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LightNight at the museums

14 May 2013 by Louise

Museum of Liverpool exterior at night

Dusk at Museum of Liverpool (c) Ben Kirkpatrick

There’s not long to go until Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, LightNight this Friday and here at the museums we’ve got plenty to offer.

Museum of Liverpool are celebrating ancient history with Big Heritage’s Roman Medicine Roadshow from 4-8pm. There’ll be the opportunity to join a workshop with a bone specialist who will demonstrate how we can learn about past lives from human remains; then watch Roman Gladiators fight it out and have their wounds healed using Roman herbal remedies. You can even look like you’ve been part of the battle by paying a visit to make-up artists, So Coco Rouge who will be using their skills to inflict battle wounds and scars on willing visitors. Read more…

Explore New Rankin Exhibition on LightNight

14 May 2013 by Louise

one of the people Rankin has photographed for the exhibition

Sandra Barber © Rankin

This week is an exciting week for the Walker Art Gallery as we open our new exhibition, ‘ALIVE: In the Face of Death’ by world renowned photographer, Rankin this Friday. The exhibition forms part of the ‘LOOK/13: Liverpool International Photography Festival‘ which sees dozens of photographic exhibitions taking place across the city centre.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘who do you think you are?’ Rankin’s exhibition explores this theme candidly, with portraits of people who know that their time is running out or people who have overcome great adversity. Though, rather than being morbid, the exhibition is about empowering the people in the portraits, celebrating their life and exploring people’s diversity of character. Read more…

LightNight 2013: Fragments

3 May 2013 by Louise

picture of intricate lighting projection

One of Andy’s tests ahead of LightNight © Andy McKeown Lightworks

This time in two weeks the city will be preparing itself for a long night of cultural celebration as organisations and venues across the city centre throw open their doors for LightNight on Friday 17 May.

I shall be posting a few blogs to round up some of the activities and events the museums have to offer. This week I’m looking at a venue that’s sure to wow people.

Light and new media artist, Andy McKeown is heading a project called ‘Fragments’ which will see a large scale series of projections wrapped across two sides of the Oratory. Originally the mortuary chapel to St James’s Cemetery, the Oratory is a National Museums Liverpool site that can be found within the grounds of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Read more…