Sometimes, when you’re making something, you get a bit lost. Your ideas dry up or seem rubbish and you feel like all sense of creativity has packed up and left on the last train out of Lime Street. Well, we know of a few little hidden gems in this wonderful city of ours that can help you come ‘unstuck’. And so, we have decided to put together a little list of our 5 best places to go and find inspiration for artists of all shapes and sizes. Check them out…
Dr Seuss once said; “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” So, in theory, if I do enough reading, I’ll be on that all-inclusive week in Cancun in no time. If you’re one of those people that is yet to go to Liverpool’s iconic Central Library you need to click the x in the top right of your screen, put your coat on and get a jog on, you might catch it before it closes. When it comes to looking for spaces that give you inspiration, we couldn’t think of anywhere we’d rather start. Open 9am – 8pm on weekdays, Central Library is definitely a quiet and picturesque haven you can enjoy, all whilst doing some research or just pretending you’re Harry Potter trying to find a clue with Ron & Hermoine. For more information head to your local library.
Everyman Writers Room
Calling all thespians… Did you know that the Everyman have a secret room where all your Theatre dreams come to life? A space filled to the brim with scripts of old and new. The Writers’ Room is a quiet space to escape for a few hours to work on your current play or dip into their extensive script library. You can bring your own laptop or book in advance to use one of their computers. The Writers’ Room is open from 10am-10pm and you can book morning, afternoon and/or evening slots throughout the week, excluding Thursday evenings and Sundays. Sessions are completely free and you can book as many as you like up to a week in advance. You can just turn up on the day and see if there’s space but we’d recommend you give them a call and book. Contact the Everyman Box Office on 0151 709 4776.
Everyone remembers their first visit to FACT. I remember going to see ‘Labyrinth’ in the box, days after Bowie died and crying like a baby during the Magic Dance. “The power of the voodoo. Who do? You do!” Luckily, since then I’ve had many a happy memory in what is such a HUB for visual creativity in our city. Wedged firmly in between a delicious Mexican restaurant and well, the Swan Inn, FACT stands out as a modern base for new creative work. Whether it be new film, art instillations or coffee and a cake, this place does it all. If you’re looking for some inspiration for a project you’re working on, why not check out their website and see what they’ve got coming up? https://www.fact.co.uk/
British Music Experience
Tucked away in the ground floor of the iconic Cunard building, the British Music experience offers a safe homage for all muso’s. If you’re looking for musical inspiration, this is the spot for you. Telling the story of British music through costumes, instruments and memorabilia from some of our Countries most influential and innovative acts. And it doesn’t end there… The British Music Experiences homes on of our favourite hidden gems this city has to offer, the ‘Gibson Interactive Studio. Here you can find electric, acoustic and bass guitars, including Les Pauls, SGs and 355s as well as Roland drums, synthesisers and keyboards. Regardless of your age or ability, the studio allows you to plug in and play any of the instruments. You can learn new songs via video lessons and even sing your heart out in the vocal booth. Looking for somewhere to practice your karaoke? I know where I’m heading… “Power of the Voodoo. Who do? You do!” Give them a call today on 0151 519 0915 or visit www.britishmusicexperience.com for more information.
Our fifth and final spot is TATE Liverpool. Situated on Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock, TATE is naturally surrounded by inspiration. It is safe to say that this building oozes mind blowing creativity and art that will make you question, understand and then question again. TATE Liverpool is home to a collection of British Art and international modern and contemporary art. Entry is free, but some special exhibitions can have a small entry fee. If it is inspiration you’re looking for, TATE is rich with comments on current social and political issues. An incredible space where ideas and thoughts are manifested into visuals and interactive activities. Visit their website to see what exciting exhibitions they have coming up; https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool
And so, they were our top 5 places to find inspiration in this wonderful city we call home. If you have any secret spaces, please let us know and we’ll be sure to check them out!
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