Museum lates in April
Sample the tastes of Greece, go out drinking with Gilbert & George and find out what the Bloomsbury Group ate for dinner – our pick of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries in April.
1. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Jans Ondaatje Rolls in conversation with Virginia Nicholson, 3 April, £8.50
Cookery writer Jans Ondaatje Rolls speaks to author Virginia Nicholson, granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, to discuss what Virginia Woolf, EM Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry ate as they debated life, literature and other issues of the time. Rolls will be signing editions of the cookbook, which contains more than 170 recipes from the personal archives of Bloomsbury Group members, after the talk.
Starts at 6pm. Book online or by calling the gallery on 01243 774557.
2. Tate Britain, London
Art Meets Fashion: Codes, 4 April, Free to all
A photographic documentary of street culture over the past 60 years, live performances inspired by hairstyles and drop-in selfie sessions; this edition of Late at Tate will explore fashion through the lens of British art. Highlights include a visual and audio installation by photographer Miles Aldridge which is based on Mark Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round painting and broadcaster Zezi Ifore's examinations into what 'realness' means today, inspired by Victorian social realist art.
Runs 6- 9.30pm.
3. Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972-1976, 8 April, £10 with National Art Pass (standard entry £12)
A talk by Lynda Morris, who spent many evenings drinking and dancing with Gilbert & George and helped them to entertain other artists and art dealers from overseas. These nights provided the subject matter for their Drinking Sculptures, on display as part of the museum's current Artist Rooms exhibition.
4. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Björn Säfsten: Fictional Copies, 11 April, £12.50
Choreographer Björn Säfsten collaborates with set and lighting design collective SUTODA and five performers for a piece examining the importance of photography in today’s culture. In the opening minutes, a multitude of images will be captured that will then flow into the rest of the performance. Both audience and performers are asked to 'take responsibility for the events which are created within it'.
Starts at 7.30pm. Book online or by visiting the gallery.
5. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
A Taste of Greece, 11 April, free to all
John Craxton, currently the subject of a retrospective at the Fitzwilliam, spent several decades living and working in Greece after being smuggled there by the wife of the British Ambassador to Athens in a borrowed bomber. He loved the laidback lifestyle and vibrant culture of the Mediterranean, and its luminous landscapes appear frequently in his work. An after-hours viewing of the exhibition is accompanied by special talks, musical performances and activities celebrating the Greek love of food celebration, with mezzedes and other refreshments available in the museum’s Greek courtyard.
6. Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
Masked Ball, 12 April, £7.50
Inspired by Gillian Wearing's photograph of a masked Lily Cole (on display in the Exposed: The Body in Art exhibition), the evening will see guests use a range of unusual materials to create their own masks, with support from artist Adie Blundell.
Runs 8-11pm. Book online.
7. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Inspired by Titian, 17 April, free to all
Scottish guitarist/lutenist Gordon Ferries performs music inspired by the great painter of 16th-century Venice, currently the subject of a major exhibition at the gallery. The set will include pieces by Luis de Narvaez who, alongside Titian, enjoyed the patronage of the holy Roman emperor Charles V and by Francesco da Milano (Il divino), an Italian contemporary of the artist.
Runs 6-6.30pm. No booking required.