LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 2012

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LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 2012

The exhibition runs from 27 April – 9 June.
Private View – Thursday 26 April 18-21.00
Open Tuesday – Friday 2 – 6pm and Saturday 12 – 4pm, or by appointment, (closed on Sunday and Monday).

The Liverpool Art Prize 2012 is an exhibition of four shortlisted artists awarded for their outstanding achievements and contribution to contemporary art within Liverpool, and further afield.

Shortlisted artists exhibiting:  Alan Dunn, Tomo, Robyn Woolston and The Drawing Paper’s Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney. (Full artists details here)

This year the exhibition is accompanied by a huge amount of complementary activity curated and produced by ten artist’s studios and groups from across Liverpool who have partnered with the Prize to present Liverpool Art Month – a showcase of the city’s artists. Click HERE for full listings.

Also, look on www.metalculture.com/liverpool/liverpool-art-prize-2012.html for details on two new residency awards open to regional and nationally based artists.

Metal at Edge Hill Station, Platform one, Tunnel Road, Liverpool L7 6ND.
Free Admission.
For more information or to book a group/school tour of the exhibition please click on the poster above or contact edgehill@metalculture.com or 0151 7072277.

New ART MONTH For Liverpool

LAM logo 300Visual Art is set to dominate the city this May as ‘The Liverpool Art Month’ is officially launched.

The Liverpool Art Month is a new initiative aimed at showcasing the city’s artists during the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition. 

Metal, the organisers behind the Liverpool Art Prize, has formed a new partnership with Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design and some of the city’s leading independent arts organisations, studio groups and artist’s networks including:  Arena studios and gallery, the Bluecoat’s studio artists, the Bridewell studios, dot-art, Redwire artst’s studios, The Royal Standard, The Gallery Liverpool, Wolstenholme Creative Space, and POST female artists network.

Liverpool Art Month will bring the city’s artists together in a new series of events and exhibitions that will be spread across a number of exciting and undiscovered locations.  The network of artists and gallery spaces is hoping to attract the region’s art lovers to Liverpool city centre to see the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition alongside the creative emerging talent found in the city’s exciting making spaces.

As part of Liverpool Art Month, the inaugural Liverpool Art Show will be unveiled at Camp and Furnace on Thursday 3rd May. Taking place until Sunday 6th May, the Liverpool Art Show is presented by Merseyside art consultants, dot-art and Matt Ford. Combining live performance and music with fine art exhibition, The Art Show will feature four breakthrough artists from Liverpool shortlisted for their experimental perceptions of the local cityscape. Sponsored by venue Camp and Furnace, there will be live performances from The Sense of Sound Singers and DJ sets from CANT MIX WONT MIX SHDNT MIX DON’T MIX.

On Friday 4th May Arena studios and galleries will present their 10th annual art auction with artwork available to bid on including work by each of the five shortlisted Liverpool Art Prize artists.  This is an opportunity to buy contemporary artwork by some of Liverpool’s rising stars, viewings of the work from 6pm auction starts at 7pm.

A series of exhibitions and installations will be presented on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout May by Red Wire Artists Studios and arts organisation Wolstenholme Creative Space. This includes the exhibition, DIRT, from 9th-12th May that presents video, drawing, sculpture and sounds around the perception of dirt by four artists. Spectrum, at Wolstenholme Creative Space from 10th-27th May, features 15 solo exhibitions with five Liverpool-based artists, duos and collectives exhibiting each week.

On 25 May – 1 June there will also be the opportunity to see the LJMU School of Art and Design final degree show at the Art and Design Academy (ADA), on Duckinfield Street (next to the Catholic Cathedral). The School’s degree show is always a key event in the city’s cultural calendar. This year’s event runs over the weekend so there’s no reason not to pop in to the ADA for a look around and a chat with the students and staff.

The final weekend in May will feature the inaugural Liverpool Art Fair (www.liverpoolartfair.com), oganised by dot-art, an exciting new open submission selling event over five days, designed to connect local artists with new art buyers on a large scale, break down barriers, and make affordable art accessible to all. It will take place across two large exhibition spaces in the newly rejuvenated Camp and Furnace (previously the A-Foundation) in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle; launching on the evening of Thursday 31st May, and open to the public from 11am-6pm from Friday 1st – Monday 4th June.

