Liverpool Artists’ Network Christmas meet up 7pm on Wednesday 20th December 2017

Hello everyone,

After the last meeting in the Bluecoat quite a few people went to the pub and we had a very nice time and some great conversations, so we have decided to continue that theme and make the next LAN meeting just an informal get together in the pub for drinks, chat and if you want, some Christmas merriment. It’s a sort of office Christmas party for all you people who don’t work in an office (The LAN office being the pub).

We are meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 20th December at The Railway 18 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. L22DT http://www.therailwayliverpool.com

Put it in your diary and we hope lots of you can come. We’ll have a proper type LAN meeting in the new year.

Best Wishes

LAN

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Liverpool Artists’ Network Meeting – ‘Petcha Koucha Special, Thursday 21st September at the Bluecoat, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Liverpool Artists’ Network Meeting – ‘Petcha Koucha Special, Thursday 21st September at the Bluecoat, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

This time round the Liverpool Artists’ Network meeting will be a little bit different….

Come and join the Liverpool Artists’ Network meeting at the Bluecoat, Thursday 21st September, 6.30pm till 8.30pm.

Speakers at the LAN meetings usually talk about a project that they are working on or a project they want to start.  This is great! BUT, we also want to encourage speakers to come and present about themselves and their work, to say, this is who I am/what I do/what I think.

We’re hoping that many of you will want to speak, but as we don’t have all night…  we’re going to keep the presentations short and sweet and in the style of a ‘ Petcha Koucha’. Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.  So you get less than 7 minutes to do your presentation.

It will be fun!  We promise.

Other than the format of 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, you can talk about whatever you want: your interests in general, work you have made in the past, exhibitions or projects you’ve been part of, specific themes that interest you, other artists who inspire you – whatever you think you need to say to connect with the kind of people who you want to link up with.  Remember, it’s mostly a visual experience, so choose some good images.

We have a limited number of spaces for the Petcha Koucha, so if you would like to introduce Liverpool to your work, please email liverpoolartnet@yahoo. co.uk ASAP to let us know.  We’ll take names on a first come first served basis.

Following on from the Petcha Kouchas, there will be a short 10 minute break, for you to meet, mingle and grab a brew. We will be rounding up the evening by leaving a bit of time for the usual presentations, so if you want to mention an upcoming event/project idea (without using slides) just let us know.

And if you’ve got any questions at all just get in touch.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Notes from the meeting Sunday 11th June 2017 at The Walker Art Gallery, 2pm – 4pm.

The meeting started in the resource area outside the current ‘Transparency’ exhibition, which is part of an exhibitions programme that the Walker is delivering in partnership with the Arts Council Collection.  Angie Vanasse from the Walker Art Gallery gave information about the Art Council Collection partnership programme and a short tour of the exhibition.  As part of the programme the Walker is providing workshops that are designed to be especially useful to artists, as well as open to the general public.  This has been very successful and LAN members are welcome to join the mailing list for the Programme to receive updates about future events.  Please email  ACCSessions@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk to get on the mailing list.

Josie from LAN gave info about the Network, why is was set up and what it aims to do.  The initial idea was to provide a platform for artists to build relationships that may result in exciting work and it’s important to keep that in focus when considering the success of LAN.  It’s not always an easy process, making connections with the right people for you.  Josie asked for feedback about the current format of the meeting and asked how the attendees would feel if a future meeting had more of a focus on artists presenting about their own work, rather than presenting about a project they wish to carry out.

If you have an opinion on this please respond via email.  We want to know what you think – liverpoolartnet@yahoo.co.uk

Liverpool Biennial 2018

Josie spoke briefly about Liverpool Biennial 2018.  The 10th edition of the UK biennial of contemporary art will be titled Beautiful world, where are you? and will take place from 14 July – 28 October 2018.  It might be time to start considering if you want to use the opportunity to facilitate an exhibition or event to run alongside the Biennial and how you might want to go about raising awareness of your event.  There are many ways this can be done aside from the usual advertising with Art in Liverpool. There have in the past been various printed publications about the exhibitions that happen on the fringes of the Biennial.  It may not be practical or desirable to print a publication with all exhibitions listed but working as a team, with joint advertising can have a great impact and allow you control over how your event or exhibition is presented to the public.

Adrian Jeans – Window exhibition project.

Adrian spoke about an idea that he has been developing, to use windows to display art.  He is interested in working with other people on this project and would like to arrange an initial meeting.  In the past Adrian has exhibited in a shop window in Chinatown and also in his own property window in a residential area in Kensington.  Both were very successful in terms of how many people they reached on a daily basis.  There is little effort required to maintain a window exhibition, for example no invigilation is needed, but the results can be very rewarding.  Adrian would like to hear from people who are interested in being involved in his project and also people who have ideas about window spaces that could be used.  Please contact him at

Kevin Casey  – “Shouldn’t Throw Stones”

Kevin presented his current work in progress “Shouldn’t Throw Stones” – (The view of a night watchman) to the group.  Kevin works as a Night Watchman at the Pilkington Glass former HWQ in St Helens and has been documenting the remains and archives of the site.  He is planning to produce a book and has been collaborating with a writer and graphic designer on the project.

