Museums at Night May Festival 2017

 

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Museums at Night, the UK’s after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, produced by arts charity Culture24 is back for 2017. Now in its ninth year, the festival will take place in May and in October. Dates for the 2017 festivals are 17 – 20 May and 26 – 28 October respectively.  Bullet PR is proud to have worked with the festival as their retained PR agency for the past 7 years.

During the festival, hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK will open their doors after dark to put on an impressive and diverse array of special night-time events – gallery gigs, art happenings, twilight screenings, all-night sleepovers, nature walks, star gazing or simply to offer the chance to experience some of the UK’s cultural venues, historic houses and museums in a new light.

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There are some fantastic highlights from the upcoming festival – including Fashion and Scandal: 1960’s Archive Night London. From the Profumo affair, to mods and rockers and the cultural, sexual and social revolutions, the National Archive will be showcasing records including those charting the rise of The Beatles, the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Love and the arrest and trial of the Krays. Expect expert talks, performances, music and dancing reflecting some of the biggest events of the decade.

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Full listings of all events can be found at  www.museumsatnight.org.uk

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A History of Fashion in A 100 Objects

Bullet PR is pleased to announce they have been appointed by The Fashion Museum, Bath to manage PR for the launch of a major new exhibition called ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’.

 The exhibition celebrates fashion throughout history, from the 1500s to the present day, showcasing 100 star objects drawn from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection.

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The exhibition will feature garments and fashion accessories that created the look of history or hit the headlines. From a late 1500s ‘blackwork’ embroidered man’s shirt, dating from the time of the Spanish Armada, to a ‘body-con’ Galaxy dress of the early 2000s, a time when the world was facing economic downturn, the exhibition will present iconic and influential garments and accessories spanning five centuries of innovative fashion design.

One of the earliest fashion garments to go on display is an intricately embroidered woman’s jacket worked in coloured silks and glittering metal thread and dating from the time of Shakespeare.

Fast forward over 300 years to another embroidered jacket from 1948, by Paris couturier Lucien Lelong and worn by ‘Gone with the Wind’ star Vivien Leigh.

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Big names of fashion history will feature in the exhibition. Visitors will see gowns by the first fashion designers in history, including the Houses of Worth and Lucile, through to names that are more familiar today, such as Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons and Christopher Kane.

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British designer Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon (1863-1935), was one of the first women’s fashion designers, an astute business woman, and also a Titanic survivor. ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ will feature a Lucile embroidered silk chiffon wedding dress worn by Mabel Chappell on her wedding to Robert Fuller in 1907.

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The exhibition launches on March 19th and runs until January 2018.

 

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Bullet PR is delighted to be working with the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising as it relaunches at a new location in Notting Hill. The new building gives the museum increased exhibition spaces including the revamped Time Tunnel, which reveals the evocative story of the consumer revolution of the twentieth century.

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The museum provides a fascinating insight into how everyday lives have changed over the past 200 years through the evolution of consumer brands. Remember Lyon’s individual fruit pies? Spangles? Watney’s Party Seven? The new look museum will display over 14,000 items of daily life spanning 150 years of British consumer culture.

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Through exhibits showcasing historic and contemporary household packaging, toys, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, fashion and design, a fascinating picture emerges, creating a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. For many, the museum will be an emotional and nostalgic reunion with their past.

The Museum will reopen to the public over the Easter Weekend 25-28th March, 2016, with a whole range of entertaining and engaging activities, including talks, crafts and trails, for all the family.

Museums at Night May festival comes to a close

The Museums at Night festival went off with a bang this May with museums and galleries all over the UK opening up at night-time to put on a dazzling array of events.

We saw a Freedom of Expression night featuring Saul Williams, Tongue Fu and Norman Jay MBE at the British Library, midnight cocktail apothecary sessions at the Brunel Museum, the medieval runs of Tintern Abbey in Wales illuminated  for a special night of star gazing and hundreds of free events taking place across Liverpool as part of the LightNight festival. And of course sleepovers galore!

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Museums at Night is a wonderful celebration of arts, culture and heritage in Britain and the best news? It’s happening again later this year, on October 30th & 31st.

Bullet PR achieved some great coverage for the event with no less than three features in The Guardian and stories running across the nationals in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Evening Standard, The Independent and the Metro. We also secured radio interviews across the country, a story on the BBC Travel Show and a plethora of consumer magazines such as Time Out, online features in publications such as SheerLuxe and hundreds of regional press to boot.

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Gillian Wearing, Yinka Shonibare and Pure Evil announced for Museums at Night Connect! Competition

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The six contemporary artists chosen for Museums at Night’s Connect! competition have been revealed.

Connect! is the national competition that gives members of the public the chance to win a leading contemporary artist to create a unique event at their local museum or gallery during Museums at Night, the UK’s after hours festival of arts, culture and heritage.

Cultural venues now have a five weeks to ‘bid’ for their chosen artist by coming up with a fantastic participatory event idea. The best ideas will be shortlisted by the artist and it’s then up to the public to vote for who goes where.

The winning Connect! events will take place during Museums at Night’s new two-day October festival (October 30/ 31).

Previous participating artists have included Bob & Roberta Smith, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk, Jessica Voorsanger and photographer Rankin. Previous events have included a Grayson Perry teddy-bear hunt around York Museum, New York artist Spencer Tunick photographing 100 nudes on Folkestone beach and Bompas & Parr floating the Bristol’s ss Great Britain on a sea of lime green jelly. In 2014, the Connect! competition attracted more than 62,000 public votes.

