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Issue:- 5 June 2014

Just 2 weeks Until the Art Prize Winner is announced!
Photographs on this report by McCoy Wynne.

IT is now only 2 weeks until this year's Liverpool Art Prize winner is announced, which will take place at a special awards ceremony on Thursday, 18 June 2014, at Edge Hill Station, in which one finalist will walk away with the main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015.

Returning to the City for its 7th successive year, the exhibition opened on 9 May 2014, at Edge Hill Station and is running until 21 June 2014; presenting work of the 3 shortlisted finalists Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson.

Managed by Metal, the Art Prize celebrates and nurtures the creative talent of artists based or born in the Liverpool region and each of the finalists have created new work in response to being shortlisted for the prize.

Wirral based Brigitte Jurack's sculptures and installations seek to trigger memories of being, in place and in time. For her entry she has prepared a new body of work named:- 'The Explorers Are Gone for Tea'. In this work, her interest in orienteering, map reading, interpretation and re-evaluation will be played out.

Tabitha Jussa's socio political photographic work has captured match day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Her recent large scale compositions examine whether physical spaces and buildings define who we are.

For the Liverpool Art Prize she presents us with three large scale photographs of high profile, controversial examples of regeneration projects to highlight the triumphs, failures and short sightedness within society of the treatment of people and place.

The final entry, Jason Thompson's paintings take inspiration from mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. Their repetitive patterns are made by copying, mirroring and echoing other parts. Structures are formed by this feedback process and it is as though the painting begins to paint itself, like a natural evolutionary process.

Each competing for the coveted main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015, the winner is selected by a panel of expert judges:-

Pavel Büchler, a Czech born, UK based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool.

Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal's Associate Curator.

Visitors will also get the chance to vote for their favourite piece resulting in a People's Choice Award of £1000.

There will be a special awards ceremony on 18 June 2014, announcing the winners.

Last year (2013) Tabitha Moses became the 1st artist to win both the People's Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery during 2014.

Metal are also delighted to announce a fantastic opportunity for artists to win residency opportunities:-

The 1st being a yearlong studio residency at Metal's Edge Hill Station open to any UK based artist.

The 2nd, a month long residency to China in partnership with Shanghai Art School which is open to any North West based artist.

The closing date for both applications to be considered is 6 June 2014, and the lucky winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18 June 2014.  

Application details are available on Metal's website. Also more information can also be found at:-

Freshfield wins Merseyside Pub of the Year for the 2nd time!

THE Freshfield on Massams Lane in Formby has been named for the 2nd year in a row, the Merseyside pub of the year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Managers Steve Gregory and Simon Cox and their team, won the accolade thanks to positive feedback and reviews from CAMRA members who are customers of the pub. The pub was acknowledged for the team's friendliness and knowledge and its welcoming atmosphere.

"The Freshie"
has now been awarded seven CAMRA awards; most recently, the Southport and District pub of the year and it is now in the running to win the Merseyside and Cheshire pub of the year. If successful, it will make its way into CAMRA's top 16 pubs in Great Britain.

The Greene King pub is renowned for having one of the largest cask ale bars in the region, with 14 beers on tap every day, combining Greene King's quality cask ale brands with other interesting and exciting brands from all over the country. From 21 July to 27 July 2014, Steven and Simon will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary at the Freshfield with the pub's biggest beer festival to date, showcasing over 100 beers during the week.

CAMRA's regional chairman for the North West, Ian Garner and Stockport chairman, Doug Macadam are to visit the Freshfield to congratulate the team and present them with a certificate on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

Steve Gregory, joint manager of the Freshfield, said:- "To win CAMRA's Merseyside pub of the year last year was such an honour, but to win it 2 years in a row makes Simon and me so very proud. We try to keep customers happy by ensuring we introduce new micro-breweries onto the bar, as well as keeping our bar current. We started to serve craft ale this year and were one of the first Greene King pubs to stock the brewery's brand new craft ales. As ever, it is our team and customers we must thank; without them, we simply could not keep doing what we do and enjoy it so much."

Jonathan Webster, managing director for Greene Local Pubs, said:- "Receiving CAMRA's Merseyside pub of the year award is an excellent achievement for Steve, Simon and the team at the Freshfield. It is very important to us that our customers receive excellent value, service and quality and it is great when our teams are recognised for providing this. The team should be very proud of themselves and the awards they have received in such a short time."

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