Object of Dreams Issue 5
This issue is bigger than ever, with interviews with various photographers in the feature on the Liverpool Photography Festival Look 11, we also choose the best bands to watch at Liverpool Sound City. The fashion shoots are more beautiful than ever with colour clashing and featuring the future designers to graduate from LJMU. A bumper issue for the summer.
OBJECT OF DREAMS Culture Art Fashion ISSUE FIVE Editor's Note This year we celebrated our first birthday of the first issue coming out, and in July it will be two years since we first thought, `oh yeah, let's start a magazine!.' In the last three months we've had our very successful and totally awesome first birthday party at Mello Mello and our first ever art exhibition at View 2 Art Gallery. It's been a hell of a ride, but we couldn't have done it without the support of so many different people and contributors who have worked with us. So, we're looking forward to all the festivals this year, a Sound City binge, catch us at any point in Mello Mello, going to see the happiest man in pop David Guetta at Creamfields, dancing it up to our childhood heroes Pulp in London and of course, working on the next issue of Object of Dreams. So, raise your Sailor Jerry to our biggest issue yet. Dina and Louise x Contents 04 // WE LIKE/ WE LOVE 08 // PHOTOGRAPHY AS `A CALL TO ACTION' 08 14 // COLOUR CLASH 20 // CREATIVE WOMEN 23 // DIGITAL FASHION 24 // ART PROFILES - FEATURING SUE SKITT & RIA FELL 26 // CLASS OF 2011 31 // FASHION INSIDERS 14 32 // FROM UNIVERSITY TO THE JOB CENTRE 34 // FACEBOOK REVOLUTION 35 // ARTIST COMMUNE 36 // LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 37 // LIGHTNIGHT 38 // LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY 40 // MUGSTAR INTERVIEW 24 41 // SOUND OF GUNS INTERVIEW 42// PLEASE THE EARS AND PLEASE DON'T! 44 // OUT OF THE PAGES ART EXHIBITON AND 1ST BIRTHDAY GIG 46 // FOOD FOR THOUGHT Editor Dina Karim (firstname.lastname@example.org) 26 Creative Director Louise Dalrymple (email@example.com) Contributors Words// Dina Karim, Monique Agar, Alexander Court, Sebastian Gahan, Marc Glaysher, Chris Hogg, Jason Pierre, Kenn Taylor, Richard Wilkie-Riley Illustration// Anthony Jaycott Photography// Matthew Thomas, Gary Lornie, David Angel, David Smyth, Rob McGrory, Mark McNulty, Siobhan Kerrigan(Photographer's ass.), Pete Carr, Stephanie de Leng, Stephen King, Ian Berry, Charlie Charlton, Ricky Adam Fashion// Louise Dalrymple (Fashion Styling) Alex Johnson (Stylist's ass.) Kate Smith (Make up artist) Lara White (Make up artist) Anna Chong @ Hooka (Hair stylist) Design// Heather Mc Gill, Louise Dalrymple, Dina Karim, Siobhan Kerrigan 44 Thanks Impact Models Agency, Emily Howles @ John Lewis, Holly Stewart @ Topshop, Boudoir Boutique, Gypsophilla, Mello Mello, Jamie @ View 2 Gallery, Mark McNulty, The Big House, Don't Drop The Dumbells, Richard Wilkie-Riley, Hooka, Antler Studios, Sebastain Gahan, Matthew Thomas. Reach a new audience by advertising in Object of Dreams magazine. We have the lowest advert prices in Liverpool and distribute across Merseyside. Contact enquiries@object of dreams.co.uk. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the publication. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or resold without prior written consent of the publisher. All opinions expressed are those of the writers and advertisers and not necessarily those of Object of Dreams magazine. Object of dreams does NOT advocate the killing of animals solely for fashion. Objects of Dreams recognises all copyrights contained in this issue. The use of images in Issue 4 page 8, entitled The Wild Swans were courtsey of Gary Lornie. www.objectofdreams.co.uk www.facebook.com/object.of.dreams.magazine We LIKE/ We LOVE THE BIG FELLAH Liverpool Playhouse 17 - 21 May New York 1972. Michael Doyle, a young fireman, joins the IRA. Soon his Bronx apartment is overrun with a fast-quipping Irish killer; a beautiful woman who he really mustn't fall in love with; and charismatic boss David Costello, the "Big Fellah" himself. Over three turbulent decades their lives veer from farce to deadly danger. Critics' Choice "Full of wild, dark humour" The Guardian. Tickets: �12.50 CLARE MCCULLOCH www.claremccullock.co.uk Clare McCullock is an independent fashion designer attracting a loyal following of women with a discerning eye for beautiful unique objects. Many of the garments can be worn in several ways, taking you right through from day to evening. Many of the designs fit one size (6-14), garments can be draped, belted, gathered or turned back to front to fit perfectly. Stockists: Elle 17, Aigburth, and Toffee Boutique, Maghull. AMY LOUISE KEATING FLOWER HEADBANDS Boudoir Boutique, Cavern Walks DOT ART POP UP SHOP Metquarter, opposite Cafe Rouge 2 - 4 June Metquarter is joining forces with dot-art to launch an exclusive Pop-Up Art Shop. Shoppers will be able to buy original work created by artists from across the region. Some of the highlights include the street scenes of Gary Beach and joyful explorations of colour and light by Sue LeMasurier. Amy Louise Keating's range of flower head bands are handmade from beautiful, vintage velvet rose flowers such as violas, dogwood roses, forget-me-nots, hydrangeas and delphiniums. These romantic crowns come in a range of colours from nuetral pinks, yellows and ivories to luscious greens, plums and magentas. These gorgeous hair pieces, inspired by Woodstock 1969, are perfect, for music festivals and wedding this summer. �10 �25. Dot-art 4 is an art gallery and consultancy based in Liverpool. RENE MAGRITTE: THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE COMPETITION YELLOWMAN & THE SAGITTARIUS BAND The Picket 13 May As part of Light Night, Oye have announced Jamaican Reggae legend, Yellowman will be back for one night. With a career spanning 30 years, he made his name by inverting the abuse often inflicted on his albino condition in Jamaica and tales of sexual prowess, winning audiences over with his sharp, humorous lyrics and infectious riddims. Also music from Eat Your Greens Sound System. Tickets: �10 adv. from www.africaoye.com/tandt Enter competition to win a free Tate Liverpool 24 June - 17 Oct Ren� Magritte (1898 to 1967) is one of the DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION Nation, Wolstenholme Square 21 May `Dedicated Follower of Fashion' aims to mix Liverpool's fashions and music in a diverse and unique performance. The LIPA student show are going to have three styles throughout the show - high street, boutique and vintage and cast male and female models from Liverpool universities and colleges. Proceeds will go to Claire House Children's Hospice. Tickets: �5, available from TicketSense. most popular artists of the 20th century, and his work is heavily referenced to this day, in everything from record covers to advertising. This exhibition will include Magritte's major paintings, as well as his early commercial work, drawings and collages, and his rarely seen photographs and films. Tickets: �10. Yellowman T-shirt, just email enquiries@ objectofdreams.co.uk, and fill in form: Deadline May 20. PEOPLE'S LIVES MACBETH Liverpool Everyman Theatre `Til 11 June Macbeth's desire to gain power and keep it at all costs threatens to destroy a nation, replacing dignity and rules of law with guilt and paranoia. One of the country's foremost actors, David Morrissey, returns to the Everyman, where he first acted as a Youth Theatre member. He plays the murderous king opposite Julia Ford as Lady Macbeth, in Shakespeare's A remake of the original Diana plastic body camera with all the same great features. With removable plastic lens to allow for wide angle pin hole shots, and able to do endless panorama shots and multiple exposures. �50. most visceral and menacing play. Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz directs a striking new production in a theatre renowned for its daring ensemble shows. Tickets: From �10 Photography Competition Deadline 15 May www.peoples-stories.com Hurricane Films' website, `People's Stories: Liverpool Lives', displays hundreds of photographs, stories and videos all submitted by the people of Liverpool. Towards the end of 2011 a selection of some of the best contributions will be turned into a book, available from museums and bookshops across the North West. The theme is `My Liverpool', demonstrating what Liverpool means to you. Anyone can log onto the website and upload their images, with the public voting for the best on the site. The prize is a Canon EOS 300 and the winner will also have their photograph published in the forthcoming book. LOMOGRAPHY DIANA F+ DREAMER CAMERA Urban Outfitters 5 We LIKE/ We LOVE Stephanie Jervis & Kelly-Ann Garrigan Body Conscious Salon, Aigburth Road Superstar make up artist Stephanie Jervis is wielding her magic at her new spot in Body Conscious Salon, on Aigburth Road. Joining Steph is Kelly-Ann Garrigan who will be teaching ladies all about make up and how to make the most of your looks. Join our favourite duo at their new spot in the salon for all your make up needs - from night time glamour to that special day elegance. THE MAKEUP BOX `42' WOMEN OF SIERRA LEONE International Slavery Museum `Til 2012 An exhibition of 42 portraits of the women of Sierra Leone, by British photojournalist and writer Lee Karen Stow. The photographs pay tribute to the strength, resilience and beauty of the women. In Sierra Leone, positive steps are being taken to rebuild a country that was torn about by a civil war that ended in 2002. Women are working hard to reclaim their rights, yet many suffer immense hardship and despair. Tickets:�Free. STRAWBERRY KATS www.strawberrykats.com This designer caught our eye at the latest Big Vintage Fair in The Metquarter. Strawberry Kats is a London based clothing company, with a stall at Spitalfields Market, featuring fresh, feminine dresses, shirts, skirts and jackets. Fresh, Femininity and Fashion are at the heart of the environmentally-conscious Strawberry Kats. These vintage-inspired pieces are perfect for that fun, fresh Summer fling. EMMA GOUGH http://emmagough.weebly.com This is one of the pieces from the `The Gorgon Sisters' series. Influenced by fashion and surrealism, Emma makes images of conventionally beautiful women ugly. The series juxtaposes many high fashion images, found from magazines such as Vogue, together to create hybrid, androgynous unidentifiable creatures. 