We have four great feasts for the eyes and soul at this year's Liverpool Pride!
Here's a quick run down of our visual arts treats over the weekend and beyond:
Our dear friends at headspace@Eggspace have put together a joyous exhibition of local artists' work at the Egg Cafe, including work by Elizabeth Beckmann, Dawn Brayford, Sophie Green Barbara Harrison, Karl Harry, Karen Henley, linziart, Jazamin Sinclair and Jackie Stevens - I hope I haven't missed anyone - if I have let me know asap!
The Egg has been described as the "most bohemian place on earth" by True Punk and I agree. If you are new to Liverpool or are in desperate need of great veggie food, pop into the Egg and take in this new group of work - it's a great way to sample Liverpool's ever-vibrant arts scene at it's best. Check it out at http://www.eggspace.org
Over at Sudley House at 3pm on Sunday 7th, Curator Pauline Rushton will be guiding us round their intriguing display of costume from 1790 to 1850 - what would us Dandies and Dykes have been wearing back then I wonder? In fact, National Museums Liverpool (NML) have thoroughly got into the Pride mood - find out more at http://blog.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/LiverpoolPride.aspx
If you don't know Sudley House, it's a gem of a place up in Mossley Hill within a beautiful park setting - again check out NML's website for directions - it's very near Mossley Hill Station and on the 80 bus route from town. How did they find time whilst opening the massive new Museum of Liverpool? Pride does bring out the best in people!
Talking of Prides - Liverpool has a history of them! Although the 2010 version broke the mold with with it's support from various public bodies, Prides have taken place in Liverpool before. Local artist and activist Dawn Brayford (mentioned above showing work at The Egg) has put together a moving display of material from the Prides that happened in 1990,'91 and '92, created by the sheer blood, sweat and toil of the Liverpool Lesbian and Gay Action Group. The display is on the first floor at FACT , and includes the beautiful books about LGBT lives produced by Our Story and screened excerpts from Pink: Past & Present. www.fact.co.uk. FACT bar goes gay!
Finally - Magritte: The Pleasure Principal is the main exhibition at TATE Liverpool this summer and those generous TATEr's have made a fab thing even better by offering Liverpool Pride goers (!) a two-for-one offer on tickets. This can save you £11 a time! Just quote PRIDE when you buy your tickets to gain the discount. It's s stunning exhibition by an intriguing artist and you can find out more at www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
Quite a round-up I hope you'll agree! As ever, these events and displays can only happen with the support of the venues themselves and their staff - there's too many to list here, but they know who they are...I hope they also know how much appreciated their work will be by all us enjoying the fruits of their labour.
Unison North West, the European Regional Development Fund, First Take, Our Story and the artists and curators themselves have done us Proud!