Mersey Waterfront funding confirmed for Sefton Water Centre
Photograph by Patrick Trollope.
Waterfront board members have approved £1.4million funding towards a
new watersports facility in Sefton, expected to become one of the
top destinations of its kind in the UK. The funds confirm
Mersey Waterfront as a key funder of the Sefton Water Centre, a new
£7million facility to be built on Crosby Marine Lake.
The centre will offer a mix of outdoor leisure activities, such as
windsurfing, canoeing/kayaking and other non-motorised watersports
for all physical abilities. It will also be home to conference and
teaching facilities, specialist short stay accommodation, fitness
facilities, and a cafe with lakeside terracing. Mersey
Waterfront has previously funded a feasibility study for Sefton
Water Centre and will be part funding its construction along with
the Sports Lottery, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),
Sefton Council and others.
Carole Carroll, Deputy Director of Mersey Waterfront, says;-
“Sefton Water Centre will have the potential to attract watersports
enthusiasts from across the UK.
Sefton’s coastline is already an
outstanding natural asset and the arrival of Antony Gormley’s
Another Place focused national attention on Crosby beach.
facility will continue to build on that momentum, offering an
outstanding recreational opportunity for locals and visitors alike.”
The funds are part of the Mersey Waterfront’s Succession Phase
proposals first unveiled in April.
The Mersey Waterfront programme
is funded through the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)
and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
exhibitions making waves at the Albert Dock
Dock continues to showcase home-grown creative talent within its
stunning World Heritage waterfront setting with the launch of 2
exciting new art exhibitions.
Following the highly successful launch of Site at the Albert Dock, a
major new art gallery curated by Liverpool John Moores University
and the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, with further
exhibitions in partnership-working with local arts organizations,
the Albert Dock is delighted to introduce the latest programme of
artistic exhibitions. These latest editions are in line with the
Albert Dock’s new focus on leisure and tourism which aim to enhance
the creative offerings that Liverpool has to offer.
The exhibitions currently running at the Albert Dock include a Peter
Blake retrospective at Tate Liverpool, Conversations at Site as well
‘Blake’s Heaven’ at the Artfinder Gallery.
Joe Edge Director of the Albert Dock Company said:- “We are
delighted add to the exhibition programme, ArtLab and Meta. Two
unique exhibitions providing visitors to the Albert Dock an
opportunity to view unseen work from local artists, created on site.
The Albert Dock Company is committed to supporting local artists as
part of our leisure and tourism agenda.’
ArtLab – viewings until 30 July
ArtLab is an exhibition of prints, showcasing a group of artists
from the North West region whose passion for Printmaking has
encouraged them to develop their work in the professional
printmaking studio based at the University of Central Lancashire.
The prints on show at The Albert Dock have all been created at
ArtLab, where professional printmakers provide practical support and
guidance using UCLAN’s well-equipped facilities of silkscreen,
lithography, non-toxic etching, relief and digital printmaking.
ArtLab provides a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and
networking with bi-annual group exhibitions, guest speakers and
regular demonstrations of specific contemporary printmaking
Meta – viewings from 23 July
2007 to 12 August 2007
A currently vacant space in the Grade 1 listed Albert Dock provides
the starting point for this exciting project. For the first 5 days,
the works of many artists will morph into a collaborative arts
project creating a unique work inspired by the space and the
Chris Wright of Meta explains:- ‘We are so grateful to The
Albert Dock Company for supporting this unique project. It is the
first time we have collaborated in this way and I am very excited as
the first stages of the work are undertaken. We are so lucky
to be creating work in a unique World Heritage site, surrounded by
the famous River Mersey and alongside so many creative people, with
Site Gallery, Tate Liverpool, ArtLab all adding to the creative
process, it’s very exciting!’
Meta is collaboration between Karen Boulton, Rie Suto, Chris Wright
and Liz Wroe