6 //FESTIVALS CHESTER ROCKS Chester Racecourse 2 - 3 July �47.50/�85 The new two-day outdoor music festival promises to rock the North West this July. With artists ranging from punk legend Iggy Pop to pop superstar, Taio Cruz, McFly, The Wanted, Eliza Doolittle, The Saturdays, Leftfield, Echo and The Bunnymen and the Lightning Seeds. www.chester-rocks.co.uk COMPETITION WRITING ON THE WALL Various Venues `Til 28 May Sefton Park 18-19 June, 12.30 - 9.30pm �5 day ticket Fatoumata Diawara � Mali Kakeyce Fotso � Cameroon Bonga � Angola Mlimani Park Orchestra � Tanzania ...and so much more Africa Oy� is the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture and celebrates its 20th birthday this year! The festival is a truly international event playing host to artists from nations right across Africa and also programmes music from South America and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca, and Reggae always popular additions to the festivities. But Africa Oy� is about more than music. Over 60 stalls selling the best food, drink, arts and crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be present at the Oy� Photo � Mark McNulty village. For the first time Oy� will be enclosed to assist with security. There will also be an increased number of toilets, a bigger and better Oy� village, and a larger main stage. Tickets: www.africaoye.ticketsource.co.uk Enter competition to win 2 free Oy� tickets, AFRICA OYE 2011 Liverpool's Writing on the Wall Festival is back with a hot mix of cutting edge writers, riotous debates, left hooks and rhythms of resistance, in this year's celebration of Liverpool: City of Radicals. Writers include George Monbiot, environmentalist and Guardian columnist and Darcus Howe, broadcaster, writer and columnist. Highlights include, `Rioting on the Wall' a community day and party night devoted to exploring lessons of the '81 riots. www.writingonthewall.org.uk HUB Festival Otterspool Park, Aigburth 21 - 22 May �10/15 The UK's fastest growing action sports and music festival in the UK, celebrating the very best of urban and action sports culture. The festival showcases break dancing, live music with Sound City stage (Funeral for a Friend and The Blackout headlining!), skateboarding, BMX, graffiti, urban retail village, extreme rides and exhibition space for brand activation. British Championships Sam Beckett and Ross McGouran (skateboard) and BMX legends Bas Keep, Zac Shaw and Dan Lacey. ww.hubfestival.co.uk BRAZILICA FESTIVAL Various Venues 15 - 17 July just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and fill in the form. Deadline June 10. Brazilica will be a massive 3-day event taking place across Liverpool. The festival is an exciting expansion of Liverpool Carnival Company's hugely successful carnival parade. With irresistible rhythms, extravagant costumes, sparkling dancers and colossal floats there is guaranteed to be plenty of glitz and glamour and everyone is invited to join in the celebration! www.brazilicafestival.com Head over to Page 38 for massive coverage 7 International Photography Festival Photogaphy as a Call to Action //Words by Dina Karim & Sebastian Gahan The `call to action' theme translates as an invitation to the general public, across professional or amateur photographers and those who have no photography experience, to be active with photography. The message is to pick up a camera, take photographs, explore the art form and `have something to say' through the photographic image. The festival will look to pose questions to audiences through the profile of current or retrospective international, community and personal perspectives on social justice strands. Some examples of strands under the wider social justice theme include; the natural and urban environment, human rights, equalities, war, education and employment, community, law, media and the economy. LIVING APART: IAN BERRY // International Slavery Museum Housed on the 2nd floor of the International Slavery Museum, is a fascinating exhibition by Ian Berry - an exceptional photographer who is showing images taken in South Africa over many years of Apartheid. There are some images that make you question your own reality and perceptions of existence and then there are some images that demand your attention, inviting you to look closer and � like all the best photographs do � teach you something about the times and culture they were taken in. There are images as impressive and involving as a group of rioting villagers running up a hill and as opaque as a black nanny holding her white ward close to her with a love that transcends race and as accessible as those of Mandela campaigning. `I just fell into it by accident really; I got involved with this black magazine, not because I'm political � I'm very apolitical - but because a guy came who edited a magazine called Picture Post. I was working at The Sunday Times at the time and I thought I could really learn something about magazine photography as opposed to newspaper photography, so I went and got a job with him. I then started to work with African writers and journalists and so on, and the whole impact of the relationship between the races had previously escaped me. I could go out with African journalists but we couldn't go in a cafe and have a cup of tea together. They would drop me off at the white hotel and they'd have to go and doss down at the nearest township and so on. It was crazy." "So I began to get interested in the relationship not just between black and white but between the South African Afrikaner's and the English, it was a divided white country as well! Also the coloured people of mixed race, black and white, mostly from Dutch decent, from the original settlers. Those that were white enough would try to pass for white. Then there were the Indians and Albanians and so there was this mix along with the tribal aspects of the culture, for instance we just recently got the first Zulu president. It's all really interesting and as a photographer I was looking for long term projects that I could work on that interested me, separate from the commercial work or the assignments I did to pay the rent and so I just went on working for years. I was banned for a period, so I missed Mandela's release. As with many journalists I got a letter that said if I showed myself at the border I'd be turned away but before his election I was able to go back with no trouble." //Interview by Sebastian Gahan And despite the time away there are many images here covering a great many years of South Africa's development. Savour this exhibition and you shall be rewarded richly. 8 UNTITLED: MARK MCNULTY // Liverpool Philharmonic & Plaza Cinema, Crosby Most people are acquainted with Mark's work of beautiful fashion, and iconic music photography, however maybe less so with his documented work with organisations such as the Liverpool Philharmonic. Mark is a prolific, versatile photographer jumping from gig to gig, whether it's to document children in inner city Liverpool, or the latest cool band to want his sharp eye to capture their new style. It seems fitting then, as his documented work is less known for him to show some of his recent work during Look 11. The first, as yet untitled, exhibition he will showcasing is his work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and In Harmony. In Harmony is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, using the unique power of music making through the symphony orchestra to enthuse and motivate children, their families and their communities. Mark's exhibition is a documentation of that success, from beginning to end, each poignant moment. "The project is now two years old and I've been documenting it through photography. Some of the kids have done so amazing, there's a group who have left primary school where they started the project and have now formed their own little orchestra called the Super Strings. Results have shown that by going into the school with the instruments, the kid's attention levels have gone up. This exhibition is about that, about showing those two years, from the concerts to the kids day to day lessons." 10-miles down the road, in Crosby, almost a world away from West Everton, lies his exhibition lit up under the bright lights of cinema. The also as yet untitled exhibition at The Plaza Cinema is another extension of that theme of persevering through hardship to end up with something beautiful in the end. This voluntary led community cinema is one of only two independent cinemas in Liverpool. "The Plaza cinema exhibition is all about it struggling to survive in a world of multiplexes and downloading films. I did a calendar for them at Christmas for them to sell, and this is an extension of the calendar. I photographed different views of the old projection room, the cinema, the reel film. In fact, on one of the days that I turned up, on a Sunday, I caught the lady who runs the cinema on her knees wearing a miner's torch sewing the backs of the seats. She then switched with someone else and then got under the seats with a screwdriver to scrub off the chewing gum from under the seat. It's those moments that I've captured in the exhibition, and I hope people who go see the exhibition then go see a film and support this little independent gem." I ask him though, won't his fans be surprised by this series so unlike his more famous photographs, so not pop culture? "The whole series is part of pop culture, it's not going to war or hard news stories, pop culture runs through most of my work whether it's fashion, music, parades or events. I'm really good at documenting, by taking quick photography I can tell a story of the moment, which of course worked really well when you're working with 80 kids! I would hope that people who were going to see the exhibitions would then think, `next time those kids are playing, I'm going to get a ticket', or even go and support your local cinema." Two poignant, beautiful exhibitions from the masterful eye of Mark McNulty, buy a ticket to either venue when you go and see this exhibition and support the projects. // Interview by Dina Karim 9 A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE // Tate Liverpool On the ground floor of the Liverpool base of national gallery Tate Liverpool in the ever breezy surrounds of Albert Dock is an excellent exhibition entitled A Sense of Perspective. An exhibition at Tate Liverpool is, of course, nothing unusual and as always there is a proud sense of quality and uniqueness to A Sense of Perspective befitting its pristine surrounds. The collection is a vast one of almost 65,000 separate pieces of art and for this exhibition a group of curators from Young Tate were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to put the show together from the seeds of thought, to the setting up of the exhibits, to the satisfaction of introducing it to the press and public alike at the opening. Indeed, being in between is an important theme to the pieces that form It was at just such an event that I met with overseeing curator at Tate Liverpool Sean Curtis and Sarah Creed, one of the Young Curators. First I asked Sean about his experiences of working alongside the group of Young Curators: "It's been a great experience to be part of it. It's something that doesn't happen every day and the opportunity and learning experience given to the young people along with it has been absolutely fascinating. The quality has been really sensational actually and they've been allowed to explore their own identities and those of persons of their ages as young adults." Indeed, the last time such a show took place was in 1995. "It's a rare opportunity and the choices that are available to them are huge," says Sean. "There is a past precedent in 1995. There was a similar exhibition and you can see the distance from 1995 to 2011. These opportunities are quite rare. Even in the short time that I've been in the post it's been amazing to see their development." // Interview by Sebastian Gahan A Sense of Perspective and for this writer the stand out piece was the Late Chen Zhen's Cocon du Vide which coincidently struck a chord with Sarah as well: "Not only is it the composition of it � when I first saw it I thought of the sad robot from Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy because it is bent over almost and looks sad! � But it's being shown for the first time in Tate. It's never been shown in Tate before now and has quite a cultural message." The piece uses aspects of the artist's Chinese heritage and his life in Western Europe by combining the Western sculptural concept of the chair and Buddhist Prayer beads and is an intriguing piece of work on first glance. The whole set of fifteen pieces is of course a fantastic experience for the mind and the soul and the work that the team of Young Curator's has done is excellent. Next I spoke to one of the Young Curators, Sarah Creed. Sat facing the exhibition she had an active role in putting together from the outset, I enquired as to what thoughts went through the group's collective head at the beginning of the project: "We are quite a diverse group really; especially age and culture wise and there is quite a sense of inbetweenness (sic) as there are quite a lot of the group who have migrated from other countries and personally been through that process of evolving in a clash of cultures and growing into them so right from the word go we wanted to use that as our first step in choosing the work." 10 REZZ: PETE CARR // The Bluecoat To many photographers it may seem sacrilegious to forego the use of a camera and enter the digital world of the i-Phone, capturing moments through a 5-megapixel lens on a device not originally intended for the art of photography. Add to that, applying an app to manipulate the aesthetic, and you've got an all out war from Luddites. Yet, this app, Hipstamatic, which applies filters to make the images