Category: <span>Outings</span>

Last week I took myself on a day trip to Liverpool. Strangely I’d never been before, despite having visited most of the other major northern cities. Now I’m living in Manchester though, it’s less than an hour and a fairly cheap train-ticket away.


The first thing I did after was arriving was point myself in the direction of the docks so I could get a look at the sea, which has become a bit of a novelty again since I left Brighton. Along the way I battled through people through the busy shopping districts and admired the huge beautiful buildings Liverpool has.



Tate Liverpool:

Five-Man Pedersen by Simon Starling (2003)

Tate Liverpool was the main thing I wanted to see while I was there. It’s one of the galleries/museums they have on the docks and while it’s far smaller than the London-based institutions it’s still well worth a look around. They had two free exhibitions on, the first being a small one of the work of Henri Matisse (I missed the recent large retrospective at Tate Modern so it was nice to see a small taste).

As someone who makes creative work myself I found it comforting to see that many of the works were made in his 50s or beyond. There’s this strange common idea that when it comes to artistic talent, you either have it or you don’t. There’s so much pressure to be great NOW, when in reality most people take many, many years to work on their craft. We shouldn’t let the rare people who get lucky in their 20-somethings fool us into thinking that’s the norm for producing great work.


Untitled photographs by Cindy Sherman (1975) / Portrait of Sophie Brzeska by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1913)

The other free exhibition was a more permanent one called Constellations. These were small collections of works and artists displayed together in clusters, with explanations of the connections between them.

The exhibition on the top floors of the building was Works to Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum, featuring work from the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK. Apparently on the final weekend the physical pieces were replaced by performances of people re-creating them to ‘preserve the memory of the artworks that were once on display’. You probably had to be there that weekend. Otherwise the conceptual side of the curation was a bit lost.


View of the sea from inside Tate.

Food & shops:

I had a late lunch at The Egg Cafe – a vegetarian place not too far from the central train station. I’m not sure if I just picked the wrong thing but I was a bit unimpressed by the food (the sofa hot chocolate was so bitter I had to put 2 packs of sugars in – I never usually add sugar) – it was a cosy place to sit for a while though.

Next up I had a look around News From Nowhere, a really great radical bookshop. There was loads of books I would have loved to take home with me but I stuck to just getting a couple of zines instead – one was an anthology of feminist writings and another was on anarchist approaches to crime and justice (something I have absolutely no knowledge of so it’ll be an interesting read).



I had a look around the galleries in the nearby FACT (Foundation for Art ad Creative Technology). Along with the gallery it hosts a Picturehouse cinema and a really pretty looking cafe full of plants. The exhibition they had on – Follow – was all about social media. The picture above was a wall of fake Instagram accounts, but the rest had such little impact on me that I barely remember any of it.

I had lots of galleries and museums on my map of places to visit but by now they were all starting to close, so after after looking in a few charity shops (and finding a perfect £3 velvet dress) I headed home, fully intending to return soon to check a few more of them off.


Back in August I met up with my friend Holly and took a drive out to Nymans, a National Trust property in West Sussex. After having the picnic we took along with us, sheltered in a gazebo with a lovely view, we walked around the surrounding woodland before the drizzle got too much.











I’ve taken a few trips down the coast to Bexhill over the past month, mostly to visit the De La Warr pavilion, poke around their many (many!) charity and second-hand shops, but also to see the wonderful Neutral Milk Hotel play.

(All these images come from my phone, so excuse the quality)

Currently on at the De La Warr, till September 14th, is an exhibition of New York-based designer Ivan Chermayeff‘s work. Whilst primarily more famed for his corporate branding (having created well known logos – such as the ones for NBC and Mobil), the exhibition focuses on his more personal and playful work, creating collages using cut/torn paper, found objects and rubbish.

At the bottom of the exhibition is a video on loop of him talking about his work for himself – his accent is great.

Check out those rugs.

I love the architecture of the building and surrounding area of the seafront. Above, is the pavilions stairs, and below the building at sunset, covered in NMH fans.

Next to the De La Warr are these great houses with these gardens that faced right onto the beach – I love their staircases.

 On one of the trips I had this amazingly huge and cheap (I can’t remember exactly – but it was less than £6) all-day veggie breakfast at Sadie’s cafe. We also got some nice salads at The Wholesome Cafe.

Bookshops are wonderful. (say hi to Maria!)

Second hand music store where all the tapes and records were £1 each. I decided to leave Even Wolves Dream where I found it but did buy the King & I soundtrack, an Ella Fitzgerald greatest hits, and an En Vogue single on vinyl.