For the first time, Edge Hill’s excellent Metal Culture is an official Biennial partner. And they’re marking their debut with a thrilling series of pop up dinners – allowing you to immerse yourself in a little salon culture, and discuss life, art and hors d’œuvre with artists. A brief encounter on a railway platform with, we hope, a somewhat happier ending.

What’s Happening?

Food, conversation and a warm welcome have always been at the heart of Metal’s ethos to create a cultural space that is inviting and open to all: the hubbub in a cultural hub, you could say.

In response to the theme of The Unexpected Guest and the concept of hospitality as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2012, Metal is serving up all three at Café Valise, its pop-up cafe, when it does just that at Edge Hill station.

Why Should We Come?

Each day at Metal a different artist/chef will dish up lunch and a topic for discussion; hosts include visual artist Gina Czarnecki, actor David Gyasi, stand-up comedian Shaista Aziz and musician (ex Human League) Martyn Ware.

What Shouldn’t We Miss?

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke has been commissioned to provide the welcome, and his specially created poem, ‘Welcome Aboard’, will be played through a moving sculpture in the Metal carriage of the 12.01pm Wigan train from Lime Street as it takes guests to Edge Hill.

Café Valise will also be hosting a number of evening events that incorporate music, film and art to consider the notion of hospitality by exploring aspects of ‘inhospitality’. Oreet Ashery will address how Islam and immigration is portrayed as a threat to Western values of Freedom; Thomas Joshua Cooper will talk about the images he has taken during his twenty-one year project to photograph some of the most inhospitable places on earth using only a box camera; and The Hive Collective join Metal to present an audio-visual night that will evoke the fear of the grotesque that was whipped up during the 1612 Pendle Witch Trials.

Amazing Art Fact

The photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper has been to so many inhospitable and lonely locations he’s actually named three new places on the map – Catherine Rock, LISA Island and Landout point.

Any Special Dates?

John Cooper Clarke ‘Welcome Aboard’ will preview Friday 14th September on the 16.01, 17.01, 18.01 and 19.01 Wigan trains from Lime St station and then daily on the 12.01pm only from Saturday 15th September until Friday 28th September (except Sundays), followed by lunch at Metal. Café Valise will be open from 15th September until 24th November.

‘Party for Freedom’ by Oreet Ashery, Thursday 11th October at 7pm

‘The Pendle Witches: a night of spoken word, music and film’ by The Hive Collective and Metal, Thursday 25th October at 7pm.

‘The Atlas Project’ by Thomas Joshua Cooper, Thursday 8th November at 7pm.

For a full listing of Metal’s Biennial program and to book tickets visit their website.

Both the lunchtime and evening events are free; you just need to buy your train ticket. Places are limited so you’ll need to be an Expected Guest and book with Metal. Quickly.

15 Sept – 23 Nov
Edge Hill Station
Tunnel Road
L7 6ND

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