look like they've been taken on an antique camera has become the weapon of choice for many photographers including Pete Carr, who will be showing his series of portraits at The Bluecoat - all taken on the i-Phone. We sat down at Brew Cafe to discuss what exactly is his exhibition all about, and aren't his pictures all going to be fuzzy like mine usually are? "I'm taking people's pictures and putting them into the digital world. I'm not into arty photography, I do portraits and architecture. I often sit here in fact and look out the window and with the i-Phone I can go and ask them for a picture and you get free models and nice pictures of really nice people.The project has a lot of more meaning than just photography, I wouldn't call myself and artist. This is my first real step into that world. I have no issues with the iphone I've got lots of cameras about 15 in total, and i use each one for a different style of photography. There's no harm in experimentation. You just download the app and take really nice pictures. The New York Times did a piece on photography and it got lots of recognition." Instead of displaying these portraits in the traditional manner in a gallery, Pete is using social media to let the public encounter each photo out on the street in the location where it was taken. When the full exhibition is launched in May, anyone with a smartphone will be able to download a free map that takes them out of the galleries and onto the streets of Liverpool to find the photographs. You will only be able to see each photograph when you are in the right location. The exhibition will also have a real-world base at the Bluecoat from May to // Interview by Dina Karim www.petecarr.net In addition to his solo exhibition Pete has exhibited widely at venues including the Tate, Open Eye Gallery, St George's Hall, Anglican Cathedral and the National Media Museum in Bradford. His commercial work is extremely sought after, with one of his iconic shots of the Liverpool waterfront used as the key image in a major campaign by the Mersey Partnership promoting the city across the UK in 2010. His photographs have also been featured in the Guardian and the Times. "The great thing about this exhibition is that it isn't restricted by opening hours or admission charges. My photos will be out there for anyone to see for free, at any time of day. You don't even have to be interested in photography to get involved. I really hope that some people stumble upon them by chance in the right location and are intrigued enough to seek out a few more. Maybe they'll meet some interesting people along the way."` "As photography helped me to meet some fascinating people I felt it was appropriate to use social media to engage the public with these portraits in a whole new way. "This started me thinking about the use of technology and how we engage with people. Social media is all about networking with strangers, which is something that people are much more comfortable with online. Why? "The project really showed me the power of photography. Photography gives you a reason to engage with people, to talk with strangers on the street and learn about their lives. June 2011. 11 LUDWIG HOUSE: STEPHEN KING // Fact Part of FACT's Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition, Ludwig House is an interactive art experience inspired by a property in the Anfield area of Liverpool. A Victorian terrace that had remained almost unchanged since the family moved in around 1907, the house is no longer accessible to the public. FACT has created a unique version of it in its galleries, presenting a unique opportunity to step back in time and literally re-trace the footsteps of the family who lived in the house for more than 100 years. The space features stunning photographic documentation of the house by Stephen King and special artefacts and objects from the house donated by the Howarth family. Tenantspin (FACT's community media project), residents from the neighbourhood and community organisations such as ABCC and COBRA have added interactive elements to the where visitors can share and record their own personal histories through new and old digital technologies to create a digital archive of Liverpool. Digital Storytelling is the act of preserving knowledge and voices through creative technology. FACT is hosting special digital-storytelling afternoon workshops, with practical tips on how to start your journey, including the opportunity to digitise your own photographs and create a story to share with others in our archive. FACT is also exploring The History of Liverpool in 100 Objects through a unique photography project which offers audiences the opportunity to submit their treasured possessions to an archive and help us tell the story of Liverpool. INSIDE HM PRISON MANCHESTER PHASE ONE: STEPHANIE deLENG //The Gallery, Stanhope Street It has been 21 years since the Strangeways Prison riot, the 26-day roof top protest that changed the face of the prison system. The 1990 riot destroyed part of the old Victorian wings - 147 prison officers and 47 prisoners were injured. The renamed prison, HMP Manchester, is now a High Performing Prison and a High Security Prison, holding some of the most dangerous and disruptive prisoners in the country. `Inside HMP Manchester', photographed by Stephanie de Leng is intended to make the viewer set their normal prejudices and assumptions aside, and to look at justice from another angle. Steph de Leng is a multi award-winning local photographer, who previously was in font of the camera as an international fashion model. "In 2008 I published a book called People in Liverpool, which was a portrait series of people from all different walks of life, from the famous to the not-so-famous. Through this ongoing project, I came to photograph Abi Pointing, MBE, in HM Prison Manchester. I was struck by the progressive attitude of the prison and thought it would be interesting to document life within it in a fresh unbiased way that provoked thought, and encouraged people to look at penal life anew. This exhibition is but the beginning phase of the project and concentrates on the staff. Eventually I hope to cover all aspects of prison life, both inside and out of the institution, and also after release. Nothing is retouched, though I could not show any locks or keys, and it is as it is." 12 Just off Bold Street... � 88 Wood Street Liverpool, UK L1 4DQ +44 (0)151 707 4464 fact.co.uk awesome-art-hub super-screenology global-grotto peoples-playspace mega-bites 24 hour arty people 13 COLOUR CLASH 14 (This page) Dress / Gypsophilla. Belt / H&M. Shoes / Topshop. (Opposite) Top / Topshop. Skirt / Whistles @ John Lewis. 16 (Opposite) Dress / Gypsophilla. (Top) Blazer, T-Shirt & Trousers / Reiss @ John Lewis. Shoes / Topshop. (Bottom) Cape, Top & Skirt / Topshop. 17 18 (This page) Jacket / Reiss @ John Lewis. Top / Topshop. Jeans / Topshop. Shoes / New Look. (Opposite) Dress / Topshop. Photography // Mark Mc Nulty Styling // Louise Dalrymple Make up // Kate Smith using Dermalogica & MAC Photographers Assistant // Siobhan Kerrigan Model // Beatrix @ Impact Models Agency Location // Don't Drop the Dumbells 19 Creative Women // AMY SAVILLE Fashion designer turns her hand to interiors //Words by Jason Pierre //Photography by Matthew Thomas The talented designer Amy Saville has now turned her hand to gifts and interiors. The award-winning fashionista has had her dresses worn by Davina McCall, Jenny Frost and Jane Torvill. After training as a Fashion Designer, and working within the industry for five years, a love of interiors and a passion for all things beautiful changed the direction of her path. Her home town of Liverpool seemed like the perfect location to embark on this new journey. She has become completely immersed in the `Twigg' lifestyle and spends her time between making unique products and sourcing stock to enhance the ever- growing range. With quite a few accomplishments already under your belt, why did you set up your gifts and interiors business? I come from a fashion background, and lived and worked in London for five years. This kind of shop has all sorts of quirky, unique gifts, there was lot of that thing going on down in London but thinking about it there's not that much in Liverpool. I love quirky, unique gifts and little bits and bobs for the home so the idea was to bring that back to Liverpool with me. It's a fusion of beautiful `shabby-chic' items and modern contemporary pieces. I still work in fashion though, freelancing down in London but it's nice to have that balance between home and the crazy world of London town. You call your website `a home away from home from the comfort of your chair' - tell us a little more. The website has that handmade feel without going too far that way. It had to be in the middle between the homemade feel and modern at the same time. I didn't want it go too much down the vintage route. Our product catalogue is a fusion of shabby chic, vintage inspired pieces, with a modern contemporary look to enhance your home and lifestyle. Which items do you make yourself and which ones do you purchase? I make all the cards, the cushions and curtains - I would say I make about a quarter of the stock myself. I do things for children's bedrooms, things to go on the walls, bunting and textiles. I use about eight suppliers and it's a case of cherry picking the nice bits of them all really. // AMY LOUISE KEATING Boudette wins young person of the year Amy Louise Keating from Cavern Walks retailer Boudette shined at the Liverpool Ambassador awards, picking up the prize for Young Person of the Year. The prestigious award ceremony that took place at the Crowne Plaza last month, celebrates the unsung heroes and heroines of the Liverpool tourism industry and recognises outstanding examples of customer care. Amy Keating, who opened her boutique fashion store selling international labels such as Barbour, Traffic People and Supertrash aged just 21, said: "I am thrilled and honoured to have picked up this award as there were so many fantastic nominees in the category. The last few years have been really busy and it's nice to see that's it all been worth it" 20 // HAYLEY MARSDEN Liverpool's most talked about hat designer //Words by Monique Agar //Photography by Matthew Thomas assisted by Phoebe Thomas "They give a silent statement of the person I am, an artist and a designer." Liverpool's most talked about hat designer Hayley Marsden, is what we can only describe as a breath of fresh air. Hayley kindly took time from her busy work schedule of hat designs, Matalan photo shoots, celebrity clientele and teaching, to talk heads, new collections, her studio and Lady Gaga. With her hat collections exploding at either ends of the city, Hayley Marsden is full of sparkles and smiles as we met her at Boudoir Boutique in the heart of city. This extravagant and highly designed boutique is the perfect location for Miss Marsden herself - and she was eager to tell us about her very own insight into all her unique creations. Coming straight from a busy photo shoot that morning, Hayley still looked fresh and radiant, wearing an exquisitely styled hat of her own. When asked where her inspiration came from, with her use of such unique materials, she described that when she has an idea for a hat, she will go out and source materials, in order to have enough stock for her imagination to then run wild. "My materials can be pretty much anything that I see. I go along and collect things on a daily basis, but sometimes the outfits are the inspiration behind the hats." Her close relationship with Boudoir Boutique owner Louise Kavanagh, who has stayed a close friend advising and guiding her business, has contributed to the successful hat designer she is today. "Louise is fabulous! She's a really successful business woman and has given me really good business advice and she really believes in my brand." The hat collection is sold in both Boudoir Boutique, and Make in West Derby Village, and is a favourite- of X Factor's Rebecca Ferguson. The boutique Make, is where her very own auntie, Caroline Marsden first pushed her to start. With pride in her voice, she