Art After Dark: Museums at Night 2013

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Source: Culture24 Media

With only two weeks before the UK’s annual late night festival of art, music and culture, hundreds of museums and galleries, libraries and heritage sites all over the country are buzzing in anticipation of the three-day celebration of the Arts.

Government Art Collection at nightSource: Culture24 Media

Government Art Collection at night
Source: Culture24 Media

Rich in cultural entertainment and events, the festival takes place from Thursday 16th May to Saturday 18th May. With such a wide range of performances and activities to offer, this remarkable opportunity to explore the UK’s most exciting heritage sites after dark simply cannot be missed.

From distinctive literary happenings to stimulating contemporary art events, diverse live music performances to palace sleepovers, Museums at Night 2013 promises to be a varied and inspiring occasion.

For those immersed in the contemporary art scene, Turner-prize winning artist, Martin Creed, will be delivering a wide range and impulsive mix of seminar discussions interspersed with musical performances at the Freud Museum; Mat Collishaw will create zoetropes at BACKLIT Gallery in Nottingham; and artist Julian Wild will be enlisting help from members of the community in the construction of an enormous sculpture from 500 metres of glow-in-the dark drainpipe at Ironbridge Gorge.

Gavin Turk gives Bristol Art Gallery an Egyptian-themed make-over; Julia Vogl will be transforming 2400 plastic bottles into a colossal chandelier at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum; and Bradford 1 Gallery will see the launch of a new and exciting exhibition celebrating the cultural history of Bollywood film glamour entitled ‘Bollywood and Bradford: 100 Years of Indian Cinema’.

Calke Abbey© Paul Harris

Calke Abbey
© Paul Harris

The literary sphere will be celebrating its literary splendour with an extensive variety of events, including talks from writers Wil Self, Andrew Lane, and BBC broadcaster and author Simon Mayo; and music enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the exclusive unplugged and stripped back performances to be hosted by partners Brighton Museum and The Great Escape Festival.

As Lauren Laverne, Ambassador for Museums at Night, states, “Museums at Night weekend is a fantastic opportunity for museums and galleries to get together to put on events that allow us to celebrate our heritage in new and exciting ways – perhaps discovering a cultural gem on our doorstep that we didn’t even know existed.”

Dancer at the Museum of London© Museum of London

Dancer at the Museum of London
© Museum of London

So as the lights go down this weekend head out to your nearest cultural spot to partake in this year’s night-time extravaganza of art, literature, music, heritage and entertainment.

For a full list of the events or to find out about an event near you, visit the Museums At Night website at:


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