Press Images 2010

Artists and their works at the Art Prize opening event, Thursday 3 June 2010.

All images copyright McCoy Wynne

Gina Czarnecki – Download Hi-Res image here

David Jacques – Download Hi-Res image here

James Quin – Download Hi-Res image here

Paul Rooney – Download Hi-Res image here

Emily Speed – Download Hi-Res image here

Liverpool ONE – Light Night Event


Light Night on Friday 14 May sees Liverpool showcasing an amazing array of attractions from the City’s museums, galleries and cultural venues.

And Liverpool ONE has joined in the programme of events with an exclusive preview of the 2010 Liverpool Art Prize.

The Liverpool Art Prize, founded in 2008 by, is a contemporary art competition open to professional artists based or born in Merseyside. This year’s exhibition is taking place at Metal, Edge Hill Station from 3 June but organisers have teamed up with Liverpool ONE to showcase 17 pieces of the competition artwork for a special preview on Light Night.

Said Estate Director Chris Bliss: “Light Night is a fantastic initiative and whilst we are open for late night shopping and dining throughout the week, we’re delighted to be able to offer a cultural element on Light Night with this exclusive exhibition preview.  We really hope our shoppers will engage with it, and that it will bring something a little different to their Friday evening.”

The exhibition will take place on College Lane and New Manesty’s Lane, and there will also be a chance to meet some of the artists who will be exhibiting their work.

Founder of the Liverpool Art Prize, Ian Jackson comments: “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of the truly wonderful entries we have received and hopefully bring these incredible works to a new audience.”

The exhibition is open from 6pm until 8pm, and a performance from a string quartet will accompany proceedings.

New Catalan deli, Lunya will be treating visitors to a selection of Spanish canapés throughout the event, creating an atmosphere similar to that of a VIP gallery opening.

Many stores at Liverpool ONE will stay open until 9pm in celebration of Light Night with restaurants as usual remaining open ‘til late.

2010 ShortList Announcement

Liverpool Art Prize 2010

  • Judges and Shortlist of 5 artists announced
  • New Venue and Dates for the Exhibition
  • £2000 to the Winner, £1000 People’s Choice Award
  • Art Prize Winner to be offered a show at The Walker
  • Additional events involving Liverpool artists, the top British art blog and founder and organiser of the annual Liverpool Art Prize, are delighted to make some exciting announcements concerning this year’s events.

The Shortlisted Artists

  • Gina Czarnecki
  • David Jacques
  • James Quin
  • Paul Rooney
  • Emily Speed

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The Judging Panel
In this, the 3rd year of the prize, we have another knowledgeable, experienced group of judges:
• Juan Cruz (Head of Arts Dept. JMU Art & Design Academy)
• Laura Davis (Arts Editor, Liverpool Daily Post)
• Reyahn King (Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool)
• Nicki McCubbing (Artist, shortlisted for 2009 Liverpool Art Prize)
• Jay Mitton (Business Manager, Arthur Diamond Design)
• Sara-Jayne Parsons (Exhibitions Curator, the Bluecoat)

New Venue
This year Artinliverpool are working in partnership with Metal. The exhibition will be taking place at the exciting new space for art, Metal at Edge Hill Station (the World’s oldest passenger railway station still in use).
The Exhibition
The 2010 exhibition opens on Friday 4 June (Viewing on 3 June) and ends on Saturday 10 July with the Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 30 June.

The exhibition will be curated by Jenny Porter, the Project Manager at Metal.

The Prizes
The overall winner will be awarded £2000 plus (new from this year) the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Walker Art Gallery at a later date. There will also be the £1000 People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by Arthur Diamond Design) chosen by the public voting at the gallery.

Peripheral Events
Now that the Liverpool Art Prize is firmly established we are building on its success and working with the other visual art organisations to highlight other events involving locally-based artists during the period of the exhibition. There will be a Liverpool Open Studios weekend 12/13 June, a Liverpool Junior Art Prize, artist talks, workshops, craft markets and other events. Full details will be announced later.

Ian Jackson, Director of Artinliverpool said
“It’s another great shortlist of 5 Liverpool artists. We are really delighted with the year-on-year progress and excited about the move to Metal at Edge Hill. We had 2 excellent years at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre and are grateful for all the support they gave us. We know we will also have great support from Ian Brownbill, Jenny Porter and the rest of the team at Metal.”
“It is also fantastic news that the Walker Art Gallery are offering a space for the Art Prize winner to show their work at some point later in the year. We are also working closely with the Bluecoat as their ‘Global Studios’ exhibition features many locally-based artists and the other major venues and artist studios are all keen to be involved in some way.”
“As the exhibition runs throughout June we will be highlighting all the other local art initiatives taking place that month and we are organising an Open Studios weekend. With the Picasso exhibition at Tate Liverpool, Toulouse Lautrec at the Walker and new shows at FACT and others, June is going to be a brilliant ‘Liverpool Art Month’. We are even trying to arrange some warm, sunny weather!”

About the Liverpool Art Prize founded the Liverpool Art Prize in early 2008, one of the first major visual art events in the Capital of Culture’s year and the first exhibition to be held at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre. It is now a firmly established part of Liverpool’s annual visual art diary.
It is an annual exhibition and award for artists from or based in the Liverpool City Region. Created by, the Prize has attracted sponsors from the local business community.
The 2009 prize was won by AL and AL with the People’s Choice going to Elizabeth Willow.
The 2008 prize was won by Imogen Stidworthy with the People’s Choice going to the Singh Twins.

