Don’t you hate it when you earmark an exhibition for a few weeks down the line, only to kick yourself when you realise you’ve missed the damn thing? Well of course you do – it’s a fundamentally annoying mistake.

New Year means a fruitless gym membership, the remainder of selection boxes and a weary trudge back to work for many of us – but in the arts it’s a time of endings and renewal: put simply there are plenty of things out there to catch before they’re gone for a year, a few years or possibly forever.

Luckily we’re here to flag them up, because it’s a real shame that these Autumn-days shows don’t find a wider audience. So, this is your final warning – your last chance to see the Tate’s intriguing Tracing The Century exhibition, 2012’s John Moores Painting Prize entries, a couple of fascinating things you might have missed first time around and 007’s latest outing.

No excuses!

John Moores Painting Prize 2012

Now a Big Deal in the British art world and a centrepiece of the Biennial, the John Moores Painting Prize British art world and is a major part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Supposedly representing the best in contemporary painting, the prize brings together the 2012 entrants – several dozen of ’em.

The eventual winner – Sarah Pickstone’s Stevie Smith and the Willow – certainly divided opinion (keep an eye out for the viewer’s choice, Elizabeth Magill’s Sighting ((pictured, top)), too), but you have to see it in the, er, paint to form a real opinion of it. You got three days and counting…

Walker Art Gallery
Until Sunday 6 January 2013

Curator’s Tour – Edward Chambre Hardman

OK, technically this covers an exhibition that runs until February – the OPen Eye’s retrospective of Edward Chambre Hardman’s landscapes.

But to see the accompanying curator’s talk you’ll have to get your backside into gear – booking is essential for this talk with curator Julia García Hernández and former Open Eye Director Peter Hagerty.

A 1980 exhibition curated by the latter on the Liverpool photographer not only brought Hardman’s catalogue to public attention, but saved it from destruction.

Book on 0151 236 6768 or click here

Open Eye Gallery
12.30PM, 25 January

The Scenic Route

This exhibition features prints and etchings by John Brunsdon accompanied by jewellery inspired by the themes of Brunsdon’s art. His art reflects on how the built environment contrasts with natural landscapes.

All of the jewellery presented is sourced from ‘makers’ – craftspeople whose work is exhibited and sold by the Bluecoat Display Centre.

Bluecoat Display Centre
Until Sunday 13 January 2013

31 years 31 prints – A Retrospective

This exhibition of Peter Dover’s snapshots of landscapes over the last 31 years is coming to a close at Liverpool’s Hope’s Cornerstone Gallery.

How man interacts with – and affects – the environment is at the heart of this exhibition, which uses a number of media and styles. Dover is the Fine Art Programme Leader at Hope University.

The Cornerstone Gallery
Until 18 January 2013

Tracing The Century: Drawing As A Catalyst For Change

Every journey starts with a footstep, and all art starts with drawing – so it seems entirely reasonable that the Tate should choose to examine this overlooked discipline (read our review). There’s a loose narrative here – how the figurative and the abstract co-relate – but the exhibition can be enjoyed simply as a lot of impressive drawing, spending on how much effort you want to put in.

There’s an impressive selection of artists represented here – from Cezanne and Picasso to Hockney, Bacon, Emin and Warhol; but it’s the anatomical sketches that are the stand-out pieces here.

In the Wolfson Gallery is a new exhibition by Matt Saunders showing light projected through silver gelatin prints – it’s your last chance to see this one too.

NB. The excellent This is Sculpture exhibition ends on 30 June this year, four years since it opened. So, plenty of weekends to make it yet – just a friendly warning.

Tate Liverpool
Until 20 January 2013

Racing For Gold / A Sporting Celebration

Still nostalgic for the Olympics? You might do worse than take in the Maritime Museum’s exhibition of racing craft. One commemorates Sir Steve Redgrave’s first Olympic gold; another is a Merlin-Rocket racing dinghy much used in Liverpool; a third is the vintage Clipper-class dinghy Spindrift.

The accompanying photographic exhibition on the Border Agency’s role in the Olympic Games – A Sporting Celebration – is also winding up.

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Until 20 January 2013


Well, it’s probably just about your last chance to see Daniel Craig’s monosyllabic Bond grumping up the silver screen for a while.

With the news that Skyfall has just done $1bn worth of business we expect there’ll be quite an audience for this screening at the Phil’s excellent organ-rising-from-the-ground film night. What we wouldn’t give for a spot of Octopussy, mind…

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
7.30pm, Wednesday 9 January

Top image – detail from Sighting by Elizabeth Magill; second image The Copse by E Chambre Hardman; bottom image Anatomical Study, Male Torso 1906 by William Orpen

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