Liverpool is making me fall back in love and this is why

"I love this city"
-Credit: (Image: Megan Banner)

Liverpool newcomer Megan Banner has been documenting her discoveries as she experiences life in the city with fresh eyes. Her latest discovery is Liverpool's thriving arts scene....

One thing I have noticed since moving to Liverpool is how creative and arty the city is.

Ever since I was a kid I have loved drawing, painting or anything that means being creative - not sure my mum loved it so much when she found me drawing on her walls, oops. I went on to study art and even got a degree in the arts, but found myself forgetting my hobby existed in recent years.

That was until I moved to Liverpool. The city is bursting with art everywhere you look, from murals on the side of red-bricked buildings and commissioned artworks, that brighten up what would be dull bars and restaurants without them, to thriving galleries and art exhibitions in quirky little hotspots. And the fashion is incredible - it's kind of hard not to find your creative self living here.

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On just one miserable and rainy Thursday I managed to let that creativity flow and found two art exhibitions to check out. Well I can't lie I have to give the credit to my housemate who found them, but I tagged along!

We met in Cafe Tabac on Bold Street after work, it's a 1974 café known for American-style breakfast, burgers and drinks with an "arty, intimate vibe" - see, even the bars describe themselves as arty - but more importantly, two for £12 cocktails and they make a delightful spicy margarita - you must check it out.

After definitely more than one round of those cocktails we headed up to Liverpool John Moores University to the first arty event of the night. Each year the level three art students host their own exhibition - it was fab! As an ex-art student myself I absolutely loved it, and it was a great way to meet people who, like me, aren't from the city and want to make friends.

I love how creative the city is
I love how creative the city is -Credit:Megan Banner

There were rooms full of different artwork, from stunning paintings to quirky sculptures and so much more, it inspired me to get back into my love of art - or even pick up my camera and do some photography. The free bar also made for an added bonus to the night.

But if one exhibition wasn't enough to make me fall even deeper in love with the city, we headed to Lark Lane. The Lane is FULL of quirky, arty, and creative venues - with everything from boutique cafes and spaces bringing all kinds of people together - it's one of the many reasons I love this part of the city. And last night made me fall even harder.

We stumbled (too much wine at this point) into Experiment 625, which was exhibiting people's artwork. There was loads to see - and they had a DJ on too, you know just to make this miserable Thursday night EVEN better. We danced, drank more wine, then woke up with a banging headache in the morning. And that is exactly why I love this city, it throws all my favourite things in life into one evening.

Moving to Liverpool opened up my eyes to the hobby I had lost and has made me fall back in love with art. I can't wait to get back in touch with it, with more nights like this. It is such a good way to chat to people with similar hobbies - everyone is so nice and friendly. There are always little evenings like this is Liverpool's many venues - they're so easy to find too.

This city and my friends are making me fall back in love with everything, and I LOVE it. I can't wait to see more of its exciting art scene.

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