says: "Make is one of the best boutiques in Liverpool, I'm extremely happy to have these two very special places on board. It's great having them both in different ends of the city." As we try to understand Hayley's world and the surroundings of her home studio, she welcomingly let us see into the realm of her truly inspirational world by describing her own studio at home. "When you look out my window, I have no curtains, and it looks out onto a field, with apple trees and lots of greenery, a real `cottagey feel' to it. That really inspires me. I have to be surrounded by everything and then think about what I am going to use." What is even more wonderfully unique about Hayley's hat designs, is that every single headpiece holds the beautiful inscription - YOU WERE BORN AN ORIGINAL, SO WHY CHANGE. We wanted to find out more about this personal message... "Every single one of us is an individual, and my hats are individual, your whole personality comes out in them." She strongly believes in making your own fashion statement, wearing whatever you want to wear, with no regard to what people think, what society says, and that it's all about being original. This summer we are most certainly going to see fabulous things from the lovely milliner, as she is in fact working on two collections as we speak. "I like to keep a bit of suspense about my work, because it keeps it interesting," and on that note, we are all in suspense of what venture this extraordinary businesswoman will take next. "The Lady Gaga song `Born This Way', is a song I feel best describes the meaning behind the inscription. She's another lady I need to get into one of my hats," she laughs modestly. At that moment in the interview we saw a vision; we saw Hayley's hats in collaboration with Gaga's unique style and presence. It would only be a recipe for success. On a personal note, why is wearing a hat important to the real Hayley Marsden? "They give a silent statement of the person I am, an artist and a designer. They give the finishing touches to an outfit and are great if you are having a bad hair day". 21 www.claremccullock.co.uk BESPOKE WOMEN'S WEAR DESIGNER STOCKIST THROUGHOUT THE U.K. OR ORDER DIRECT FROM... 07917206237 Makeup Studio & School of Makeup 206 Aigburth Road, Liverpool L17 9PE CONTACT Make up appointments Stephanie Jervis 07974 243 836 House of Starrs School of Makeup Kelly-Ann Garrigan 07706 270 445 www.bodyconsciousliverpool.com Photography by Matt Ford Our Top Blogs: http://yourstrulymag.blogspot.com,www.stardusttosentience.blogspot.com,www.hoyfashion.co.uk,www.ironicfashion.com Digital Fashion //Words by Maggie Matic Fashion is all about moving with the times. Trends come and go, style icons come and go, and designers come and go. But the latest trend of front row bloggers has swept over the fashion world. Is it here to stay? Maggie Matic looks further into the world of blogging and finds out why blogging has become such a pivotal part of the fashion industry. Fashion used to be a world people were afraid of. The coveted universe that people used to dream about being a part of. An exclusive club for celebrities and beautiful people only. For many, striving to be a part of this club was indeed the appeal. However, fashion is becoming more and more accessible. You don't have to spend thousands upon thousands to look good; in fact, it is now trendy to dress out of charity shops and high street stores. It is easy to follow trends as they are being reproduced quickly and for a reasonable price. It is easy to call yourself a fashionista. The internet is a massive part of the mainstreaming of fashion. Fashion shows can take place and the pictures are on the internet within hours for all to see. Some shows are even streamed live straight into the bedrooms of starry eyed teenagers like myself. Anyone can be a part of the club now. The exclusivity has been somewhat abolished. Although Fashion is a creative, innovative field, it is in some senses, very stuck in its ways. Fashion shows have always been for the rich and famous, trends have always been documented in magazines. But, times are changing, and fashion is being forced to move with it. Fashion designers are opening their doors to fashion bloggers � ordinary people. People who have created a simple, free, online blog to write about what they like and dislike. However, some of these blogs, and their authors, have gained notoriety in the fashion world. They are being treated like editors and given front row seats, free gifts and star treatment. It is good publicity, as of course the blogger will write about the designer (sometimes even during a show from a laptop!). In a way, these bloggers have become celebrities. People want to know what they are wearing All I can guarantee is that, times are changing so you better keep up! All in all, I believe that fashion is a fast moving industry which needs to keep with the times. Information needs to be spread fast these days, people are impatient and the best way to meet such demands is via the internet. I do believe however, that a balance needs to be maintained. Fashion may be fast moving but it is also a very aesthetic industry which cannot be fully appreciated and explored on the internet. You need to see it for yourself, gather your own inspiration and develop your own style. What is the future of fashion? Who knows? Many designers have fully embraced the mainstreaming of fashion. Alexander McQueen was the first designer to stream his Spring/Summer 2010 show live on the internet for all to watch as it happened and many have followed in his footsteps. House of Holland created an online application for smart phones so that people could buy his designs while watching them walk down the catwalk. However, some designers and celebrities are not so pleased about the new direction fashion seems to be taking. Tom Ford refused to have pictures of his Spring/Summer 2011 collection put on the internet immediately and made us wait until December before he aired his collection. He doesn't like how hyper mediated the fashion industry is becoming and appears to be revolting against it. It seems everyone is blogging these days though. With so many different sites with so many different users, it's not a wonder blogging has become a phenomenon. I blog myself on a personal level, I write about things I like and use my page as a sort of online journal, as I know many do. Even designers and fashion houses have started blogs. Henry Holland has a popular blog and so do the likes of Topshop and Urban Outfitters who actually hire people to blog for them. and hear their opinions. I suppose you could call the blog the `modern day magazine.' 23 Art Profiles During an exhibition at the Contemporary Urban Centre we stumbled across these artists and liked their unique take on life. Sue Skitt Taking inspiration from Dutch and Spanish vanitas paintings from the 16th and 17th century, my mixed media collages incorporate artifax within the traditional construct of the still life. Much of my work explores the power of object to bear witness to intangible ideas and emotional truths. The work employs the iconography and symbols of common every day objects as a means of communication. The use of college itself adds to the irony when viewed within the historical framework of vanitas painting. In taking something from everyday, and freezing it in a college mixed media, the desire is to stop time itself, that is to capture an image of something as it exists at that particular instance. Although the action implies a wish to neglect the effects of death, effectively it hastens death, multiplies it and personage it, the series of vanitas colleges is a conscious or unconscious reminder of death and decay. email@example.com 24 Ria Fell Ria Fell likes fancy dress, people and laughing, three things which flow throughout her work. Portraits are her main focus, often with an unusual twist, mixing together objects and faces that explore identity, contemporary culture and humour. After graduating with Masters in Art History from The University of Edinburgh in 2009, she returned to Liverpool eager to start drawing and creating her own work. Since then she has exhibited across the city and is currently in the process of designing a t-shirt collection. Updates and more of her work can be found on her website: http://ifellover.tumblr.com 25 CLASS OF 2011 Object of Dreams picks its favorite of this year's fashion graduates from Liverpool John Moores University 26 (opposite) Clothing by Hayley Walker Shoes by Terry De Havilland @ Boudoir Boutique (Above) Clothing by Laura Wallace Necklace by Mawi @ Boudoir Boutique 27 Clothing by Emma Atkinson Clothing by Eileen Pang Cuff - Boudoir Boutique 28 Clothing by Yasmin Kheradmandan Clothing by Alena Johnson Clothing by Sarah Thomas Shoes - Terry De Havilland @ Boudior Boutique Photography - Rob McGrory Styling - Louise Dalrymple Make up - Lara White Hair - Hooka Stylist's Assistant - Alex Johnson Model - AnnieMae McCarrick @ Impact Models Agency Location - Antler Studios 30 // Topshop Personal Shopping //Words by Monique Agar Boudoir Bu l lets //Words by Fiona MCGugan Heard of the new service provided by Topshop yet? They are meeting all their shoppers needs, with tailored ppointments to help you find and style great outfits. Hello there and welcome to the very first column from Boudoir Boutique for OoD. We are particularly excited because it's festival season! Some of the Boudettes are attending Glastonbury this year and we have been fawning over all of our favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer collections at Boudoir. From past experience, we know that dressing at festivals really is an art; coping with all of the elements including the weather, being comfortable and getting that perfect balance between dressed up and dressed down without the luxury of a full � length mirror (or even no mirror at all!) is no easy feat. We've got some classics to jumpstart this year and we feel it's now time to move away from Kate Moss' famous welly/micro shorts combo and create our own festival style. For starters, Barbour's Ladies Safari hat is bang on trend this season, this Fashion insider Monique Agar went to find out what all the hype was about... Arriving 1 o'clock on the dot, I highly anticipated what the most-talked about new Topshop service would offer. When I walked through the doors of the Personal Shopping quarter at Topshop in Liverpool, it was as though I had stepped inside an ultra-modern fashion dimension, and then was greeted immediately by my very own personal shopper Lauren. To then feel right at home, surrounded by their white decor living area, with a neat array of Vogue magazines on the coffee table, some refreshments, and a selection of nail polishes... great start! You are then led into one of four specialised changing rooms, which once inside turns out to be the size of a small bedroom. The walls were draped with the latest hot picks from in store, as you find yourself admiring them like wall art. In the corner of the room stands the rail of pre-selected items, chosen specifically on the brief given when booking the appointment. That very rail is meant to embody everything about you, and your own individual style. Mine was a combination of key pieces, exclusive collection items, the odd designer label and items reserved especially on request. Lauren went on to show me the skills to mix and match outfits and what would suit me best. hat looks fabulous teamed with Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B collection which includes a funky striped twist tee-dress or one of WILDFOX's wide range of creations, like the glamorous Lipstick Tee. Ideal outfits for chilling on the grass to a bit of Jazz or jumping around like a maniac to some hardcore Dance. It's also all about the fringe, so go for accessories such as Zandra Rhodes' `Jada' tassled shoulder bag perfect for keeping your festival necessities (phone, gloss, dollar) safe. To add some floral romance to your ensemble, look out for Emin & Paul Lauren's tone and presence alone made me feel comfortable to try new things on the day, and she left only to bring back a personalised `personal shopper' bottle of water, and at that point during the experience I felt rather important. Then what more could you ask for than to be left to your own devises, in a bedroom full of high-end clothes. You have the time to familiarise yourself with all the designs, and surrounded by mirrors, you are able to see yourself from every possible angle. Lauren would often knock to check on my progress and be there to advise and give her opinion when needed. She would come back with fabulous new ideas, bring back more bags, shoes, all the things I was slowly falling in LOVE with. "We're not your best friends, so we can give you honest and constructive advice, and that is what sometimes people need" This service is most definitely worth while and highly rewarding, considering it is completely FREE! You can give your personal shopper a budget to work with, set them a challenge on finding you a perfect outfit for a special occasion, or let them build you a new seasonal wardrobe. The whole experience was better than I'd ever imagined, they have the ability to make you feel glamorous and revitalised. I walked out there feeling delighted with my new gift wrapped purchase and a bag of this new found confidence. Thank you to Lauren & all the team at Personal Shopping in Liverpool x corsage hats and hairbands in store now as well as, of course, our very own Amy Louise Keating's flower headbands (Page 4) coolness for hippy chicks. So whether your indie, rock and roll, hippy, or `glamping' this year at your favourite festival in the UK or abroad, create your look with the true Boudette way; a bit more flounce and flare. Stand out from the crowd and we hope you have a summer of love x As well as all this we also have VINTAGE Dior sunnies in store �110. www.boudoir-boutique.com 31 From University to the Job Centre //Words by Alex Court //Photography by Matthew Thomas As students continue to be increasingly squeezed to pay for their education, university is increasingly becoming a privilege for less and less people. Coupled with a challenging economy, it is quite clear that graduates this year are going to be facing severe obstacles to their success. Object of Dreams talks to recent graduates on their triumphs and tribulations since leaving education. Zac After graduating in music studies from Liverpool John Moores University, in July 2010 Zac spent the majority of the summer unemployed, or as he put it: "Going from university to the job centre." It was quite a shock going so suddenly from a high to a crashing low, and concedes that he hasn't chosen an easy industry to break into. At the moment he has been making his way as a sometimes session drummer, whilst working a part-time sale job. It would be fair to say, though, that this is not how he imagined his postgraduate career to be. Just turning 22, his goal is to succeed in the music business by the time he gets to 25. Without that challenge, he feels he will still be trying to `make it' when he's 47. Even chasing any job is a challenge - he went for a position with Apple, but got knocked back in the final stages. Much of his job hunting so far, he puts it, has been: "A tidal wave of rejection. The knock-backs don't destroy you, but dent you massively." Despite such setbacks though, he continues to work on projects on the side including doing tech writing for Sony, in the Liverpool area. Darren For Darren, university wasn't something he had considered after leaving school. Instead, he decided to explore his options before settling, and went to Work Connexions Sessions to try to find something which would suit his interests. Eventually this lead to doing a media degree at Hope University, graduating in 2010. He felt that saying he wanted to make films sounded kind of silly, but was undaunted and in his last year of university started up `Punch It! Productions'. Although he had no major plan, he just wanted to make films and be able to make a living from them, he found himself doing business promo films and films for the NHS. One of the main ongoing challenges is trying to promote the business and encourage people to part with their cash for a video. In the present economic climate, such things can be regarded as unaffordable luxuries rather than the great marketing benefit it can be to a business. To help supplement his income he has begun to do wedding videos, promos, audition tapes, one music video, and of course short films too. In terms of a long term plan, his eventual aim is to get into feature films. Until that day comes though it is just a case of seeing what happens and taking each day, one at a time. For now he plans to staying in Liverpool, at least until his lease ends in July, although his best chance of success will be at the new Manchester media city. For the moment though, he is following a course of try and see, which might not be ideal, but is better than nothing. At of idal w r Th eject ave ek i bac n on. ks ockdes do but troy n't y ma dent ou, ssi vel you y 32 Zac Darren AL EX MC ANDE QU R EE N You yo al l b u be 're g elieve the oin nex g to t Jennifer Sitting down in Jennifer's `everything room,' she describes the highs and lows of the fashion industry. After graduating from University College for the Creative Arts, in Farnham, in 2008, Jennifer returned to Liverpool. It was only after eight long months of looking for creative and retail jobs that she got a job in Next. After two years of putting her efforts into fashion, she realised she could only go so far with it. Photography had always been an interest though; after covering a wedding (and being paid more than her monthly wage), she felt encouraged to quit and take that photography on as a full time occupation. She now runs her own photography business and with the time and financial freedom that it has given her, is now in the process of running her own label and fashion line, `Cat's Meow' (1920s slang for something splendid and wonderful). Despite her dislike of the time she spent at Next, the experience she gained of the fashion world and retail was invaluable in being able to start up `Cat's Meow.' Robin Robin, since graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in Summer 2010, has been working as a photographer for the last six months. He had started out with a view to becoming a fashion designer but a combination of falling out of love with it and then taking a couple of years out to begin a family led him to explore alternative options. He freely admits that he had had naive beliefs about his future at college when, as he put it: "You all believe you're going to be the next Alexander McQueen." That kind of attitude was quickly put to rest after experiencing the cutthroat world during work experience at London Fashion Week. What he chose was to return to university to study fashion communications, which reignited his passion for photography. He may be in a position at the moment where he can't be too picky about his assignments, but feels confident that his prospects will gradually improve. For the moment though he is happy to concentrate on covering music and promo events, but is working towards shooting more fashion. A pragmatic, Robin knows this is going to be a challenge, with a few established photographers already covering Liverpool. It is just a case of cracking into that inner circle to get the best projects. As it is though, things have started out better than he was expecting, and he feels confident that he can continue to at least make a living from it. It is certainly a cause for concern that even graduates who entered a world with less challenges and obstacles than there are in this present day, continue to struggle to achieve their potential. However, it is testament to the sheer persistence of today's young people that they are crashing out of their shells, and looking at fresh ways to follow their dreams. e Jennifer Robin 33 Revolution //Words by Chris Hogg http://cargocollective.com/anthonyjaycott They were going to call the Egypt revolution The Facebook revolution - that's how important the social media website was to the persistent north Africa uprisings. Social media websites spread the message effectively organising `people power' across the region. Of course, the modern age of communication has long been established in the Middle East and Africa, but when its initial presence was first felt undemocratic leaders managed to successfully suppress its use and control its content. In previous decades television and radio broadcasts have been closely monitored, in fact these media outlets have even served as useful propaganda tools for repressive regimes controlling channels of communication. Indeed, at the start of the Libyan uprising, Colonel Gaddafi could be seen filling the airwaves of Libyan television with bizarre personal interviews full of nonsensical ramblings, umbrellas, and token images of pro-government supporters, presumably in a desperate attempt to convince the country that the uprisings were imagined. The internet is simply a different kettle of fish. Just think of the vast wealth of All this put together means one thing: widespread communication that's difficult to stamp out. So while it may seem a bit dramatic, and slightly ridiculous, to say that this year's uprisings owe a lot to Facebook and Twitter, it probably isn't that far from the truth. It should at least make you think differently, even if only for a split second, when you next log on to check out Charlie Sheen's latest tweet or the pictures from yesterday's night out. Because it follows that social networking sites, as part of our rapidly growing age of communication, are also one of the greatest democratic tools of our time. information, and the constant communication through social media paragons Facebook and Twitter, that you can access via the internet. Well, it's the same internet in Libya and elsewhere across the region - it's the World Wide Web - and for every prospective filter there is a prospective way round that filter. It is even difficult for countries to block out all internet providers in the same way that is has proved hard to control mobile phone networks. 34 //Ilustration by Anthony Jaycott Towards sustainable artistic production? //Words by Kenn Taylor - Kenn is a writer of Liverpool and the visual arts, urban regeneration, city cultures, community development and the points were they intersect. His work has appeared in The Guardian, NME, Aesthetica magazine, Clash magazine and Flux magazine, just to name a few. And so the arts cuts are in. There's a general feeling that it could have been worse, and it could have, but the signs are that state funding can't be relied upon in future. With university fees also shooting up, an art school education too is likely to become an expensive luxury for a small elite. So, what course can someone who wishes to dedicate his or her life art take to survive and still create? The idea of the artists' commune or collective is not a new one. It may, however, be a model that artists have to look at adopting increasingly as the world continues to go through its current massive shifts. Most recent examples of these have been based on the `squatting' principle, such as in Berlin after the wall came down, and in the decaying urban centres of the UK in the 1970s and 80s. Based on the occupation of unused urban spaces, and having the then fashion of `dropping out' at their heart as much as community and collectivism, many of these projects proved dually unsustainable. If artists' groups could take over such abandoned sites, and there are some mechanisms in place for this, such as Community Land Trusts, they could mark the basis of new communities that could help lead such areas from the blight they currently experience. Artists could work to grow food on currently barren land, restore houses for dwellings, abandoned pubs and shops for studio, exhibition and event space. Members could even cook, clean and generate energy communally. Artists could work collaboratively to programme and produce work for spaces, and make money by selling tickets to events, creative services to clients and artworks and craft products to visitors. Facilities for metal