Preview: Art Must-Sees in Museums at Night 2010

Museums at Night is a nationwide campaign running the weekend of May 14-16, organised by Culture24. Here are my picks of the best after-hours activities in the world of contemporary art:

Light Night at the Bluecoat, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Friday May 14

Local musicians with world influences bring rhythms of the night to Bluecoat. Sit in the garden at sundown, check out a craft fair by LOACA.ART or wander through the late-opening show, Global Studio, by Livepool artists with international links. Open 7pm-10pm. Admission free.

Artist’s Residency Open Studio Twilight Visit, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Friday May 14

As dusk falls on Aberystwyth Arts Centre, they celebrate the end of two residencies. Rabab Ghazoul uses text, film and altered-objects to create site specific installations exploring social hierarchies. Peter Williams is a printmaker concerned with relations between the individual and the home. Open 5pm – 9pm. Admission free.

India Noir: LATE, National Portrait Gallery, London, Friday

Visit a completely different timezone at the NPG with a celebration of contemporary Indian culture. Viram Jasani from the Asian Music Network will be programming the regional tunes. A panel will discuss Indian Crime Fiction. And from the artworld, The Singh Twins will talk you through mixing Eastern tradition and Western innovation. Open 6pm-10pm. Admission free.

Artists’ Talks at the Estorick Collection, Estorick, London, Thursday May 13

With a few more hours in the day, this might be a good opportunity to visit one of the world’s best collections of early 20th century Italian art. Check out works by Boccioni, Balla and Carrà and hear from artists featuring in intriguing temporary show Another Country: London Painters in Dialogue with Italian Art. Open until 10pm (artists talks between 7.30pm and 8.30pm). Admission free.

Kenji Yoshida: A Celebration of Life, October Gallery, London, Friday May 14

Yoshida is that rarest of beings, an ex-kamikaze pilot. Find out how the peace-loving painter survived the war and take a look at the deeply felt etchings, calligraphic works and paintings which resulted. Plenty to celebrate at October Gallery. Open until 5.30pm-9pm. Admission free.

10th birthday of Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London, Friday-Sunday May 14-16

After pulling in crowds for 10 years, Tate Modern has more than one excuse to open late. Maurizio Cattelan is among the curators of a free festival in the Turbine Hall which brings together projects from 50 independent art spaces and collectives. With performance, music and film, it could prove as anarchic as any 10-year-old’s party. Open 10am-midnight Friday and Saturday (until 6pm Sunday). Admission free.

Dream Home, Phoenix, Brighton, Friday-Sunday May 14-16

This Open House is less a gallery in someone’s home, more a fabricated home inside an artist-led gallery. Rest assured you can still poke around. Eleven residents include Kim L Pace, Gary Barber, Caitlin Heffernan, Rona Innes and sculptor Ben Thompson.  Open 7pm-9pm. Admission free.
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