Thank you to all the artists who presented slide slams at the Bloom Building. This was the first meet-up Liverpool Artists’ Network has organised in Birkenhead and it was fantastic to see so many people attending, speaking and socialising afterwards. Big thank you too for Andy and Ryan at Convenience Gallery for hosting.
Bloom Building was a fantastic venue and if you haven’t been before it’s worth the trip, just a 10 min walk from Hamilton Square underground, follow the signs to Birkenhead Priory. 3 Abbey Close, Bloom Building, Birkenhead CH41 5FQ www.bloombuilding.co.uk
For those that couldn’t make the meet-up, slide slam is a presentation format we have used before and is a great way for people to introduce themselves to other artists, to say something about their work, to talk about new projects or put call-outs for collaboration. You prepare 10 images ready for data projector, each is shown for 40 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. So you get 6 minutes to do your presentation. That’s it!
We had lots of new artists presenting for our May meeting, thank you to everybody who came and talked. Here’s a quick recap of the session:
Anders is a curator and artist, previously Head of Exhibitions at Oriel Mostyn Gallery Llandudno, one of the leading international contemporary art galleries in Wales. He talked about his current interests and how he is now keen to establish new contacts with artists and galleries across the city.
Mick is a Liverpool based visual artist and musician whose vivid abstract expressionistic work comes is developed from his personal unconscious. Mick showed examples of his richly-textured paintings and explained his approach to working practice.
Karema is visual artist based in Liverpool. Her work is mostly sculptural and she makes conceptual works out of found objects by combining familiar household items with other materials and machine parts. Karema showed us examples of her fascinating recent work including pieces exhibited at The Royal Standard as part of her LJMU graduate artist residency.
Sophie Anne Wyth
Sophie is a French painter based between London & Liverpool who came to painting through art therapy. Sophie showed us examples of her beautiful work, much of which based on her interpretation of human psychology. Recent work includes a series of portraits of men in which she seeks to reverse the historic gaze of the male painter to the female model.
Convenience Gallery is a community, contemporary centered arts organisation set-up by Andy Shaw & Ryan Gauge. They are focused on delivering accessible opportunities for local communities to engage, create, develop, work in and be enriched through the arts. Andy talked about their programme to date and some of the projects in pipeline.
Josie is co-founder of Liverpool Artists’ Network and is a painter. She showed us examples of paintings that have most influenced her practice and talked about Refractive Pool, a major exhibition of Liverpool-based painters at The Walker that has recently opened and which will run until the 8th Jan 2023.
Insta Josie Jenkins @josiejenkinsartist
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