2009 Short List Announced

The short list for the 2009 Liverpool Art Prize is as follows:

AL and AL

Terry Duffy

McCoy Wynne

Nicki McCubbing

Richard Meaghan

Elizabeth Willow

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.

Elizabeth Willow

elizabeth-willow-image Elizabeth Willow lives and works in Liverpool, and has studied dance, psychology and fine art.

She has exhibited locally and nationally, including Jump Ship Rat, the Bluecoat, the Royal Court Theatre, Rossendale Museum and Glastonbury festival.

Elizabeth’s practice combines elements of sculpture, installation, intervention, poetry and performance, and draws on diverse methods and techniques including flower-arranging, taxidermy, embroidery, dance and bookbinding.

Her work is often inspired by myths and stories, and explores memory, longing and contradiction.

Curve Gallery Webpage

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Richard Meaghan

richard-meaghan-image Richard Meaghan’s paintings are an amalgamation of a number of differing experiences that revolve around memory, making use of allegorical and pictorial inventions and references from contemporary art and art history.

Meaghan’s narrations are not linear, but rather associative and analytical, so that the works function like short stories, in which the plot is compressed into a single image. However, the fragments have to be pieced together and thus can seemingly fall somewhere between dream and reality. The resulting paintings appear as visions of somewhere familiar yet strange, uncanny shimmerings based on careful study of our world that in turn suggests another.

“I am interested in the whole history of painting as a kind of dictionary of ideals that needs to be sought through as completely as possible, a need for all the infinite possibilities and characteristics of painting, from the silly to the sophisticated, to be simultaneously represented.”

On graduating, Meaghan was awarded a travel grant to study Renaissance Art in Italy. The resulting work was awarded first prize in the Sefton Open, followed shortly with his first solo Public exhibition at the Atkinson Art gallery, Southport.

Meaghan was recently chosen as one of three emerging artists to exhibit alongside Turner art Prize winners Chris Ofili and Keith Tyson in ‘Exposed- Art and Culture in England’s North West’.

Richard has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has future exhibitions planned for Liverpool, London, Copenhagen, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium.

Recently Meaghan has concentrated on curatorial collaborations resulting in exhibitions that play with ideas of language, diversity and the 20th Century’s apparent conflict and antagonism between self reflection and the function of depiction. This has manifested itself, for example, in creating exhibitions which premise have ranged from the invention of a fictional character Mary Kapellmeister, feeding off certain traits existing within the pantheon of art history and romanticised notions of the anima, the hero and the outsider to a pact with the devil and our reflection on a passage in Goethe’s Faust, “In the beginning was the deed.”

Recently Meaghan’s work has revolved around ideas of globalisation and new technologies with research into related interests including film, geography, ecology, politics, religion, war, money and exploitation. The resulting new media work has developed alongside his normal concerns and ideas of painting and installation.
 

www.richardmeaghan.com

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Nicki McCubbing

nicki-mccubbing-image “My work focuses on the everyday, the cheap, the crude, the funny, the throwaway. I use objects in sculpture and installation that I find in cheap shops, second hand shops, pound shops and joke shops that are innately representative of the society they come from. I am interested in appropriation and creating fiction out of reality.
    
Often the process of shopping plays a role in my work, and the constant pursuit of cheap materials, takes me to many interesting places, as well as some scary ones. It is interesting that most cheap shops selling bright, cheerful plastic goods, are situated in poor, often troubled areas, where there is sometimes little to be happy about. This is reflected in the work. It is happy and funny, but with a dark side. Humour is often used to mask darker currents, especially in the culture I have been brought up in, in Liverpool.

Shopping Centres, cartoons, ‘Fun’ times, teenagers, car boot sales, Japan, Poundland, British tabloids, ‘making do’, John Waters, music videos, dreams, advertising, old men’s pubs, all have an influence on me. As a consequence, I make work that is both familiar and alien at the same time.

I have exhibited my work in and around Liverpool, and at all Liverpool Biennials. I have also exhibited in Birmingham, London, Stavanger, Norway, Reykjavik, Iceland and Berlin, Germany. I have worked on educational projects with (amongst others), National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool Biennial, The Big Draw and Knowsley Council. I have made work for British Airways, Save the Children and Liverpool HAT. My work has also been featured in Tatler, Artist’s Newsletter, Art Review (online) and various Norwegian press.” Nicki McCubbing

www.nickimccubbing.com

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McCoy Wynne

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During the Liverpool Biennial this year they launched their book and photographic exhibition of quiescent places awaiting their planned regeneration.

