Art in Liverpool Magazine, issue #16, June 2019

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Issue #16 - June 2019 News, Reviews & What’s On. Your monthly update on visual art in the Liverpool City Region

cover image: Keith Haring Untitled 1983 Š Keith Haring Foundation


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Keith Haring Untitled 1983 © Keith Haring Foundation Photo © Annik Wetter

Art in Liverpool magazine is a monthly newspaper promoting visual art across the Liverpool City Region.

Art in Liverpool, issue #16, June 2019

Published by Art in Liverpool C.I.C. and written by contributions from our partners, supporters and most importantly, volunteer writers, who add a unique voice to arts writing in the UK, thinking differently about what actually matters to people visiting galleries. To contribute, or submit your events and exhibitions, email: We’re here to support galleries and creative spaces, so make sure to keep us up to date about your events at least two weeks in advance of each issue. If you’d like even more of a presence in the magazine we have advertising available every month, and take bookings well in advance. For details on pricing and deadlines contact Patrick:

Liz Hingley, Shanghai Sacred. Opens at Victoria Gallery & Museum as part of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019. The exhibition uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city, which sits at the forefront of the country’s unprecedented religious revival. (6 June - 25 September). Art follows trends, and often that’s visual, or focussed on a certain identity or ego politics. For the early part of the 21st Century ego politics became incredibly popular as a way to justify outputs that flooded the art world with sub-par work. The knock on effect of that overwhelming sameness in galleries, however, is something truly incredible. It’s where we are now. The ‘trend’ of diversifying the art world, and opening it up to people who can tell stories worth listening to.

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Building the stage of galleries to encourage access and diversity has rapidly changed visual art, and injected more trends than the world can keep up with. It’s created a situation where every town and every city follows its own trend, often representing their own residents. In Liverpool, the history of the region shines through. That history, just as resonant today, is one of migration and change. So where next? Who knows? Perhaps look to politics, and the community divisions it creates. Will we see a wave of greens Vs nimbies? Or nationalist or localist pride go up against a wave of new internationalist art? In Liverpool it seems clear that we’ll see waves of internationalist greening in the arts, in a statement that quietly filters through our biggest galleries and into the studios. It’s fascinating to think, and perhaps too much to predict, but look at this year’s

LightNight, an event which started ten years ago as a celebration of local creative talent, and this year hosted international artists in some of the city’s biggest galleries, with students and graduates from LJMU presenting green voices through experimental film and installations. Even last year’s Biennial, which had such a strong sense of social national responsibility in so many of its works, or the Independents Biennial which welcomed international students from the RCA to help inform the festival’s direction. Whatever happens, the trends of the art world are less transformative and more affirmative than ever before. It follows years of realisation that perhaps egotism isn’t the best way to create, and that listening and learning is one of the most productive ways to change perceptions. Individual artists are becoming much less important, and their work now has to speak for itself without the cult of celebrity. Partially it’s an international cause that’s behind this – the rise of available knowledge through the internet which has meant everyone can judge the value of art for themselves. That armchair critic critique is, in that respect, lazy and ill informed, given that armchair critics are the ones with the access to information. To assume that because it’s easier to have an opinion makes it easier to form one is daft. It makes it harder. There is less of an excuse to be ignorant, and more reason to

dig for information. So when faced with the YBAs work, as an example, the pinnacle of ego politics in many respects, audiences around the world can dig to find the purpose of the work. When it arises that there is very little, viewers can judge for themselves whether the limited purpose is worth its weight. So look to FACT, Open Eye, Bluecoat and Walker as galleries with their own programming abilities. Look to Tate as a national body. Look to the Biennial and the international arm, or look to us as the filter of arts news. Wherever you look, you’ll find the same story, the trend of access; for artists to take leaps into new ideas, or audiences to discover them. These are the spaces where the trends filter from, and you, and us, and your neighbours – that’s where they filter to.

Keith Haring opens at Tate Liverpool this month Tate Liverpool curator, Tamar Hemmes, discusses key works from one of the most significant UK exhibitions of 2019

From 14 June – 10 November 2019 Tate Liverpool presents the first major UK show of American artist, Keith Haring (1958 – 1990). The exhibition presents more than 85 works as well as rarely seen archival documents, video and photographs. The exhibition presents Haring as an artist motivated by activism. He may be best known for his iconic motifs, such as barking dogs, crawling babies and flying saucers but the exhibition will show the artist as someone with a profound commitment to social justice. Haring’s aim was to share his artistic and political messages through his works, reaching a wide and diverse audience. He engaged with and responded to vital

issues of his time both as an artist and an activist and was clearly part of a bigger movement. The Ignorance = Fear poster that he designed for AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in 1989 is a highly critical response to the lack of action of the Reagan administration in regard to the AIDS epidemic, and it is still being used by the group today.

On arriving in New York, Haring immediately recognised that the city streets were legitimate spaces for showing art and engaging with a diverse audience outside of a traditional gallery context. In 1980 he commenced his New York subway drawing series, executed in the thousands in white chalk on the black papers used to cover expired advertisements. Documented by his friend and photographer Tseng Kwong Chi, these unsigned works and the public performance of them being made raised Haring’s profile as a media phenomenon. They also proved the possibilities of using unconventional public sites to show artistic and political messages to a mass audience. This particular photograph shows Haring in one of the subway cars which has been tagged by graffiti artists, while one of his drawings is visible through the open doors.

Haring began making works in public urban spaces shortly after arriving in New York in 1978. In early 1980, developing his interest in the ‘cut-up’ techniques of the American writer William Burroughs, he created collages combining words and images cut from newspapers which he rearranged using chance processes to form provocative messages. He photocopied these collages and fly-posted them directly onto the streets. These show how Haring was experimenting with different forms of media to construct messages that critiqued and distorted the political narratives propagated by the mainstream press, in the year of Ronald Reagan’s

election as president of the United States. Haring’s experiments with language-based street art stemmed from his need to make works that were socially and politically communicative. Very soon after making these, he became interested in expressing himself using symbols rather than words. image credits (clockwise from top left): Keith Haring, Untitled 1983, c. Collection of the Keith Haring Foundation; Keith Haring, Reagan’s Death Cops Hunt Pop 1980, c. Collection of the Keith Haring Foundation; Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring in subway car, (New York), circa 1983, c. Muna Tseng Dance Prodjects, Inc. Art c. Keith Haring Foundation

and performers such as Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones.

Haring was raised in 1960s and 70s America, growing up at a time of great technological advances. While Haring was interested in experimenting with computers to make art, he was also concerned about the rapid technological development and automation that he was seeing throughout society. He wondered what role people would play in a future where technology was increasingly surpassing what human beings were capable of doing themselves, and already in 1978 expressed the concern that humans

had stopped evolving. Throughout his work, this anxiety is expressed in a number of ways, through comical yet violent robots, and with monstrous hybrid forms with computer monitors for heads. While the world has changed since Haring’s time, many of his concerns and the debates that he was part of, around technology but also around such issues as racism and equality, are still incredibly relevant today.

