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Charity Art Exhibition and Auction: ‘Cities’ by Stephen Collett January 28, 2009

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collettExhibition: 2nd February – 2nd March, Auction: 4th March

dot-art is delighted to announce the launch of the first exhibition to take place in their new three part display space in Queen Avenue, Castle Street; featuring the work of celebrated Liverpool artist Stephen Collett.

The “Cities”  series, which depicts nine of the world’s great metropolis’s, was developed by Collett in 2008 as a response to Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.  He says of the concept:

“Our Capital of Culture year gave every artist in Liverpool the chance to produce pieces of work which signified our pride for our city and this is how I see Liverpool, a thriving cultural capital which sits comfortably amongst the great cities of the world…

“I wanted these pieces to be recognisable as cities from a distance, yet up close they were slightly abstract and very impressionistic. This is indicative of any cityscape in my opinion, the dominant landmarks forming iconic skylines making every building work in the composition, yet not specifically painting every individual building.”

The collection was exhibited in three locations in 2008 and was viewed by over 10,000 people. After a successful year which included solo shows in Liverpool, London, Berlin and New York, Stephen approached dot-art with the idea of auctioning the collection in aid of charity, as a way of both celebrating the success of 2008 for the artist and the city as a whole, and to benefit a range of worthy causes who are struggling in these uncertain times.

Lucy Byrne of dot-art said: “We are delighted to be involved in this fantastic project, inspired by the generosity of Stephen Collett. His stunning but accessible work has a very wide appeal, and we are confident we can raise significant sums for the charities involved.”

All profits from the sale of the collection of nine paintings will go to the following charities, personally selected by the artist:  The Painting Project in Rio, The Bedford Road Community Centre, Age Concern and Macmillan Cancer Research. Three additional paintings, all depicting Liverpool have been created specifically for the exhibition, and will also be available to buy.

The entire collection will be available to view at dot-art, 16 Queen Avenue, Castle Street from the 2nd February – 2nd March, and online at www.dot-art.com.

The Charity Auction will take place on Wednesday 4th March at 62 Castle Street Hotel, from 6-8pm. Please call 0845 0176660 or email enquiries@dot-art.com for more details.

Culture Capital Stages Illuminating Thank You January 7, 2009

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994200_fireworks_7Liverpool is to say a special thank-you for everyone’s support throughout its year as the UK’s European Capital of Culture 2008.

Cultural venues across the city centre are throwing open their doors late into the evening as part of a special Transition Light Night, in what will be one of the biggest free events in the Capital of Culture programme.

The cultural extravaganza on Saturday, 10th January 2009 – a year to the day the city officially launched its culture year – marks Liverpool’s transition from ’08 to its Year of the Environment.

The evening will kick-off with a spectacular ‘People’s Celebration’ along the Mersey waterfront and new-look Pier Head.

This free waterfront party will be a multi-media sound and light spectacle – the first event on the iconic World Heritage site since the extensive £100 million pound regeneration of the Pier Head public space.

Liverpool Art Prize 2009 Short List Announced January 7, 2009

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  • Short list of 6 artists announced
  • Exhibition takes place 13 March – 4 May 2009 at Novas CUC
  • First Prize is £2000 cash
  • People’s Choice Prize £1000 (increased from £500)

The short list of six artists for the Liverpool Art Prize 2009 has been chosen by a panel of judges from over 80 nominations received from the call for nominations which took place during the Liverpool 2008 Biennial.

The Short List…

  • Al & Al
  • Terry Duffy
  • McCoy & Wynne
  • Nicki McCubbing
  • Richard Meaghan
  • Elizabeth Willow

More details about the artists are on the Liverpool Art Prize website:

The judges:

  • Amrit & Rabindra Singh (The Singh Twins) – Artists and winners of the 2008 People’s Choice Prize
  • Imogen Stidworthy (tbc) – Artist, Winner of the 2008 Liverpool Art Prize
  • Alex Corina – Artist and campaigner for the Garston Cultural Village
  • Claire Hamilton – presenter for Radio Merseyside

Representatives from the sponsors:

  • Paul Hyland (Duncan Sheard Glass – Accountants)
  • Colin McGregor (Alexander McGregor – Marketing)
  • Jay Mitton (Arthur Diamond Design – Signs and Printers)

Come And See Santa At Lewis’s December 15, 2008

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Raccoon not included.

