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The Atkinson: LS Lowry and Theodore MajorFrom 10 January 2015

Both LS Lowry and Theodore Major were fascinated with the lives of ordinary working people and used their art to comment on everyday life in the industrial north, but one went on to become one of the UK’s most celebrated painters, whilst the other fell into virtual obscurity. Why?

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Best of January 2015

Open Eye Gallery: Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
From 22 January
In 1945, post-war Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation. In the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power. This new exhibition reflects on the turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading Japanese photographers.

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FACT: Type MotionUntil 8 February 2015

Type Motion continues at FACT with an exciting programme of events this January. Documentary PressPausePlay questions whether democratized culture means better art, whilst unique free panel event discusses the opportunities, drawbacks and possibilities of designing type for display on screens. Make sure to catch the exhibition before it closes too.

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Walker Art Gallery: The Gang: Photographs by Catherine OpieUntil 15 February 2015

The exhibition comprises both striking black and white and colour photographs taken from 1987 to 2012. The subjects are mostly Opie’s friends from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community. The body of work is at times explicit and challenging in its content, but also playful and intimate.

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Walker Art Gallery: Liverpool Urban Sketchers3 January 2015
10am, Free

Liverpool Urban Sketchers will be meeting at the Cafe in the Walker and then going out (weather permitting!) to draw the city. There are no fees, no memberships needed to take part – just turn up and enjoy some drawing!

The meeting point for the next class will be on 7 February at Home in Liverpool One.

the Bluecoat: Listening
From 24 January 2014

A conversation between an e-cigarette and pat of butter, the seductive call of sirens, and the unique sound of South Korea’s female pearl divers all feature in Listening. Presenting the work of 17 international artists Listening is ambitious in its curatorial approach, orchestrating the works so that visitors are guided through the exhibition where works are allowed to ‘speak’ in turn. Highlights include Hannah Rickards’ Thunder, a clap of thunder that has been stretched in duration and aurally dissected, recreated by musicians and morphed back into a thunderclap.

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Williamson: Behind the Mask
From 24 January

Photographer Andy Gotts has captured portraits of famous faces across the globe from Wirral’s own Daniel Craig and Glenda Jackson, to American stars such as Robert De Niro. Enjoy a music-filled preview of the exhibition on 22 January at the gala event – tickets available now.

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Museum of Liverpool: Now+then: Three Decades of HIV in MerseysideUntil 8 February 2015

Now+then uncovers Merseyside’s journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day, through personal stories. The installation explores how local people and communities have responded to HIV and the prejudice and discrimination that still exist today.

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Liverpool Empire: Edward Scissorhands27 – 31 January 2015

Based on the classic Tim Burton film, this touching love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy with only scissors for hands. Edward must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well-meaning community struggle to see past his appearance to the gentleness within.

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