fabrication, multimedia work, printing etc could be shared, thus reducing costs. With laborious and monotonous work in the community divided up equally, that would free time up for `creativity' in whatever form that may take. Artists moving to areas such as these could be at the cutting edge of culture, now that the city centre has been reclaimed by corporate interests and become sanitised and controlled. Such communities might also help solve the problem of the skyrocketing For one, many of the participants soon tired of the hard work that maintaining such a community involved, and once they'd had their fun, soon left for nice jobs and homes in the suburbs. Secondly, as urban living became fashionable, and cities became `regenerated', abandoned warehouses, factories and big houses were converted into trendy flats and bars and the many squats, studios and clubs that had previously occupied them were forced to move on. Despite this though, there is still much redundant land in Britain's cities that is crying out for a new use. Town centres may have been regenerated, but the ring of poverty between the suburbs and the inner core remains almost everywhere. With the working-class communities that lived there often struggling to have a future once the industries that they relied on disappeared. These areas may lack the large, open-plan spaces of old factories and warehouses, but they do have spaces and properties that might be suitable for the creation of real, sustainable artists' communities. Whole streets of houses and masses of brownfield land are lying empty, often as a result of failed regeneration schemes. Of course, if city authorities can get people to buy these areas they will, but, with nearly all Britain's post-industrial cities still gently shrinking, they may have a job on their hands. cost of art education. Communes could take on apprentices, like in days of yore. Instead of doing a foundation course, students could move in, be given food and board and tutored in artistic and other skills by more senior members in exchange for labour. Inevitably some would fall out with their tutor's way of doing things, as would other community members, but they could go off and form new communes elsewhere, driving art forward as ever. Let's not be na�ve. Many local authorities would rather let land go to seed that give it away for free. Not to mention the hostility that many blighted communities might feel to `artistic' outsiders moving into `their' areas. Along what lines such communities could be run would also be a big experiment in human nature. Many such groups start out with lovely anarchistic ideas only to descend into bitter hierarchies and in-fighting. But artists at their best can be some of the most dynamic, driven and open people in society, often pushing change forward. If both communities and those in authority can be engaged such ideas might be possible. Let's get things started. www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk 35 Liverpool Art Prize Established in Liverpool's Capital of Culture Year, 2008, this prestigious exhibition, showcasing the best in Liverpool art is now open to the public, with the winner being announced at an Awards Ceremony June 1. Organiser Artinliverpool.com is delighted to announce this year's shortlist: paint sculptor Brendan Lyons, painter Bernadette O'Toole, installation specialist Richard Proffitt and new media, film and sound artist Markus Soukup. Chosen from over 60 artists based in the Liverpool City Region the shortlist represents the best and most cutting-edge contemporary art being produced in the region. Each artist has exhibited within the last year and is connected to Liverpool's leading studio groups. Paul Domela of Liverpool Biennial said: "The Liverpool Art Prize sheds light on the vitality of work made in Liverpool and is a great nudge of confidence to the artists that are shortlisted. In its short history the Liverpool Art Prize has made its mark by honouring the work of three significant artists: Imogen Stidworthy, Al and Al and David Jacques. Apart from the work that they did to win the prize, it has been a pleasure to how they have flourished since. I hope many people will come to see it." There is also a �1000 People's Choice Award chosen by the public voting at the gallery. THE LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 2011 Friday 6 May � Saturday 11 June Metal at Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool. L7 6ND Opening Times - Tue � Fri 2pm � 6pm, Sat 12pm � 4pm Free Entry OyeAd-6:Layout 1 20/4/11 17:48 Page 1 Richard Profitt Markus Soukup Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2011 The 20th Anniversary of the UK's largest celebration of African music and culture, Sefton Park, Liverpool est. 1992 �5 [in advance] �7 on the day [subject to availability]. FREE to Children age 12 and under. visit: africaoye.com for tickets and more information 36 Light Night The wait is over; the Light Night programme is here! Promising a very special night on Friday, May 13, visitors of all ages are invited into the city to celebrate Liverpool's world-class arts and heritage. Over 50 organisations will stage an exciting mix of free events and activities including exhibitions, choirs, bands, theatre, historical talks and radical walks, a candle-lit labyrinth, extravagant makeovers and Look11, Liverpool's first International Photography Festival launch. Light Night is the Summer sister of Winter's Long Night. Here is Object of Dreams' own Light Night walking tour of the best of Light Night: 1. LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL LAUNCH, 5pm //Whitechapel, Williamson Square, Clayton Square & Church Street The streets will come alive with 100 dancers, musicians, giant costumes and puppets to launch the city's international carnival. 2. THE BLUECOAT, School Lane (1 min walk) Start of at The Bluecoat, where we will be during the night handing out the latest copy of Object of Dreams: meet the team and enjoy The Bluecoat's Collected exhibition. Artists Stephen Bird and Michael Brennard-Wood display their work exploring contemporary political issues in the Display Centre. 3. WOLSTENHOLME CREATIVE SPACE, just off Slater Street, 7pm 10.30pm (5 min walk) //Strange Sounds From The Attic Slightly up the road, the top floor of this venue will be open for one night only with installations by Artlab Contemporary Print Studios and a live performance by Moth Man at 9pm. 4. THE GALLERY LIVERPOOL, Stanhope Street, 7pm - 1am (10 min walk) //Hung, drawn & quartered Image of last year's Long Night, photo by Emma Gilmour Enjoy the warm, night air and head over to this unique gallery. An exhibition of original paintings by local artists focussing on their visual interpretation & exploration in composition, medium and colour of character, places and the human form. 5. NOVAS CONTEMPORARY URBAN CENTRE, Greenland Street, 6pm 10pm (3 min walk) //Craft Creative & Vintage Fair A radical shopping and making experience! Get crafty and discover vintage treasures including clothes, arts and crafts and much more from Pillbox Vintage. 6pm � 10pm. (And afterwards enjoy A Very Superstitious After Show Party until 2am) 37 Livepool Sou nd City Yuck Miles Kane The Black L The Black //Object of Dreams' top bands at LSC Day 1: Day 2 : Photo � Mark McNulty Day 3 : Thursday //Frank Turner (headlining) The Crypt Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral This english folk/punk singer songwriter underwent a transformation from punk rocker to folk-stained waters, Turner has a huge grassroots fan-base, Check out what the fuss is all about. //Yuck (first supporting act) The Kazimier An interesting top entry with their heartbreaking pop-songs and copy-catting of heroes Dinosaur Jr. these guys, hailing from London, have impressed critics all round with their self-titled debut album. //Chain & The Gang (headline) Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane Now this is one of our music journalist's top entry. Why? Well, let's see it's fronted by Ian Svenonius, formerly of Nation of Ulysses, integrating prison blues, a political agenda and a nod to the postpunk/indie rock/soul rock of his former bands. Friday //Miles Kane (headline) St George's Hall Playing the opening party of LSC back in March, this Liverpool lad had the crowds rioting The Kazimier. Biggest gig of the festival. //The Black Lips (headline) The Masque Theatre Love them, hate them, say whatever you want this show is going to be awesome! Debauchery, craziness, nakedness, blood, urine...erm, yep, this all comes with a Black Lips gig. Oh yeah, and their flower-punk music is pretty good too. //Clinic (headline) Bombed Out Church This Liverpool post-punk revival band's album last year may not have won over many critics, straying away from their previous `hyped up sound' - but we still love them. We still want some them to play Internal Wrangler stuff though. //Kurt Vile & The Violators (first supporting act) The Kazimier Umm, sounds like Bruce Springsteen? Then we're there. The band, all the way from Philadelphia, draw their influence from lo-fi, psychadelic, and classic rock. Saturday (Otherwise known as, `Oh-dear-god-how-the-hellI'm-I-gonna-fit-in-all-these-amazing-bands' day) //Sound of Guns (headline) St George's Hall Liverpool's band du jour, pack a punch indie rock sound, these guys filled the stage and room at last year's LSC and appropriately return to headline the last day. Check out our interview with them. //Fucked Up (headline) The Kazimier The hardcore punk band from Toronto, rocked The Kazimier last year, so expect more of the same headbanging stuff. Highlight of the night? The sweaty, shirtless glory of frontman Pink Eyes. Enough said. //Mugstar (headline) Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane So, we interviewed Mugstar, they confirmed they were awesome so we're going to be there to support one of our favourite local bands. Also, they're a psych kraut rock band and sound like Sonic Youth. See you there. //Hot Club de Paris (first supporting act) Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane Get to Static a little earlier, before Mugstar and catch Hot Club De Paris. This indie-rock band always puts a smile on our face. Taking influence from The Minute Men and fIREHOSE. 38 In just three years Liverpool Sound City has established itself as the UK's most creative and innovative city centre event. Combining an international perspective on the best in new music, art, film, photography, business, new tech, media and more in one of the world's most legendary music cities. ack Lips lack Lips Clinic Fucked Up Sound of Guns Photo � Ricky Adam //Top Festival Tips 1. Discover a new band. Last year we discovered Free Energy and Sleigh Bells, now on constant play at our HQ. And the gig at Mello Mello with Misery Guts, Candie Payne and Dead Cities was one of our favourites for the year. 2. Don't fall in love with one band. By all means fall for them, but don't just fall in love with one when there's so many out there! 3. Do half sets. This is really 1 b), fit in as many bands as you can at the festival, jump from band to band and only do half sets, especially if your favourite bands are headlining. 