Haring emerged as part of the vibrant downtown New York art scene of the 1980s. The exhibition will evoke the style and spirit of the time in rarely seen archival documents, video and photographs. The ephemera in the exhibition show the wide reach of Haring’s work, from his

murals and collaborative projects in public spaces, and his involvement in the vibrant art and club scene of the East village where he organised exhibitions at venues such as Club 57, to his shift from counterculture figure to pop art superstar and his collaborations with artists

We’re delighted to be bringing the exhibition to Liverpool. Both Keith Haring and Liverpool have much in common. They’re both politically engaged with a history of activism, a strong sense of social justice and a love of music and fashion. Furthermore Liverpool and New York have strong links – aside from architecture and historical ones – they share a spirit and energy that these archival images of Haring capture.

This work is a poster which was specifically created by Haring for ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), an activist group aiming to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment to end the AIDS epidemic, which was founded in 1987. A group of six activists later known as Gran Fury had created the iconic black poster featuring the slogan ‘Silence = Death’ alongside a pink triangle, a symbol of gay pride. Haring incorporated the slogan into several of his works, such as this poster showing his signature figures making ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ gestures surrounded by the words ‘Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death’, which is a critical reflection on the lack of response from the U.S. government to the AIDS crisis. Those affected by HIV/AIDS still face some of the same issues that ACT UP was fighting in the 1980s and the group still use Haring’s poster to this day.

image credits (clockwise from top left): Keith Haring, Untitled 19581990, c. Collection of KAWS; Crack is Wack, c. Keith Haring Foundation; Andy Warhol, Grace being painted by Keith 1986, c. 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London; Joseph Szkodzinski, Keith Haring handing out No Nuke Posters at a No Nuke Rally, Central Park, NYC 12 June 1982, c. Joseph Szkodzinski; Keith Haring, Ignorance = Fear 1989, c. Collection Noirmontartproduction, Paris

In addition the exhibition will represent Haring’s immersive ‘black light’ installation from 1982 which presents fluorescent works under UV light accompanied by hip-hop music. Haring actively sought to bridge the gap between high art and low art so presented his work in this way to ensure that his work remained accessible to the widest possible audience.

Haring and Warhol met in 1983 and Warhol became both a friend and a mentor to the younger artist. Warhol set a precedent for how an artist’s visual vocabulary – its distinctive line, palette and iconographic identity – could be replicated and deployed across a range of applications, enabling its broader integration into mass culture. By the second half of the 1980s Haring had become a pop art celebrity and media phenomenon. His name and imagery became familiar around the world, transmitted through television and mass media. Haring collaborated with Madonna, Grace Jones, Vivienne Westwood, and Malcolm McLaren, making sets and designs for videos and performances. In many ways, Haring’s imagery remains synonymous with the energy of 1980s club and popular culture. -Words, Tamar Hemmes (Tate Liverpool Curator) Keith Haring opens 14th June 2019

Review: Kinship at Open Eye Gallery Kinship at Open Eye Gallery brings seven female photographers together to present polarised views of modern relationships. Heart-warming and thoughtful at the same time, the exhibition scrolls through a series of very personal relationships with others, with ourselves, and with our genders. It is Pixy Liao’s new work, titled Experimental Relationship, which has the greatest resonance. A project challenging traditional perceptions of heterosexual relationships. The photographer’s work here is making particular reference to dynamics she observed growing up in China, where women partnered with more mature men who would largely control an authoritative stance between the pair. While the age gap might not be as reflective of western relationships, the status quo of women taking men’s name, or men expecting to be the decision maker, or

that men remain outside the home during periods of maternity and paternity leave. Pixy Liao’s relationship, enhanced as it may be for these images, is a refreshing view of the woman not as a matriarch, but as the rock of the relationship; the comforter, the decision maker and the director, with a male figure who presents an honest image of fragility and reliance. One mistake when we talk about relationships is to assume the most important one is with a partner. The other explorations in this exhibition focus on family dynamics and relationships with personal identity. Jenny Lewis presents portraits of women with their new children, within their first 24 hours together. While it slightly counteracts some of the power of Pixy Liao’s statement on gender roles within the home, it is

a touching observation of something incredibly personal, between two people who have spent nine month’s attached, learning to love each other in a whole new way. On the next wall is an equally powerful, but ultimately more deductive series by Lydia Goldblatt, who photographed her parents over three years, while her father lived with dementia. The reflection on mortality and memory in this work is heart-breaking, but with clear moments of purpose captured through the work. In a quote taken from the New Yorker, 2014, Goldblatt describes how “further down the line, he became more absent than present, but there were points when I’d pick up my camera and it gave him a sense of purpose – a reason to re-engage with me and his surroundings.”

That constant re-discovery of those closest to him is captured in this three year series, and a poignant reminder that relationships change, sometimes beyond our control. Set in the heart of the exhibition it is a painfully real reminder that regardless of our understanding of ourselves or our families, we are only ever a short step from everything changing. As with all relationships, the exhibition has its ups and downs, but they all serve to tell a story and teach a lesson beyond the experiences of the artists telling them. -Kinship is at Open Eye Gallery until 7th July 2019 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith

Review: Demolition Memorial Keepsake: LightNight at Bluecoat

LightNight 2019 was all about Ritual. Usually, the themes of Liverpool’s one night festival of arts and culture is ambiguously hidden. This year, Ritual was everywhere. It was Bluecoat however who presented something new, and genuinely intriguing. Demolition Memorial Keepsake, by Liverpool-based Japanese artist anti-cool, used cremation as a method of sentimental therapy. The experimental video installation used multimedia archival presentations alongside personal histories and interviews to demonstrate how hard it can be to accept events. In some cases these cremations are of objects that hold dearly held memories, but in others they were cherished items that were reflections of something, or someone, lost. The presentation of the rituals themselves is wonderfully minimalist. As an audience there is nothing overwhelming

about this installation, and as a result the stories are welcoming and worth listening to. The cabinets held a brief history of fire making, alongside records of the objects which were used in the ritual. It was a much welcomed relief from the chaos of LightNight. A breath of calm and considered art within a night of festivals and noise. The exhibition was part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, surrounding Japan’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup this year, and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The year-long season of events looks to build on British interest in both Japans, and in the two international events, within the realms of arts and culture, which has always been key to understanding historic and modern iterations of Japanese culture.

