A Happy Monday
On Saturday I had a date with my Culture Champion Mentor, Kristal, to view the Elements and Satelites exhibition by Markus Soukup on at the Walker Art Gallery. It was positioned on the first floor and because of the noise from the ground floor, we could not hear the voice of the artist talking about his work. So, today I went back and viewed it on a quieter day. His work showed a video about a day on the mud flats on the south coast of England with sound effects. It potrayed the ‘Life Space’ of continuous change to the cyclic forces of the moon’s gravity. Lots of images of the beach, boats and tides you would see on a day to the seaside. It was an interesting visual exhibition which you would have to see to form your own interpretation of.
I then went to view in one of the joining rooms the Liverpool born artist John Kirby’s first solo exhibition in his home town, ‘The Living and the Dead’. Born in 1949, the paintings, in his words, were a lot of images of him, or someone very like him. The themes of the paintings potrayed his life through the complexities of childhood, gender, religion, sexual orientation and race. I felt I understood his paintings, sculptures and his work in which he portrayed his family and friends but most of all himself. I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition and would recommend a visit before it finishes on 15 April 2012.
It was on to the Philharmonic to see In Harmony, the third year of the setting up of a pilot scheme of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with the West Everton Children’s Orchestra and associated assembles. The children aged between 3 and 12 years of age have benefitted from the RLPO’s involvement, support and encouragement to the children. It has also given them the experience of playing in and being part of the Philharmonic Hall and Orchestra. Todays programme included a variety from John Ryan’s Polka to Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’. The children’s talents, confidence and enthusiasm showed throughout the performance and you could see they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as I did. This scheme has been documented as having a dramatic impact in West Everton with increase in pride, well being and engagement throughout the West Everton community. All the hard work of those involved, the members of the RPLO, staff and children showed. I will certainly be back to see the continued work done between the children and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.