Notes from Liverpool Artists Network Meeting – Thursday 17th November 2016

This is What Happened

Josie Jenkins did an intro about how LAN works.  The Network is there for you to meet help you engage with other artists and organisations in the hope that you will together make inspired creative things happen.

LIGHT NIGHT, Liverpool’s late night arts festival will be on Friday 19th May 2017.  Any venue can be in the listings.  The deadline for submissions is 12th Feb 2017.  Call 0151 478 4928 or email for more details.  Submit your listing to .

Denise Jones from Liverpool Central Library is accepting proposals for light night exhibitions, entertainment to be held there.  If anyone would like to do something in or with Central Library then drop her a line at

Denise says – We are doing our first call out at Central Library for artists and performers for Light Night in May-there are various spaces that can be used and we are looking for something that has a hands on element such as a workshop , and audience or audience participation .Can be as creative as anyone likes and it would be a good showcase . In the past we’ve had dance in all forms, choirs , musicians, interactive ceramics, hat making workshops, costume making workshops, life size puppets, cosplay, film, digital installations and creative coding so anything goes .We like to have a full programme right up to 12am and we can accommodate multiple events, installations or performances.

Josie brought details from Nicola Roscoe-Calvert from the Not Just Collective, as Nicola was unable to make it.  Not Just Collective is a group of artists and creative practitioners based in, or connected to, the Liverpool area. The collective was formed by Liverpool Biennial volunteers who, having dedicated their time to the international festival, believed they should also support local creatives – including each other – in finding ways to showcase their work.   Not Just Collective’s next exhibition opens on the 2nd December, at Arts Hub 47, Lark Lane in Liverpool. Practitioners of The City is a week-long exhibition of works by four artists. Each explores the way in which they interact with the unique urban environment of Liverpool. While what brings the artists together is a shared sense of belonging to Liverpool, each has a drastically different understanding of the city, offering their own perspective on this historic, yet constantly changing, port city.  Not Just Collective hope you will come to the exhibition and speak with members of the group if you are interested in similar themes.  You can contact Nicola at

Tom Calderbank from The Florrie spoke about the history of the building and about their exhibitions programme.  Tom has been appointed Art Curator and launched their programme with two successful exhibitions from international artists Jimmy Cauty and Jamie Reed.  Tom wants the Florrie to engage with local artists and help to give representation to the local art scene.  If you are interested in this please contact Tom at  or

Barry Web spoke about a project he has in the Czech Republic.  Barry is an artist, musician and arts administrator living in Merseyside.  Barry would like to set up a cross border cultural project, based in Liverpool, but also taking place in the Czech Republic.  He has a house built on the site of an old monastery building in Nepomuk and hopes to restore the main room as an exhibition and performance space. Basic details about the place and area can be seen on his website  If you feel this might be of interest, please email Barry at or INFO@KLASTERSTUDIOS.COM

Susan Leach brought details of a Refugee Exhibition that is being organised by locally based artists.  It is a chance for artists to make an individual statement about the current refugee crisis, in its broadest sense and the opportunity to have artwork shown in a different venue, and possibly to varied audiences (eg. Schools, churches, community groups…)  Also an opportunity to gain experience in setting up and publicising an exhibition.  They need names of people who are committed to helping set up the whole project and being involved at all levels and artists who want to show work and will put in a contribution of (at least) publicising, or something (could be artist talks etc).  They will be having a meeting at 6pm on Wed 7 December at the Baltic Social, Parliament St, L8 5RN.  You can contact Susan Leach at or Claire Flinn at

Angelica Vanasse from the Walker Art Gallery spoke about the Walker’s collaboration with the Arts Council Collections.  Angelica is Education Manager for the Arts Council Collections project.  During the programme of exhibitions the Walker want to engage with the local art community and they will be offering workshops and other events that will be of value to practicing artists.  They are interested in responding to your suggestions about what kind of events would benefit artists.  To give your feedback or to be added to the Arts Council Collections events and exhibitions mailing list, please get in touch with Angelica