Royal Standard – Long Night Events


As part of the Long Night of the Biennial city-wide events, The Royal Standard present an evening of hot food, drink, performance and discussion, including the long-awaited unveiling of Oliver Walker’s New Constitutions, 1000 specially manufactured speaking dolls, hot off the press from China and  revealed to the public for the first time since their arrival in the UK.

A quick-fire artists discussion will start the evening’s activity, as NAVIGATOR artists Peter Ainsworth and Tim Machin discuss their work with Juan Cruz, Head of Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art and Design, and Royal Standard director Penny Whitehead.

Then, visitors can jostle to be the first to own a UK Constitution as they are sold off throughout the night in a series of playful market-style performances. Be sure to arrive early to guarantee yourself a New Constitution!


6.30 – 7.10pm Artists Discussion
Peter Ainsworth and Tim Machin in conversation with Juan Cruz and Penny Whitehead.

7.30pm and 8.30pm Mr Democracy – The Selling of the UK Constitutions
Be the first to purchase one of Oliver Walker’s 1000 limited edition talking artworks and take home a piece of political history!

A selection of Chinese-inspired hot and cold refreshments will be served throughout the night, and both of our current exhibitions will stay open until 10pm.


NAVIGATOR The inaugural exhibition in the Royal Standard’s new home draws on the organisation’s relocation to the periphery of the city centre. Set against Liverpool’s rapidly changing urban and cultural landscape, NAVIGATOR reflects a process of re-mapping and re-routing through familiar and unfamiliar territories.

Mr Democracy In an ambitious international project exploring trade, democracy and globalisation, artist Oliver Walker set out to undertake the creation of a UK constitution. Outsourcing content and production to China, the world’s fastest growing economy, Walker will import 1000 specially manufactured plastic toys that speak the constitution when pressed.