4. Don't sleep, there's plenty of time for that next weekend. //Top day events Screenadelica: Old Cream Shop, 3pm - 9pm Screendaelica returns for the second year to give the audience at Sound City a taste of the best illustrators and artists from the UK and all over the world. Powder: FACT, 6pm, 19 May Premier of local film Powder, starring Liam Boyle, Alfie Allen and filmed at major rock festivals in the U.K, Ibiza and Spain, Powder is a thrilling, hilarious, filthy and fascinating rock `n roll parable. Beats of Freedom: Fact, 6pm, 21 May Presented by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute Beats of Freedom or How to Overthrow a Totalitarian Regime with the Use of a Homemade Amplifier is a captivating film about the birth and evolution of rock music in Poland. Don't Panic We're from Poland: Mello Mello, 7.30pm, 21 May Featuring Warsaw Village Band, Pustki, Paula I Karol, Tres B. I personally love Polish music, so discover some new sounds at this brilliant night. //Sound City Conference Bringing the best and brightest to our hometown to discuss what's at the cutting edge of popular culture, LSC looks to provide a fresh look at the future by challenging the conventional and constantly striving to discover the new - all while showcasing some of the best new music on the planet. Liverpool Sound City unites globally renowned creative thinkers and home-grown innovators, living legends and music's future faces to create an intellectually inspiring and artistically liberating three days and nights: with cultural enrichment, mental stimulation and hedonistic abandon to the fore. This year, they're all about the creativity - no room for naysayers here. Celebrating the best in music and tech, we're looking to the future and what the new music landscape might look like as it unfolds ahead of us. So what are you waiting for, step on in and have a look at what's on offer. LSC 2011 takes place at Hilton Hotel Liverpool on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of May. //Soundcity App Getting a bit confused where to go next? Sound City have launched an App to guide you through the Festival with a full A-Z of the conference speakers and all the gigs. Plan your festival to the last minute with important event reminders and venue directions. Available on iPhone and Android. //Best of the rest Thursday: Evelyn Burke@Mello Mello, Delta Maid/Ragz/The Big House@Bombed Out Church, Johnny Sands@Studio 2, KOF@Bumper, Man Get Out@Masque Ink, The Red Suns@O2 Academy, The View@O2 Academy, Wicked Whispers@The Masque; Friday: El Toro@The Masque, Fieldhouse@Zanzibar Club, Picture Book@The Shipping Forecast, Stealing Sheep@Bombed Out Church, The Suzukis@Leaf Cafe, Wave Machines@Static Gallery, Willy Mason@Zanzibar Club, Young Knives@The Crypt Hall, Dead Cities@Zanzibar Club; Saturday: Fly with Vampires@St George's Hall, Funeral for a Friend@Hub Festival, Jamie XX@ The Shipping Forecast 39 Mugstar Unfortunately I never got the chance to see Hawkwind perform the legendary `Space Ritual' in 1976 at the Liverpool Stadium but when I see Mugstar play live and listen to their records, I can imagine it to be a similar experience. With a nod towards previously mentioned Hawkwind and German band Neu!, Mugstar offer a relentless assault on the audience with repetitive bass driven riffs and spaced out jams that will leave you a total cosmic ambience, call it Krautrock, Space rock or Physch, Mugstar are most definitely a force to be reckoned with. - Interview by Marc Glaysher So how did you guys get together and start playing as a band? Steve: The original idea was to form a band that would go about things differently to what I'd been involved in previously, to try and get away from the verse, chorus song format. We've worked through quite a variety of approaches to experiment and explore - through sound, noise, volume, power, energy, composition etc etc. Everyone who's joined has not only been into that idea, but recognises it as something that's crucial to Mugstar. You guys have been playing for a while, has the bands sound changed from when you started jamming? Pete:The band has evolved, but there is no real idea of what Mugstar is, in terms of sound. It's whatever sticks with us. If there's a riff or jam we did, we kick it around a lot before it becomes something. Mugstar is the master of it own ship. So we don't know what it's going to sound like in the end, which for us is good. I play around with sound a lot more now though. Also our songs are longer now, I don't know why that is. You say you are heavily influenced by Hawkwind (they recorded a version of the classic `Born To Go' for the `In Search of Hawkwind' album which was released last year), how did the opportunity to be involved in this come about? Steve: Er..., it was our project. We were kicking some Hawkwind riffs around, Jase suggested doing a split 7" with one other band as a tribute, we then discovered loads of great bands were into being involved, so it grew to a full album. Took ages to bring it all together but worked out amazingly in the end. You made an appearance at last year's Supersonic festival, in Birmingham. How was it playing alongside Hallogallo (featuring Michael Rother of krautrock legends NEU!)? Steve: Supersonic is a great festival, we loved playing it, we played in the old library - it was packed, went really well. There was a brilliant line-up of bands, but yeah, you've hit the nail on the head, Hallogallo were the band we were all wanting to see. They were amazing, and great to chat with them backstage. We've been into Neu! and Sonic Youth for many, many years, and so for me personally, it was a pleasure to meet Steve Shelley. 2010 saw the release of `...Sun, Broken...' and your latest offering `Lime' - both released on the IMPORTANT records label, how did the deal with IMPORTANT come about? Pete:We did the second album, then Jason sent it to IMPORTANT and they loved it. It's great being on IMPORTANT becauses there some many other good bands and people on that label, Like Grails, Cave, Master musicans of Bukkake and Merzbow. There's a real mixed bag on that label. Folk, noise and weird rock music - which I like to think we fall into sometimes You have recently been involved in the `Ad Marginem' film, can you tell us about your involvement in this? Neil: A couple of years back Jason suggested that we should make a film that we could play a live soundtrack to. Usually these sort of ideas are just forgotten but in this case we actually wrote a screenplay and got together with a film maker, Liam Yates. In the end we were involved in pretty much every aspect of the film: acting, directing, editing, as well as the music. It's been a huge challenge, but it's pushed us to do new things. Hopefully there'll be more performances soon. Last year you embarked on a European tour with Liverpool prog duo BEAST, how was it playing your music live to new audiences? Jason: We love playing in Europe and it's always great playing in front of new audiences. I suppose the main thing that differs to playing in the UK is how well you are treated. For example, we played at the Moulin Rouge in Paris last summer and got treated amazingly well - drinks, food, showers, dressing room, paid $$$ and got to stay in a 17th century building. Now thats what we like! So what plans are in the horizon for Mugstar? Jason: We have a Liverpool Sound City show on Saturday, May 21, with Hot Club De Paris, a few London dates and some European shows. We have `... Sun, Broken...' and `Lime' both released on vinyl, a ZZ Top cover on a Record Store Day 12", a split album with Kinski and the `Ad Marginem' soundtrack released. 40 Photography by David Smyth. firstname.lastname@example.org Photography by Mark McNulty Sou nd of Gu ns Sound of Guns are Liverpool's biggest sound of the moment - as quoted by the guys behind Liverpool Sound City. And it really seems to be that way, following their massive gig at last year's LSC the foursome are back to headline St George's Hall. Following the release of their debut album What Came From Fire last year, these guys haven't really taken a break, with the follow-up album planned for release later this year. I caught up with frontman and singer Andy, while he was stuck in traffic on the way to do some more studio recording in Bath. - Interview by Dina Karim How does it feel to be headlining LSC and playing at St George's Hall? It's an honour that we're playing LSC and playing at St George's Hall. We played there a few years ago when we supported The Zutons - it's this amazing venue with great acoustics, it's like playing in a mini Albert Hall. LSC have asked us to play this year because we're a lot bigger than we were last year after the release of our album and the gig we did last year went really well. The planned release for your second album is later this year. You've been working with renowned music producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers and Idlewild) for the album, what's it like working with him? The new album has better songs and as a band we're better as well. We've been on the road for two years now but I think there's a better balance of who we are in our upcoming album. David did our first EP and he was really enthusiastic about us at the time, he loved the work we where doing but we couldn't really afford him for the first album. He's always been into the band though, and he was the right kind of guy to do this. He's been really good for our sound, while we may have dozens of songs we think could work, he just like rips the sh*t out the album, creating these amazing arrangements. Why did you build a studio for your first album? We built our first ever studio because we thought it would be the best thing for the future of the band, so rather than like blow all the money we got in advance from the record label we used it to build this amazing studio. We wanted the sound to sound like we do when play live, our drummer recorded our early demos so that's how we wanted it to sound. We're in a big studio now recording for the upcoming album because I think it suited it better. You're signed up with the independent label Distiller Records, why did you sign with them? At the time there were loads of offers coming in, but it was really important to us to actually sign with a record label that understood us and what we were about, giving us the freedom to do what we wanted rather than have loads of money and be limited. So, how did you guys meet? Me and Simon were in a band previously but when we left we just carried on working on songs. We then met Nathan in a pub round the corner where we were rehearsing and he came round to the rehearsal and that night we came up with Alcatraz. Coley saw us do a couple of shows and he joined us - it's probably my amazing voice that attracted him! The name for the band came from the title of a song, an early song that we had. It is a bit surreal just shooting to fame like that, but you know we've just been kind of taking it in our stride and you know we want more. What sort of music are you guys into, is it all similar tastes? We've all got these different tastes, but at the same time we're quite similar, like Nathan likes Spandex rock and we all like Led Zeppelin, indie and rock. I don't know if we ever made a conscious decision not to sound like that Mersey sound, I just don't think it was ever us we just had this more universal sound. Sound of Guns had a run in with the police, in true Rock n Roll style, tell us more. Oh yeah, so that's like hilarious. We're down at the pub in Wakefield, watching the match and someone must have heard us talking about Sound of Guns, because next thing we hear is these policemen asking us all about these guns and everything, thinking we were terrorists. We got it sorted it out though, we played Wakefield a month later and I swear one of the policemen was in the crowd! What's coming up for Sound of Guns? Well, we've got the album out later this year, we've got our headline tour at the end of May and we're playing loads of festivals like Rockness, Scotland, this summer. 