You can see more about the project here:

http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2017/02/in-pictures-the-night-watchman-at-pilkington-glass/

Kevin asked for feedback about this work.  He is also looking for people who have worked at the Pilkington Glass headquarters in St Helens to take part by allowing him to photograph them on the site.  If you would like to contact Kevin please email him: info@lensbasedmedia.org

 

 

 

Liverpool Artists’ Network Meeting Sunday 11th June 2017 at The Walker Art Gallery, 2pm – 4pm.

The Walker Art Gallery is kindly hosting our next Liverpool Artists’ Network meeting, which is to be held on a sunny Sunday afternoon for a bit of a change this time.  I imagine the Walker itself needs no introduction to you but you may not be so well informed about its project in association with the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme. We’ve been invited to meet in the new resource area for the ‘Transparency’ exhibition on the first floor landing for an introduction to the project and a quick tour of the exhibition and then we will head down to a meeting room for the presentations.

The Liverpool Artists’ Network meetings are there for you to meet other artists, share ideas, get feedback, make connections and discuss collaboration opportunities.  It’s all very informal and usually ends with some of the group going to the pub for a few after.  As an attendee you are invited to speak to the room.  Maybe you have an idea that you want to sound out, or you want to start a specific project and you need to recruit people to work on it, or you’re an established organisation with services to offer artists.

We want you to make something happen.

We would like you to get in touch if you want to speak at the meeting, or if you really want to share something but you’re not the public speaking type, we can speak on your behalf, if you bring the details to the meeting.  Anyone who is interested in your idea can then speak with you in a more informal way after the presentations.

Please email liverpoolartnet@yahoo.co.uk  if you would like to speak at the meeting,

Here are some topics that have been discussed before:

New projects

Sharing resources

Research

Joint programming

Group exhibitions

Joint promotion

Please also let us know if you’re coming to the meeting – email liverpoolartnet@yahoo.co.uk.

The Walker Art Gallery‘s address is: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EL

Keep promoting Liverpool Artists’ Network.  The more members we can recruit, the better we can be. If you are talking about Liverpool Artists’ Network on Twitter please use the #LivArtNet hashtag.

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

Keep promoting Liverpool Artists’ Network.  The more members we can recruit, the better we can be. If you are talking about Liverpool Artists’ Network on Twitter please use the #LivArtNet hashtag.

Liverpool Artists’ Network Meeting Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Metal, Edge Hill Station, from 6.30pm – 8pm.

We’re giving you plenty of notice for the next LAN meeting and Metal have kindly offered to host us this time.  Metal is a housed in the Edge Hill Station buildings, so pretty convenient if you’re coming on public transport.  There are regular trains from Lime Street Station.  In fact, Edge Hill is the world’s oldest active passenger railway station.  If you’ve not been to Metal before it’s a perfect opportunity to take a look and find out what goes on there.  Check out more on their website here http://www.metalculture.com/about-us/liverpool/.  Metal have all sorts of opportunities for local artists and they will tell us more about that in the meeting.

The Liverpool Artists’ Network meetings are there for you to meet other artists, share ideas, get feedback, make connections and discuss collaboration opportunities.  It’s all very informal and usually ends with some of the group going to the pub for a few after.  As an attendee you are invited to speak to the room.  Maybe you have an idea that you want to sound out, or you want to start a specific project and you need to recruit people to work on it, or you’re an established organisation with services to offer artists.

We want you to make something happen.

There will be tea and coffee available (biscuits if you’re lucky) and it is all free.

We would like you to get in touch if you want to speak at the meeting, or if you really want to share something but you’re not the public speaking type, we can speak on your behalf, if you give us all the details.  Anyone who is interested in your idea can then speak with you in a more informal way after the presentations.

Please email liverpoolartnet@yahoo.co.uk  if you would like to speak at the meeting,

Here are some topics that have been discussed before:

New projects

Sharing resources

Joint programming

Group exhibitions

Joint promotion

Please let us know if you’re coming to the meeting as well – email liverpoolartnet@yahoo.co.uk.

Keep promoting Liverpool Artists’ Network.  The more members we can recruit, the better we can be. If you are talking about Liverpool Artists’ Network on Twitter please use the #LivArtNet hashtag.

All the best

Notes from meeting 17th November 2016 at The Florrie from 6.30pm – 8pm.

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 info@culture.org.uk for more details.  Submit your listing to http://www.culture.org.uk/lightnightsubmit .

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.jones@liverpool.gov.uk

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 nroscoecalvert@hotmail.co.uk

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  info@theflorrie.org  or tcalderbank@tiscali.co.uk

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 www.klasterstudios.com.  If you feel this might be of interest, please email Barry at barrywebb@barrywebb.eu 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 susan.madeleine.leach@gmail.com or Claire Flinn at clareflinn@googlemail.com

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 angelica.vanasse@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk