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Malcolm Gladwell Live! May 22, 2009

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malcolm gladwellWednesday, 24 June 2009 7.30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets: £16, £21

‘Fizzingly entertaining and enlightening’
Daily Mail

‘A brilliant storyteller. immense fun’
The Guardian

A West End sell-out sensation!

‘Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon, one of the most brilliant and influential writers of his generation.’ The Observer

If you haven’t already been lucky enough to come across Malcolm Gladwell, I should explain why this is such exciting news: Malcolm Gladwell is the author of the international bestsellers Blink, The Tipping Point and Outliers, books which have entertained, engaged, and profoundly changed the way millions of us think about the world.

The Observer describes him as “the most influential thinker of the ipod generation”. Normally paid huge sums to speak at conferences for corporations like Google, on 24 June he is coming to Liverpool! He himself has this to say:

“Just so we’re clear, there will be no tap-dancing, mime, or impersonations of pop stars during my shows. It will just be me, giving you what I hope to be some of the most interesting bits from Outliers. I’d be delighted if you could come.”

Now you have a unique opportunity to see him in action!

Gladwell brings you his extraordinary alchemy of story-telling and intuitive thinking. It’s time to forget conventional notions of how society works and get ready for a brand new way of seeing the world.

Outliers is his new book, and this time his subject is successful people. He argues that the real secrets of success can be found in people’s life stories – the culture they grow up in, the twists of fate, and the way they spend their time. He has a very liberating an inspiring message.

Tickets are £16 and £21. For more information or to purchase tickets simply click here or call the Box Office direct on 0151 709 3789.

When he visited London last November he sold-out the huge Lyceum Theatre twice over and had the kind of response usually reserved for rock-stars or Hollywood icons:

‘The writer as rock star? Well, why not? . Malco-mania is about to break out!’  Daily Telegraph

Even without the dancing, in person, Malcolm is every bit as engaging and charismatic as you would hope. He speaks as well as he writes.

‘Inspiring, revelatory … He makes you feel like you’re the genius, rather than he’s a genius’ The Times

Invest In Art Seminar April 28, 2009

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Arts_business_logo 6pm Monday 22nd June 2009

City Inn, Piccadilly Place, Manchester

We are delighted to invite you to Invest in Art.  We will be hosting a seminar on all you need to know about buying contemporary art.

This is a great opportunity to view exceptional art, meet the artists and perhaps be inspired by a piece of art that you love.

Speakers include Ceri Hand founder of Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool’s first contemporary commercial art gallery, with advice on how to spot the perfect piece for your office or home. Gavin Buckley from Arts & Business will speak about the unique benefits of bringing contemporary art into the workplace. There will also be representatives from specialists on how to protect your investment in the long term. 

The seminar will provide the first opportunity to experience Visual. Visual is a new, unique and flexible service bringing high quality contemporary art to businesses and their employees. Works included in the collection have been selected by curators from the region’s finest contemporary arts venues and many artists are award winning and some have exhibited at the Tate Gallery and the V&A.

We would like you to have a truly enjoyable evening, and City Inn are providing wine and hot food at the event.

Invest in Art is sponsored by City Inn, Mace & Jones, Riskworks and Saffery Champness.

Attendance at Invest in Art is free and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  To register your interest please contact Claire Barlow, Regional Manager at Arts & Business, at claire.barlow@aandb.org.uk or on 0161 236 2058.

For a preview of the kind of artwork available through Visual go to www.visualforbusiness.com

Further information about Arts & Business is available at www.artsandbusiness.org.uk.

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AL And AL Win The Liverpool Art Prize 2009 – Elizabeth Willow Is The People’s Choice April 23, 2009

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al-and-al_eternal-youthAt a packed special Awards Ceremony in the Wake Theatre at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre tonight, AL and AL were presented with the prize of £2000 as winners of the Liverpool Art Prize 2009.
Also after counting over 1000 votes cast by visitors to the gallery it was announced that Elizabeth Willow was the winner of the £1000 ‘People’s Choice’ prize.

The ceremony was hosted by artinliverpool.com who set up and organise the prize which started in 2008 during Liverpool’s reign as European Capital of Culture.

For the Art Prize exhibition AL and AL presented new work including ‘I want to run in my mountains’ (2009) which features ‘Biped 00’ running through a shower of pink triangles high in the mountains as ‘Biped 01’ is measured and recorded in a motion tracking volume.

