It’s coming! Our favourite night of the year Light Night is set for Friday 16 May.
Mark the date in your diaries folks, Liverpool’s annual culture crawl is back for it’s fifth instalment! Explore Liverpool with your friends and family as LightNight unlocks the doors of our world-class museums, galleries and heritage sites until late.
See the city illuminated with an unforgettable trail of free events for all ages; including light projections, performances, exhibitions, walks, workshops and much more.
The programme will be released in print and online on 1 April 2014.
Excitement was all around at this week’s launch of Love ArtUK’s new exhibition Valentine’s Notebook. And justifiably so.
Former soldier Jay Wheeler is well known for his LOVE graffiti on the streets of Merseyside and now in his latest exhibition he brings the love indoors to the warmth of the Egg café’s Head Space.
After returning from active duty in Afghanistan Jay suffered serious mental health problems and was admitted to Broadgreen Hospital’s Broadoak unit where, under the guidance of Ann Gallagher and Paul Willcock of Broadoak’s Occupational Therapy team, he started producing the art we now know and love so well.
Paul told me of Jay’s massive uncertainty when he first started working on his art an how an image of Mr T started things off! Love really can be strange and wonderful.
While Jay’s work covers all aspects of love – from the dark to the beautiful - in a way that brings to mind Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience; it is universally accessible and each piece has something to say.
There’s not a gallery, space or corner of the world I can think if that would not benefit from a piece of Love ArtUK’s work adorning it, and I see a bright and shining future for Jay the man, the artist and his work.
In recognition of the brilliant work done in helping people dealing with mental health issues, Jay is donating a portion of the sale of each piece to the Broadoak unit and the Windsor clinic at Fazackerley hospital to keep the work of the OT teams going at a time when devastating government cuts threaten the valuable work being done to rehabilitate through art.
You can see Valentine’s Notebook at The Egg café on Newington off Bold Street until 16 March 2014, so there’s plenty of time to get down there.
You can also check out Jay’s work on the Love ArtUK Facebook page.
Some images from Valentine’s Notebook below. Click for a larger view.
Last week I was invited to a top secret hideaway to see the rehearsals for Tell Tale Theatre’s new production of Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs.
Tell Tale Theatre is a not-for-profit Liverpool-based community and voluntary company set up in June 2010 by drama specialists Emma Whitley and Leanne Jones. At rehearsals the group took my breath away with their vitality, fun and endless enthusiasm.
Director Rob Kavanagh – a veteran of the RSC, West End, BBC, Anthony & Cleopatra at The Liverpool Playhouse – worked a charm on his excitable young cast to shape a tragic farce that still includes a whole load of fun.
The Chairs is usually a two-person cast – the Old Man and the Old Woman – who may, or may not have lost their aged minds, but TTT gives us a unique take on the traditional with six guys and six girls playing the old couple preparing for guests who may or may not be there.
If you’re not familiar with the story, the ending is both ironic and shocking; but ultimately the old man and the old woman take the most positive step they can in the face of their existence.
The Chairs is on at St George’s Hall on Saturday 8 February at 2pm and 7.30pm. Phone up and book a ticket for this lively and unique performance.
The cast with Director Rob Kavanagh at rehearsals - click for bigger pics!