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Date:- 26 November 2007

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GREENLAND STREET, LIVERPOOL, Visit us while you can...

GREENLAND Street's sensational autumn programme continues to entertain visitors of all ages, providing a unique and challenging visual and sometimes physical experience! The contemporary art space hosts the European première of Catherine Sullivan's 'Triangle Of Need', where audiences are invited to watch stories unfold in the space and serenity of The Blade Factory. Mustafa Hulusi's magnificent paintings of nature create a powerful contrast enticing visitors to wander through a heavenly garden, while Brian Griffiths has transformed The Furnace into a playful world of sculpture using all manner of junk materials found locally. Perhaps one of the most visited pieces is the SIMPARCH commission, not only is the crafted structure beautiful to look at but it's being enjoyed by hundreds of local skate-boarders. The magnificent free basin and full pipe that dwarfs The Coach Shed is free to use. Greenland Street closes on 4 December for the winter but the venue reopens with this inspiring programme on 6 February and continues to be free admission.

Fiona Boundy, Director of Development and Exhibitions said:- "We are thrilled with the commissions and how they have transformed the venue, all the artists have created wonderful pieces of work. While we have already welcomed many visitors to the venue we would like to extend the invitation further, the programme is incredible and I think everyone will find something to relate to. We would like to remind people that Greenland Street closes on 4 December but will open again in the New Year with the same programme. The café, renowned for its delicious cakes, will also reopen so refreshments will be available."

Catherine Sullivan's 'Triangle Of Need' is a multi-channel video installation, an orchestration of a complex set of ideas and participants, weaving an intricate story about evolution, class, wealth and poverty, and the inequalities and injustices in our global economy. Sullivan has collaborated with Los Angeles based composer Sean Griffin, Minneapolis
based choreographer Dylan Skybrook, and Nigerian actor and filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, in the creation of this commission. It is a pleasure for Greenland Street to host 'Triangle of Need' for its European premiere before it commences on a tour of Europe and the United States.

Mustafa Hulusi's practice sees him construct photographic images taken from nature, which are transformed into hyper-real illustrations that have a distinctive otherworldly and sensuous style. Cennet Bahcesi ('The Heavenly Garden' in Turkish) showcases 5 new works, commissioned by A Foundation, alongside works from Hulusi's Elysian series of photo realist paintings of flowers and fruit.

The Furnace, one of the largest exhibition spaces outside London, is a unique and challenging site for Brian Griffiths' latest work. Griffiths draws upon the devices and showmanship of sideshows and circuses, creating new sculptural works and selectively reworking the tradition of freak show banners. These banners act as backdrops that divide space and shift viewing perspectives, but are also used to question the role of spectacle and authenticity.

SIMPARCH's practice operates between the borders of architecture, design and popular cultures and often results in the creation of large-scale works that take into account the specificities and histories of a given site.

For A Foundation SIMPARCH have produced the Free Basin, a large elevated kidney shaped crafted structure which sits alongside a 40ft full pipe, constructed using a complex layering of multiple wooden spines and ribs, similar to a hull in dry dock. A unique piece of art, both accessible and functional, that is currently being enjoyed by many youngsters.

*Greenland Street will be closed from Tuesday 4 December 2007 until Wednesday 6 February 2008.

Donation to spinal unit

FOR the 3rd year running, or should that be pedalling, Tom Leigh of Fulwood has completed the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in aid of the Spinal Injuries Unit at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

This year he raised £426, which will be used to purchase hydrotherapy equipment for use in the pool.

Tom said:- "I would like to thank those friends at work who have supported me, particularly those of the Airbus Project in 2 Shed."

Tom's wife Fiona was injured in a horse riding accident 6 years ago last August and was a patient on the Spinal Injuries Centre for 3 months.

Dr Clive Glass, Clinical Director of the Spinal Unit thanked Tom for his generosity adding:- "We are really grateful to Tom and his colleagues for thinking of us for the last 3 years. The money he has donated over this time has enabled us to buy those extras that we might otherwise not be able to afford to help our patients through their rehabilitation."

Beatles Story announces link up with designers Cubit 3d

THE Beatles Story, Liverpool has announced the appointment of award winning designers Cubit3d to oversee their exciting expansion programme. The project will see the Albert Dock based visitor attraction more than double in size to provide new exhibition areas and vastly improved visitor facilities.  The improvements, which will greatly enhance Liverpool’s tourism product, are expected to open in time for European Capital of Culture 2008.

Cubit3d comprises an award winning team with a client list that includes, The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Scottish Seabird Centre, the British Golf Museum and The University of Edinburgh. Their well established creative team specialises in delivering 3D designs and innovative branded solutions for visitor attractions and other leisure oriented clients. Cubit3d was formed in 2000 by Projects Director, Russell Stewart and Creative Director, Rory McNeill who between them have over twenty years in the design industry.

McNeill is responsible for the creative direction of Cubit3d and has a track record of innovative and award winning concepts:- “This is a hugely exciting project for us to embark upon” explains McNeill. “The worldwide interest and attention which is currently focused on Liverpool ensure it has become a dynamic and forward-thinking city which our designs will reflect.”

Jerry Goldman, Director of the Beatles Story said:- “These plans for the Beatles Story will see us become a truly 21st century visitor attraction. State-of-the-art, interactive exhibits will complement a number of key improvements to the overall design and look of the attraction, ensuring we continue to be Liverpool’s must-see destination for tourists, school groups and families.”

The planned expansion will include:-

* Going Solo – a new gallery exploring life after the Beatles for John, Paul, George and Ringo.

* Ahands-on interactive Children’s Learning Centre – this is part of the Beatles Story’s commitment to life-long learning and will greatly enhance the visitor experience for both school groups and families.

* Afamily friendlyversion of the Living History audio guide.

* A new special exhibition space to host themed changing exhibitions throughout the year.

* A Café and relaxation area to complete the experience

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