If this is what we have to look forward to as Japan-UK continues into 2020, we can expect some outstanding cultural additions to the calendar, including an exhibition of paintings by Taki Katei, one of Japan’s most iconic 19th Century artists, at World Museum, Liverpool. -Demolition Memorial Keepsake was an event for LightNight 2019, 17th May Find out more about Japan-UK Season of Culture at Words, Kathryn Wainwright

Review: Permutations at RIBA North A brilliant collaborative work by Freya Waley-Cohen, with violin by Tamsin WaleyCohen, and an architectural installation by Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, stood out as something truly new at LightNight this year.

editable spaces, which I hope can travel beyond this installation. Permutations is unlike anything else in many respects, and the more I try to describe it, the harder I fail, but the lazy statement that it brings out the child in you is actually pretty appropriate.

Permutations was a combination of space, music and human movement which created a dynamic and innocently intriguing exploration. The units installed in the central atrium of Mann Island were moveable, changeable and editable by their viewers. Each housed a separate part of a violin score, and each had access, by choice, to the rest of the composition.

Whatever music, whatever space, this work would work, but here, at Mann Island, where the units reflected the monolithic architecture around them, and spoke to the playful In Character exhibition inside the gallery, the installation felt at home.

Children and adults had the same reaction here; one of trial and error, pushing and pulling the doors of each space, designing their own musical movement. Each booth [a name which does them no justice] has sound dampening cladding, meaning every individual piece of the composition was changeable, and could be experienced with the harsh resonance of plain plywood, or with the gentle resonance of the music from corrugated foam. I spoke to a few other visitors during the busy installation, and all were entranced. As a work of architecture, Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina created a maze of

An explorative, and mesmerising work, and while not directly referential to the ritual of LightNight 2019, an outstanding part of the evening. If only it could stay put. -Permutation was only in place 4th – 27th May at RIBA North, but you can see a recording at: watch?v=dhxoXNQYBoE Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith

The story of RAY + JULIE, one of Liverpool’s most iconic public artworks

contains photographs from 1995 and the 96 page book with 82 colour illustrations tells the story of RAY + JULIE with essays from Jeff Young and Andrew Taylor and 23 years worth of photographs that trace some of the extraordinary mythology – the New Order and Dogs Trust murals, eviction notices, St Georges Hall ghosts, lost cinemas, Roxy Music, billboards, halos, barbers, Everyman Theatre plays, spaghetti hoops and Bob Dylan. -Named by The Guardian as one of Britain’s top ten secret public artworks, the RAY + JULIE sculpture was created by artists Alan Dunn and Brigitte Jurack in November 1995. Millions have seen RAY + JULIE – two metal chairs facing each other – since they first

appeared on London Road, yet the sculpture was only meant to last six months until the new tram system arrived. Commissioned by Visionfest and the Furniture Resource Centre, and named after a romantic piece of graffiti on the back wall of the derelict plot, nobody knows who the original RAY +

JULIE were. Now sitting within the Fabric District regeneration zone, RAY + JULIE have inspired a series of poems, songs, CD covers, theatre plays, short stories, films, recordings and photographs. This exhibition

The 96 page book, including 82 colour illustrations and essays by Jeff Young and Andrew Taylor, and Published by erbaccepress, a small publishing-house based in Liverpool UK working as a writers’ cooperative, is available for £20.00 from:

Northern Stone and Peat Smoke; Anthony Ratcliffe at Kirkby Gallery Kirkby Gallery is hosting a new and never seen before exhibition, Northern Stone and Peat Smoke, by artist Anthony Ratcliffe. Anthony is now a full time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections. Anthony works from drawings and material collected on site and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape and particularly the way it shows evidence of past land usage, geology and archaeology. He also researches literary descriptions and historical associations. All his woodcut prints are hand printed in small editions and the artist works from a studio in Mossley overlooking the Dark Peak National Park. Recent projects across the North of England, Broken Ground, Rain Stone and Rust and Shoreline and Watershed, have included book art, watercolours and poetry as well as large woodcut prints. This is the second exhibition by Anthony in Knowsley, having shown his Shoreline and Watershed exhibition in Huyton Gallery in 2013. This exhibition and collection of recent

work has involved the artist exploring remote landscape, in many cases using contemporary poetry and text as a way of focusing on specific locations and features in the more hidden parts of northern Britain. The work records physical landscape and its relationship with flora, fauna and seasonal elements including the recent moorland fire damage.

weeks of work to complete. For this collection of work the artist has explored the North West coast of Scotland, the Scottish island of Rum, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Coniston slate mines and the Pennine hills near where he lives and has a studio.

The show will contain large woodcut prints, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks as well as material illustrating the technical print process used. The woodcut prints are complex compositions in many colours and each one takes

Northern Stone and Peat Smoke is at Kirkby Gallery until 10th August 2019



Rembrandt in Print

‘Best-of-the-best’ prints displayed together for first time at Lady Lever

Christ presented to the people, Rembrandt, (1655). © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Lady Lever Art Gallery will be opening Rembrandt in Print (1 June to 15 September 2019), a new exhibition which presents 50 of the finest etchings and drypoints by the world-famous Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), on loan from the celebrated collection of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) is shown as an unrivalled storyteller through the selection of print works, dating from 1630 to the late 1650s. Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, he was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the 17th century.

This exclusive selection of ‘the-best-of-the-best’ Rembrandt prints have never been displayed together and have been hand-picked to show the full scope of Rembrandt’s ability as a printer, in the year which also marks 350 years since the artists’ death, and Wirral’s Year of Culture.

Exhibition highlights include Rembrandt’s earliest known self-portrait dating from 1630, Rembrandt’s only still-life print, The Shell (1650) and iconic works such as The Three Trees (1643) and The Windmill (1641) and three other intense self-portraits with their penetrating gaze.

Perhaps the most remarkable print on display is Christ Presented to the People (Ecce Homo) (1655), considered to be the pinnacle of Rembrandt’s printmaking; the Ashmolean’s print is one of only 8 first state impressions in existence in the world. Created solely in drypoint it is a true feat of printmaking, and was printed on rare Japanese paper which Rembrandt must have sourced via the Dutch East India Company who had exclusive access to Japan through the harbour in Nagasaki. Xanthe Brooke, Curator of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool said: “This is an exemplary collection, and we are thrilled it is first being shown at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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Fabric District Arts Festival Line Up

Self portrait open mouthed as if shouting bust, Rembrandt (1630). © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Visitors to Rembrandt in Print will be able to see Rembrandt’s intense self-portraits, atmospheric landscapes, intimate family portraits, biblical stories and confronting nude studies. We hope people will enjoy this special exhibition”. An Van Camp, Curator, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford said: “This collection of 50 works is the best-of-the best of the Ashmolean’s outstanding Rembrandt prints collection. He created extraordinary prints by using existing techniques in his own artistic and innovative way. His prints range from squiggly, drawing-like sketches to more pictorial, heavilyhatched compositions. While apparently quite diverse at first sight, all Rembrandt’s printed works are characterised by his talent for storytelling and his keen observational skills. His subjects are steeped in drama, adding atmosphere to views of the Dutch countryside or imbuing Biblical scenes with lively characters”.

