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LightNight 2021

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
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Explore the galleries after hours, with a chance to see new immersive artworks as part of Liverpool Biennial as well as a collection of new and recent works by Liverpool-based artist, Kiara Mohamed. In Gallery 1, experience Black Obsidian Sound System’s (B.O.S.S) new installation The Only Good System is a Soundsystem (2021), a club-like space of collective pleasure and healing, or in Gallery 2, encounter Zheng Bo’s sensual examination of queerness through the use of plants and natural landscapes. Don’t miss artist and filmmaker Kiara Mohamed’s solo exhibition Soft Boys in Foyer Gallery, which comprises a collection of intimate short films exploring what it means to be human through intersections of race, gender, sexuality and self-care.

To celebrate the reopening and welcome you back, DJ sets by members of B.O.S.S will be streamed across the galleries and building. For those who aren’t ready to visit yet or who are unable to, you can also stream the sets live and enjoy the mix from the comfort of their own home.

To watch the DJ set from home, simply click here at 19:00 on 21 May 2021 or follow us on MixCloud via the link below.


Sparrow sculpture Heavy Gardening Something and Son

For LightNight, we have teamed up with dot-art, Open Eye Gallery and First Take to launch Heavy Gardening – a trail of seven new artworks, sited along the Baltic Corridor from Wapping Street to Bold Street, produced by artist Andrew Merrit of Something & Son.

Transforming small pieces of public infrastructure to make them useful for other species, Heavy Gardening is based on the idea of ‘gardening the city’. The outdoor sculptures will use tools and equipment usually reserved for human-centric infrastructures, such as billboards and drainage, to create space and shelter for other species.

Start your trail at FACT by visiting The Sparrows Nest, also known as Venting Your Sorrows, which can be found on Fleet Street. The monolithic-shaped sculpture transforms FACT's vent ducting system into a home for sparrows. Follow the trail around the city and don't forget to scan the QR codes to watch short films created with local communities.

The URBAN Greenup project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 730426.


This event is part of LightNight, Liverpool’s free one-night arts festival.

LightNight invites audiences to stay up late, as our museums, galleries and studios throw open their doors to stage a free trail of special events for all ages, exploring the theme of Play.

Over 75 special events will take place in-person and online including hands-on workshops, exhibitions, tours, talks, installations and much more.

Produced by local social enterprise Open Culture, this year’s festival explores how Play can offer a space to create, re-imagine and find novel solutions to global problems.

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