City galleries and museums the place to be this Friday

LONDONDERRY’S galleries and museums will be the place to be this Friday, September 21, with special extended opening hours to celebrate Culture Night.

Derry City Council’s Senior Economic Development Officer, Tony Monaghan said that this year’s programme is aimed at encouraging people to visit places that they may not ordinarily think of visiting.

“Culture Night is all about highlighting what our city has to offer. We have some wonderful galleries and cultural attractions in the city and we are hoping that this programme will entice people out to experience what they have on offer.

“The Tower Museum, Museum of Free Derry and Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall excellently depict our city’s unique and varied history, so it’s really all about coming out and getting to know the city’s cultural landscape that little bit better. Culture Nights will also help to stimulate the evening economy by attracting people into the City providing and opportunity to visit local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars,” he said.

The city’s numerous galleries are hosting a wonderful range of artistic exhibitions, which should have something for everyone.

The Centre for Contemporary Art’s Contours of Common exhibition will radiate from their satellite space in the Craft Village and is set to provide an alternative guide to the city highlighting permanent public artworks and written histories.

Lovers of sculpture and fine art should make their way to Cowley Cooper Fine Art on Shipquay street where almost 200 paintings and portforlios of 60 artists can be viewed.

The Waterside Theatre’s Cascade Gallery are hosting an exhibition by Scottish artist Peter Tudhope whilst Shipquay Gallery will host a vast range of paintings for all tastes and budgets.

The Gordon Gallery will host a private viewing of an exhibition by Melita Denaro. Entitled ‘On Home Ground’ the exhibition will consist of 26 paitings from near her home on the Isle of Doagh, Co. Donegal.

The city’s museums will also be a hive of activity this Friday as they host a series of complementary events. The Cultural Treasure Trail will start from the Tower Museum from 5pm – 9pm where participants will be treated to an evening of fun whilst taking in the unique arts, cultural and historical sites of the city. Admission to the Tower Museum is free for Culture Night so come along and visit the permanent exhibitions – The Story of Derry/ An Armada Shipwreck - La Trinidad Valencera – or why not spice up your life and take in the visiting Spiceworld Exhibition, celebrating the success of the Spice Girls.

The Museum of Free Derry, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and Freemasons Hall will also be opening for Culture Night with a range of tours and historical exhibitions running late into the evening.

The Cow Parade continues to moo-ander through Ebrington Square and from 3 – 8pm the Square will come alive with characters from the city’s rich history and special treats for the children with magic, puppet and clown shows.

However this is really just a quick overview of what will be available on Culture night as don’t forget there will be live music, fashion, workshops and dance too. So pick up a programme or view www.derrycity.gov.uk/culturenight for more information.