Following the fabulous success of the first Fabric District Festival last year it will return in June 2019 with a new theme; This Social Fabric. This Social Fabric will be a festival woven by the members of the Fabric District community and will reflect the diversity of skills, craft, passions and talent to be found there. Groups, businesses, retailers, residents, individual artisans and makers are all knitted together in the revival and refashioning of the historic centre of Liverpool’s rag trade. On the 7th, 8th & 9th of June there will be film screenings, exhibitions, street art and a live fashion event exploring the area’s rich history, celebrating its current community and looking forward to its exciting future transformations.

Rembrandt in Print is organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, which holds a world class collection of over 200 Rembrandt prints rembrandt

All exhibitions will run throughout the festival Friday June the 7th 6-11pm Saturday June the 8th 11am - 7pm Sunday June the 9th 11am - 7pm

Rembrandt in Print will be followed at the Lady Lever Art Gallery by Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre. The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour and his spectacular paper cut-outs were his final triumph. The exhibition will feature 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life, when confined to his bed. It includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. www.

RAY + JULIE by ALAN DUNN TAPESTRY GROUND FLOOR Exhibition tracking the long and eventful life of RAY + JULIE, a sculpture created in November 1995 by Artists Alan Dunn & Brigitte Jurack in the Fabric District on London Road.

If visitors enjoy the Rembrandt in Print and Matisse: Drawing with Scissors exhibitions we’re asking them to pay what they think is appropriate, to help us do more. Visitor contributions help us to continue staging world class exhibitions. -Rembrandt in Print is at Lady Lever Art Gallery until 15th September 2019

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by JOHN HYATT SCALE STUDIO “Certainty in physics dissolves and the maths now proves the observant artist’s intuitive understanding that the basic fabric of the Universe is uncertain and indeterminate. Yet somehow, across the Universe, a coherent dance of flowing particles emerges, determined by their colour, shape and size.” John Hyatt, 2019 TURF by AISLING DAVIS SCALE STUDIO Exploring Aisling’s family history in Co. Mayo, Ireland, exhibiting artefacts from the activity of cutting turf and fantastic sculptures of unearthed ancient Bog-wood: trees preserved in peat bogs for hundreds or thousands of years, stained brown by tannins.

ART BY BRIDEWELL STUDIOS TAPESTRY GROUND FLOOR Local artists from Bridewell Studios display some of their amazing art. THIS SOCIAL FABRIC EXHIBITION FASHION HUB Exhibition of socially relevant fashion and textiles work by local practioners in the Fabric District and across the wider city. Reflecting 21st century values in the industry. THREE BROTHERS DoES LIVERPOOL An exhibition of stories and photographs recounting the experiences of three brothers affected by the mass street clearances in Liverpool half a century ago. Relocated from the Abercromby area to Kirkby on the outskirts of the city, their stories echo those of many families affected by community rehousing in Liverpool. HSR 2018 PHOTOVOICE THE BRAIN CHARITY Originally curated for the Health Systems Global 2018, the exhibition “HSR2018 Photovoice” features photographs from 31 photovoice health research projects. The exhibition reveals individual perspectives on community health systems in Africa, India, US, Canada, Mexico and UK. HAPPY EVER AFTER IN THE MARKET PLACE BY BRYAN BIGGS GILDART STREET GALLERY Since 2013 Bryan Biggs has done a drawing every day. A5 in size, these are drawn quickly in ink and spit, and represent an intuitive and spontaneous response to our present political an-d psychological malaise. These will be displayed on the large scale outdoor frames of the Gildart Street Gallery. FABRICATE - THE CLOTH CLUB COLLECTIVE ABAKHAN SHOP WINDOW First year students at the University Of Liverpool School Of Architecture were asked to design a workshop and exhibition space for an imaginary Cloth Club Collective made up of people interested in designing and making things in fabric. The exhibition showcases this work. CONTRAST MURAL FEST THE FABRIC DISTRICT STREETS Building on their success in the area during the Time Tunnel Fabric District Festival last year, Zap Graffiti bring International, National and Local mural artists to work on prominent walls throughout the Fabric District.


Bill Drummond to deliver inaugural Roger Eagle Memorial Lecture

Floating on an inflatable dinghy clutching two bunches of Michaelmas Daisies, Mancentral Trading Estate, Salford, England. 2010, c. Tracey Moberly

Bill Drummond is to deliver the first Roger Eagle Memorial Lecture in Liverpool. Marking 20 years since the death of the founder of the city’s legendary music club, Eric’s, the lecture is to become an annual event, shining a light on the city’s enduring musical forces. The first to deliver the lecture is Bill Drummond, artist, musician, writer, record producer and force of nature, and co-founder of the KLF. The lecture is hosted by Liverpool’s music and cultural magazine Bido Lito! As it celebrates its 100th issue with a series of special events called bido100!. Reflecting on the future of Liverpool’s music scene, the programme of events began with Ritual 2.0, a visual and sonic installation for LightNight at Moorfields station. To round off the monthlong programme on 22 June, a one day music festival, Inside Pages, celebrates the city’s musical talent. The Roger Eagle Memorial Lecture will invite an artist to explore a topic they see as pressing for the city’s creative forces. Named after Eagle, who died in 1999 of cancer, it is indelibly tied to a period of Liverpool’s music scene associated with punk, DIY, independence, creativity and the

avant garde. Roger Eagle took over an old boxing venue in Liverpool in the 70s, playing host to Lou Reed, David Bowie and Captain Beefheart, among others. With Geoff Davis he was part of the founding group of Probe Records.

for any further shows because I’m going to cancel them all.” The place fell silent. It was that big man with the red shirt and black trousers again. I asked the lad next to me “Who is that man?”

Most famously, however, he founded Eric’s in 1976. The eclectic headline billings, including Echo & The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Clash and Teardrop Explodes, tell only part of the story. Eric’s was a meeting place, a venue for the city’s cultural forces to collaborate, share ideas, experiment and hangout.

“You don’t know? That man is Roger Eagle, the greatest man on Merseyside after Bill Shankly.”