Raccoon not included.

Liverpool’s famous Lewis’s store takes a seasonal look back at 2008 in their magical Santa’s grotto, opened daily in the run up to Christmas.

Lewis’s was the first department store in Liverpool to have a grotto, way back in 1879, and this year they want to say a special thank you to all the loyal shoppers who have supported the store through the last year.

Covering 10,000 square feet this is a magical experience following the adventures of Lewis Bear who, like the store, is celebrating his 150th birthday.
Be prepared to see a Santa Superlambanana and a festive take on the MTV awards in the third floor of Lewis’s Ranelagh Street shop.

Free to walk around or £5 to receive a gift (10% goes to the charity Give A Child A Chance). Every child receives a balloon, badge and activity sheet on the way into the grotto.

Opening times: Mon – Fri 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. (Opens 9am from Dec 18.)

Barcamp Liverpool Is Coming December 1, 2008

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barcampliverpool6 & 7 December, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

And lo! The geeks shall inherit the earth. And so it came to pass.

Barcamp – a technology related ‘unconference’ open to all – is coming to Liverpool. Barcamp Liverpool invites entrepreneurs, technologists,programmers, developers, designers, bloggers, social media types, gamers, and artists to two days of unadulterated geeky Barcamp fun.

We are expecting over 150 technology geeks (and not so geeks) and will be welcoming guests from Liverpool, the North West and London and some from across Europe – all coming to Liverpool for Barcamp; the city’s first Technology “Unconference’.

You may have read about it in the Daily Post.

Barcamp has some great sponsors – from local technology stars such as Screencasts Online, Mando Group, Amaze and Glow New Media to the giants of the industry. We’re honored to be supported by BBC Backstage, Yahoo! Developer Network, and Microsoft who are sponsoring the party – yes, there’ll be a party!

If you’d like to sponsor – perhaps by sponsoring a prize at the Startup Stars competition, get in touch.

For more info and to sign up, please check out the Barcamp Liverpool Website.


Arts And Cultural Grants Programme For 2009/10 November 25, 2008

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Here’s some info on the upcoming grants programme from our friends at the Culture Company. If you are planning any projects or events, these briefing sessions may be useful:

The Arts and Cultural Grants programme for 2009/10 will be announced shortly. In advance of the grant scheme going live we would like to draw your attention to the following programme of briefing sessions and surgeries which aim to provide officer support during the application process.


To book a place on the grant briefing sessions or to arrange a time at one of the surgeries please contact:

Phil Taylor
Liverpool Culture Company
Tel: 0151 233 5604
Email: phil.taylor@liverpool.gov.uk

Click ‘more for the dates and venues of the sessions.

Tracy Emin Wins Arts Award For Liverpool Cathedral November 21, 2008

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tracey-emin-02Liverpool Cathedral was last night announced as the first winner of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Arts Award.

The award is designed to stimulate Liverpool’s tradition of patronage by rewarding the company or organisation who funded the best publicly available art in Liverpool in the last five years.

The piece, titled ‘For You’ by Tracy Emin, RA takes the form of a pink neon wall mounted sign in Tracey’s own handwriting carrying the message ‘I felt you and I knew you loved me’ The judges were impressed with this dual personal and spiritual message in such a sacred space.

The judging panel made up of the crème of the Liverpool arts establishment ; Lewis Biggs Director of  Liverpool Biennial, Brenda Parkerson, Business Development Manager of Arts & Business, John Entwistle, sponsor and Christoph Grunenberg Director of Tate Gallery Liverpool felt that the Cathedral’s on-going work with such a cutting edge contemporary artist had produced a very bold and courageous piece.

