Liverpool Art Prize 2011
Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Year, 2008, this prestigious
exhibition, showcasing the best in Liverpool art will open to the
public from Friday, 6 May 2011, at Metal, Edge Hill train station, with the
winner being announced at an Awards Ceremony on 1 June 2011.
Organiser Artinliverpool.com is delighted to announce this year’s
shortlist-: paint sculptor Brendan Lyons, painter Bernadette O’Toole,
installation specialist Richard Proffitt and new media, film and
sound artist Markus Soukup. Chosen from over 60 artists based
in the Liverpool City Region the shortlist represents the best and
most cutting-edge contemporary art being produced in the region.
Each artist has exhibited within the last year and is connected to
Liverpool’s leading studio groups.
The panel of expert
judges, tasked with picking the winner of this year’s prize
includes: Laura Davis, Arts Editor at the Liverpool Daily Post, Paul
Domela, Curator of Liverpool Biennial, Moira Lindsay (Curator from
The Victoria Gallery and Museum), David Jacques (Liverpool Art Prize
2010 winner). and Paul Hyland a representative from Duncan Sheard
Glass, one of the exhibition’s sponsors.
Paul Domela of Liverpool Biennial said:- "The Liverpool Art
Prize sheds light on the vitality of work made in Liverpool and is a
great nudge of confidence to the artists that are shortlisted. In
its short history the Liverpool Art Prize has made its mark by
honouring the work of three significant artists: Imogen Stidworthy,
Al and Al and David Jacques. Apart from the work that they did to
win the prize, it has been a pleasure to how they have flourished
since. I wish the shortlisted artists success with the exhibition. I
hope many people will come to see it. I was not part of the
selection process so I am as curious as the next person to see the
work the artists produce for the show. I am looking forward to it.'
The winner of this year’s Liverpool Art Prize will be awarded £2000
and the prize will be judged solely on the work they exhibit at
Metal from Friday, 6 May 2011 to Saturday, 11 June 2011. The exhibition will be
curetted by Metal Project Manager, Jenny Porter. The winning
artists will also be given the opportunity to show their work at the
Walker Art Gallery, where last year’s prize winner David Jacques is
currently exhibiting ‘The Irlam House Bequest’ which is currently
running at the Walker and ends on Sunday, 3 April 2011.
There is also a £1000
People’s Choice Award chosen by the public voting at the gallery.
Last year’s winner was painter James Quin.
Ian Jackson, Director of Artinliverpool.com said:- “We are
delighted to be presenting the Liverpool Art Prize again in
partnership with METAL and with another excellent short list of four
local artists. We are especially pleased that despite the current
difficult economic climate we are continuing to promote and support
artists with the help of our sponsors and supporters. We are looking
forward to this; the fourth, annual exhibition which we hope will
inspire artists and public alike.”
Artinliverpool.com founded the Liverpool Art Prize in early 2008, it
was one of the first major visual art events in the Capital of
Culture year. The Art Prize is now a firmly established part of
Liverpool’s annual arts diary, acknowledging the outstanding
achievements of local artists and their contribution to contemporary
art. It aims to promote national awareness and discussion of
contemporary art in the city and to support individual artists in
developing their practices. This year the exhibition coincides
with the University and HE colleges degree shows as well as the
re-opening of the Open Eye gallery and the Look International
THE LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011 to Saturday, 11 June
Metal at Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool. L7 6ND
Opening Times:-- Tue to Fri 2pm to 6pm, Sat 12pm to 4pm
JLA remains in the
Top 10 of UK Airports
A recent report published by well
respected aviation industry consultants RDC Aviation looking at
passenger throughput across UK airports in 2010, shows that despite
a challenging year, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) remains
tenth in a league table of UK airports in terms of passenger
throughput. The report also revealed that of 50 airports across the
UK, JLA was only one of nine to experience growth in 2010, with a 3%
year on year increase. The report highlights that Liverpool’s
position improves further when comparing purely scheduled passenger
traffic across the UK, with airlines such as easyjet, Ryanair, KLM,
Wizz Air, Eastern Airways and Flybe helping JLA become the UK’s
eighth busiest airport for scheduled passengers. JLA handled over 5
million passengers in 2010. In particular, a full year of KLM
flights helped to boost passenger numbers with the region’s
travelers having the opportunity to travel on long haul services
from Liverpool via the airline’s Amsterdam Schiphol hub. Ryanair
grew their business from Liverpool by 9% during the year.
Communities given welcome...
communities who arrive in Liverpool are to be given packs welcoming
them and providing information and advice about living and working
in the city. The welcome packs will make sure that the new
arrivals are aware of their rights and responsibilities and help
them fit in with local communities. These new communities comprise
migrant workers, international students, refugees and asylum seekers
who contribute to the vibrancy of Liverpool.
This move follows a key recommendation of a study of migrant workers
in the city by Salford University researchers. Their report noted:-
“One concern is that people are not always getting full and
accurate information, and rely on the advice and information
provided by family, friends and acquaintances.
There is sometimes a lack of understanding around, for example, UK
driving laws, school attendance for children, as well as smaller
issues such as refuse collection. These issues, however, can create
tensions between migrant communities and the local community.
