Have you seen the 'Mersey Shore - Coast'
LIVERPOOL artist launches 'Mersey shore'
exhibition of Liverpool's coastal region as report shows Liverpool businesses
disconnected from regions value as a world heritage site. Liverpool is the
5th most visited City in the UK, with over half a million international visitors
coming to the region each year. The impressive statistics place Liverpool,
behind only:- London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.
The Annual England Attractions Survey recently found that growth in tourism
across England has been strongest in visits to Gardens and Historic Houses.
Reports have suggested that it is possible that the rise is connected to the
rise of TV shows showcasing England's natural beauty and historic buildings such
as “Downton Abbey.”
Despite this, a survey of Liverpool businesses highlighted that the City may not
be appreciating the world heritage site filled coastal region in the same way
that international visitors are. It found that just 7.5% of Liverpool businesses
think that the City's brand as a World Heritage Site is important to the
Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool artist Steve Strode used to travel all the way down to Cornwall to
paint the landscape, but recently realised how much natural beauty he was
missing out on closer to home. This week, he launched his new:- 'Mersey
Shore - Coast' exhibition at Editions gallery in Liverpool's Cook
Steve said:- “I think I'd taken my home town for granted, you don't always
have to go away to appreciate beautiful landscape. We're really lucky in
Liverpool as the coastal walk is supported by a good rail network that runs
alongside it, so by hopping on and off I've walked and painted on site at
various locations along the shore over the last few months. I still paint the
urban sprawl, but it's great to get out along the Mersey and Sefton coastlines
with their beaches, woods and dunes. I hope that more people will take advantage
of the great walks, landscapes and world heritage sites right on our doorstep.”
Steve Strode's free exhibition:- 'Mersey Shore - Coast' will be
showing at Editions Gallery, on Liverpool's Cook Street, until Saturday, 5
November 2016. It is well worth a visit!