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As Seen On Screen:- "Art and Cinema"

A new exhibition at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery will explore the relationship between art and cinema, delving into the fascinating question of what inspires artists. As seen on screen: art and cinema, running from 31 May to 18 August 2019, features work by artists including:- Fiona Banner, Anthea Hamilton, Hardeep Pandhal and Sam Taylor Johnson.

The exhibition considers the influence of cinema on art across more than 20 artworks. The works represent a broad range of media, including:- screen prints, photography and film.

As seen on screen showcases Merseyside born artist, Fiona Banner's:- 'The Desert' a 5 metre wide screen print which retells the epic 1962 film:- 'Lawrence of Arabia.' The large scale of the artwork brings to mind the experience of gazing up at a cinema screen.

Well known film characters feature, as in Stuart Pearson Wright's:- 'Woman Surprised by a Werewolf,' while iconic films are referenced in artworks such as:- 'A Nightmare on BAME Street' by Hardeep Pandhal, and in Stefan Themerson's series of photographic stills from his 1932 film:- 'Europa.'

Beth Lewis, Project Curator at the Walker Art Gallery, said:- "Art and cinema have influenced 1 another in countless different ways and we're looking forward to making some of those connections visible within the exhibition. From a kimono featuring an image of John Travolta starring in 'Saturday Night Fever,' to a collage of stills from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho,' visitors will recognise references to some of the many iconic films that continue to inspire leading and emerging artists today."

Michelle Williams Gamaker's House of Women, a film in which actors audition for a re-make of the 1947 film:- 'Black Narcissus,' also features. Both Banner and Williams Gamaker re-imagine films to explore their impact.

Other works, including:- 'Red Snow' (from Screen Portfolio) by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor Johnson, and Mario Rossi's:- 'The End / Untitled,' series, offer new meanings to cinematic customs, such as montage and end credits.

As seen on screen is the 8th and final show to be held at the Walker, as part of the Arts Council Collection's National Partners Programme Exhibition Series (2016 to 2019), and features more than 20 artworks from the Arts Council Collection.

The Walker's Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition programme has been enjoyed by almost ½ a million visitors between 2016 and 2019. The programme has enabled the Gallery to work with leading artists based in the North West, and to exhibit major works by artists such as:- Benedict Drew, Lubaina Himid and Mark Leckey.

In 2017, the Walker developed and exhibited the ground breaking National Partners exhibition:- 'Coming Out - Sexuality, Gender and Identity.' The exhibition, which toured to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, was visited by more than 96,000 people across both galleries. The Gallery celebrated its busiest year on record, over 2018/19, attracting more than 393,000 visitors.

For more information about this and other exhibits within the Walker Art Gallery, please click here.

Midnight Mountain Trek for Maggie's Merseyside

A team from a local law firm and asbestos helpline raises a towering ₤1,222 for local cancer charity, Maggie's Merseyside by climbing the highest mountain in Wales in the dead of night. The 12 strong team from Birchall Blackburn Law and the National Asbestos Helpline started the trek up Mount Snowdon during the midnight hour and reaching the cloudy summit at 4:30am to see the sunrise. The team was led by experienced guides from Raw Adventures, based in Llanberis, who ensured everyone kept to the path.

Snowdon stands at 1,085 metres tall, which is taller than 11 Big Bens. The round trip was more than 10 miles and about 33,000 steps. The fundraisers were higher than the clouds by the time they reached the top, with some strong winds to greet the weary walkers. It took the team seven hours from setting out to crawling back for breakfast.

The team was made up of staff from Birchall Blackburn Law's Preston, Leyland and Chester offices and the National Asbestos Helpline, along with friends and family willing to take on the challenge.

Kathy Wright, from Maggie's Merseyside says:- "Last year alone we supported over 15,000 people affected by cancer. Providing free practical, emotional and social support to those who need us most. Our centre offers a safe space away from the clinical environment and our doors remain open thanks to the efforts of our supporters. We are extremely grateful to the team from Birchall Blackburn Law and National Asbestos Helpline for raising vital funds and spreading the word about our life changing services. The challenge they took on was huge and pretty gruelling, but the funds they've raised is enough to secure a cancer support group for a whole year. They really have made a difference."

Elliott Garvey, from the National Asbestos Helpline, says:- "It was really tough at times. The cold and lack of sleep really slows you down but knowing every step is for Maggie's Merseyside keeps you going through the dark."

Joan Kennedy, an industrial disease and asbestos specialist solicitor for Birchall Blackburn Law, says:- "We were a bit nervous before we set off, especially with it being at night. But once we got over the 1st steep walk, we all got into it and really enjoyed being able to walk by moonlight. Sometimes we didn't even need our head torches! We were so happy to take on the trek for the wonderful Maggie's Merseyside and absolutely smashed our fundraising goal of ₤1,000, I couldn't be prouder. They do amazing work for those affected by cancer, offering advice and support in a non clinical space."

Maggie's Merseyside set in the grounds of Clatterbridge Hospital. Maggie's provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Maggie's Centres are amazing places with professional staff on hand to offer immediate support. Helping over 65,000 since the Merseyside centre opened 2014.

For more information about Maggie's Merseyside visit their website or call them on:- 01513344301. If you'd like to support Maggie's Merseyside please contact Fundraising Manager, Sasha, on:- 07557284816 or send her an email to:- Sasha.Mathias@MaggiesCentres.Org .

You can still sponsor the Birchall Blackburn Law and the National Asbestos Helpline team by donating through their JustGiving link here.

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