Bill Drummond’s lecture will be inspired by BRUTALITY, RELIGION AND A DANCE BEAT, a pamphlet he wrote in May 1999 after Eagle’s death and before his funeral. He reflects on the first time he saw Eagle, at a Wilko Johnson gig at Liverpool stadium. The first time he sees him he’s berating the queuing audience for fisticuffs. The second time, it’s from the stage. “Right, that’s it. You can all go home. I’ve had enough of your pathetic behaviour. I bring to Liverpool the best working bands around for you and this is how you show your appreciation. Well, you can forget coming to the Stadium

That vinyl collection became the inspiration for an artwork, ‘Dead White Man’ exhibited in the (now closed) gallery space Jump Ship Rat in Parr Street during the first Liverpool Biennial. -The Roger Eagle Memorial Lecture, delivered by Bill Drummond, is on Friday 7 June at 6.30pm at Bluecoat. It is part of Pow Wow!. Tickets are £7+booking fee

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Arts&Heritage announces commissioned artists for latest Meeting Point programme Contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage have announced the artists that will take part in its Meeting Point programme in 2019/20. Artists Mel Brimfield (working with composer Gwyneth Herbert), Sophie Dixon, Tod Hanson, Ed Kluz, Lindsey Mendick, Susan Stockwell and Dominic Watson will partner with six museums across the North of England to create a new piece of work in response to the museums and their collections. Now in its third year, Meeting Point has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to forging relationships between artists and museums and heritage spaces. The programme offers an opportunity for artists to work with unique collections and gives access to the knowledge of museum curators whilst supporting small and medium scale museums to develop their skills and commission new work.

The artists and museums are: • Sophie Dixon working with Grace Darling Museum • Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson working with Washington Old Hall • Ed Kluz working with Colne Valley Museum • Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert working with Kelham Island Museum • Tod Hanson working with Port Sunlight • Susan Stockwell working with Warrington Museum & Art Gallery Tod Hanson, who will be working with Port Sunlight Museum, is an artist based in London and Berwick upon Tweed. After studying graphic design and public art, Tod went on to do large scale projects for Greenpeace UK and decorating nightclub interiors. Susan Stockwell, working in Warrington, is an established artist working across sculpture, installation, collage and film. Her practice is concerned with examining social and colonial histories and engaging

Made of Iron – celebrating Wirral’s maritime heritage

Port Sunlight Museum

with questions of social justice, trade, cultural mapping and feminism. Since 2016, Meeting Point has worked with 19 museums to create 19 new artworks

Liverpool City Council’s culture team has been named the UK’s TOP event organiser The Eventex Awards – the most esteemed accolade in the events industry – has today released its annual All-Stars Index featuring the top event organisers and agencies from around the world. Culture Liverpool, the team responsible for delivering crowd-pulling spectaculars such as the Giants trilogy, the Three Queens, Liverpool International Music Festival, River of Light, River Festival Liverpool, Bordeaux Wine Festival Liverpool and the Chinese New Year celebrations – has come out on top, being named the UK’s best performing team and in Europe’s top 10.

The story of Wirral’s shipbuilding and maritime heritage is to be celebrated through Made of Iron – a series of exhibitions and cultural events starting this month. The programme is set to explore how Wirral-built ships have travelled the globe and reflect how shipbuilding changed the borough. Part of Wirral Borough of Culture 2019, Made of Iron also comes as the borough takes its place on the world stage as the birthplace of one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world – the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Currently being built at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, the ship features state-of-the-art facilities allowing

researchers to make new discoveries about our planet. Made of Iron includes exhibitions, performances and cultural projects which share the stories of the ships and those whose lives were shaped by life in the shipyard. The programme gets underway on Saturday 11 May with the opening of Six Vessels at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, charting the stories behind six Wirral-built ships. -Read more about the full programme at

and over 100 workshops. Arts&Heritage is currently inviting applications for its most recent Meeting Point programme with a deadline of 31 May. For more information visit

It is the only local authority organisations to feature in the top 30. The overall ranking includes 30 companies and organisations that excelled the most in the past three years. It takes into account the number of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places over the last three editions of Eventex Awards. Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said: “This is a huge honour – we’re made up! This is the industry’s gold standard and for a city council to take the number one spot is phenomenal.”


Amrita Dhallu appointed as new Assistant Curator at Bluecoat.

Sven Werner’s new work for Storyhouse will transport participants into another’s memories.

Bluecoat have appointed Amrita Dhallu as Bluecoat’s new Assistant Curator. Dhallu joins us following her work as Curatorial Assistant (Commissions) at Chisenhale Gallery in London and will support Bluecoat’s programme over the next 6 months.

Storyhouse, Chester’s multi award-winning theatre, cinema and library has announced its latest unmissable digital art commission by composer and filmmaker Sven Werner will launch in May 2019. Encompassing sound, sculpture, music and storytelling, Werner’s background as a filmmaker has a significant influence upon his work. His recent immersive audiovisual installations create atmospheric film scenes that use miniature models to introduce audiences to his poetic, magical worlds. His new work for Storyhouse Poulsen Arc Dream Radio is an immersive installation that will see a five-meter square booth installed in Storyhouse’s ‘Juliet Balcony’ located in the art deco foyer. The booth’s exterior will appear as a mysterious

well-travelled, mobile weather station or radio booth. Designed to be experienced by visitors one person at a time, stepping inside they will enter a carefully designed memorised space; an artistic reflection of a room far away, where an individual started the journey that eventually brought him or her to Chester. Werner spent several weeks collecting meaningful memories in conversation with people who made Chester their home but are not originally from the city. Sitting within the intimate protective space of the booth, visitors will listen to stories, inspired by those memories. The installation will be rewritten and interwoven with artist Graeme Miller’s highly atmospheric soundscapes. The booth is furthermore equipped with a

live audio connection to the city/place of origin of the memory, allowing visitors to listen in or even communicate with people living there now. Sven Werner said: “Chester is a city full of fascinating stories and communities. Many people I spoke to, coming from all over the world, seem to have experienced a special welcome from Chester and made it their home. They have each been so very generous in sharing their private memories for me to interpret”s Commissioned by Storyhouse. Funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, the installation is free to experience and open to visitors from May. Find out more at

Alongside supporting Bluecoat’s artistic programme Dhallu will be conducting research at Bluecoat and at Iniva in the Stuart Hall Library, London. Dhallu will continue to develop her research into intergenerational learning with a particular focus on the creativity, labour and peer support of women of colour. Bluecoat’s exhibition history, particularly with artists from the British Black Arts Movement, will form a resource for Dhallu’s research. Amrita Dhallu says: “I am really excited to be joining the team at Bluecoat, who have been at the epicentre of the rich arts scene of Liverpool for many decades. I look forward to supporting the forward-thinking exhibitions programme, as well as the opportunity to partner with Iniva to continue my research into support structures for artists from diverse backgrounds.”