The award sponsor, John Entwistle commented: “I’m very keen that this competition encourages the tradition of patronage of the arts in Liverpool and I’m delighted that work of this calibre is being commissioned in Liverpool.”

Building A World Class City – Conference 5 Dec 2008 November 5, 2008

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cranecropInvestment and Regeneration in Liverpool:  Building a World Class City
5th December 2008, Radisson SAS Hotel, Liverpool

Regeneration in Liverpool has been accelerating at a rapid pace in the last few years. More than £3 billion is being invested in major projects which are changing the face of the city. Being the European Capital of Culture in 2008 has further aided this renaissance through drawing in new visitors and bringing attention to Liverpool’s cultural offering.

However, following Capital of Culture year what is the future for the city? Can the regeneration momentum be maintained in an economic downturn? What are the implications of changing regional structures for the city and surrounding area?

This conference seeks to examine the impact of the past year on Liverpool’s development, the impact of regional governance changes and their implications for regeneration and the city’s ability to weather the current economic crisis.

Speakers include:

  • Phil Redmond CBE
  • Cllr Warren Bradley Leader Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chair Liverpool Culture Company
  • Jim Gill Chief Executive Liverpool Vision
  • Paul Lakin Head of Development North West Development Agency
  • Neil Scales OBE Chief Executive and Director General Merseytravel
  • Peter Madden Chief Executive Forum for the Future
  • Jonathan Bracken Partner Bircham Dyson Bell
  • Sue Harrison Chair of the Board The BlueCoat
  • Pam Wilsher Head of Tourism Sector Development Merseyside Partnership (the official Tourist Board for Merseyside)
  • Guy Butler Project Director Grosvenor
  • Cllr Tony McDermott Leader Halton Borough Council and Chair Mersey Gateway Executive Board
  • Jack Stopforth Chief Executive Officer Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
  • David Guest Chairman Liverpool Commercial District Partnership
  • Simon Pierce Area Director for Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council (LSC)

For further information and a full programme please visit the event website, contact Waterfront on 020 7787 1210 or download the information and booking form here [PDF]

Greatest Hits Of Liverpool Exhibition Comes To Town November 3, 2008

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Artist Ian Fennelly gets inspired by Capital of Culture and exhibits his iconic cityscapes

Chester’s famous Watergate St Gallery is back on tour, this time in Liverpool with Ian Fennelly, acclaimed Merseyside based artist. The exhibition is free for all members of the public and will showcase iconic Liverpool landmarks and buildings captured with Fennelly’s typical charm.

When: Tuesday 11th November (VIP and press launch night from 6pm) – late December

Where: RENEW Rooms, The Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4D

Following huge success back in March when Fennelly toured with the Watergate St Gallery in Manchester, and more recently to a grand reception in Florence, this time he is back where it all started, in Merseyside, where his inspiration began with ‘The Greatest Hits of Liverpool’, and this time he is exhibiting his famous talent in the city for two months in line with the Capital of Culture celebrations!

Ian Fennelly is an acclaimed cityscape artist and will be exhibiting his stunning artwork in the RENEW Rooms at Liverpool’s Tea Factory in association with RIBA Northwest and Chester’s Watergate Street Gallery.


Help Break The Santa Dash Record – Again! October 24, 2008

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Once again it’s time to don your silly hats and big white beards to pound the streets of Liverpool.

Yes, this year’s Santa Dash is nearly upon us. This year, the organisers are hoping to get 8,000 entries to end our 08 year – if they do, it’s another record for our city (we did hold the 2005 record for the world’s biggest Santa Dash, so civic pride demands we do it again).

If dressing up like a fool and running around isn’t reason enough, there’s also a good cause for it all. Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust will be one of the charities to benefit from this year’s Santa Dash. The Trust raises funds in order to provide much needed sports, medical, educational, play and recreational equipment to all age groups. Awards are made every three months to the smaller community groups and charities in the Radio Station’s broadcasting area who struggle for funding against the larger higher profile charities.

Santa suits are included in the entrance fee of £15, so there’s no excuse not to toddle over to the Run Liverpool website and sign up.