The anaglyph video works have been commissioned for an exhibition in the city of Mechelen Belgium, the location from which the trains destined for Auschwitz departed. The pink triangle was the Nazi German symbol for homosexuals, many of whom were murdered by the regime. The scientific quest to measure, quantify and ultimately control human behaviour is mirrored in the reflective world of the Avatar series where AL and AL’s studio performances have been transformed into biped animations using motion tracking biometric technology.

Also their ‘The ‘Suit of Cups’ (2009) places ‘Biped 00’ and ‘01’ as the central protagonists in a selection from the Tarot Deck; playing cards which are used to contemplate an individual’s predicament and divinate a possible future. The new rational world of measuring human behaviour is composited into the old irrational landscapes of superstitious symbolism.

The other shortlisted artists are: Terry Duffy, McCoy Wynne, Nicki McCubbing and Richard Meaghan

Main Sponsors: Duncan Sheard Glass Chartered Accountants (Main Prize), Arthur Diamond Design (People’s Choice Prize, printing & signage), Alexander MacGregor (Catalogue design & production)

The judges:
•    Alex Corina – Artist
•    Imogen Stidworthy – Artist, Winner of the 2008 Liverpool Art Prize
•    Amrit & Rabindra Singh (The Singh Twins) – Artists and winners of the 2008 People’s Choice Prize
•    Claire Hamilton – presenter for BBC Radio Merseyside
•    Paul Hyland (Duncan Sheard Glass – Accountants)
•    Jay Mitton (Arthur Diamond Design – Signs and Printers)

Saddle Up With The Northern Cowboys April 7, 2009

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Northern_cowboys You are invited to an evening of country music and comedy to help raise funds for a local film maker’s trip to Hollywood:

Wednesday 8th April at the Chameleon, behind FACT Cinema, free entry, 8-11pm

Our film Northern Cowboys has been officially selected by The Nashville Film Festival later this month. The festival is accredited by the Academy (ie the Oscars) and success there would mean we would be put forward for an Oscar next year in the Best Short Fictional Film category.

We’re looking to raise money for four of us to go over and promote the movie. The website is www.northerncowboys.net

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Aiming At Earth – A Play By John Dillon March 26, 2009

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1-4 APRIL 2009: 8PM
Box Office Telephone: 0151 709 4988

“If you aim at Heaven then you get earth thrown in.
If you merely aim at Earth, you finish up with nothing.”
C S Lewis

‘Aiming at Earth’ is set in 1961 and is built around ten characters,
all of whom live in the streets off the once bustling Scotland Road
area, where John Dillon was born and where he spent his formative
years. It is not a ‘rose tinted’ nostalgic look at ‘the good old days
down Scottie’ but a reflection of the true strengths and weaknesses
that existed within that community. There is much humour to be
found in the dialogue and relationships but there is also ignorance
and innocence, tension and tragedy.


Enjoy ‘39 Art Week (Thank you Art Week)’. 9 – 15 March 2009 March 9, 2009

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thank_you_09 Enjoy a gallery crawl, celebrate art and receive special offers!

"39 Art Day" (Thank You Art Day) is 9 March.  It is a special day to appreciate, promote, and otherwise positively engage ourselves in contemporary art worldwide.  This year as 9 March falls on Monday when some places will be closed we thought it would be good to make it a week-long programme of events and celebration!

Offers and Events include:

  • 20% off paintings by Deborah Butler at Splash
  • 15% discount on sales of all original art, prints and cards at Collage
  • FREE Talk/Discussion with David Backhouse; architect & potter
  • Molly Rathbone; basketmaker & Helen Chatterton; textile artist at Bluecoat Display Centre
  • Liverpool Art Prize PV at Novas CUC with live music and complimentary drink
  • 10% off all books on Friday 13 & Saturday 14 at Open Eye
  • FACT Membership privileges for a day
  • and much more.

Full list of offers and events on the Artinliverpool website

See also the 39 Art Day website



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New Glenn Brown Art Game February 20, 2009

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brownWe love Glenn Brown. One of the stand-out artists of the ‘Sensation’ generation, he’s now got a mid-career retrospective going on at Tate Liverpool. Go and have your mind boggled.

To mark this occasion, local techno-gurus Glow New Media have made n online game based on his works.

It’s a digital version of those games where you have to switch the suares around to complete the image. Infuriating but addictive.

Play the game here.

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)