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8 Must-See Exhibitions in Liverpool in 2017

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 1 May 2017
Liverpool is one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe, and 2017 is just as strong as any other year for its versatile calendar of exhibitions. Read on to discover eight exhibitions you must see in the Merseyside city this year.

RIBA North: 17th June onwards

Set to open on Liverpool’s stunning waterfront this summer, RIBA North is a brand new architectural centre, with a range of exhibitions and facilities to discover all about architecture. RIBA North’s debut exhibition is Liverpool (e): Mover Shaker Architectural Risk Taker, which is set to feature items from the RIBA Collections which have never been seen by the public before. Also on display is a 3-D digital model of Liverpool which should be worth the trip alone!

Sgt. Pepper At 50: May 25 – June 16

The Beatles‘ iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 this year, and the city of Liverpool is set to celebrate with 13 unique events, each one mirroring a track from the album itself. Whether it’s a Mr Kite’s Music Circus at Aintree Racecourse or Pepperland, an hour long dance show by Mark Morris Dance Group, there’s something for everyone here. Some events are even free, so you’ve got no excuse!

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band | © badgreeb RECORDS / Flickr

Edo Pop – Japanese Prints: May 26 – September 27

From May 26th, Liverpool’s Lady Lever Art Gallery welcomes a tantalising collection of wood block prints depicting the culture and characteristics of 19th century Japan. 50 colourful prints are on loan from local collector Frank Milner and won’t be around for too long, so act quick!

LightNight 2017: May 19

Presented by Liverpool Biennial, LightNight is a duo of time-based works set in the picturesque grounds of St. Nick’s Church. The first, entitled Step Ladder, is a time sensitive performance in which the artist will climb and descend upon a ladder at the centre of a revolving train while St Nick’s bells chime. Frances Disley’s Charcoal Heather/Therma-Sphere Max sees the artist guide church attendees through a sensual journey of of touch, smell and sound in the form of an expanded painting.

A previous LightNight exhibition
A previous LightNight exhibition | © Ruth/Flickr

Culture Shifts – Global: April 7 – June 19

Until 19th June, Open Eye Gallery is home to Culture Shifts: Global, an exhibition which focuses on the ever-changing landscapes of Liverpool and Hong Kong through a photographer’s lens. The exhibition is part of LOOK/17: Liverpool International Photography Festival.

Alphonse Mucha – In Quest of Beauty: June 16 – October 29

One of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style made him stand out from the crowd. In this exhibition at Walker Art Gallery, Mucha’s artistic beauty influence is explored in more than 100 works of art on display, including the artist’s poster designs which are synonymous with the movement.

Waverley Cycles by Alphonse Mucha
Waverley Cycles by Alphonse Mucha | © MCAD Library/Flickr

Black Salt: September 29, 2017 – August 2018

In a series of rare photographs, Black Salt tells the tale of the contribution made by Black seafarers to the British maritime — making it fitting that this exhibition is to be held at the the Merseyside Maritime Museum. This exhibition is based on the book of the same name by Dr Ray Costello.

Portraying a Nation, Germany 1919-1933: June 23 – October 15

In this rare collection of portraits by painter Otto Dix (1891-1969) and photographer August Sander (1876-1964), the harsh realism of life in Germany between the two world wars are exhibited at Tate Liverpool, situated on the Albert Docks.

Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool | © Tony Hisgett/Flickr