This week our Liverpool art scene meanderings bring you news that attractiveness is increasing in Liverpool, plus news from Ghost Story on Thursday Evening at St Lukes.
Official Visitor and Economic Impact Figures for Liverpool Biennial 2008
Liverpool Biennial is delighted to announce that the 2008 Festival again demonstrated its place as the UK’s largest international contemporary visual arts festival by attracting 451,000 visitors who made 975,000 visits, creating an economic impact of £26.6m according to independent research just released.
Lewis Biggs, Artistic Director, commented: “The research shows how, in the past few years, there has been a sea change in perceptions within and outside the city. Liverpool’s investment in the excellence of its public art is now payig huge dividends in terms of economic and cultural regeneration. More and more people, from the UK and abroad, want to examine Liverpool, its status and its future, through the medium of high profile art projects and urban design. Above all, the power of art to generate meaningful conversation is clearly deeply felt amongst our visitors. It is good for them, for the community and for Liverpool as a whole.”
New Radicals - Sickert to Freud at Walker, good show, spoke to assistant curator Stephen White and NML Director of galleries Reyahn King - The interview will be coming up later in the week.. Keith Smith watercolours at Gostins - very good work and selling well!!
Fis 09 at Contemporary Urban Centre - eclectic but good with loads of work. Anna Ketskemety at Arena very good - it's artwork of the week on www.artinliverpool.com. Andy Prior paintings Beatles on Beatles Day in Cavern Walks looked great and the Summer Exhibition at Resurrection on Saturday and Sunday also had some really good work. Lets's hope it becomes a regular thing.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
Red Dot are staging an exhibition of artwork created by special needs people based throughout Merseyside. The work was produced following a week-long series of art-related workshops staged by Red Dot and all the work made in the workshops will be shown in the exhibition. Exhibition details
WEDNESDAY 15 July 2009, 19.00 - 21.00 at The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard invites you to EASTvideo - a programme of moving image works selected for EASTinternational 2009 in Norwich, along with a new work by the EAST07 award winner.
A haunting and beautiful sound and visual experience is coming to St. Luke's (Bombed-out) Church. ‘Ghost Stories - A Night Opera' a classical composition written by Liverpool musician and composer Neil Campbell and features Soprano Anne Taft, it is presented with stunning projected visuals by Shaun Taft.
THURSDAY 16 July 2009, 18.00 - 20.00 at The Lost Soul & Stranger Service Station (Old Barber Shop at the Bluecoat)
Exhibition 12,586 documents and responds to some of the impacts of Housing Market Renewal on Liverpool and particularly the area around Edge Lane. Artists: Katriona Beales, Neringa Plange and Nina Edge. Exhibition details
Group exhibition curated by Headspace. Featuring artwork by: Kylee Beencke; Grahame Caine; Dave Ellison; Claire Freeman; James Goodchild; Eli Pascall-Willis; Mark Peachey; Jackie Stevens. Venue details
Artist talk by Nina Edge. Exhibition 12,586 documents and responds to some of the impacts of Housing Market Renewal on Liverpool and particularly the area around Edge Lane. Exhibition details
FRIDAY 17 July 2009, 18.00 - 20.00 at Editions
An exhibition of new prints by seven Liverpool-based illustrators, including etchings, drypoints and screen prints made whilst in residence at the Bluecoat earlier this year. Exhibition details
FRIDAY 17 - SUNDAY 19 July 2009 at The Bluecoat + Various venues
Take a fresh look at Arabic Culture. Packing the full flavour of the festival, The Arabic Weekender bursts with music, film, food, literature and family activities.
NEWA, the largest open exhibition of wildlife art in the UK. Over 350 stunning works by the best wildlife artists in the uk and beyond! All for sale. Venue: Gordale Garden Centre. Chester High Road,(A540), Burton, Wirral, CH64 8TF Exhibition details
Slow Magic examines different approaches to contemporary painting that are playful and enchanting. Featuring the work of six international artists, the exhibition will offer summer visitors to the Bluecoat lively and colourful show. Exhibition details
Brouhaha International Carnival, the UK's largest single piece of moving art returns to take over the streets of Liverpool. Worlds in Princes Park 2009 plays host to two pieces of newly commissioned work. The Mela also returns this year to celebrate the South Asian Culture that has influenced many cultures across the world.
Liverpool photographers are 'Up to something' at St Luke's in August 2009. If you haven't already heard of or been photographed by the Fab Collective then make a date for St Luke's (the 'bombed out church' at the top of Bold Street), when the group's first exhibition of photographs will be held. Exhibition details