Artist Callout

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We invite submission from visual artists for:

Shatter the Silence

around Sexual Violence

The exhibition is to be held in the café area of the Quaker Meeting House, school Lane, Liverpool. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates, 1 in 3 women globally will have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. The theme of the exhibition is to incorporate areas around:

Rape

Sexual Violence

Domestic Abuse

Street harassment

Consent

Feminist Issues

The exhibition also looking to showcase the work of Reclaim the Night which organises a protest march in late April annually in Liverpool in addition to other cities across the UK.

All work to be wall mounted, we are keen to see more conceptual artforms and 3-dimensional work, but will only be represented in photographic print format. Although the theme is around the area of sexual violence it is to be made clear that the work must be suitable for a café culture environment, many of the customers being of the older generation.

Artworks to be no larger than 60x60cm (A2 maximum), looking to display around 10 to 12 pieces in the space using the hanging system present. It will need to take the form of either box canvas, framed or a print to a medium such as acrylic sheeting, please contact us with any other suggestions as we should be able to incorporate. Artwork can be for sale (minimal commission rates) through contacting the curator though this is not the main purpose of the exhibition. In addition to the exhibition pieces a portfolio to be left explaining the work in greater detail and additional artist information. Marketing for the exhibition to be through flyers, curators blog, Art in Liverpool website in addition to a general press release which will go out to all media contacts.

The exhibition private view is to be held on 24/03/17 for the. Organisations such as RASA (Rape and Sexual Assualt Advice) and Merseyside Women Movement to be invited to attend. The engagement of a spoken word performer that encompasses similar issues within their performance. The reclaim the Night March will take place at the end of April and we will look to promote the exhibition and other activities on this date. Running through to the 21/05/17, the Last Friday being the Light Night, Liverpool’ annual Arts Festival. We are currently in discussion with Open Culture to include the exhibition as part of the festival. Details of any activities to be held on this evening at the early planning stage.

The Quaker Meeting House is an ideal location for this exhibition due to its ongoing work with agencies which take action against domestic violence, such as action aid. Situated in the city centre and beside the Bluecoat Gallery, making it an ideal location.

To submit please send:

Images of work

Size

Price

Medium (including details such as framing)

Artist statement (Max 1 side of A4)

exhibition@mrsitemail.com

by the 5pm 27/02/16

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Project: The Good Samaritan

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The Good Samaritan it the latest project to be brought to us by the legendary Philip Hayes. He is working with other to produce and album featuring tracks from World famous bands such as the Who, looking to be released later in the year. The LP will look to break down the stigma’s associated with mental health. The album will raise money for charities which support people suffering from problems such as anxiety and depression, the Samaritans in particular.

Philip Hayes has a recent history of suffering from mental health problem’ himself, in coming forward to speak about his issues he is helping to get Men, in particular, talking about mental health. After a night of heavy drinking at an awards ceremony in 2013, there was a well-publicised incident which led the Philip suffering a breakdown in 2013. After a spell in Broad Green psychiatric hospital, he was to return home. Now jobless, he was to suffer a second more serious breakdown resulting in a longer spell in hospital. His time spent in Windsor House has been documented in one of his acclaimed colleges.

After his first breakdown Philip had a song dedicated to himself by Evil Costello when he performed Bod Dylan’ ‘Down on the Bottom’ this is to be featured on the forthcoming album. Tracks from other bands are to be from; the Zuton’s, Space, Amsterdam, the Farm and not forgetting the Who. Philip first met Pete Townsend of the Who in 1983 when he was looking to raise money for a community access recording studio later to become the Picket. On invitation, he travelled down to Pete’s studio in Twickenham and explained the were looking to offers a recording studio as an antidote to 20% unemployment and high levels of heroin that was rife in Liverpool during the early eighties. Pete offered to help set up the studio and one of the first bands to record there were La’s with their famed hit ‘There she goes’. The album is not simply to be released as a CD but also in classic 12″ vinyl as the softer sound of the medium in demand across the generations and is favoured by Philip himself.

The charities to benefit from the project are to be the Samaritans, Calm, Safe and the Belve. The Samaritan’s provide a 24-7 support for anyone suffering from mental health problems, their phone number will be prominent on the album cover. CALM ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ is a charity aimed at suicide prevention targeting men in particular. Based in Bootle, Safe offers various services, participatory arts in being the most relevant to the album. The Belve, based in Toxteth is a community centre close to Philip’ heart, volunteering there himself.

Philip is looking for support for his album in terms of small donations toward production, spreading the word in addition to general backing, he can be reached on:

07491 983 057

PhilipHayesMusic@hotmail.co.uk

Interview at radio city

Elvis Costello performing Bod Dylan’ ‘Down at the Bottom’

Bi Polar B

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Bi-Polar B was created by Alison Little in 2014, the first in her series of her polythene and paper sculptural works. It was first exhibited at the Williamson Gallery, Birkenhead for 2014 World Mental Health Day celebrations.

Alison Little, ‘Bipolar B’

Polythene Sheeting, Shredded Paper

 

‘Bipolar B’ is a vision of a female sufferer of Bipolar, its prime concern is to address Hypersexuality in sufferers. Words are printed on to the shredded paper which highlights different elements of the illness looking at everything from illicit drugs to prescribed medication, manic depression to elation.’

The creation of ‘Bipolar B’ lead to a greater understanding of Bipolar in terms of my own knowledge base and is intended to help improve understanding of the disorder within those who view the form. Personal experience of meeting and working with sufferers of Bipolar was informed further by the reading of autobiographical works such as David Lovelace’ ‘Full Blown: Me and My Bipolar Family’. Filling the form with shredded paper with terms associated with Bipolar was a creative process of greater artistic merit than the final outcome. ‘Bipolar B’ relates strongly to other works created by Alison, the Attack in particular. ‘Tossed’ the first in the series was exhibited at Embrace Arts in Leicester in January- March of this year. The Artist intended to create other works dealing with issues around mental health and traumatic situations in particular.

