Our Long Night 2009

'Keep it Slick' The Yes Men at LJMU Academy
'Keep it Slick' The Yes Men at LJMU Academy

Just a quick run through what we got up to on the Long Night last night (Thursday 24 September 2009). We mainly went to places that were opening new exhibitions which I’ll say more about in future postings. We had already been to the Walker in the morning for the press viewing of Bridget Riley’s ‘Flashback’ exhibition which is excellent. We started at Liverpool John Moores University Art & Design Academy and saw the Yes Men ‘Keep it Slick’ exhibition. Some interesting video pieces which will need more time to view.

Long Night at the Bluecoat
Long Night at the Bluecoat

Then to the Bluecoat for the opening of the Malcolm Lowry ‘Under The Volcano’ show, the exhibition features a lot of work by local artists and the accompanying book / catalogue looks like a good read. In the front courtyard there was an art and craft fayre organised by LOACA and a Mexican themed barbeque.

Justine Blau at 11 Wolstenholme Sq.
Justine Blau at 11 Wolstenholme Sq.

Next to Wolstenholme Projects for ‘Normal Service will Resume’ which is mainly video works plus a couple of installations.

Draw the Line at 3345 Parr St
Draw the Line at 3345 Parr St

Upstairs at 3345 Parr Street there is a new exhibition from Redhouse Originals called ‘Dig the New Breed’ and also there was a Draw the Line event which normally takes place at Django’s Riff on the first Thursday of the month. People were happily joining in drawing on the large paper covering the boardroom table.

FACT is 20 Years Old!
FACT is 20 Years Old!

A short walk around the corner and we were at FACT again. Of course we interacted with the KMA Strange Attractors light piece in arthouse square again before joining the party for FACT’s 20th Anniversary. There were party hats, cakes, speeches as well as all the AND related things.

Moth by Lu Di at The Royal Standard
Moth by Lu Di at The Royal Standard

It was now getting late and we really wanted to go to the Royal Standard so we dashed home, got the car and drove over there. We arrived just as they were switching everything off and packing up but they very kindly turned it all back on again specially for us which was really very kind of them. ‘Some People Deserve Everything They Get’ is a good show of 15 recent graduates from around the UK.

The Really Long Night at A Foundation
The Really Long Night at A Foundation

Finally, like many of the art crowd, we ended up at the A Foundation where there was an all-night event including music, live interviews, film shows etc. No, we didn’t stay all night, we were home before midnight but we did enjoy some of the short films.

So we really enjoyed the Long Night. There is far too much for any one person to see and this year there were more events away from the galleries. I’m not sure if thats good or not, its good to have so much choice but it may be spreading the audience a bit too thin.

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