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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.

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.)

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.


Making Liverpool Prosper Beyond ’08 October 3, 2008

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A major debate on the future prosperity of Liverpool, involving:

  • The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones
  • Dr Tim Leunig (Author of Cities Unlimited)
  • Professor David Robertson (Professor of Public Policy Research at LJMU)
  • Warren Bradley (Leader of the City Council)
  • Pauline Davis (Managing Director of New Heartlands)
  • Jack Stopforth (Chief Executive of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce)
  • Justin Welby (Dean of Liverpool)

Have your say about the future prosperity of Liverpool.

To ask a question please submit it in advance by emailing Kate at: kate.holcombe@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

The debate will be held at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday 16th October at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:15pm).

There is a £2 entrance fee to be paid on the door.

For more details please contact Kate on: 0151 702 7243.

La Princess Progress Details September 4, 2008

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Well we’ve all had a good look at her now. Whilst some people have commented here that spiders aren’t their favourite creatures, it has to be admitted that La Princess is pretty spectacular. I mean, how often do we get to see a giant steampunk mechanical spider hanging off one the city centre’s ugliest buildings? Never, I say!

So, in keeping with the growing La Machine obsession, here’s a list of what she will be up to over the coming weekend. It’s accurate as far as we know, but if we hear of any changes we’ll let you know.

Thursday 4th September

11.30h The creature is craned off Concourse Tower.
12.30h The convoy carries the creature and sets off for the Research base at ACC.
13.00h The convoy arrives at the Research Base.

Friday 5th September

11.30h The scientists perform experiments on the creature using different special effects to see how it responds to different stimuli. The creature wakes up and is prevented from running away by a wall of Chinese firecrackers and by a fire effect. Eventually the creature is sent to sleep by a snow machine.
18.00h The creature wakes and parades to Salthouse Dock.
19.30h The creature arrives at the Dock and takes a bath, accompanied by live music. After her bath, she is dried and perfumed.
20.30h The creature sets off for Cunard Building.
21.00h The creature arrives at Cunard Building. It begins to snow gently and she falls asleep.

Saturday 6th September
11.30h The creature wakes up in the middle of a magical snowscape, and is serenaded with music.
12.30h The creature goes to sleep again.
14.45h The creature leaves Cunard Building and walks up Water Street.
15.30h The creature arrives at Town Hall – smoke effect.
15.40h The creature walks towards Derby Square along Castle Street.
16.00h Water ballet at Derby Square.
16.15h The creature walks down Lord Street to Holy Corner where it is snowing.
17.00h The creature sleeps.
18.30h The creature wakes and walks down Parker Street, serenaded on the way.
20.00h A tempest rages at Ranelagh Place.
20.30h The creature arrives at Concourse Tower, climbs up the tower and goes to sleep.

Sunday 7th September

15.00h The creature wakes up and is prepared for the evening’s entertainment.
16.00h The creature goes back to sleep.
19.30h Cherry-pickers and musicians arrive.
20.00h The creature is removed from the tower with a crane.
20.30h The convoy leaves the tower and parades to Queensway Tunnel entrance.
21.15h The creature tries to escape, but is prevented from doing so by the special effect machines.
21.30h Finale at Queensway tunnel.

Sounds like she’ll be having a nice time!

La Princess Is Here! September 3, 2008

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Quick! Get a rolled up newspaper!

Quick! Get a rolled up newspaper!

So she’s arrived!

Crouching on the side of Concourse Tower is Liverpool’s latest resident, La Princess. She’s been created by La Machine to creep her way through the city over the coming weekend. We’ll be rushing up there later to gawk at her like slack-jawed yokels.

If you haven’t guessed what she is yet, where have you been? She’s been outed on Facebook, Flickr, Popbitch and, um,  here, and people in the street have been overheard discussing her.  Let’s just say if you need another hint, Orwell’s famous maxim from ‘Animal Farm’ didn’t go far enough…


That pic was lifted from the Facebook group. More pics over there.

The BBC has a detailed route and itinerary for La Princess here.