The fine art of a night out drinking

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'Paint Nite' at Frederiks. Pic © Lindsay Burgess

‘Paint Nite’ at Frederiks. Pic © Lindsay Burgess

Drinkers and art lovers hit the canvas at the launch of a new themed night out in town called ‘Paint Nite’.

The US-inspired painting craze came to Liverpool’s Frederiks bar in Hope Street this week, attracting budding painters to display their artistic talents.

Graduate and fine art photographer, Lindsay Burgess, became the first Paint Nite licensee in the country after taking part in the alternative activity whilst holidaying in New York last year. Lindsay told JMU Journalism: “When I was doing it I kept thinking this needs to be in the UK.”

The idea of Paint Nite is to ‘Drink Creatively’. After purchasing a ticket, participants spend two hours drinking, socialising and painting a canvas with step-by-step guidance. All equipment is provided and food and drink can be ordered at discounted prices for those attending.

Each week, participants will recreate a different painting and submit their work to an archive store which the group can use. Mrs Burgess said: “I hope to include Liverpool landmarks like the Liver Building and maybe some Beatles-related art.”

'Paint Nite' at Frederiks. Pic © Lindsay Burgess

‘Paint Nite’ at Frederiks. Pic © Lindsay Burgess

Lindsay said her US partners were excited to bring Paint Nite to Merseyside, telling JMU Journalism: “It’s a very artistic place and I think it’s going to do amazing here. The Liverpool crowd were very entertaining, had a fantastic nature and were really great with banter.

“The launch night has been amazing, it’s been completely engaging. Everyone has loved it the response has been better than I thought it would be.”

The next event for Paint Night will be held on Wednesday 28th January at Frederiks, with tickets costing £45 and it is open to anyone over the age of 18 but no artistic experience is necessary.

About Amy Hendrie, JMU Journalism