The 2008 Private View. 29 Feb 2008

The Private Viewing on Thursday February 28th 2008 was a great success with around 400 people attending.
The exhibition was opened by Phil Redmond.



BBC Northwest broadcast the event live and spoke to some of the visitors and artists


The gallery was packed for most of the evening


and even the red balloon stayed fully inflated!

Special Viewing Evening – May 1st 2008

lap logo Special Evening Viewing – Thursday May 1st 18-22.00
Exhibition Extended to May 7th 2008.

Another chance to see this successful exhibition before it closes. There will be live music and DJs

Live Music and Mellowtone resident DJs Richie Vegas & Musica del Alma (Jonnie O’Hare & Ian Knowlson) in the Bar & Lounge area.

After-Show at 3345 Parr St with Mellowtone –


Imogen Stidworthy (Art Prize Winner), The Singh Twins (People’s Choice Winners), Mary Fitzpatrick, Gareth Kemp, Jayne Lawless and Emma Rodgers

Another Chance to See

The Liverpool Art Prize comes to the end of its successful run on Wednesday May 7th. If you have not already visited or would like another reason to visit this excellent exhibition again then come along on the evening of Thursday May 1st. Enjoy the artwork and the company, have a drink or two and relax in the bar or lounge where there will be live music and DJs until 22.00. The gallery on the 3rd floor will close at 21.00.

The Hawkins & Co exhibition also continues at the C.U.C. until May 5th 2008.

The Sponsors
Duncan Sheard Glass – Chartered Accountants. Sponsors for the
Liverpool Art Prize.
Arthur Diamond Design – Sponsors of the People’s Choice Prize and supply of printed materials.
Alexander MacGregor – Design and Production of the exhibition catalogue. and Urban Splash – additional sponsorship for the main prize.
Mercy – curation by Tomas Harold and additional support.
McCoy Wynne – photography of artworks and artists.
Roma Galleries – Framing for the Singh Twins works.
Novas Arts – Gallery space, facilities and staffing support


Imogen Stidworthy Wins The Liverpool Art Prize 2008

lap image is pleased to announce that Imogen Stidworthy is the overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2008.

The People’s Choice prize has been won by the Singh Twins after over 440 votes from the general public were counted.

The prizes were presented by Paul Hyland of DSG and Arthur Diamond at a special awards ceremony at the Contemporary Urban Centre where the exhibition will continue until May 7 2008

Stidworthy’s focus is on aspects of communication. She looks at how language occupies public and private spaces, and uses it as a sculptural material to explore relationships between body, voice and subject.

She is interested in how meaning is produced between people; often focusing on situations where something has disturbed the connection between a thought and a word.

For the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, she is exhibiting Get Here, and 7AM – both surround sound installations. Stidworthy has taken part in numerous international exhibitions including Documenta 12 (2007), Thessaloniki Biennale (2007), and Shanghai Biennale (2006). In 2004, she was short-listed for Beck’s Futures in London. Stidworthy is also an Advising Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.

The Singh Twins’ award winning works are recognized for pioneering the development of the Indian miniature within contemporary art practice and for establishing a unique ‘Past Modern’ genre within British Contemporary art. Internationally acclaimed, they explore serious issues of social, political and cultural debate within a richly symbolic, narrative, decorative and witty style that challenges Eurocentric stereotyping within contemporary art and the perceived divide between east and west, tradition and modernity. They were appointed official artists for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and are currently producing an animation of one of two paintings recently commissioned for Liverpool Capital of Culture Celebrations.

The other short-listed artists are Gareth Kemp, Jayne Lawless, Emma Rodgers and Mary Fitzpatrick.

Exhibition runs until May 7 2008

Volunteers Needed to Assist in the Gallery

Volunteers Needed for the Contemporary Urban Centre NW.
Opening with the Liverpool Art Prize 2008 exhibition on Feb 28 and the Hawkins & Co exhibition on March 6, volunteer staff are urgently required for invigilating and possibly other duties.
The CUC – North West is a phenomenal building that offers an extensive range of facilities that provide businesses and the general public alike a venue in Liverpool to be truly proud of. It has been developed over a period of seven years, in a close partnership with local community groups and the city.

The venue covers 170,000 sq feet within a Grade 2 listed converted warehouse in a prominent location close to the city centre. It lies within an area of Liverpool increasingly labeled the 'Independent Arts Quarter' and is a major regeneration catalyst for the area.

Contact Rosita Mohamed on 0151 708 3530
There will be a volunteers induction this Friday 22/02/08 at 10.30 at the CUC but don't worry if you miss that, its not too late.

41-51 Greenland Street
L1 0BS

Liverpool Art Prize 2008 – Exhibition

Thursday February 28
6.00pm – 8.00pm


Sunday March 9
2.00pm – 5.00pm

Exhibition runs February 29 to May 7 2008 (extended from April 10)
Contemporary Urban Centre North-West,
41-51 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 0BS

DOWNLOAD The Press Release – pdf (Acrobat Reader file) 

DOWNLOAD The Press Release – doc (Word Document) 

DOWNLOAD The Exhibition Flyer – pdf (Acrobat Reader file) 

DSG to Sponsor the Art Prize


North West accountants Duncan Sheard Glass (DSG) have generously offered to be main sponsors for the Liverpool Art Prize. This is fantastic news for the Liverpool art scene. Members of the DSG board have a genuine love for art and a long history of supporting local artists.

We are really looking forward to working with them this year and, hopefully, many years to come.

The Liverpool office of DSG is in Castle Street, you can find more information on their website:


Also joining the list of sponsors are another great local company, Urban Splash the property developers. Many thanks to them.

With another donation from this means that we can confirm that the overall Prize Winner will receive a £2000 cash prize for 2008

About The Liverpool Art Prize

ImageThe Liverpool Art Prize is a new competition of contemporary art open to professional artists based in the Merseyside area1 of the United Kingdom.

The inaugural competition is taking place in Spring 2008 and was inspired by the fact that the Tate Turner Prize was held in Liverpool in 2007.


Private Viewing – Thursday February 28 2008 (18.00 – 20.00)
Open to the Public from Friday February 29 to Wednesday May 7 2008
Awards Ceremony – Sunday March 9 2008 (afternoon)

The Judging Panel for 2007/8 is

  • Robbie Davison – Director of A-Design Collective
  • Terry Duffy – Artist based in Liverpool and London
  • Angela Heslop – Producer / Presenter of Radio Merseyside Arts Programmes
  • Moira Kenny – Liverpool Artist
  • Callum Moncrieff – Liverpool artist and art lecturer at Hope University


The exhibition is co-curated by Tomas Harold of Mercy. Mercy is a print, events and exhibitions based arts organisation that specialises in providing platforms for emerging artists – on an international level.


1. For the purposes of this competition Merseyside is defined as:

“Anywhere now in the Metropolitan Districts of Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, St. Helens and Wirral, or previously in the former County of Merseyside”