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LightNight 2017: Step Ladder / Charcoal Heather

Liverpool Biennial presents two new time-based works by Associate Artists Frances Disley and Stephen Sheehan in the impressive setting of St Nick's church for LightNight 2017.

Stephen Sheehan presents Step Ladder, a durational performance for which the artist will climb and descend a ladder at the centre of a continuously revolving train under the rhythmic sound of St Nick's church bells. Sheehan takes the definition of time as his inspiration: "the indefinite continued progress of existence regarded as a whole". The performance takes place between 7.30pm – 9pm and you can drop in any time. 

Frances Disley’s Charcoal Heather / Therma-Sphere Max invites the audience to become immersed in a new artwork – an “expanded painting” – which will emerge in the church. Inspired by mindfulness techniques, the artist will guide you on a sensory journey through the use of texture, smell and sound. The performance starts at 9pm. 

This event is part of the eighth annual LightNight Liverpool, a free one-night arts festival. Visitors of all ages can join in with everything from large-scale light projections and live music to hands-on workshops, dancing, late-opening exhibitions and walking tours. This year’s festival features over 100 free events, all exploring the theme of Time; the past, present and future of the city, its people and the world we live in, as well as the influence of time on scientific discovery. Find out more at


19 May 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm


Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Old Churchyard 
Chapel Street
L2 8TZ 

Free, no booking required