Artinliverpool.com, the top British art blog and founder and organiser of the annual Liverpool Art Prize, are delighted to make some exciting announcements concerning this year’s events.
The Shortlisted Artists
• Gina Czarnecki
• David Jacques
• James Quin
• Paul Rooney
• Emily Speed
The Judging Panel
In this, the 3rd year of the prize, we have another knowledgeable, experienced group of judges:
• Juan Cruz (Head of Arts Dept. JMU Art & Design Academy)
• Laura Davis (Arts Editor, Liverpool Daily Post)
• Reyahn King (Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool)
• Nicki McCubbing (Artist, shortlisted for 2009 Liverpool Art Prize)
• Jay Mitton (Business Manager, Arthur Diamond Design)
• Sara-Jayne Parsons (Exhibitions Curator, the Bluecoat)
This year Artinliverpool are working in partnership with Metal. The exhibition will be taking place at the exciting new space for art, Metal at Edge Hill Station (the World’s oldest passenger railway station still in use).
The 2010 exhibition opens on Friday 4 June (Viewing on 3 June) and ends on Saturday 10 July with the Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 30 June.
The exhibition will be curated by Jenny Porter, the Project Manager at Metal.
The overall winner will be awarded £2000 plus (new from this year) the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Walker Art Gallery at a later date.
There will also be the £1000 People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by Arthur Diamond Design) chosen by the public voting at the gallery.
Ian Jackson, Director of Artinliverpool said “It’s another great shortlist of 5 Liverpool artists. We are really delighted with the year-on-year progress and excited about the move to Metal at Edge Hill. We had 2 excellent years at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre and are grateful for all the support they gave us. We know we will also have great support from Ian Brownbill, Jenny Porter and the rest of the team at Metal.
“It is also fantastic news that the Walker Art Gallery are offering a space for the Art Prize winner to show their work at some point later in the year. We are also working closely with the Bluecoat as their ‘Global Studios’ exhibition features many locally-based artists and the other major venues and artist studios are all keen to be involved in some way.”
About the Shortlisted Artists
Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres and platforms. Developed in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists, Czarnecki’s films and installations are informed by human relationships to image, disease, evolution, medical research, and by advanced technologies of image production. Through editing sound and image at a micro–level, using bespoke effects and processes, the artist constructs vivid, highly aesthetic spaces. Her work engages the viewer through its scale, beauty and occasionally through interactive technologies.
“Czarnecki’s craft is as intense as tapestry. Each phase and frame is carefully polished, reframed, filtered, flared, and each element of installation worked on in hands and mind… Few artists have made projection truly their medium, interrogated its possibilities, tuned image to canvas as Czarnecki has. The space of projection is a zone of sculptural, architectural, public space in which we confront images of power, grace and terror – images that speak of the necessity of being bodies, of the loneliness of existing inside an epidermis, of the ecstasy of pores and exhalations, the agonies of escape.” – Sean Cubitt (catalogue essay)
She won the prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2002 for work on her interactive installation Silvers Alter, a Fleck Fellowship with the Banff Centre, Canada in 2004, and a Wellcome Trust Sci–Art Award in 2005 for production of Contagion. Her film, Nascent, has been screened extensively across the world, winning several awards and prizes. Czarnecki was recently awarded two research and development grants by the Wellcome Trust , one for a three-year research residency at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the other for developing a body of works entitled ‘wasted’ with DR Sara Rankin, a stem cell researcher, from the Imperial College London
She is represented by Forma Arts and media www.forma.org.uk
Studied at Chelsea School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone.
David Jacques works in a variety of media including painting, film and text.
He has produced studio based work as well as collaborative projects in the Public Realm.
Recent exhibitions include:
Contemporary Art Norwich EAST International 09
Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle
Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary ‘EASTgoesEAST’
Royal College of Art, London ‘Por Convencion Ferrer’
James Quin is based in the studios at Liverpool’s Bluecoat.
‘Looking at these paintings I feel I have the same relationship to them as I might to the first-person narration of a novel or short story. I feel as though I am seeing these images through another’s eyes and understand something of the “narrator” by the way he describes his world. In this sense part of the subject of the painting curiously exists out of the picture frame.
A further analogy is that of film - these paintings have characters, artificial stage sets, locations, vantage points, camera angles, close-ups and dissolves, long shots, implied narratives, and they play with the viewers gaze’. (From essay by Christopher Jones)
In James Quin’s most recent work for the Bluecoat’s Global Studio exhibition he takes some of the interests described here into new territory but his intentions remain resolutely consistent. Quin is showing a group of 500 drawings on the inside covers of first edition readers digest condensed novels found in charity shops across Merseyside. Quin has attempted to make each drawing identical to the first of the series. The image is a disarmingly understated one, the back of a woman’s head. However, the nature of Quin’s examination of it, lend the images he creates a psychological distance that is familiar from the earlier paintings.
Artist Paul Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1967, and trained at Edinburgh College of Art. Paul’s practice focused from 1997 to 2000 on the music of the ‘Rooney’ CD’s and performances, with ‘Rooney’ achieving an appearance in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in 1998, and a ‘Peel session’ in 1999. Paul now primarily works with text, sound and video, often focusing on the presence of the historical past within the ‘voices’ of real and fictional individuals. He uses or references narrative forms such as short stories, songs, audio guides and lectures.
Paul has had residencies at Dundee Contemporary Arts/University of Dundee VRC; Proyecto Batiscafo, Cuba; Tate Liverpool (MOMART Fellowship) and was the ACE Oxford-Melbourne Artist Fellow for 2004. He has shown recently in group projects at Tate Britain, London; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; the Shanghai Biennial; and Tate Liverpool. Paul was included in British Art Show 6 which toured around the UK in 2005-2006, and had solo shows at Matt’s Gallery, London, and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, in 2008. Text artworks by Paul were published recently by Serpent’s Tail and Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press.
Paul was the winner of the second Northern Art Prize in 2009.
Emily Speed is based at The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the relationships between architecture and human anatomy: the body as a building that houses the mind. Particularly drawn to the more uninhabited spaces of buildings; corners, recesses, passageways, stairways, entrances and exits, Speed constructs models of sorts; a kind of immaterial architecture that plots out her personal space. Her work is also concerned with the enduring sense of memory and/or personal identity that is often embedded into built space.
Emily is currently the Feiweles Trust bursary holder at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where she will exhibit her work in 2011 for her first solo exhibition, she will also exhibit this autumn at Showreel Project in Milan. Emily will be taking part in the A Curriculum residency at A Foundation in Liverpool this spring and has previously completed residencies at Salzamt Atelierhaus, Linz with Liverpool Biennial, Women’s Studio Workshop, New York State and Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath.
Confirmed Sponsors (as at 8 March)
Arthur Diamond Design, signs, designs and printing based in Liverpool, sponsors of the £1000 people’s choice prize and printing of leaflets and banners.
Alexander McGregor, design and marketing based in Liverpool, in-kind sponsorship design and production of the exhibition catalogue and branding.
We are delighted that Liverpool-based ABW architects have now pledged sponsorship for 2010.
Another new sponsor for 2010 is The Gallery Liverpool
Photography for the Catalogue and other Media by McCoy Wynne
www.liverpoolartprize.com has full details about the artists and exhibition.
See also http://www.metalculture.com