Also look out for the many events happening across Liverpool’s Light Night on Friday 18th May.

The Liverpool Art Month is currently accepting donations from individuals and organisations who want to see the event get even bigger and better, both this year and for the future. To achieve this, they have created a ‘Crowdfunding’ site, where donations can be made easily. In return, there are numerous tokens on offer including the opportunity for a Liverpool Art Prize Nominee to lead a workshop at your workplace or venue.

There is also a video on the site explaining a little more about the art month.   http://www.sponsume.com/project/liverpool-art-month.

This announcement is in addition to Metal’s two fantastic new award prizes that will be up for grabs as part of this year’s Liverpool Art Month. The prizes join the fifth annual Liverpool Art Prize and are announced as a year-long studio residency at Metal and a month-long international residency in Shanghai, China.

The two new Residency prizes exist alongside the main Art Prize with a separate nominations and judging process, which is now open. For the first time, artists based outside of the Merseyside area are eligible to apply.  Full details of who can apply and downloadable application forms can be found at http://www.metalculture.com/liverpool/liverpool-art-prize-2012.html.

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Two New Prizes Announced for the Liverpool Art Prize

LAP logoInternational and UK based Residencies Up For Grabs

Metal, organisers of The Liverpool Art Prize 2012 has announced two fantastic new prizes that will be up for grabs as part of this year’s prize. A year-long studio residency at Metal and a month long international residency in Shanghai, China.

Now in its fifth year, The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art open to all professional artists based or born in the Liverpool City Region or in the surrounding boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton.  The Liverpool Art Prize 2012 exhibition will take place at Metal, Edge Hill Station, from Fri 27 April – Sat 9 June featuring the work of nominated artists Alan Dunn, Robyn Woolston, Tomo (James Thompson) and The Drawing Paper (Jon Barraclough & Mike Carney).

The two new Residency prizes exist alongside the main Art Prize with a separate nominations and judging process, which is now open. For the first time, artists based outside of the Merseyside area are eligible to apply.  Full details of who can apply and downloadable application forms can be found at http://www.metalculture.com/liverpool/liverpool-art-prize-2012.html.

To the winner of the Metal Studio Residency Award, Metal is offering a year-long studio residency at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool.  This recently renovated, Grade II listed, historic building is Metal’s Liverpool base and includes space for exhibition, events, meetings, cooking and administration.

The winner will receive rent-free studio space, including utilities and services, mentoring opportunities with Metal staff and associated artists, a £500 materials budget, the loan of A/V equipment, exposure on Metal’s website, e-newsletter, and through the Liverpool Art Prize, a year’s worth of marketing and support for project funding and the development of ideas.

Through a partnership with Shanghai Art School and LJMU’s School of Art and Design, Metal is also offering a month long international residency opportunity for visual artists living and working in the North West region to travel to Shanghai, China.  Shanghai Art School will host the visit and provide accommodation and access to a studio for one month.  The award is envisioned as a professional and ideas development opportunity for artists and is part of the city twinning activity between Liverpool and Shanghai.

The Award includes: Economy travel to Shanghai, accommodation and access to studio facilities for one month, up to 20 working days Per Diem and a £500 travel budget whilst in China, in addition to exposure on Metal’s website, e-newsletter, and through Liverpool Art Prize marketing.

Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal and Liverpool Art Prize Curator said:”We’re delighted to be offering the two, new, exciting residency Art Prizes as part of the fifth Liverpool Art Prize. It’s a significant part of an exciting expansion plan for The Art Prize, which will be announced shortly. I’m really looking forward to seeing the applications and to seeing the work of those from outside the Merseyside Region being included for the first time. In the five years that it’s been running, the Art Prize has gone from strength to strength. That we’re able to put such exciting plans in place for this year is a great testimony to how The Liverpool Art Prize is being viewed by the arts community.”

Professor Juan Cruz, Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design said: “the Liverpool Art Prize is all about developing new possibilities for the artists in the city region and I encourage anyone who has ambition to broaden their horizons to apply for this year’s prize. The Liverpool School of Art and Design has a long history of supporting the city’s cultural development and we are pleased to be in partnership with Metal on such an important initiative.”