Over the past 5 years they have responded to buildings and environments that are about to undergo a change of use.

The photographs depict the subjects during a period of stasis, after one use has ceased and before the next begins. They are not images of abandonment or dereliction but a document of calm hiatus before the clamour of redevelopment begins. Evidence of former occupations remain but also traces of present occupation, an appropriation of the space by birds and plants.

The spaces, both internal and external, have a future use outlined for them and most were photographed just before the moment of change and redevelopment when they were transformed to meet new needs.

www.mccoywynne.co.uk

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Terry Duffy

terry-duffy-image Terry Duffy was born in Liverpool and at the early age of 13 won a scholarship for Art School in Liverpool. Following this he trained as a lithographer / photographer and then for several years worked in several print and design studios in London.

From 1972 he studied at Liverpool Art College, where he met and worked with such eminent visiting artists as Joseph Beuys, John Cage & Merce Cunningham. In ’75 and ’76 he was selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition in London. His work experimented with line, form and space as it does today yet also with the then radical issues concerning Live Art and questioning perceptions of the gallery space.

From 1978 to 80 he exhibited at the ICA, Air and Acme London and in West Germany exploiting challenges within the “Art Games” project and gallery space nationally.

From ’81, he returned to painting wanting to comment on the then Riots and social unrest within Britain and produced the “Victim Series”. This has followed consistently showing nationally and internationally and with serious media coverage.

From the late 80’s the work gradually became abstract later in the 90’s realising that the same values of line, form and translucent colour had been in the work throughout. The 90’s saw greater success and recognition which has progressed ever since. Terry Duffy stands by his maxim that for him “painting for paintings sake is pointless, it is the potential to create new life that is essential”.

“Terry Duffy is a rare individual, he is not an artist who has stayed in his studio and followed one particular path. No, what we have is a creative individual pursuing ideas and visions beyond accepted boundaries. Although Duffy’s artistic career does not begin until the 70’s it is interesting to note that he had already shown outstanding talent as a child and at the age of 13 won a scholarship for what was then the lower school of Liverpool Art College. In the late 60’s he trained and worked as a photo-lithographer. ” Mike Collier 1989

www.terryduffy.info

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AL and AL

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AL and AL met in a chance encounter whilst visiting Derek Jarman’s Garden in 1997. Having subsequently graduated together in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art in 2001, they built a blue screen performance studio in London. From this blue space, AL and AL have programmed and produced a body of digital video work which uses computer generated environments to provide simulated contexts for their studio performances. They have exhibited internationally in galleries, site-specific installations, film festivals and television.

 

In 2006 AL and AL moved their blue screen studio in to the first passenger train station in the world at Edge Hill in Liverpool. In 2008 their critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the FACT gallery toured to the National Art Museum of China as part of the international cultural celebrations for the Olympic games in Beijing.

“AL and AL investigate the shaping forces of fantasy and reality: they both create dream worlds and stand back in their art to draw attention to their power over us, plunging the spectator into a virtual world of dizzy dimensions.” Marina Warner, Author of Phantasmagoria, Cinema and the Realms of Enchantment.

“AL and AL’s film’s transfer audiences into dreamscapes that are beautiful and horrible at the same time.” Bob Dickinson, Writer and Broadcaster, Art Monthly.

www.alandal.co.uk

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2010 List of Nominations

A record-breaking 95 nominations. So many great artists, it’s going to be difficult for the judges to decide on the shortlist. Judging takes place early February then we announce the shortlist and further details.

Many thanks to all those who took the trouble to nominate artists, we feel that the open nomination process is an essential part of the Liverpool Art Prize event.

See Below – The final list of nominations for the 2010 Liverpool Art Prize. In alphabetical order of surname with website or link where available.

Afflick John http://www.gallerykaleidoscope.com/products/ProductSrch.asp?CATEG=41
Atkinson Craig http://www.craigatkinson.co.uk
Bailey Smith Alison http://www.abscraft.com
Bebbington Faith http://www.faithbebbington.co.uk
Berry Donna http://www.donnaberry.com
Bullock Dave
Cameron Peter http://www.pcameron.co.uk
Carr Peter http://www.petecarr.net and http://www.vanilladays.com
Caul Gay http://www.vibrantsilk.co.uk
Chan Stephen http://www.stephen-chan.co.uk/blog
Christie Mary http://www.christieart.org
Clarke Pete http://www.peteclarke.org.uk
Critchley Paul http://www.paulcritchley.com
Czarnecki Gina http://www.ginaczarnecki.com
Davies John http://www.johndavies.uk.com
de Leng Stephanie http://www.stephaniedeleng.co.uk
Deery Kevin http://www.kevindeery.co.uk
Discala Anna http://anna.discala.co.uk
Disley Phil http://www.phildisley.com
Dunn Alan http://www.alandunn67.co.uk
Edge Nina http://www.ninaedge.com
Egan Jemma http://www.jemmaegan.com
Egerton Ben
Elliker Paul http://www.artinliverpool.com/paulelliker
Evans Tony http://www.tonyevanssculptures.com
Fairclough Tom http://rilkeandream.blogspot.com
Fearon Keith http://www.keithfearon.com
Fletcher Carl
Foulds Andy http://www.whalecrow.co.uk
Gilmour Emma http://electro33.deviantart.com
Gould Paddy http://topiagould.wordpress.com
Gouldson Rebecca http://www.rebeccagouldson.co.uk
Grattarola Claudia http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Claudia-Grattarola/213709471793
Green Sophie http://www.sophie-green.com
Greenall Liam http://www.liamikey.co.uk
Hallangen-Lake Eirin and David http://www.hallangen.co.uk
Hunt Kevin http://www.kevin-hunt.co.uk
Hunter Robert
Jacques David http://davidjacques.co.uk
Jones Nick http://www.flickr.com/photos/idoru45/sets/172195 and http://www.lemurpatrol.com
Jones Barbara http://www.myspace.com/barbart2002
Joyce Alan http://sites.google.com/site/alanjoycegallery
Jurack Brigitte http://www.brigittejurack.com
Kenny Jeanne-Marie http://paintingsbyj-m.tumblr.com
Key Rebecca http://www.re-title.com/artists/rebecca-key.asp
Knox Tony http://www.tonyknox.org.uk
Lawson Harry http://harryslawson.blogspot.com
Leask Susan http://www.eightdaysaweek.org.uk/artistsusanleask.htm
Lenkiewicz Alice http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile/Alice+Lenkiewicz/105737.html
Livesey Jayne http://www.jaynelivesey.com
Lyons Brendan http://www.brendanlyons.co.uk
Mack Simon http://www.artinliverpool.com/index.php/artistsm-s/m/564-mack-simon
Macnamara Michelle Marie http://myspace.com/michellemacnamara
Makinson Joel Ava http://joelava.daportfolio.com
McCarthy Claire http://www.clairemccarthy.co.uk
McDonald Hamish http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile//1484.html
McEvoy Vincent http://www.littleshopofrock.com
McGrory Rob http://www.mcgrory.info
Mclain Hamish http://www.hamishmclain.com
Molyneux Michelle http://www.celesteprize.com/eng_artista_opere/idu:18260
Morgan Ben http://www.benmorgan.co.uk
Moses Tabitha Kyoko http://www.tabithakyokomoses.com
Murphy Tom http://www.liverpoolsculptures.com
Murthwaite Madelaina http://www.madelainartz.com
Mutch Sharon http://www.sharonmutch.com
Oliphant Amanda http://www.amandaoliphant.co.uk
O’Toole Bernadette http://www.artinliverpool.com/blog/2009/09/artwork-of-the-week-bernadette-otoole
Parker Alistair http://www.alistairparkerart.com
Parry Ben http://www.jumpshiprat.org
Passmore Jackie http://urbanshifts.wordpress.com/
Payot Laurence http://www.laurencepayot.com
Preston Susan http://www.susanpreston.com
Proffitt Richard http://richardproffitt.blogspot.com
Quin James http://www.jamesquin.co.uk
Ravenscroft Georgina http://homepage.mac.com/georginaravenscroft/photovideoworks
Reid Colin http://www.creidence.com
Roberts Arthur http://www.looopart.com
Robinson Micheline http://www.michelinerobinson.co.uk
Rooney Paul http://www.mattsgallery.org/artists/rooney/exhibition-1.php
Rumble Janine http://www.RumblePie.com
Ryan Debbie http://www.debbieryan.co.uk
Ryder Carol http://www.creative-enterprise-network.com/profile/CarolRyder
Scobie Raymond http://www.myartprofile.com/firpo
Serjent Colin http://www.abstractway.co.uk
Shiers Paul http://www.paulshiers.com
Smith Tony http://www.arenastudiosgallery.com/page22.htm
Smith Nicola
Smyth Jim http://www.jimsmythstudios.co.uk
Sollars Gary http://www.garysollars.co.uk
Speed Emily http://www.emilyspeed.co.uk
Welsh Jack http://www.jackwelsh.co.uk
White Dave http://www.davewhiteart.com
Williams Nicholas Dietrich http://www.nickdietrichwilliams.com
Williams Wendy http://www.wendywilliams.me.uk
Woolston Robyn http://www.robynwoolston.com
Yorke Simon http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Simon-Yorke-Appreciation-Society/253200652209

 

2009 List of Nominations

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…

 

Al Al and webpage Collaboration        
Allen Angie webpage  
Atkinson Craig webpage  
Bampton Joe webpage  
Bannister Richard Joel webpage  
Beales Katriona webpage  
Cake John webpage The Little Artists  
Caroprese Richard webpage  
Carr Pete webpage  
Cattrall Linda webpage  
Charlton Barry webpage  
Clarke Pete webpage  
Collins Lesley webpage  
Cunningham Jennie webpage  
Davies John webpage  
Dover Peter webpage  
Duffy Terry webpage  
Egan Jemma webpage  
Egerton Benjamin webpage  
Finch Susan webpage  
Fitzmaurice Leo webpage  
Forge, Steven Hunt, Kevin webpage Collaboration  
Galbraith Laird webpage  
Hawkridge Sean webpage  
Hennigan Anthony webpage  
Hughes Jane webpage  
Jacobi Thomas webpage  
Jakeman Leon webpage  
Jones Jason webpage  
Jones Barbara webpage  
Jones Alison webpage  
Kane Terry webpage  
Knox Tony webpage  
Lenkiewicz Alice webpage  
Leung Chek-Huo   50 Parr Street Studio artist, can’t find any examples of work
Lewis Tracy webpage  
Lucine Susan webpage  
Lyons Brendan webpage  
Maddock Jasmin webpage  
Malcolm Gabrielle webpage  
Matson Cecilia webpage  
McCubbing Nicki webpage  
McKitrick Freida webpage  
McNally John webpage  
Meaghan Richard webpage  
Meyerhoff Sharples Susan webpage  
Murthwaite Madelaina webpage  
Oliphant Amanda webpage  
O’Toole Terence webpage  
O’Toole Bernadette   studio at the Bluecoat, can’t find any examples of work
Parker Alistair webpage  
Parry Ben webpage  
Payot Laurence webpage  
Pendlebury Nathan webpage  
Quin James webpage  
Ravenscroft Georgina   photographer – can’t find any examples of work  
Roberts Arthur webpage  
Scott-Gurner Gregory webpage  
Serjent Colin webpage  
Simpkins, Daniel Whitehead, Penny webpage  
Smith Martin webpage  
Sollars Gary webpage  
Soukup Markus webpage  
Speed Emily webpage  
Thompson Jason webpage  
Turnross Chiz webpage  
Waldron Sacha webpage  
Walker Oliver webpage  
Waller Louise webpage  
Waters Martin webpage  
Webster Dave webpage  
Weetman Claire webpage  
Who Lisa webpage  
Willcox Mark webpage  
Williams Nick webpage  
Williams Wendy webpage  
Williams Jan webpage The Caravan Gallery  
Willow Elizabeth webpage  
Woolston Robyn webpage  
Wynne, Stephanie McCoy, Steve webpage Collaboration  
Yorke Simon webpage  
Yung Jay webpage