Meeting Notes for Liverpool Artists’ Network meeting at The Ship and Mitre, 1st September 2021.

Thank you to all the artists who joined us upstairs at The Ship And Mitre for How Was It For You? the first in-person LAN meeting for 18 months!

Michelle the assistant store manager from Cass Art in Liverpool ONE joined us this evening and she very kindly handed out free art material goodies plus a discount voucher to artists. Michelle asked whether there were any specific art materials artists would like the store to stock and encouraged us to get in touch via email. She reminded us that Cass Art will price-match any comparable product on sale elsewhere. The Cass Art space is fully booked for 2021 but bookings are open for 2022 and artists are not charged a fee or commission on painting sales. They are interested in having workshop sessions for customers and artists interested in leading this should get in touch.

Josie shared some messages from people unable to present tonight. Patrick Kirk-Smith from Art in Liverpool reminded artists to send him their listings for the website and magazine. Steve Banning will share details of his new product, a brush-cleaning soap for artists, shortly. Paul Mellor has generously offered an overhead acetate projector to an artist or studio group who can find a new home for it – please contact LAN if you are interested and we will forward you on.

Rob from ROAD studios gave a recap of the past few months. They are are now officially a CIC and actively looking to buy a studio premises in the Kensington or Toxteth districts of the city if anyone has information or contacts. ROAD has also created a vending machine concept for art and have put out a call for artists interested in collaborating who have small works to sell or know of a good location for it. On the 19th October Rob will be hosting a life drawing event with Convenience gallery in Birkenhead.

John Elcock is deputising for Colette Lilley of LAN who is on maternity leave at the moment and we wish her well. John talked about the present difficulties of finding exhibition space in the city and asked artists to share information on good quality spaces that might be available. He also mentioned a potential opportunity for materials and equipment via LJMU which he will share via LAN when he has the information.

Ali Barker talked about her COVID-postponed show now open at Arena Grounded Gallery. Her residency at the gallery exploring her synesthesia has produced many new works and she invited artists to come along to the PV the following night, the 2nd Sep 6-9pm.

Finally Chris from Innominate Studios gave a shout out to artists who explore darker subjects to get in touch with his Liverpool Horror Club project. Chris is also experienced in painting, sculpture and castings as well as working at Poto Studios which artists might be interested in for print production. He also currently has a 2x2m square studio space at Innominate – his new 7-person artist studios at Northern Lights which is currently available for £80 pcm.