Event: Critical Mass – North West Visual Arts Open, various venues, Liverpool, until March 3 2012
Starting on Merseyside, the first of three free weekends full of activities and tours in specific regions aims to encourage artists and visitors to enjoy museums and galleries they haven’t seen for a while.
It must have been a breeze to organise in Liverpool, where everything from tours of Tate Liverpool’s current Charline von Heyl show to a closing party for Wolstenhome Creative Space’s Fixation show (including sound performances) are being laid on.
An important-looking seminar at FACT debates how art institutions can give meaning to communities and the public, and The Bluecoat offers a private view of new ten-artist show Topophobia, open studios throughout Saturday and an immersive workshop the public can get stuck in to.
Elsewhere, Arena Gallery celebrates the joy of tapes, The Royal Standard hosts an artist talk by Oliver Braid, and the Elevator Bar and Café’s aftershow party features a DJ set by Nick Power, of local indie heroes The Coral.
- See the programme for full details. The next two events will take place in Manchester and Lancashire/Cumbria.