Welcome packs are therefore needed to provide information for new
The welcome pack will also give guidance to new communities on how
to report hate crimes and exploitation. The research pointed out
that Liverpool has to improve in this area as up to a quarter of
Central and Eastern Europeans face hate crime and there are many
instances of pay rates below national minimum wage with overcrowding
in housing also being highlighted.
The cost of the packs has been met by Migration Impact Fund, a
government initiative which is funded through a levy on migrants, so
will not cost the council anything. Printed versions of the
packs are being made available in French, Polish, Russian and
Slovakian and download versions will be available in 11 other
languages. The languages were chosen on the basis of current numbers
of migrant workers in the city and known trends
They will be available at a wide variety of locations including the
airport, children’s centres, doctors surgeries, libraries and
schools. The welcome packs will be launched at an event at the
Merseyside Maritime Museum on Wednesday, 23 March 2011.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for community safety and
cohesion, said;- “It is vital that new arrivals to our city
region have the full information and advice to make them welcome and
able to settle into the community so they can arrive, survive and
Not knowing what services are available or what your
responsibilities are can create real difficulties both for the
migrants and in our neighbourhoods.
These welcome packs will help new arrivals to the city to fit in
with their communities. This will enable our new communities to
positively add to our city, which historically has been built on
migration. The pack will support the elimination of exploitation and
the realisation of their fundamental rights.
We will distribute the packs widely, in places where new communities
access. Having welcome packs will contribute to the ability of new
communities to add an extra dimension to the city, and to help
address the issue of our long term population decline”.
Williams powers to victory in Surrey
SOUTHPORT based pro-cyclist Pete
Williams stormed to victory in the Peter Young Memorial Road Race
Pete, 1 of 6 riders present from the Motorpoint Pro-Cycling Team,
took control of the 140km race from the outset around Chobham in
Surrey, leaving much of the 80-strong field in his wake after an
Cheered on by bumper crowds, Pete crossed the line first followed by
his team mates Marcin Bialoblocki, Ian Bibby, Jonny McEvoy and Tobyn
Horton. Motorpoint took the top five spots in the race, the first
time the history of the perennially-popular early-season curtain
racer. Pete will next be seen at the Dengie Marshes Tour in East
Anglia, otherwise known as ‘The Hell of the East’ in early April.
For more information on the Motorpoint Pro-Cycling Team visit
New displays encourage
visitors to city arts venues
GIANT artworks have gone up on
platforms at Liverpool Lime Street and locations across the city to
highlight Liverpool’s cultural gems.
The “So Close” campaign sees National Museums
Liverpool teaming up with other cultural organisations and
commercial partners ACC Liverpool, Liverpool One and Merseytravel.
Key locations are being emblazoned with giant artworks showing off
venues and their world class collections. The initiative is funded
by the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
The move is designed to signpost how easy museums, galleries and
other attractions are to reach on foot. The displays will appear at
Liverpool Lime Street as well as shop windows, bus stops and across
Iconic objects and artworks from city centre museums and galleries
will be seen bursting through walls. Train passengers will be
greeted by a giant West African bronze head peeking through the
glass to promote World Museum and an image of Henry VIII to promote
the Walker Art Gallery.
Images of Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone will also appear at the
station to highlight Liverpool TATE while other artworks citywide
will promote the Bluecoat, FACT and ACC Liverpool.
Fiona Philpott, director of exhibitions at National Museums
Liverpool said:- “This is a great way for the arts and
cultural venues to showcase world famous collections to new
audiences. We want to signpost to people how easy it is to reach
museums and galleries on foot.”
Nigel Dove, director of marketing at the NWDA, commented:-
“This fascinating project is a great demonstration of the
collections that are housed within the city of Liverpool, which
visitors will come from far and wide to admire. I’m delighted to see
these giant artworks popping up. Not only are they a great addition
to the physical appearance of the city, but they’re a wonderful
reminder of the astonishing venues we have right on our doorstep.”
for anti-crime plays
A SERIES of plays, performed by
Liverpool students, about the impact of crime and anti-social
behaviour, is reaching its finale. Act Together is an initiative by
Citysafe Liverpool’s community safety partnership- and Merseyside
Police, in which groups of students from schools across Liverpool
discover more about the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on
themselves and their communities through drama. They produce
plays based on themes taken from the City Council’s Young People’s
Feelings of Safety Survey - drugs, alcohol, knife crime, gangs, hate
crime and anti-social behaviour. The students develop plays which
deliver a positive message to their peers. They are helped by
specialist ‘mentors’ who are from different local
agencies and who have experience in the theme chosen by the school.
They work alongside the young people and drama teachers to ensure
that the students understand the issues associated with their chosen
The plays are first
performed to some of their feeder primary schools. Schools
taking part this year include North Liverpool Academy, St. John
Bosco, Broadgreen, Gateacre, Parklands and Shorefields. On
Wednesday, 23 March 2011, Act Together reaches its finale when the
students will present their plays to an audience including civic
leaders and senior police officers in a celebration event at the
purpose built drama facility at the North Liverpool Academy.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, city council cabinet member for community
safety , said:- “Act Together is an imaginative and very
positive way of getting across community safety issues that concern
young people. This is the fourth year we have staged this event and
we are building on its success. It is very important that the
messages are getting out to younger children as the plays are being
performed in primary schools. Act Together has involved around 6,000
young people across our city and it has raised awareness of personal
safety and as well as how the choices that young people make in
their lives have real consequences for them, their families and