Museum lates in May
You are spoilt for choice this month, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.
Museums at Night, nationwide, 15 to 17 May
Culture24's festival of after hours cultural events at museums, galleries and heritage sites takes place this month – here are just a few of the must-see events.
Paint it Late, 15 May, standard entry charge
An after-hours arty party including a secret painting tour, the world’s smallest silent disco, speed life drawing sessions and a Paint it Like Pollock collaborative drip-painting canvas event.
Open 7-10pm, £5.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Scotland Museum Lates: Retro-future, 16 May, standard entry charge
A steam-powered journey through the museum's collections, the evening aims to highlight some of its stand-out exhibits. As well as film screenings, live music and gramophone DJs, there will be jewellery workshops, science demonstrations and stand-up comedy.
Open 7-10.30pm, £12.
Hoard by Torchlight, 16 May, standard entry charge
Explore the Staffordshire Hoard by the light of candles and torches, while being entertained by the heroic tales that thrilled our Anglo-Saxon ancestors.
Open 6.30-7.30pm, £5 including a glass of wine or soft drink. Call 01782 232323 to book.
Watts at Dusk – Museums at Night Event, 16 May, 50% off with National Art Pass
See the exhibition John Ruskin: Photographer & Draughtsman after-hours, take a lantern-lit walk to the Watts Chapel and hear a cellist play, or relax and sketch in the gallery.
Open 5-9pm, £3.75 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50).
Seven Stories, Newcastle
The Late Shows, 16 May, free to all
Make crafts to take home at the Creation Station, drop in and watch a hilarious Mixed-Up Fairy Tale performance, enjoy interactive story times or drink Alice in Wonderland cocktails in the Seven Stories Cafe.
Apsley House, London
Apsley House Museums at Night, 16-17 May, free with National Art Pass
Explore the resplendent rooms after dark and hear tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life.
Open 6-8pm, free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.90).
The Wilson, Cheltenham
Museums at Night presents Fred Deakin in collaboration with The Wilson Collective, 17 May, standard entry charge
Mercury and Brit Award nominated musician Fred Deakin collaborates with The Wilson Collective – a group of 16-to-25-year-olds interested in arts and culture. The de Ferrieres area and The Wilson Café will be transformed into a live band space and ‘ScribbleJam’ area where participants will be live-drawing onto projections that relate to the museum’s collections. This will create a new artwork to be displayed in 51, the dedicated area within The Wilson for young people. Meanwhile, upstairs Fred Deakin will be DJing and using multiple projectors to create an immersive audio visual performance.
Open 6.30-10.30pm. Tickets on sale soon, please check the website for more information.
Museums at Night: Magickowpoodisc, 17 May, free to all
A multimedia family disco devised by artist and composer Ergo Phizmiz will explore medieval magick rituals of England and Europe – inspired by the museum's latest exhibition, Jeremy Deller's English Magic. For example, there was once a tradition where, on a special day in May, villagers would gather round their cow to applaud and cheer every splat that fell from its rear. It was thought that, the more pats that thudded on the earth, the more fruitful the village’s crops would be that year. Expect music, masks, projections, massive heads and puppetry, accompanied by lots of dancing to pop hits and nostalgic novelties.
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The Late Shows, 17 May, free to all
Explore Canadian artist Kelly Richardson's installation Mariner 9, a giant panoramic vision of the planet Mars set 200 years in the future. Make your own mechanical creatures and constructions using space junk or listen to the artist as she discusses her work and answers questions from visitors.