41 Please the ears & Please don't Photo � Gary Lornie Review//LAU at The Kazimier With attitude, wit, stories and street smarts, Joey Seary is already a hit with fans of the local scene. His talent has also led him to gaining massive co-signs by Urban Music industry players like DJ Semtex and DJ Target, and smashing support sets for the likes of KOF, Tinchy Stryder and more. On the back of this, Joey Seary releases `Just Another Face In The City', a 10-song opus to the intricacy and simplicity of city living, which is interwoven with his own personal story and maturation. Just Another Face In The City was produced entirely by Liverpool musician, Product, who provides a series of emotive live tracks that fuse Hip-Hop, Jazz and Soul as the perfect soundbed to Joey's melodic narratives. http://soundcloud.com/JOEYSEARY Review//2 MANY DJS at Chinuku, The Masque Didn't you hear, we love 2 Many DJs, not just love, LOVE. After the longest break from Liverpool the Belgian brothers, finally graced the city with their blend of `bastard-pop', setting my heart pounding and hundreds of feet stomping. You wanna a bit of pop, you got it, a bit of drum and bass and the boys delivered, there's nothing like a set from the duo taking me back to the legendary gig at Korova six years ago. Now I've seen 2 Many DJs over a dozen times, and each time they grow better and better - getting the crowd rowdy to the tunes of Gossip's `Standing In The Way of Control', and The White Stripes (RIP) `Seven Nation Army' before dropping in Human League's `Don't You Want Me Baby'. Chibuku was as usual at its best, the crowd's friendly and the rooms a mix of intense beat (heat?) to chilled. The night was awesome, so awesome I've decided to quit the magazine and stalk them on tour - joke, I'll be at their gig in Manchester. Part Of The Weekend Never Dies at Chibuku. Preview//THE WILD SWANS at Stanley Theatre, LGoS 11 June, �15 After featuring The Wild Swans' original frontman Paul Simpson in the last issue of Object of Dreams, we are beyond excited for this gig - a once in a gizillion year's show. The set will include Wild Swans classics and a selection of songs from the imminent new album `The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years'. Joining Paul is the amazing band line-up of Les Pattinson (ex Echo & the Bunnymen), Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mike Mooney (ex Spiritualized/Lupine Howl), Steve Beswick and Richard Turvey. The Wild Swans are a post-punk band from Liverpool, England, which originally formed in 1980 shortly after Paul Simpson left The Teardrop Explodes. A truly hidden gem, this is going to be a night we'll be there in droves. Review//GZA at The Kazimier The event was part of GZA's many current UK dates in anticipation of Wu -Tang Clans' "Rebirth" tour later in the year (which will include the late Old Dirty Bastard's son, Young Dirty Bastard - I'm not even messing). I had been concerned by rumours of apathetic and surly performances at GZA's earlier gigs but that didn't seem to diminish the atmosphere in The Kazimier's famous 450-capacity Octagon. As part of the support act I watched the space quickly fill with a raucous but benevolent audience eager to see the man whose pioneering New York hip-hop group permeate record collections and culture globally. I can assure you GZA absolutely fucking smashed it. He performed his entire 1995 solo masterpiece Liquid Swords as if it had been released that week. His flawless and unflagging delivery over 90some minutes left no-one in doubt as to the deservedness of this artists' status (have a think about what Snoop Dogg is up to nowadays to see why that means a lot). By the time GZA caught the audience off-guard with some Wu-Tang classics (ODB's Shimmy Shimmy Ya, anybody?) the crowd were surging and baying in a state of sheer rapgasm. You really should have been there. Photo � Joanna Buckley 42 - Richard Wilkie-Riley Review//LAU at The Kazimier When a band like Lau play Liverpool, there really is no better place to see them than in The Kazimier. This folk trio from Scotland easily filled the place to capacity, and deservedly so, because you really could not ask for a more enjoyable experience than feeling as if you are at barn dance on a warm Summer's night. Their name, Lau, is the Orcadian word for `natural light', which is quite apt for the very organic music that they produce. They played a fine mix of traditional folk pieces, improvisations and their own songs, both old and new, which was great for both the veteran fans and the newcomers. It was also the first time I'd ever seen a violin connected to a wahwah peddle, which in fact worked surprisingly well, creating some pretty interesting sounds. The only downside was that they didn't play for nearly long enough. Their excuse was that they didn't have enough material or couldn't remember enough material. However any irritation was quickly lifted when they finished on a screaming high note with some pretty wild improvisations which rounded off the evening brilliantly. - Alexander Court Photo � David Angel Preview//SMILES FOR JAPAN at CUC �Donations Japanese residents, Liverpool's creative communities and the CUC Liverpool are joining forces to hold a charity event `Smiles for Japan' in response to the earthquake and tsunami disasters which severely hit Eastern Japan. `Smiles for Japan' presents a daytime familyfriendly event followed by an evening music event, bringing cross-cultural creative activities, vibrant music and performances together to raise money and awareness of how we can support Japan in these difficult times. Daytime activities include crafty activities, a Japanese jumble sale, Japanese film screenings, music by China Pearl, Indigo Vibes - plus so much more. The night will see the outstanding Man Get Out, Tibi and her Cello and Mashemon take to the stage. Also, don't miss the Smiles For Japan Launch event headlining Liverpool legend Ian McNabb with Mashemon, Dave O'Grady, Jo Bywater at 3345, on Parr Street, from 8.30pm, on Thursday, 12 May, following Art Aid Auction at Studio 2 between 6pm - 8pm. The proceeds from the event will go to British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. Review//DANCE ON TOAST at Mello Mello Dance on toast is a music night held at Mello Mello and on this particular Wednesday night there was a diverse selection of music to be enjoyed. First on stage was female singer-guitarist, Chi, with a fine selection of songs in the mould of a late 1970s Joan Armatrading, with a wistful voice and some nice guitar work. Following her, was quite a change of pace with Mello Mello's very own Adam Millington, who took a much more lyrically surreal direction with his music. This worked to great effect, combined with a virtuoso guitar style that really lifted the songs to quite another level. After a short break, 18-year-old Rae Morris took to the stage, accompanying herself with an electric Korg piano. With her very eclectic style she looked the spitting image of Stevie Nicks circa the Tango in the Night period. The best performance was undoubtedly saved for last though, with Douglas Dare and his alt folk-rock band completing the evening's diverse selection of music. Lead by this Dorset native, now living in Liverpool, they played a very enjoyable set that ended the show on a high note with `London Rose.' In addition to the fine music, was the novel addition of free toast (the name of the night truly lives up to what it, sort of, promises). It indeed would only be a good thing if more gigs could be as homely as this one was. - Alexander Court Th e La ir n am u, i Or cad s the e, for ia lig ` nat n wo h t ', ura rd is qu whi l ch ite for o rg t h e a p t v tha anic ery mu tt pro h du ey sic ce In to addit t mu he f ion sic ine the w ad nov as d e fre ition l et oa of st 43 Out of the pages Art Exhibition & Birthday Gig -Photography by Charlie Charlton & Louise Dalrymple On the day Issue Four hit the streets we celebrated our first birthday at Mello Mello, with some of our favourite bands of the moment. Kicking off the night was the acoustic delights of Mike Murphy, of the Wicked Whispers followed by our friends over at Police Squad. The infectious rock n roll of The Sixteen Tonnes captivated the crowd putting them in the right state of mind for the big, rowdy, explosive finish from Jacobi. A perfect night to start a new year. In February, Object of Dreams decided it was high time we showcased our favourite artists and photographers we've featured in past issues, at View 2 Art Gallery. We exhibited Andrew Abrahamson, Stephen Chan, Katie Craven, Gabrielle De La Puente, Tom Donohue, Jo Hicks, Francesco Mellina, Rob McGrory, Mark McNulty, Candie Payne, Matthew Thomas, Emma Whitehurst and Will Charlton. The delightful tunes from The Big House had the crowd entranced with their beautiful tunes, capping off a night of great art and wine. A special thank you to Alex Bob Hopkins for his lovely accompaniment to the art with the clarinet. Big House Big House 44 Mike Murphy of the Wicked Whispers Jacobi Police Squad Police Squad Jacobi Police Squad The Sixteen Tonnes The Sixteen Tonnes Police Squad 45 Food for thought MELLO MELLO Parr Street/Slater Street A visit to Mello Mello is always a pleasure, Object of Dreams' affinity with ITALIAN CLUB FISH Bold Street My dinner friend Louise declared, before we had sat down and perused the menu, this her favourite restaurant in the city. Tall order, and a challenge I was ready to put to the test. The verdict (can you put verdicts at the beginning?) - best for fish in the city. The Italian Club Fish is not really a hidden find, tucked away in an alley or a basement, yet even though I had walked past this European-looking restaurant thousands of times at the top of Bold Street, I had never visited it. To my immense loss. For starters we had grilled marinated King Prawns & Calamari on a bed of mixed leaves, and Louise had the saute of Clams, Mussels, Cockles, Fresh White Fish, parsley & cherry tomatoes on slices of ciabatta, although the restaurant was slightly busy the food arrived promptly, with, to my delight, fresh Calamari. Now, Calamari may be my favourite seafood but I can't ever find it fresh and not dipped in batter. The last time I had it fresh was in New York, where it cost �30 for the tiniest portion - anything for good food, eh. The Calamari was perfect, not overcooked to plastic proportions or undercooked to make me gag, a perfect combination of sauces. Louise's dish was full of sea food and white fish, a joy she relished to the last single drop, unashamedly licking the plate. The owner served each dish with a friendly smile. The restaurant opened just a little while after its sister restaurant The Italian Club, opened half way down the road. A family-owned company, they hail from Scotland and Italy and are feeding the people of Liverpool with their delicious mixture of the two cultures. Moving onto the main, we settled on the freshly caught grilled Monkfish for my dinner partner and, the best of all fish in my opinion, the Seabass with spinach . Cooked to perfection, the seabass was lightly seared and not bathed in sauce as so often happens in higher end restaurants killing the good, honest flavour of fresh fish. People watching through the window, we just about had room for the panacotta dessert drizzled in __ . The Italian Club Fish can only be summed up in the words of Louise: "so good, it's the the only place where I finish all my dinner." In other words, finger-licking, mouth-watering, fish and seafood. the cafe/venue/bar is obvious, since we had the magazine's first birthday party there. This gem in the arty street of Parr Street, contrasts the boozy nights of Slater Street with their own brand of chilled out cafe during the day, with an impressive selection of teas and a delicious assortment of vegetarian food freshly prepared. During the night, Mello Mello comes into its own, opening up its stage to a varied selection of music, from the free Rock n Roll night on alternate thursdays to the Jazz collective, not to mention the top quality acts on every weekend. A perfect venue to enjoy good music while drinking an organic beer. This is fast becoming a top venue for touring acts, visiting the city. The quirky vintage decor and welcoming feel of settling down on one of their comfy couches to play chess or ludo, creates a much needed haven in a city full of chain cafes trying to recreate that `comfortable' feel. There's a reason why so many of the regulars look like they live in one of the upstairs rooms. Mello is truly independent in every sense of the word; founded and rebuilt a few years back by volunteers from The Arts Organisation it considers itself more of a community project than a bar (umm...sounds a little bit like what we're doing here at Object of Dreams). The venue, with its vast number of rooms in the building, also offers rehearsal spaces drama, dance, workshops, meetings and music practicing. There's nowhere really like Mello in the city, a comfortable space to sit and read a book, or catch up with friends, and a venue at night to discover new music and dance away into the night. Verdict: It's basically our second home. 46 BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE