Museum lates in July

  • 11 July 2014

From living sculptures to GPS-enabled treasure hunts, our pick of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries in July.

Design Museum Photographer: Luke Hayes

Design Museum

1. Design Museum, London

Design Futures: Material Innovation, 15 July, standard entry charge

Mark Miodownik, Director at the Institute of Making, talks to Designs of the Year nominees Benjamin Hubert and Sadie Williams about the importance of new materials. Specifically, they will discuss how innovative approaches to materials are widening design possibilities.

Runs from 6.30pm. Tickets £14 – book online via Ticketweb.

2. Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Mexican Textiles and Traditions with Chloë Sayer, 17 July, standard entry charge

To coincide with the museum's rebozo-themed exhibition, an after-hours talk will explore what makes Mexican textiles the finest in the Americas. It will also reveal why spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidery are still taught and practised in the nation's communities today. The evening will be led by author of Textiles from Mexico, Chloë Sayer.

Runs 6-8pm. Tickets £12, including drink, booking signing and entry to Made in Mexicobook online.

3. Tate Liverpool

Blueprint Festival: Parade of Living Sculptures, 19 July, free to all

As part of Liverpool's Blueprint Festival, a group of the city's creative young people will team up with Laurence Payot to produce a series of living sculptures. Volunteers will be transformed into blue artworks and wander around the city centre. After the parade, there will also be a display from The Fireworks Collective at Liverpool's docks.

Run 6-7pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

4. National Maritime Museum, London

Dark and Stormy Late, 24 July, standard entry charge, free curator tours with National Art Pass for first 150 to sign up

Embark on a 'motley cruise', head off on a GPS-enabled treasure hunt, watch as the museum curators walk the gangplank – this off-kilter after-hours event ties in with Ships, Clocks and Stars, the museum's new exhibition celebrating 300 years since the Act of Longitude. As a special treat, 150 National Art Pass holders will receive free tours of the gallery tours when buying a ticket for the event (sign up on the evening, first come first served).

Runs 6-9pm. Tickets £5 including entry to Ships, Clocks and Stars 

5. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Acoustic Night, 25 July, standard entry charge

Learn to play the world’s most fun instrument – the ukulele – and then use your skills to strum along to classic songs with the museum's merry band of players. The evening will also include a talk by the Bowes' Principal Keeper, Jane Whittaker.

Runs 6-10pm. Tickets £5.