LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE EXHIBITION OPENS THIS WEEK, KICKING OFF MONTH-LONG FEAST OF ART ACROSS CITY

Following the success of the inaugural Liverpool Art Month in 2012, this celebration of emerging artistic talent returns this May to showcase the city’s artists. Liverpool Art Month runs alongside the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition period, with a new Art Month Hub Space opening at the Albert Dock at the Grand Hall which also the new home for the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition.

Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, managed by Metal, opens in its new home of the Grand Hall, Albert Dock this Friday, 26 April with Liverpool Art Month kicking off on 1 May. Both will then run until 8 June.

Liverpool Art Month provides a programme of events and exhibitions, spread across a number of exciting and undiscovered locations in association with the city’s leading independent arts organisations, studio groups and artists networks including Arena Studios and Gallery, Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Dot-Art, Redwire Studios, The Royal Standard, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Matt Ford Studio, Mello Mello and POST Female Artists Network.
The network of artists and gallery spaces is hoping to attract the country’s art lovers to Liverpool city centre to see the Liverpool Art Prize alongside the creative emerging talent found in the independent Liverpool Art Month venues. The Art Month Hub Space at the Albert Dock will provide information about the Art Month programme of events and exhibitions at participating venues and display artwork for sale through an online auction in an exciting new crowd funding initiative. Artists in association with the Art Month have made original artworks based on the Art Month logo, with the exhibition itself titled ‘Making Shapes’. More information about the online auction can be found on the Liverpool Art Month website www.liverpoolartmonth.com.
Visitors will also be able to pick up a copy of edition No.4 of Trading Station, ‘Outcome Consequence/Effect’ or a Limited Edition series of all the Trading Station Newspapers by the POST artists group.
The 2013 Art Month kicks off with previews of the exhibitions Landscape 2013 at the Corke Gallery on Wednesday 1st May, The Drifters Escape at Bridewell Studios and Gallery on Thursday 2nd May and Living Artefacts at Mello Mello on Friday 3rd May. Visitors will be invited to discover these independent venues and the local talent showcased in these exhibitions. The Walker Art Gallery will be showing Strangers in a Strange Land by last year’s Liverpool Art Prize winner, Robyn Woolston, which has been on show since 23rd March and will continue throughout May until 23rd June. There will be a talk by the Artist at the Walker Gallery on Saturday 11th May at 1pm.

Arena Studios and Gallery will host its 11th Annual Auction with established and newly emerging artists from a diverse range of disciplines submitting work to be sold at auction in Elevator Café Bar, Parliament Street, on Friday 3rd May. Arena promises an exciting auction night with an electric atmosphere, as the bids rise higher and higher. The artwork up for Auction will be on show in the Elevator Café from Monday 29th April. On Auction night, registration starts from 5pm with the Auction kicking off at 7pm. The programme at Arena Studios and Gallery continues with Something to do with Death, a congregation of dark drawings by Paul Bywater, at Arena Studios and Gallery, which can be previewed on 9th May and continues until Sunday 9th June.
Further exhibitions in the Art Month programme will open on 17th May in association with Light Night Liverpool. For one night only on Light Night visitors to the Matt Ford Studio can enjoy the Lowe Photo Booth Project, providing the opportunity to visit the studio and be part of a live interactive photography event. An exhibition at Matt Ford Studio, of work by photographer/artists Matt Ford and Lu Lowe will continue throughout Art Month. Also on 17 May, Bridewell Studios and Gallery opens with Possible Impossibilities, a selection of drawings and drawing practices by Liverpool artists from an open submission opportunity. The exhibition will include performance, workshops and interventions, continuing until Friday 31st May. The Royal Standard previews the exhibition Black Sun Horizon, a group show exploring the roots of contemporary boredom curated by Dave Evans, which will be open until Sunday 2nd June. Wolstenholme Creative Space presents Liverpool, Unfinished; an evocative photography series of colour portraits and landscapes of Merseyside during the 1980’s by Rob Bremner in conjunction with Look 13 (Liverpool International Photography Festival) on show at Drop the Dumbells until Sunday 2nd June. Arena Studios and Gallery will be providing Open Studios with a twist and Breeze Studios will also be hosting an Open Studios event including performance and exhibition Breeze Bonanza. Mello Mello will be open for Of Time and Place – Futures Lost and Found, a 3D Video Projection Mapping Installation.
The Art Month continues with Red Wire Studio group presenting Open Studios on Tues 21st May – Wed 29th May, with an open evening on Friday 24th May with food, drinks and live local bands. On Thursday 23rd May 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 Degree show is then open from Friday 24th May—Saturday 1st June for further viewing.
The final weekend in May will feature the inaugural Liverpool Art Fair (www.liverpoolartfair.com), organised by Dot-Art, an exciting open submission selling event over five days, connecting local artists with new art buyers on a large scale and making affordable art accessible to all. It will take place across two large exhibition spaces in the popular venue, Camp and Furnace in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle; launching on the evening of Thursday 23rd May, and open to the public from 11am – 6pm, from Friday 24th May – Monday 27th May

During Liverpool Art Month visitors are welcome to discover the participating venues in a guided Bus Tour around the city every Saturday. Bus Tours run from the Liverpool Art Month Hub Space, leaving at 1pm. Tickets are £4 and it is recommended that you book in advance through Eventbrite: www.liverpoolartmonthbus.eventbrite.com

The Art Month is also offering a free informal discussion and tour of the Liverpool Art Prize Exhibition at the Albert Dock, every Wednesday throughout May from 1pm – 2pm.

Check out www.liverpoolartmonth.com for full listings