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Issue:- 7 June  2012

Red Cross Fundraising on the Fairway!

THE British Red Cross are looking for golfers to take part in their golf competition in aid of the British Red Cross, in celebration of Patron of the British Red Cross, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Senior Fundraiser from the Red Cross in Merseyside Alexis Fairclough said:- "I'd like to invite golfers to join us and companies from across Merseyside to join us for a great competition and a brilliant networking opportunity."

The Jubilee Golf Challenge is on Thursday 28 June at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa and Alexis hopes golfers will join them to help beat last year's fundraising total of £7,000.

The event is already promising to be a fantastic day and all proceeds will go directly to the British Red Cross to help change lives and save lives across Merseyside, the UK and all around the World.

There will be an opportunity to "Beat the Pro" with Jason Dransfield who is a Professional Golfer attached to De Vere Wychwood and is currently a member of the PGA Europro and European Challenge Tours. Since turning Professional, Jason has competed on the European Challenge Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Europro Tour and Hooters Tour. His biggest win so far is a sudden death victory over former European Number 1 Ronan Rafferty on The Players Tour.

The day will begin with bacon rolls and coffee on arrival and will finish with a 2 course Gala dinner and presentation with an auction to win a signed Liverpool Football in the evening.

You too can be a "Champion" like Jason by joining the Jubilee Red Cross Golf Challenge and help raise money for the Worlds Largest Humanitarian Organisation. Formby Hall is quite simply one of the finest golf resorts on England's Golf Coast. The challenging 72-par Old Course boasts an excellent pedigree and is an established venue on the European Challenge Tour. The Jubilee Red Cross Golf Challenge is a great way for you to support the work of the British Red Cross, at one of the best championship parklands courses with a PGA Academy.

The competition itself will be a 4 ball stableford, with the 2 best scores to count on each hole, full handicap with a maximum handicap of 24. There will also be additional competitions for the longest drive for both men and ladies, nearest the pin plus the team "Red Ball!" - can you be the team that keeps your red ball all the way round to the 18th?!

This event makes an ideal networking opportunity and is attended by teams from all over the Northwest.

Merseyside Red Cross Fundraiser Alexis added:- "With the humanitarian situation in Syria remaining challenging, the British Red Cross is calling for more funds to support affected people. Within Syria, access to healthcare, and food, water and other basic supplies remains difficult for thousands of people. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is working to support people living in areas affected by violence; including injured, sick, and displaced people, and those returning to their homes. As thousands of refugees leave Syria the humanitarian needs are spilling over into neighbouring countries too. With over 24,600 Syrian refugees currently in Turkey, the Turkish Red Crescent is helping with shelter, aid, hygiene, logistics and hot meals. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent continues to support those in need. To date, it has given humanitarian assistance to more than 200,000 people. By supporting the British Red Cross and attending the Jubilee Golf Challenge, you will be contributing to the help and support given by the Red Cross at times of crisis both here in the UK and around the World."

You need to reserve your team before 14 June 2012 and cost for a team of 4 is £380. Money raised will enable the British Red Cross continue their vital life saving work around the community in Merseyside, the UK and overseas like in recent disasters such as the current situation in Syria and the West African Food Crisis.  If you are interested in entering a team of 4, and having a great day, please get in touch with Alexis on:- 0151 702 5061 or you can also send an email.  There is also the opportunity for local companies to have the chance to sponsor a hole, on which promotional banners can be placed. Your support will change and will save lives.


THE Liverpool based Robyn Woolston, a filmmaker, photographer and installation artist who originally hails from the Midlands, is passionate about people, relationships and the way the world works, which is reflected in her work that also raises questions concerning social, economic and ecological perspectives.

Robyn began her career as an artist and film-maker before becoming more involved in installation work. Acutely aware of the world around her, Robyn once travelled to the Sinai Desert to embark on a 3 day solo fasting experience with only a sleeping bag and 16 bottles of water for company, and it is this intuitive connection with the world and its inhabitants that Robyn uses to fuel her work.

Robyn's work at the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition is, by her own admission, her most ambitious yet:- "It's my most ambitious work in terms of the opportunities and constraints presented by the space. I've been working with the Accumulator Tower at Metal so I'm dealing with shifting, and at times ephemeral, light. Plus the height of approximately eleven metres offered up some exciting engineering conundrums."

On receiving the prestigious award Robyn said:- "I am utterly overjoyed and overwhelmed. It hasn't sunk in yet but winning the prize will hopefully open up new opportunities for me, giving me the chance to work in other interesting spaces with lots of different materials. I think it will enable me to widen my area of work."

This year's winner was drawn from shortlisted artists: Wallasey based audio and installation Alan Dunn, graffiti artist and painter Tomo, and Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney from The Drawing Paper (a not-for-profit, independently published, newspaper-based gallery focussed on contemporary drawing practice) and of course Robyn herself.

Visitors to Metal at Edge Hill Station have also voted on their favourite works. The £1000 People's Choice Award was awarded to Tomo.  Tomo said:- "Just to be part of the exhibition is the real prize. Most artists on the short list are a lot more established than me so it's a real honour."

Jenny Porter, Curator at Metal said:- "This year's Liverpool Art Prize is a great example of the exciting and dynamic art practices that are emerging from Liverpool at the moment. All the artists have made fantastic work and the exhibition has been really popular."

2 new residency awards open to regional and national artists were also presented; the Metal Studio Award was presented to Anna Mulhearn with a prize including supported studio space for a period of one year at Edge Hill Station, and the Metal International Residency was awarded to Claire Weetman whose prize includes a month long residency in Shanghai in partnership with Shanghai Art School.

Prior to the ceremony, the panel of expert judges including Mike Stubbs, CEO and Director of FACT, Laura Davis, Arts Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post, Sook-Kyung Lee, Curator at Tate Liverpool, last year's winner artist Markus Soukup, and Paul Hyland a representative from Duncan Sheard Glass, one of the exhibition's sponsors, with Ian Jackson of as (non-voting) chair met at Metal to assess the exhibited works together and made their final decision on who was to win this year's prize. The artists have all created their pieces on site and some work specifically responds to and resonates with the unusual architecture of the gallery.

Robert Robson, Artistic Director at the Lowry presented the award. He said:- "Metal is a remarkable space and Liverpool Art Prize is a fantastic celebration of the contemporary art scene in Liverpool."

An after-party was held at LEAF on Bold Street, attended by the artists, judges and those involved in running this increasingly influential art prize. 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 practice.

This year the exhibition is accompanied by a huge amount of complementary activity curated and produced by ten artists' studios and groups from across Liverpool who have partnered with the Prize to present Liverpool Art Month - a showcase of the city's artists. See website for more details.

Nominations for next year's Liverpool Art Prize open on 17 September 2012.  For more information please visit:-

Style Surgery Coming To Southport

KEEP a look out for Liverpool ONE's Style Surgery at the Southport Food and Drink Festival from 8 June to 10 June 2012. Hop on board for fashion tips from a stylist who will help you make the most of your body shape whether you're an apple, a pear, hourglass, boyish or an inverted triangle! There's a chance to win some great prizes, and we've also got Style Surgery First Aid Kits* to give away, to fix any festival fashion mishaps!  Across Liverpool ONE's Website and social Media pages, Style Surgery will bring you:-

The latest trends and how to wear them
New ranges in store
Celebrity style
Interactive Twitter forums with stylists and beauty experts
Hints and tips to finding a look you love

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