(We also found it interesting to reflect upon public attitude towards to Rolf Harris show, before the recent court case...)
I had an enjoyable evening enjoying the cultural delights of Light Night.
I had worked a rough plan for the evening which varied as the night went on.
I enjoyed the build up as there was a lot of interest on Face Book with different arts organisations and websites discussing what they were doing. I posted on the Light Night Face Book page and was given a couple of suggestions to follow up.
Then a drive over town to visit the Walker Art Gallery and see Rolf Harris’s show. Again a friendly gallery assistant explained where we needed to go and let us know we were in time to see Rolf paint a picture, although the room he was doing it was full we were able to watch on a screen. He was able to take his time and not do it in the 2 minute time slot he had in the 60’s. I found myself smiling away as I watched him paint in his inimitable style while bantering with the onlookers. It was lovely being with a crowd as he created an instant piece of art. We enjoyed the pictures we were able to see and decided it will be good to come back to see the show at a more leisurely pace.
Having taken longer than planned we reluctantly decided not to go to Wongs for the pop up photo exhibition but headed over to Bold St to look at the market stall and get something to eat. There was a stall selling delicious salads and quiches I shop from when I go to the Wirral Farmers market but as it had started to rain we had a meal in an Italian restaurant instead. Where to go next? Our options were the Black E for the Chinese Arts Showcase or the Victoria Gallery and Museum at the University. We let our friendly waitress decide. She chose the Victoria Gallery and Museum for us because of its architecture – we were pleased with her choice.
I said goodbye to my friend and headed down to the Arena Studios on Parliament St. This was set up like Andy Warhol’s Factory and I had some fun making a picture with the assistance of the art assistants.
I had an interesting walk back to the car. Leaving the Arena studios I walked up Jamaica Street past guys dressed up as zombies trying to stop people getting to Camp and Furnace. I made a detour to go past the light installation showing on the side of St John’s Shopping Precinct. There I noticed a couple with a yellow Light Night brochure in their hands and stopped to have a chat. To be honest we were nonplussed by the installation as the kaleidoscopic light show was nothing unusual and we noticed most people walked past unaware it was there. However it was a great way to finish the evening having the opportunity to talk to total strangers and share our experiences of Light Night and Liverpool cultural life in general.
Overall I had an enjoyable evening in my city, enjoying the company of my friend, meeting people and will definitely return to see the Rolf Harris show, make more visits to the Victoria Gallery and Museum and continue to seek out the various galleries and other cultural places Liverpool has on offer.
Originally published on Art In Liverpool.