Thankfully, engaging with the arts doesn’t have to draw to a close after the summer’s festival season has come to an end. The biannual after-hours festival, Museums at Night, is CULTURE24‘s answer to embracing those early dark nights and the colder weather without compromising on your dose of art and culture. Taking place from the 27th – 29th October all across the UK, hundreds of galleries, museums, cultural venues and historic spaces will open their doors after dark to host an array of special night-time events. Giving the opportunity to experience these venues under unique circumstances, the events line-up includes gallery gigs, art happenings and twilight screenings to all-night sleepovers, nature walks and star gazing.
Coinciding with the Halloween weekend, expect clairvoyants contacting Victorian ghosts and storytelling of mystery skeletons, as well as one-off events with some of the UK’s most interesting contemporary artists. Bedwyr Williams will be an Arch-Druid for one night only as he hosts a “Druid hipster” night at Somerset House in London, Marcus Coates will be working with members of the public, “Questioning the Dead” at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol while British-Chinese artist Aowen Jin will be taking over the gallery at the historic Compton Verney House to produce a stunning 3D artwork that shimmers and dances in darkness under UV light, adorned with imagery inspired by Compton Verney’s collection of Chinese art.
Our other picks should not be missed include Caitlin and ‘Andrew Webb-Ellis at The Nunnery Gallery’ in Bow, East London, ‘Dickens After Dark: A Halloween Special’ at Charles Dickens Museum, London, ‘Craven Street Bones’ at Benjamin Franklin House, London and ‘Fashion Cities Africa’ at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
Marcus Coates, Elephant and Castle
For details of all venues, events and activities visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk, where listings information will be continually updated right up until the weekend itself.