Notes from meeting 22nd March 2017 at Metal, Edge Hill Station 6.30pm – 8pm.

Notes from meeting 22nd March 2017 at Metal, Edge Hill Station 6.30pm – 8pm.

This is What Happened

Josie Jenkins started the evening by introducing LAN, explaining how LAN started and what it hopes to achieve. The network is there for you to meet help you engage with other artists, creative practitioners, and organisations in the hope that you will together make inspired creative things happen. LAN consists of a directory in the form of a web site, a forum, and meetings every 3 months.  LAN is not there to represent or promote artist and their work.

First speaking was Mary Jane from Metal, our hosts for the evening, introducing Metal and explaining who they are and what it is they do, which can be found out at: http://www.metalculture.com/about-us/liverpool/

Mary Jane spoke about the the Time and Space Residency, which are are open opportunities for artists working in all disciplines to access Metal’s spaces, the support of its staff. There are two application  deadlines each year, More details and how to apply can be found at: http://www.metalculture.com/artists-area/time-space/

Mary Jane then spoke about Future Stations, which are regular free networking events for artists and creative practitioners, with keynote speakers. For more information see:(http://www.metalculture.com/projects/future-station/)

Also was mentioned the Connect/Exchange Residency which support two artists who are pushing the boundaries of moving image, developing new, inspirational and challenging art. The artists taking part at the moment are Sabina Sallis and Kelvin Brown who later spoke about their work. More information about the residency can be found at: http://www.metalculture.com/projects/connectexchange-residency/

Claire Flin, who followed on from Susan Leach at the last LAN meeting, spoke about  a refugee exhibition that is being organised by locally based artists. The exhibition will be held at the Central Library during refugee week, June 2nd until June 21st. They would like to invite people to visit the exhibition and to submit work for consideration. They are also looking for schools to be involved in this child friendly exhibition. There will be 40% commision on all sales, with all the money raised going to a merseyside refugee charity. For more information contact Susan Leach: susan.madeleine.leach@gmail.com  or Claire Flinn: clareflinn@googlemail.com

Zuhause a project space that has recently opened in Gostins Arcade on Hanover Street in Liverpool, spoke next. ‘Zuhause’ is a free space for students to use and experiment in, whether that be hosting workshops or putting on exhibitions. They allow people to do what they want within the space as long as it can be done, to try to allow for the best creative output and learning experience. For more information contact: zuhauseliverpool@gmail.com

Ilan Sheady an illustrator and animator who is based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle spoke next. His company Ilanimation Studios works on everything from Children’s Books to commercial advertising. He also works under the banner of Uncle Frank Productions which specialises in the horror genre, creating posters, books covers, DVD packaging and character designs for independent projects in the industry.  He spoke at LAN to introduce himself, his work and to meet and possible work with like minded artists, writers, actors, composers, models and performers who have a passion and love for the macabre and fantastique. See Ilan Sheady work at www.unclefrankproductions.com and contact him at: hello@unclefrankproductions.com

Adrian Jeans spoke about a project he would like to launch, using windows across liverpool as pop up galleries and displays. Email Adrian if you would like more info and to be involved or if you have ideas/connections to arrange the use of empty shops adrianjeans@hotmail.com

Sabina Sallis and Kelvin Brown spoke next about their work and time on Metal’s Connect/Exchange Residency. Sabina Sallis is set to create a part factual/fictional video about a secretive poetic eco-terrorist society based in Liverpool, whose actions include activities such as guerilla gardening, seed bombing, ephemeral land-art and much more. Kelvin Brown intends to explore the possibilities of using speech within a musical framework, and the collective social and emotional responses to current geo-political events. Find out more about the artists, their work and the Connect/Exchange Residency at http://www.metalculture.com/projects/connectexchange-residency/#sthash.yHUm1bbR.dpuf

Alex Jones spoke next on the behalf of a small group of undergraduate researchers from Durham University. They are conducting a study into small-scale cultural activities in Liverpool. Examining how accessible the arts are to the people of Liverpool, how they are practised and ultimately how they are valued by both individuals in the city, as well as larger bodies. They were looking to meet and chat to people at the meeting for their research. john.a.jones@durham.ac.uk

Surtsey Projects were next to speak, they are an artist artist led project also based in the Gostins Arcade on Hanover Street. They invite two different artist with different work to collaborate in the space to create new innovative work together. you can get in touch with Surtsey Project at: surtseyprojects@gmail.com

John Elcock spoke about a second Open Studios event set for later in the year. His first Open Studios day, which was mentioned at a LAN meeting, was held for artists and makers across south Liverpool in May 2016. John would like to get some feedback from artists, about the event and if, when and how it should run this year.  Contact john at: john@johnelcock.co.uk

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