Culture Warrington’s new culture boss plans to break down barriers to engagement The new culture boss at Warrington’s leading arts charity has a bold ambition to break down barriers to engagement. Leah Biddle, the new cultural manager at Culture Warrington, revealed that her passion was making the arts more accessible and laid out exciting plans for the future. The 34-year-old, a Warringtonian herself, was appointed to the new role while on secondment from the Warrington Wolves Foundation, where she was working as cultural partnership manager. “I think it’s really important to make art accessible, to remove barriers to engagement,” she said. “A really

effective way of doing this is to go out into public spaces and to encourage interaction, like I did at the Wolves Foundation.” During the 10 years Leah worked at the Halliwell Jones stadium, a major highlight was collaborating with Culture Warrington on the Window on Warrington project which was set up to celebrate the 2013 Rugby World Cup. Before joining the Culture Warrington team full time, the former Bridgewater High School pupil was also project manager at Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI).

WHAT’S ON > CURRENT EXHIBITIONS Liverpool, 2028 dot-art

Astronomy Photographer of the Year World Museum

Northern Stone and Peat Smoke by Anthony Ratcliffe Kirkby Gallery

Rembrandt in Print Lady Lever Art Gallery

Current Exhibitions Gabalau 92 Degrees, Hardman Street, until 22 June Laura Gallego (Gabalau) is a Spanish contemporary artist living and working in Liverpool. Colourful abstract paintings.

New Makers Bluecoat Display Centre, until 8 June Celebrating the work of recent graduates and newly emerging designer makers, chosen for their innovative design qualities and making skills.

--Measured: Adrian Jeans Art in Windows (Regent Road), until 30 June Adrian Jeans exhibits his signature heads, which reflect his on-going practice of the portrait sculpting tradition.

Liverpool, 2028 dot-art, until 6 July Artwork by six Liverpool artists whose visionary art has responded to a citywide open call with music publication Bido Lito!

--New Art Bluecoat Bluecoat, until 23 June Throughout 2019, the Vide space is hosting exhibitions about Bluecoat’s long history as an arts centre, the first in the UK. -Survey Bluecoat, until 23 June Discover a major study of new work by early-career artists from across the UK. --

These Fragments – Jay Chesterman and Vincent Lavell Editions Ltd., until 22 June The paintings in the exhibition take fragments from or make reference to famous historical paintings.

Northern Stone and Peat Smoke by Anthony Ratcliffe Kirkby Gallery, 20 May-10 August Anthony works from drawings and material collected on site and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape and particularly the way it shows evidence of past land usage, geology and archaeology.

Kinship Open Eye Gallery, until 7 July The exhibition presents projects from seven photographers, all women, addressing traditional ideas of how people might relate to others based on their gender, age, or position within a family.


Serena Korda: The Bell Tree Speke Hall & Bluecoat, until 28 July Set in Speke Hall’s ancient woodlands and grounds, The Bell Tree draws on the hall’s hidden history.

Rembrandt in Print Lady Lever Art Gallery, 15 September The Ashmolean Museum holds a world class collection of over 200 prints made by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). 50 of them are on display at Lady Lever. -Double Fantasy – John & Yoko Museum of Liverpool, until 3 November John and Yoko’s story in their own words.


-Marine Lake Series 3 – Derek King Staacks, until 31 June Following two previous shows focused on the “Marine Lake”, Derek King continues his investigation into the structural imposition of the Marine Lake, West Kirby.

--Ericka Beckman Marianna Simnett FACT, until 16 June Two female artists who both use technology and classic tropes of fairy tale storytelling to create artworks that are alluring and repelling, sensual and troubling.

The Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Liverpool Museum of Liverpool, until 28 September A community display at the Museum of Liverpool explores the history of the Orange Lodge in Liverpool.

-Op Art in Focus Tate Liverpool, until 2 June Op art – short for optical art – emerged in the 1960s. Its leading figures included Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely.

Find FULL listings and events information at Ritual Bombardment In The Charnel House of Power Unity Theatre

Vessels Williamson Art Gallery

These Fragments – Jay Chesterman and Vincent Lavell Editions Ltd

Something Borrowed, Something New – Ian Irvine vs the VG&M Victoria Gallery & Museum

Ideas Depot Tate Liverpool, until 21 July A dynamic display of artworks chosen for primary school children to be enjoyed by everyone.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Making the Glasgow style Walker Art Gallery, until 26 August Spanning the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style.

Ritual Bombardment In The Charnel House of Power Unity Theatre, until 12 June What does the process of persuasion look like in the digital era where online opinion formers exert anonymous influence?

--Southport: Double Take (Old Southport Through a Modern Lens) The Atkinson, until 1 December Local photographer Matt Dodd has blended historical photographs of Southport with images from the present.

-Before Egypt Victoria Gallery & Museum, until 31 October Discover life in Egypt before the pyramids at this new exhibition, featuring internationally important collections of Predynastic Egyptian and Nubian artefacts.

Baroque Art from Rome to England Walker Art Gallery, until 16 June Matthias Stom & William Dobson’s ‘The Executioner with the Head of John the Baptist’.

--Inspired by Alice The Atkinson, until 7 September Step into the immersive world of Alice, with art, collectables and craft all inspired by the legacy of Alice in Wonderland. -Sea, Air and Wrecks: New Paintings by John Hyatt The Cube (Birkenhead), until 9 June A cross-communities, inter-generational and inclusive collaborative arts initiative launched by FINSA and artist, John Hyatt. --

Something Borrowed, Something New – Ian Irvine vs the VG&M Victoria Gallery & Museum, 25 May-19 October Artist Ian Irvine applies a subversive, contemporary twist to the VG&M’s collection of historic paintings. --

-As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema Walker Art Gallery, 31 May-18 August Exploring the relationship between art and cinema, delving into the fascinating question of what inspires artists. -Wirral Met Degree Show Williamson Art Gallery, 18 May-10 June --

Cycling Through Time Williamson Art Gallery, 11 May-22 Sept A display of historic bicycles from the collection of National Museums Liverpool. -Vessels Williamson Art Gallery, 11 May-22 Sept Models and rarely seen historic artefacts feature alongside much-loved and new artwork. -Astronomy Photographer of the Year World Museum, 3 May-1 September 100 images from the 2018 competition will be displayed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. .

WHAT’S ON > COMING SOON Tabitha Jussa & John Davies – Can’t See The Wood for The Trees Victoria Gallery & Museum

Vortex – University Centre St Helens, degree show Beechams Building

Keith Haring Tate Liverpool

Eco Bluecoat Display Centre


Tabitha Jussa & John Davies – Can’t See The Wood for The Trees Victoria Gallery & Museum, 6 June – 4 July LOOK Photo Biennial: A visual exploration of trees in the urban environment through the prism of contemporary scientific understanding and the symbolic significance of trees. -Liz Hingley – Shanghai Sacred Victoria Gallery & Museum, 6 June – 25 September LOOK Photo Biennial: In the innovative installation, photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city. -Fabric District Festival Fabric District (Various Venues), 7-9 June For FULL exhibition lists for the Fabric District Festival, see the NEWS pages

Eco Bluecoat Display Centre, 15 June – 27 July An exhibition of works by makers working in eco friendly materials or with a focus on sustainability. -Vortex – University Centre St Helens, degree show Beechams Building, 15 June – 20 July The annual event, highly regarded in the local arts calendar, sees the historic Beechams building transformed into one of St Helens’ largest art galleries. -Starkers Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, 15 June – 14 July Four years on from its first appearance, Davy and Kristin Maguire’s Starkers returns to The Williamson. --

-Keith Haring Tate Liverpool, 14 June – 10 November The first institutional, solo exhibition in the UK of American artist Keith Haring.

