All pictures are copyright Ed Horwich.
AL and AL win the Liverpool Art Prize 2009. Elizabeth Willow is the People’s Choice.
At 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.
Ian Jackson, Director of artinliverpool.com, said
“We’ve had tremendous feedback from the exhibition and are delighted that over 1000 visitors voted. The judges found AL and AL’s works very well executed and engaging, it is work that people keep returning to and encourages debate.
“Elizabeth’s work is particularly popular amongst visitors of all ages who find her delicate and beautifully constructed installation enchanting and engaging on an emotional level”
Photos by Ed Horwich
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)
• 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)
Friday March 13
to Monday May 4
EVENT by culturepool
Sunday March 15
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday April 22
6.00pm – 8.00pm
at Novas Contemporary
Urban Centre North-West,
41-51 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 0BS
Exhibiting Shortlisted Artists:
AL and AL (Video Installation)
Terry Duffy (Painting)
McCoy Wynne (Photography)
Richard Meaghan (Painting)
Nicki McCubbing (Sculpture and Installation)
Elizabeth Willow (Sculpture and Installation)
The short list for the 2009 Liverpool Art Prize is as follows:
AL and AL
Many thanks to all the nominees and nominators for giving the panel of judges such a hard task in choosing this list from over 80 nominations.
The exhibition is scheduled to take place in the Novas CUC gallery from March 13 to May 4 2009.
The final list of over 80 nominations for the 2009 Liverpool Art Prize. In alphabetical order of surname with website if available. The judges are judging – short list to be announced later this month…
|Cake||John||webpage||The Little Artists|
|Forge, Steven||Hunt, Kevin||webpage||Collaboration|
|Leung||Chek-Huo||50 Parr Street Studio artist, can’t find any examples of work|
|O’Toole||Bernadette||studio at the Bluecoat, can’t find any examples of work|
|Ravenscroft||Georgina||photographer – can’t find any examples of work|
|Simpkins, Daniel||Whitehead, Penny||webpage|
|Williams||Jan||webpage||The Caravan Gallery|
|Wynne, Stephanie||McCoy, Steve||webpage||Collaboration|
The winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2008, Imogen Stidworthy, is one of only 4 artists to be shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize.
Here’s a report from the Liverpool Daily Post..
TWO Liverpool artists have been shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Imogen Stidworthy and Paul Rooney are up against Leeds artist Clare Charnely and Saltburn-based Richard Forster.
The finalists for the prize, described as “a celebration of artists working in the North today” and just in its second year, were whittled down from a long list of 23 after being nominated by curators.
An exhibition showcasing the work of each of the artists is now open at Leeds Art Gallery, ahead of the winner being announced at a prize-giving event on January 15.
Stidworthy won the 2008 Liverpool Art Prize back in May, and works from her studio in the city centre Static Gallery.
She said: “It’s very nice to be shortlisted as the prize covers the whole of the North, and particularly to be nominated, which came out of the blue.”
Her work Documenta 12 is on display in Leeds for the first time in the UK; back in Liverpool, she is working on a new piece for the upcoming Next Up exhibition at the Bluecoat, from December 11.
Paul Rooney was born in Liverpool and studied in Edinburgh before moving back to his home city in 1993. His audio work has been played on BBC Radio 1 and his solo and group art projects feature in galleries all over the world.
Two of his film works can be seen in Leeds; he will also exhibit at home at Tate Liverpool as part of its new exhibition The Fifth Floor – Ideas Taking Space from December 16. Before then, on November 29, he will be launching his new book, Wrongteous at A Foundation, with a “non event”.
Edited by Rooney and Leo Fitzmaurice, the book features fiction and work from artists from Liverpool and beyond.
He said: “It’s nice just to be recognised and initially get nominated.
“It’s that little bit of recognition from your peers and the art world. It’s only a new prize, but it would be nice if it lasts a few years and builds on its reputation.”
The winner of the Northern Art Prize will receive £16,500, with the runners-up receiving £1,500.
The Northern Art Prize exhibition is on at Leeds Art Gallery until February 1, 2009.
Nominations are now closed for the 2009 Liverpool Art Prize.
We have received over 80 excellent nominations. The full list is below. More details to follow soon.
Nick Dietrich Williams
Al and Al
Susan Meyerhoff Sharples
Penny Whitehead and Daniel Simpkins
Kevin Hunt and Steven Forge
Richard Joel Bannister
The Exhibition Venue
The 2009 Exhibition will take place in the Aghafar Gallery on the 3rd floor at Novas CUC
|Contemporary Urban Centre – North West
41-51 Greenland Street,
Liverpool L1 0BS
|0151 708 3510 / 3513|
Monday – CLOSED
Wednesday – Saturday: 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday – 11.00 – 16.00