22 November 2012

The Winter Sparks exhibition opens this Thursday 13 December 6pm - 8pm with an evening of performances from artists Edwin van der Heide and Bosch & Simons. Plus, we will have an introduction from physicist Dr Themis Bowcock and free local ale from Liverpool Organic Brewery.

On 14 December, join FACT's long-running community led project tenantspin for a special live webcast discussion with Edwin van der Heide, Bosch & Simons and Alexandre Burton. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from 4 world famous artists and discover more about their work.

On the first Saturday of Winter Sparks, 15 December, we're hosting an exclusive workshop with artists Bosch & Simons to create your own objects and instruments from junk and recycled furniture. Work with the artists to create amazing vibrations and sounds and experiment with technology used in the artwork Wilberforces. Taking place from 1pm - 3pm, the DIY instrument workshop is perfect for families!

Kicking off on 9 January, the Winter Sparks film season features a collection of movies inspired by science and technology. Highlights include Lars von Trier's Melancholia, the story of two sisters strained relationship in the lead up to the impending collision of a mysterious planet with earth. The original 1931 Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff as the scientist's monster holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time. All the Winter Sparks screenings will be introduced by noted academics or professors with expertise in fields such as astronomy, the history of medicine, and information, media and computer entertainment.

Delia Darlings is a new touring event celebrating the work of electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire, who is most known for creating the original BBC Doctor Who theme tune in 1963 using no 'musical' instruments. The event includes a screening of the award-winning documentary The Delian Mode plus Q&A with director Kara Blake as well as a presentation of new music commissions. The event comes to FACT on 16 January, and it is completely free!

A full programme of events around the Winter Sparks exhibition, including artist performances on the opening day will be available on the Winter Sparks page soon.