Voting for Connect! 2015 will open on May 1 and winning venues will be announced during Museums at Night in May. The public can vote at www.museumsatnight.org.uk

About The Artists:

  • Alinah Azadeh

Alinah Azadeh is a UK artist working across media. Whether a small sculpture or a dialogue with a stranger, her works are rooted in the living and disclosure of personal experiences – which act as a bridge into the work for others to take. Involving the public in acts of gift, ritual and playful exchange, they create dialogue around the nature of loss, longing and our social identities. Installations include; The Bibliomancer’s Dream (2009, South Bank Centre), The Gifts (2010, Bristol Museum) and All Is Not Lost (2014, Museum of Picardy). Burning the Books is a collaborative performance project exploring the power of debt, currently on national tour. www.alinahazadeh.com

  • Davy and Kristin McGuire

The McGuires head an award winning creative studio that designs unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects. Their hybrid art works are delicate, filigree fantasies that are momentarily brought to life through projection mapping and storytelling.

Winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013, Davy & Kristin McGuire‘s work has included theatre productions such as international hit The Ice Book (the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book) which has toured over 13 countries around the world and award winning theatre show The Paper Architect which premiered at The Barbican. www.davyandkristinmcguire.com

  • Gillian Wearing OBE RA

Born in Birmingham in 1963, British artist Gillian Wearing investigates the tensions between public and private, fiction and reality, and the relationship between the artist and the viewer. Her performative photographs and films explore personal revelations, private fantasies, and psychological trauma. Drawing on theatrical techniques, fly-on-the-wall documentaries, and reality TV, her work explores public personas and private lives in an investigation of the way in which we present ourselves to the external world. In 1997 Wearing was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize.

  • Pure Evil

Pure Evil is the name by which Charles Uzzel-Edwards, direct descendent of Sir Thomas More, is known in the contemporary art and street graffiti world.Pure Evil’s art is heavily inspired by skate culture and graffiti artists from the west coast of America and includes the trademark ‘Evil Bunny’ tag. Pure Evil has exhibited globally and also owns and runs the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch, London from which he’s produced over 50 exhibitions for other artists. He has recently been on a mission to complete one piece of street art every day for a year but still finds time to produce a monthly radio show, participate in street art lectures and direct regular workshops. www.pureevilgallery.virb.com

  • Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe.

He is known worldwide for his large-scale public engagement artworks. Most recently his giant installation Park and Slide caught the world’s imagination. His celebrated street pianos installation Play Me, I’m Yours has been presented in over 46 cities so far, reaching an audience to date of over 6 million people around the world. Launched by the French Minister of Culture in Paris and Mayor Bloomberg in NYC, the installation has received press coverage across the globe. www.lukejerram.com

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE

Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960s the material became a new sign of African identity and independence.

Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004. Other notable work has included Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, which was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square from 2010 -2012 – it was the first commission by a black British artist and is now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Shonibare has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and his works are included in prominent collections all over the world. www.yinkashonibarembe.com

Museums at Night To Take Place Twice a Year

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After a bumper year in 2014, Museums at Night – the UK’s annual night-time festival of arts, culture and heritage – will now take place twice a year– in May and October.

The May festival will now run over four days, from Wednesday May 13 until Saturday May 16, while a second festival, lasting two days, will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31.

Now in its seventh year, Museums at Night offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way. The festival sees hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK opening their doors after hours to put on an array of special events. The festival has experienced phenomenal growth during the past few years, attracting 180,000 visits to 700 events in more than 500 venues across the country in 2014.

http://www.museumsatnight.org.uk

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Did you know that Henry VIII enjoyed a kick-about with his mates, back when football was a game of ‘beastly fury and extreme violence’? Or that with a quick rummage around your kitchen cupboards, under the guidance of museum scientists, you’ll find all you need to make an erupting volcano? Did you know there’s a huge stuffed walrus with its own Twitter account living in a museum in London?

Show Me, set to become the ‘go to’ website for children and young people looking to discover and learn about the weird and wonderful world of museums, galleries and archives across the UK, will be launched on Monday, May 19th. The site showcases a fascinating range of stories, artworks, objects, games, films, apps and days out listings to inspire and ignite young imaginations.

Here is a sneak preview of what the site will look like.

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Show Me is also a guide to the best family-friendly museums across the UK, featuring information on the latest events and exhibitions for family days out.

Show Me will be working in partnership with the Bafta-winning Culture Street team who specialise in making short films and interactives for and with children and young people. Culture Street brings a selection of the collection objects featured on Show Me to life in a brand new series of short films about collection objects chosen by children on museum visits. The children take viewers with them around the museum, asking curators the questions we’d all like to ask.

www.Show.Me.Uk  will feature:

  • Hundreds of museum games and learning resources
  • Zoomable, high quality pictures of collection objects from a range of museums
  • Culture Street’s films and interactives on key collection objects
  • ‘Make & Do’ guides – from volcanoes to Roman togas and wartime carrot fudge
  • Behind-the-scenes info and stories from the world of museums
  • What’s on guide – venue & listings info on family-friendly UK museums and galleries
  • Homework help for kids and supporting resources for teachers.

Show Me is edited by Anra Kennedy, Content and Partnership Director at Culture24 and a trustee of both campaigning charity Kids in Museums – www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk – and GEM, the Group for Education in Museums – www.gem.org.uk.

Here is a sneak preview of what the site will look like.

 

To explore museum content for children and young people please visit www.show.me.uk and www.culturestreet.org.uk .