About Metal at Edge Hill Station
Metal was founded by Jude Kelly OBE in 2002 and provides innovative, multi-disciplinary residency space for artists from the UK and overseas in Liverpool and Southend on Sea. Edge Hill Station is the world’s oldest standing passenger railway station, still in use, and it possesses a proud history of innovation, aspiration and technology. Metal recently completed a major renovation of the Engine House, Boiler Room and Accumulator Tower at Edge Hill Station, after successfully raising capital funding from Kensington Regeneration, Merseytravel, Northern Rail, Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail.
The new cultural and creative hub launched in October 2009 with the exhibition ‘XXX: Get Off at Edge Hill’ curated by the 2009 Liverpool Art Prize winners AL and AL.

About the Shortlisted Artists
Gina Czarnecki – Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres and platforms. Developed in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists, Czarnecki’s films and installations are informed by human relationships to image, disease, evolution, medical research, and by advanced technologies of image production. Through editing sound and image at a micro–level, using bespoke effects and processes, the artist constructs vivid, highly aesthetic spaces. Her work engages the viewer through its scale, beauty and occasionally through interactive technologies. “Czarnecki’s craft is as intense as tapestry. Each phase and frame is carefully polished, reframed, filtered, flared, and each element of installation worked on in hands and mind… Few artists have made projection truly their medium, interrogated its possibilities, tuned image to canvas as Czarnecki has. The space of projection is a zone of sculptural, architectural, public space in which we confront images of power, grace and terror – images that speak of the necessity of being bodies, of the loneliness of existing inside an epidermis, of the ecstasy of pores and exhalations, the agonies of escape.” – Sean Cubitt (catalogue essay) She won the prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2002 for work on her interactive installation Silvers Alter, a Fleck Fellowship with the Banff Centre, Canada in 2004, and a Wellcome Trust Sci–Art Award in 2005 for production of Contagion. Her film, Nascent, has been screened extensively across the world, winning several awards and prizes. Czarnecki was recently awarded two research and development grants by the Wellcome Trust , one for a three-year research residency at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the other for developing a body of works entitled ‘wasted’ with DR Sara Rankin, a stem cell researcher, from the Imperial College London She is represented by Forma Arts and media

David Jacques – David Jacques (b. Liverpool 1964) Studied at Chelsea School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone. David Jacques works in a variety of media including painting, film and text. He has produced studio based work as well as collaborative projects in the Public Realm. Recent exhibitions include:

Contemporary Art Norwich EAST International 09 Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary ‘EASTgoesEAST’ Royal College of Art, London ‘Por Convencion Ferrer’

James Quin – James Quin is based in the studios at Liverpool’s Bluecoat.
‘Looking at these paintings I feel I have the same relationship to them as I might to the first-person narration of a novel or short story. I feel as though I am seeing these images through another’s eyes and understand something of the “narrator” by the way he describes his world. In this sense part of the subject of the painting curiously exists out of the picture frame. A further analogy is that of film – these paintings have characters, artificial stage sets, locations, vantage points, camera angles, close-ups and dissolves, long shots, implied narratives, and they play with the viewers gaze’. (From essay by Christopher Jones)
In James Quin’s most recent work for the Bluecoat’s Global Studio exhibition he takes some of the interests described here into new territory but his intentions remain resolutely consistent. Quin is showing a group of 500 drawings on the inside covers of first edition readers digest condensed novels found in charity shops across Merseyside. Quin has attempted to make each drawing identical to the first of the series. The image is a disarmingly understated one, the back of a woman’s head. However, the nature of Quin’s examination of it, lend the images he creates a psychological distance that is familiar from the earlier paintings.

Paul Rooney – Artist Paul Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1967, and trained at Edinburgh College of Art. Paul’s practice focused from 1997 to 2000 on the music of the ‘Rooney’ CD’s and performances, with ‘Rooney’ achieving an appearance in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in 1998, and a ‘Peel session’ in 1999. Paul now primarily works with text, sound and video, often focusing on the presence of the historical past within the ‘voices’ of real and fictional individuals. He uses or references narrative forms such as short stories, songs, audio guides and lectures.
Paul has had residencies at Dundee Contemporary Arts/University of Dundee VRC; Proyecto Batiscafo, Cuba; Tate Liverpool (MOMART Fellowship) and was the ACE Oxford-Melbourne Artist Fellow for 2004. He has shown recently in group projects at Tate Britain, London; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; the Shanghai Biennial; and Tate Liverpool. Paul was included in British Art Show 6 which toured around the UK in 2005-2006, and had solo shows at Matt’s Gallery, London, and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, in 2008. Text artworks by Paul were published recently by Serpent’s Tail and Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press.
Paul was the winner of the second Northern Art Prize in 2009.

Emily Speed – Emily Speed is based at The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the relationships between architecture and human anatomy: the body as a building that houses the mind. Particularly drawn to the more uninhabited spaces of buildings; corners, recesses, passageways, stairways, entrances and exits, Speed constructs models of sorts; a kind of immaterial architecture that plots out her personal space. Her work is also concerned with the enduring sense of memory and/or personal identity that is often embedded into built space.
Emily is currently the Feiweles Trust bursary holder at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she will exhibit her work in 2011 for her first solo exhibition, she will also exhibit this autumn at Showreel Project in Milan. Emily will be taking part in the A Curriculum residency at A Foundation in Liverpool this spring and has previously completed residencies at Salzamt Atelierhaus, Linz with Liverpool Biennial, Women’s Studio Workshop, New York State and Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath.

Confirmed Sponsors (as at 8 March)
Arthur Diamond Design, signs, designs and printing based in Liverpool, sponsors of the £1000 people’s choice prize and printing of leaflets and banners.
Alexander McGregor, design and marketing based in Liverpool, in-kind sponsorship design and production of the exhibition catalogue and branding.
We are delighted that Liverpool-based ABW architects have now pledged sponsorship for 2010.

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