Sixteen Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, 15 June – 21 July In this major touring exhibition leading contemporary photographers join forces with more than one hundred and seventy sixteen-year-olds across the UK to explore their dreams, hopes and fears. -Transformative Moments Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, 15 June – 14 July Photographer Stephanie Wynne and women from Wirral Change, a BME outreach centre, present ‘Transformative Moments’. .

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Victoria Gallery & Museum: Exhibition Launch: Shanghai Sacred Victoria Gallery & Museum

Fang: Animal Religion (SPAIN) Capstone Theatre

Wirral Open Studio Tour 2019 Various locations

Fabric District Arts Festival 2019 Fabric District

Talks, Tours & Performance Summer Arts Market Liverpool Cathedral., 1 June, 10am – 6pm The North West’s biggest arts, craft and design market returns on Saturday 1 June 2019. Taking place in the awe inspiring Grade I listed Liverpool Cathedral. --

Wirral Open Studio Tour 2019 Various locations, 8 & 9 June This June the 10th Wirral Open Studio Tour will see 65 artists and makers right across the Wirral peninsula throwing open their studio doors and inviting visitors in to view their work and get an insight into their inspirations and processes.

Fang: Animal Religion (SPAIN) Capstone Theatre, 12 June, 7:30pm Fang is the latest production from internationally renowned performers, Animal Religion. 500 kg of clay, a 70 kg human body. Live music. A UK premiere.

Guided trip to Ruthin Craft Centre & artist studios Bluecoat Display Centre, 19 June, 9am A full and varied day visiting 2 artists in their studios in North Wales as well as Ruthin Craft Centre to see the current exhibitions


TOUR: Wirral Met Degree Show Williamson Art Gallery, 2 June, 2 – 3:30pm Exploring art through friendly and informal discussion. Monthly meetings, with June’s visiting the degree show at Williamson Art Gallery & Museum. --

-Fabric District Arts Festival 2019 Fabric District, 7 – 9 June Following the fabulous success of the first Fabric District Festival last year it will return in June 2019 with a new theme; This Social Fabric.

Devoted & Disgruntled: Open Space Event Unity Theatre, 13 June, 11am – 3pm What can we all do about female leadership and particularly those from a working-class background being under represented in the arts?

Meet the Makers – Caroline Gregson Bluecoat Display Centre, 24 June, 3pm Meet Willow artist Caroline Gregson & metal artist Jason Taylor who will both speak about their works featured in the Go Eco exhibition.


Victoria Gallery & Museum: Exhibition Launch: Shanghai Sacred Victoria Gallery & Museum, 6 June, 6-9:30pm LOOK Photo Biennial: Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city, which sits at the forefront of the country’s unprecedented religious revival. --

-Peer to Peer Symposium: China/UK Practice and Play Victoria Gallery & Museum, 7 June, 10am – 3pm A day of conversations around artistic and academic exchange between the UK and China. We’ll talk through what makes successful collaborations, looking at how to foster good relationships and create meaningful work together. --

Curator Tour FACT, 15 June, 11am Join FACT for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett and why the gallery is dedicating 2019 to discussing issues of identity, representation and gender. --

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dot-art: Abstract Painting Bluecoat

dot-art: Drawing for Everyone (3 Saturdays) Everyman Theatre

An Introduction to Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners Make. North Docks

Physical Fest - Devoted & Disgruntled Unity Theatre

Classes & Workshops

Almost all of these workshops need booking, please go to the website to find booking links & further event information for all of the below

Printmaking with Anthony Ratcliffe ‘Northern Stone and Peat Smoke’ Kirkby Gallery, 4/6/7 June, 10am – 3:30pm Join Anthony Ratcliffe in Kirkby Gallery for this one day printmaking workshop where you will learn how to make a woodcut and produce a mounted print to take home.

Physical Fest 2019 – Workshops, Tmesis Theatre City of Liverpool College, 10-15 June An exciting 6 day programme of workshops from international practitioners.


Physical Fest - Devoted & Disgruntled Unity Theatre, 13 June, 11am – 3pm Open Space Workshop: What can we all do about female leadership and particularly those from a working-class background being under represented in the arts?

Jigsaw Bluecoat, Starts 5 June A workshop series, exploring the nature and practice of free improvisation in music.



dot-art: Water Colour (3 Sundays) Bluecoat, 30 June, 11:30am – 5pm Watercolour is the most popular medium for people who take up art. This course is designed for both absolute beginners and those more advanced who are seeking to refresh their skills. 3 week course. .

Ongoing workshops & classes (check www.artinliverpool. com for contact details)

-An Introduction to Digital Marketing for Small Business Owners Make. North Docks, 6 June, 6 – 8:30pm The world of digital marketing is everchanging, with new insights, algorithms and methods emerging each month.

dot-art: Drawing for Everyone (3 Saturdays) Everyman Theatre, 15 June, 11am – 5pm Learn how to draw accurately and in proportion. Perfect for the complete beginner or those more advanced who feel they need to improve their drawing skills. 3 week course.

--dot-art: Abstract Painting Bluecoat, 9 June, 11:30am – 5pm Delve into the imaginative world of abstract painting with professional artist Emily Bartlett. 3 weeks.

Grafitti Art Class (Saturdays) Zap Grafitti, Saturdays, 2-4pm Work as a team to learn the basic skills & techniques of a professional graffiti artist. -New Drawing Workshops Man in the Moon Man in the Moon now delivers half day, full day and weekend workshops for students to get stuck into making their own art.

Art Tuition / Art Courses The Old Police Station, Lark Lane Classes and Courses from Nicole Bartos -Art Classes Southport Studio Learn skills for paintings and drawing with Lisa Langan -Do Something Saturdays FACT, Saturdays, 12-4pm Discover a different way of experiencing exhibitions at FACT (suitable for children 6+). -Art Play for Under Fives Lady Lever Art Gallery, Mondays, 1011:30am Bring along the little ones for creative play activities, including puppets, costumes, toys, storytelling and nursery rhymes with our Education team. .


