Explore the road less travelled this October; for those who are looking for alternative culture that doesn’t orbit Halloween here are some things you should consider this month.

Tate Liverpool: Illustrating Futures

 

 

Need a break from studying? Look after your mental health this week by visiting the Tate’s and Comics Youth’s Illustrating Futures. An interactive exhibition that addresses positive mental awareness and mental health issues.

The exhibition explores new and creative methods for expressing negative energy and using it to make something creative in a relaxed and social environment.

It is free and is open to people from all ages, so you could meet some new friends along the way too.

Open Eye Gallery: Cultural Shifts

Whilst you’re by the waterfront take a look at The Open Eye Gallery, an independent and nonprofit photography display room. They exhibit varieties of photography and its power to tell stories, connect people and reflect on society through creativity.

Culture Shifts is a series of photo stories reflecting identity across Liverpool. So if you’re new to the city or just want to get to know it a little better, come and take a look at some of its residents and their stories.

The Royal Standard: Notes on Queerness

For an alternative from the Tate and the Walker, try the Royal Standard, an independent artist led gallery based in The Baltic Triangle that knits together a diverse mix of local, national and international artists, offering opportunities for emerging artists with fresh ideas.

Notes on Queerness is just that, it provides a platform for LGBT voices whilst exploring themes including personal and sexual identities. The exhibition features a range of sculptures, performances, readings and more.

If this sounds interesting, opening night is the 26th of October. There are also a series of events following this such as a drag cabaret evening with cocktails and a screening from ‘Sitcom Series’ by Emily Pope that you could take a look at.

Baltic triangle: Street art gallery

If art galleries aren’t your thing, then explore the purest form of art that is graffiti on Jamaica Street. Or for all budding liver birds get photos at Paul Curtis’ increasingly popular angel wings.

Embark on a hunt for the next Banksy, search and speculate for yourself which ones are real or fake. Why not go and have a drink in one of the many bars or restaurants nearby, you will be spoilt for choice in the creative quarter.

FACT: Liverpool Pride & Flis Mitchell

Join FACT for an evening and explore the notion of the femme fatale from the angelic virgin to the monstrous feminine within literature and film. Challenge the roles of the archetypal women with readings from the artist Flis Mitchell and her guests. And explore the fictional role of women in horror genre as well as real life horror with the crimes of Myra Hindley.