Art must-sees during Museums at Night 2010

By Mark Sheerin | 15 January 2010
An installation filled with a scattered array of ephemera including a child's globe and a painting of a girl

(Above) Kim L Pace, Copycat at Dream Home, Phoenix Gallery. Courtesy Phoenix Gallery

Galleries have always been more ready than museums to throw open the doors a little later than usual. So as after-hours culture sweeps the UK for Museums at Night 2010, here are some recommendations for art fans.

Liverpool Light Night: Art à la carte at the Walker, the Walker Art Gallery, Friday

Few painters loved nightlife like Toulouse-Lautrec. High Kicks and Low Life is an exhibition of his work open late for Museums at Night. No can-can girls advertised, but curators are on hand to give talks along with accordion music from Helen Maher.
Open 5pm – 10.30pm. Admission free.

Light Night at the Bluecoat, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Friday

Local musicians with world influences bring rhythms of the night to Bluecoat. Sit in the garden at sundown, check out a craft fair by LOACA.ART or wander through the late-opening show, Global Studio, by Livepool artists with international links.
Open 7pm-10pm. Admission free.

After Hours at Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, Friday

There is some nocturnal nudity on offer with life drawing in Scarborough, although still lives will be an option for the easily offended. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy the grand villa setting after dark and speak to curators about the collection.
Open 5pm-9pm. Admission £2/£1.80 (free with Open Return Ticket, £9/£8). Booking essential for life drawing - contact Ian Read on 01723 384511 or via

Traditional Indian portrait of a man on horseback

Kunwar Anop Singh of Devgarh riding with a falcon, Devgarh, Mewar, Rajasthan. Attributed to Bakhta (circa 1776). Museum Rietberg Zurich. Gift of Dr Carlo Fleischmann Foundation and acquisition. © Museum Rietberg Zurich. Photo: Wettstein & Kauf

Artist's Residency Open Studio Twilight Visit, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Friday

As dusk falls on Aberystwyth Arts Centre, they celebrate the end of two residencies. Rabab Ghazoul uses text, film and altered-objects to create site specific installations exploring social hierarchies. Peter Williams is a printmaker concerned with relations between the individual and the home.
Open 5pm – 9pm. Admission free.

Night at the Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Friday

Take the chance to see Maggi Hambling's stirring sea paintings in a whole different light. On a watery note, Chinese painter Chen Hong will be creating an aquatic world live. And kids will love marine mobile workshops and a museum trail about sea gods and nymphs.
Open 6pm-8.30pm. Admission free.

Michelangelo at Night, The Courtauld Gallery, London, Friday

Night seems about the right time to catch a show called Michelangelo's Dream (see our review). Some of his best drawings are on show at The Courtauld along with rarely-seen letters and poetry. Twilight talks, evening events and an impressive permanent collection are all also on offer.
Open 10am-9pm. Admission £5/£4. Book online.

India Noir: LATE, National Portrait Gallery, London, Friday

Visit a completely different timezone at the NPG with a celebration of contemporary Indian culture. Viram Jasani from the Asian Music Network will be programming the regional tunes. A panel will discuss Indian Crime Fiction. And from the artworld, The Singh Twins will talk you through mixing Eastern tradition and Western innovation.
Open 6pm-10pm. Admission free.

Abstract painting with overlapping circles in gold, silver and black

Kenji Yoshida, La Vie (2008). Photo Johnathan Greet. Courtesy October Gallery

Artists' Talks at the Estorick Collection, Estorick, London, Thursday

With a few more hours in the day, this might be a good opportunity to visit one of the world's best collections of early 20th century Italian art. Check out works by Boccioni, Balla and Carrà and hear from artists featuring in intriguing temporary show Another Country: London Painters in Dialogue with Italian Art.
Open until 10pm (artists talks between 7.30pm and 8.30pm). Admission free.

Kenji Yoshida: A Celebration of Life, October Gallery, London, Friday

Yoshida is that rarest of beings, an ex-kamikaze pilot. Find out how the peace-loving painter survived the war and take a look at the deeply felt etchings, calligraphic works and paintings which resulted. Plenty to celebrate at October Gallery.
Open until 5.30pm-9pm. Admission free.

10th birthday of Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London, Friday-Sunday

After pulling in crowds for 10 years, Tate Modern has more than one excuse to open late. Maurizio Cattelan is among the curators of a free festival in the Turbine Hall which brings together projects from 50 independent art spaces and collectives. With performance, music and film, it could prove as anarchic as any 10-year-old's party.

Open 10am-midnight Friday and Saturday (until 6pm Sunday). Admission free.

Dream Home, Phoenix, Brighton, Friday-Sunday

This Open House is less a gallery in someone's home, more a fabricated home inside an artist-led gallery. Rest assured you can still poke around. Eleven residents include Kim L Pace, Gary Barber, Caitlin Heffernan, Rona Innes and sculptor Ben Thompson.
Open 7pm-9pm. Admission free.

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