For more details on all opportunities, including links on how to apply, head to To send us details on jobs or opportunities for artists, email

CALLS Artist Opportunity: Connecting Brierfield Railway Station, In-Situ / Connecting East Lancashire Artist residency raising awareness, animating and connecting people to Brierfield Railway Station June 2019 – January 2020 DEADLINE: 3rd June 2019

Festival of Manchester Artist Micro Commission, Manchester City Council Manchester City Council are inviting applications from artists and or artist collectives to create a new or adapted small-scale outdoor art piece for Festival of Manchester. DEADLINE: 6th June 2019

Shine Emerging Artist Programme 2019, Light Up The North Light Up the North is a network of 6 light festivals across the north of England. In 2019, three of the festivals are joining together to award bursaries to emerging artists working with light. DEADLINE: 3rd June 2019

Call for Artists – Wirral Society of Arts 9th Open Exhibition 2019 Wirral Society of Arts biennial exhibition is open to all artists – local, national and international – at all stages in their careers. DEADLINE: 19th July 2019 --



Call Out: Artists to work with PARTIA PARTIA (Promoting Art in Aintree) is Aintree hospital’s art department; we are in charge of maintaining artworks and organising events around the site. We are looking to take on a number of artists who can supply art and ideas to PARTIA. DEADLINE: 19th June 2019

Festival of Manchester Artist Community Commission, Manchester City Council Inviting proposals from artists / companies experienced in creating outdoor arts to create/build a mid to large-scale installation for Festival of Manchester DEADLINE: 6th June 2019

-Call for artists – Spill Yer Tea SPILL YER TEA is an accessible and all inclusive new experimental scratch night based in Liverpool. It is presented by DRIP; an artist led platform supporting the creation and presentation of new and exciting Live Art. DEADLINE: 1st July 2019



Open Call, The 2019 Deeside Art Group DAG Exhibition The 72nd Annual Exhibition will take place between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 June 2019 at Westbourne Hall, West Kirby, Wirral. The DAG Exhibition 2019 is open to both members and non members. DEADLINE: 15th June 2019

Open Call: Aintree Hospital Organ Donation Artwork An opportunity for a sculpture or installation artist to work with the critical care unit to create an artwork to say thank you to all of the organ donors and their families who have consented to organ donation. DEADLINE: 12th June 2019



Open Call, Eden Project – Public Arts in Morecambe, Eden Project International Ltd Morecambe Bay is blessed with a community of artists and arts organisation’s. Eden Project International Ltd are seeking practitioners to develop public art projects, over the next twelve months. DEADLINE: 26th June 2019

Call for submissions: Another North Another North is a new online platform for Northern writing. We are looking for poetry, fiction and essays from people or living in the North of England, North of Wales and Scotland. DEADLINE: 20th September 2019

-Great North Art Show 2019 – Call for Artists An exciting and diverse open exhibition of contemporary art by professional northern artists, in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral. DEADLINE: 16th June 2019 --


Finance & Business Committee Members, Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust Ltd. (Everyman & Playhouse) The e&p is a local artistic force with national significance and an international reputation. Now looking for individuals with a financial and/or business background who can strengthen their charitable governance structure. DEADLINE: 28th June 2019

The Westmorland Landscape Prize – open for entries Open to artists working in any media, applicants are invited to submit up to four works by 5pm on 17 June 2019. Applications must be made online. DEADLINE: 17th June 2019

Board Directors, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Trading Ltd. E&P are now looking for individuals with a background in the food, drink and events sectors who can strengthen their charitable governance structure as a member of our voluntary Trading Board. DEADLINE: 28th June 2019 -Volunteer for Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2019 Liverpool Arab Arts Festival is looking for committed volunteers to help deliver the UK’s biggest Arab Arts festival. DEADLINE: 30th June 2019

--Open Call – \’The element of Primary Colours\’ – Competition 2019 Win a two-week residency and vouchers provided by local businesses at Stiwdio Maelor. DEADLINE: 14th June 2019 --

. Sunny Art Prize – Open Call for Artists The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition in the UK is a global platform offering art opportunities to emerging and established artists. DEADLINE: 30th June 2019 --

JOBS North West Hub Leader, The Reader This role requires a motivated and community minded individual. The main thrust of the role is to sustain and expand The Reader’s Shared Reading work in a designated operational Hub, within a greater region. DEADLINE: 3rd June 2019

Development and Marketing Manager, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art The Development and Marketing Manager is a new management role which will work closely with the CFCCA Director on innovating and leading successful fundraising and commercial income initiatives. DEADLINE: 15th July 2019

Relationship Manager, Combined Arts, Arts Council, England Do you want to help shape and influence the way arts and culture is delivered today? Help more people in more places take part in more great art and culture? Help arts and cultural organisations better reflect the diversity of our communities? DEADLINE: 2nd June 2019

-Front of House Assistant, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Front of House Assistant to maintain excellent visitor services through supervising and supporting the front of house volunteer team, ensuring a positive first experience of CFCCA for all visitors. DEADLINE: 10th June 2019 -Retail and Admissions Assistant – IWM North, Imperial War Museums One of the world’s leading authorities on conflict and its impact on people’s lives – from 1914 through to the present day and beyond. DEADLINE: 28th May 2019 -Development Officer, Lakeland Arts In this role you’ll support the sustainability and growth of Lakeland Arts by contributing to the delivery of our fundraising strategy, with a particular focus on our core programme of exhibitions and participation activities. DEADLINE: 13th June 2019 -Head of Cultural Services, Burnley Leisure Develop and lead Cultural Services operations and deliver a high quality aspirational and sustainable cultural offering in Burnley. DEADLINE: 10th June 2019 --



Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is looking for an enthusiastic and hardworking Marketing and Communications Coordinator to deliver CFCCA’s marketing and communications strategy, encompassing devising marketing initiatives, PR and social media activity. DEADLINE: 15th July 2019

Head of Touring, Manchester International Festival Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years. DEADLINE: 2nd June 2019

-Project Officer, The Ariel Trust You will need experience working with young people, in planned and structured ways, and the ability to use creative approaches to responding to their sometimes complex needs. DEADLINE: 24th June 2019 -Executive Director, Manchester City of Literature Manchester was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. In order to maximise the opportunities, a new charitable organisation is being established to coordinate Manchester City of Literature. DEADLINE: 14th June 2019 -Part Time Framer, dot-art. dot-art wishes to appoint a Freelance Framer to build on and expand our current framing offer. We have operated a framing service to artists, gallery customers and the general public via a third party for over ten years and are now bringing this in house. DEADLINE: 3rd June 2019 --

-Executive Director, Walk the Plank At Walk the Plank, we’ve established ourselves as a leading name in the world of outdoor arts. Our appetite for new creative adventures remains undiminished but the landscape in which we create and produce ground-breaking work is rapidly changing. DEADLINE: 10th June 2019 .


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