 

 

Time for Dali

Time for Dali, a Modern take on the Surrealist master, is a submission put forward to Open Culture for the May 2017 Light Night to be held in Liverpool city centre.

Time for Dali

A modern take on the Surrealist Master

Dali was born in 1904, twelve years before the Liver Building featuring the largest clock face in the Uk at 7.6 meters in diameter was completed. The year Dali passed away was 1989, this was the year of the Hillsborough disaster, the human crush at the semi-final game where 96 Liverpool supporters were to loose their lives. This proposal will take a modern take on the surrealist master, bringing his spirit to the city of Liverpool.

With his characteristic beard, turning up at the corners Dali is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. Growing up in Catalan, born to parents who supported his creativity greatly. In the style of all great artists, he was expelled from Art school in Madrid after declaring his tutors unfit to judge his artwork. In moving to Paris he was first exposed to Surrealism which was the future direction of his creative practice. His first solo exhibition in Madrid was to lead to his work being showcased throughout the world. Dali was to meet Sigmund Freud in the 1930’s which was to greatly influence his work. In fleeing Europe during World War two he re-located to New York. In this, he teamed up with Alfred Hitchcock to create a dream like sequences for Spellbound, later being hired by Walt Disney to create art and storyboards for the film Destino. In returning to Catalan he continued to create Art from alternative perspectives. Being confined to a wheel chair for the last four years of his life he was to die in 1984. Dali’ work continues to be exhibited internationally at World class Arts venues.

Dali painted melting watches in the ‘Persistence of Memory’ to represent how things, even time, are destructible. This is one of his most recognised works, the melting watch faces set within the Catalan landscape. The Painting is an example of his theories around ‘Softness’ and ‘Hardness’ central to his work during this period. There is possibly an abstract figure central to the piece, the ants on the orange clock face look to introduce the concept of decay. We have an exploration of the dreams which occur between waking and consciousness.

Proposal

In ‘Time for Dali’ we are looking to celebrate this great artist by creating a surrealist landscape with the exterior environment of a Liverpool arts venue. The image represented is from the viewing platform of Central Library. The clock faces are to be melted in the way Dali presented the timepieces, however, we are to take a contemporary approach to the artwork. The forms are to be made from polythene stuffed with shredded paper, an element of the paper is to be reflective. In a similar context, light reflective cut vinyl lettering to be used for the digits and clock hands. Clock faces to contain quote with reference to time from relevent philosophers: Sigmund Freud, Titus Carus, Hegal, in addition to statements Dali made throughout his life. Potential for a larger clock face to be suspended, although the structures look solid they are very light weight due to being made from paper and polythene. The polythene will ensure they are suitable for an external location for the period of the Light Night. Our original intention would be to create 10 clock faces around 1 meter in diameter, then one face of a larger scale. All paper mater idea to recycle after the event. Potential for lighting to be hired specifically for the event.

Experience

Rags Boutique

Rags Boutique was a six-week project to open a disused retail unit as an exhibition space and a workshop venue. Alison was successful in gaining funding from the Shops up Front scheme run by Liverpool City Council intended to support regeneration through the opening up of disused retail units as venues for Arts and other projects which are of benefit to the community. In this, the use of recycled materials was a primal concern of the project. Using newspaper, plastic bags and other readily available materials she created a fashion Boutique from entirely recycled materials. The Boutique was open to the public and visited by many from across the city and from further afield. The window display was key to the success of the project. In this, the windows were signed using cut vinyl in the style of the Boutique and the window displays were created in the style of the Boutique. The mannequin’ were clothed in newspaper creations which were sprayed with a combination of acrylics and water-based emulsions to created a male and female which were visually stunning. The window displays were fundamental to the success of the project, additional visitors to the exhibition through the interest generated by the showcase pieces.

Polythene and shredded Paper Forms

Since 2014 Alison has been using polythene and shredded paper to create artworks, the first of these being Bi Polar B for 2014 World Mental Health Day exhibition held at the Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead. ‘Bipolar B’ is a vision of a female sufferer of Bipolar, its prime concern is to address Hyper-sexuality in sufferers. This is shown by the pose of the Art form, the figure showed with her legs sprawled wide open, the figure exaggerated towards the groin area. The figure is created using Polythene sheeting and shredded paper. The use of red tones of shredded paper towards the groin area is intended to replicate the unpleasant nature of sexual intercourse with suffers of Bipolar. Words are printed to the shredded paper which highlight different elements of the illness looking at everything from illicit drugs to prescribed medication, manic depression to elation. There is an almost Chicken like quality to the piece, drawing annotations with the colloquialism ‘Chicken Fucker’. An unpleasant Art piece reflecting the unpleasant aspects of Bipolar.

Other artworks using the techniques were Brain scape for World Mental Health Day 2015, exhibited at Unit 52 in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. A larger scale commission was created for Spectrum D in Derby: Act against Hate crime she replicated the figures using polythene sheeting and shredded paper with printed terminology to create a large-scale installation. The installation consisted of a full size figure floor based and a broken wheel chair. The figure to be filled with statements about disability such as: impairment, unseen, exclusion from society, physical, mental, sensory and emotional. This was a very successful piece exhibited at the Guildhall theatre in Derby in October of 2015. Most recent works include ‘Life from the Waist Down’ which explores the recovery process from sexual violence, exhibited at Unit 51, Baltic Triangle for 2016 Mental Health week. The process was also used for a workshop aimed at exploring disability and ableism held for the BBC ‘Up for Arts’ program in November of 2016.