A specially-commissioned art installation created by comic book artist, John Higgins, will light up the exterior of the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) as part of LightNight celebrations on Friday, 19 May.
Visitors are invited to participate in what will be a truly unique spectacle which will see an image of Judge Dredd projected onto the outside of the VG&M as part of the DROAR art installation. Dredd will then direct an army of volunteers to bring to life an enormous `cursed earth’ dandelion. The army in this case will be participants to the spectacle whose pedal power will drive the dandelion animation.
Liverpool-born Higgins found global success as a comic book artist and writer for 2000AD, DC and Marvel and is currently exhibiting the first major retrospective of his work in the VG&M.
The DROAR installation will take place on University Square, at the top of Brownlow Hill. The spectacle will commence at 9.15pm and come to a close by midnight.
The VG&M’s Beyond Dredd exhibition will be open to the public until midnight with last admissions at 11.00pm and its Waterhouse Cafe will be offering special LightNight food and drink packages, including pizza and a glass of wine or beer for just £7.95.
Visitors to the University campus can visit the Garstang Museum of Archaeology which will open its doors to the public until 10.00pm.
The University’s Roxby Building will also be open to the public offering visitors the opportunity to view the Liverpool skyline from its ninth floor vantage point. This will be available from 7.00pm to 9.00 pm and booking on eventbrite is essential. All events are free.
These events form part of the University’s Open House – an exciting fortnight of free public events which runs from 15-25 May and features a vibrant line up of topical talks, performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences. To find out more about the Open House programme of events, visit this webpage.
LightNight Liverpool is the city’s free late night arts festival and takes place across the city on Friday 19 May featuring over 100 free cultural events for all ages. Further information on the LightNight programme can be found at this webpage.
This year’s festival will feature over 100 free events, all exploring the theme of ‘Time’; the past, present and future of the city, it’s people and the world we live in, as well as the influence of time on scientific discovery.
LightNight Liverpool is produced by local social enterprise Open Culture.