After months and months of planning, Museums at NIght, the annual nighttime festival of arts, heritage and culture, takes place this week – from Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17, 2014.
Over 500 museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK will be opening up after dark to put on a dazzling array of special events: From unique literary talks in castles to star gazing in historic houses; sleepovers in palaces to city-wide culture crawls, the Museums at Night festival offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way.
Highlights taking place include Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry playing teddy bear hide and seek at Yorkshire Museum, celebrated photographer Spencer Tunick travelling down from New Jersey to Folkestone to photograph 125 individual nudes on Folkestone beach and photographer Rankin turning his lens from celebrity to the allotment holders of St Ann’s Allotments, the oldest and largest allotments in the UK.
Many of the UK’s cities, including Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Gateshead and Bristol, will be holding city wide cultural festivities, with arts venues, galleries, shops, pubs and bars all taking part in one big cultural mash-up.
At Bullet PR we are lucky enough to be covering both Grayson Perry and Rankin’s events – excited is an understatement!
BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz will present a special programme from Museums at Night at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 17 May, 7pm on BBC Two, with additional coverage of the festival on bbc.co.uk/arts from May 15.
There are nearly 700 events confirmed now. Have a browse around the website to find something you fancy.
www.museumsatnight.org.uk @MuseumsatNight #MatN2014
Grayson Perry -Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro