Liverpool is a great city for a sneaky weekend away and while it might be more famous for pop and perms (as well as the frightening development of The Scouse Brow ) it also has some really cool galleries that are well worth a peek.
The Open Eye Gallery is the only gallery dedicated to photography in the north west and is split over two floors. Small but perfectly formed, there are some interesting exhibitions coming up there including the works of late, great Liverpool photographer Tim Hetherington of soldiers in Afghanistan.
Outside the Museum of Liverpool (which is a lovely modern building and has some fascinating exhibitions on the slave trade) are these gorgeous little fellas – Super Lambanas!
As well as being cute and cheery, they tell the tale of Liverpool’s history as the first international city – importing bananas from the Caribbean and exporting wool from Lancashire. I think they are gorgeous.
Just around the corner at the famous docks is Tate Liverpool, which means I have finally been to all the Tates (Liverpool, St Ives, Britain, Modern) yay! Like all the Tates, it is beautifully designed and is full of treats. LOVE these floating frames in the middle of the room.
The exhibitions are organised as “constellations” with certain pieces, say by Man Ray or Jackson Pollock, acting as “trigger” pieces to set off a constellation of inspiration and more beautiful works. Very clever, very cool.
It’s not all culture though. We did some classic Liverpool tricks too by watching Everton not score a goal, having shots in my fav northern cheapy chain Baa Bar and we even saw Brookie heart throb Tinhead on the train home. Amazing scenes!
Recently I’ve been on a massive decluttering spree as, all being well, I will move house and north of the river soon. Plus I am totally addicted to all those hoarder shows and do not want to end up surrounded by old Metros and a collection of crap-o-la.
Part of the decluttering was around my bookcase which was full of rubbish, hiding all the loveliness beneath. Now I know some peeps probably have their books organised by alphabet or genre (or maybe chronological in a very High Fidelity way) but I think sorting by colour looks super cute.
What do you think?
And check out these bookcase beauties for inspiration.
Via Design*Sponge, this is a very cool DIY project
Love this dome library, via Freshome
For do-able diys, you can’t beat the awesome Jenny at Little Green Notebook
Somerset House has this super cool graphic arts festival on until Sunday – Pick Me Up
It’s all about fantastic design and supporting upcoming, emerging talent as well as the more established artists. Also, what a great way to get people into art. There is so much colour and fun and excitement. I really want to go visit one afternoon this week.
If you can’t make it to London you can still pick up some of the awesome and totally affordable art on offer online. I’m getting one or two pieces for sure. Here are some of my favourites…
Utopia by A Two Pipe Problem Letterpress
I love the thought of having this above my bed
Teenage Mutant Ninja Angst by Babycrow
Funny, cool and the ninja turtles are a bit of an in joke in my family
T.E.A.M by Melvin Galapon
I feel I will have this print in my house forever
Peskimo Swim Club by the Soma Gallery
This would be adorable in a child’s bedroom – love the whale’s face!
Amarok by Margaux Carpentier
Just so, so beautiful. I could stare at this for hours
Queen of the night bus x