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Is this Liverpool’s most exciting new arts venue?

ATT_1415537805297_20141108_144352Newsham Park Hospital Seaman’s Orphanage opens its doors to Liverpool artists

Something special has come to Liverpool this weekend. The first gathering of Liverpool artists of its type in this haunting old building, the exhibition includes artwork, sculptures, photography and even performance art. Every kind of artist is represented here in this great community-based event, from established artists to emerging ones and even local students. Newsham Park Hospital itself is an inspired setting for an exhibition and it’s wasted old halls and wards (some filled with ominous looking equipment) provides an extraordinary backdrop for the work on display.

I caught up with artist and organiser Anna di Scala on the opening day and asked her how the whole thing came about. She told me how she and friend Angie had used Facebook to get things organised. Anna told me, “We wanted to organise an event for the whole of Liverpool. We noticed that galleries were taking artists from other parts of the country and pushing Liverpool artists out, so I did as much as I could to get Liverpool artists on board – and children, of course.”

About the building, Anna said that it was pretty straightforward after Angie asked the owner. Unbelievably, the whole event was put together in just six weeks. “The building itself is something to see before the artwork, so everything you see is a piece of art in itself. Every artist who’s set foot through the doors has been inspired and there’s new art being created on the back of it” Anna would love to run further events and would love to bring in some of her artist friends from Italy and Spain. She told me, “I hope this is just the beginning of a big art venue.”

I was thrilled to see a wide demographic of people all dressed up in their winter woollies who’d come to see the event and this was reflected in the artists whose work was on display, from children to pensioners. I talked to a couple of the artists who had work on display. Mark Sheeky, whose Dali-esque work sits next to Anna’s in the main hall was enthusiastic about bringing art to the community and would love to see more of it. Mark told me, “Considering it’s over 60 artists in quite a short amount of time, it’s quite an achievement.” And I couldn’t agree more.

I also spoke to Hope University student Andrew Trimble who is exhibiting for the first time. Andrew’s work is nestled into an old hospital ward cubicle and he said the space had inspired his choice of work to display.

I was so excited about the exhibition that I even bought my own piece from one of my favourite street artists Love ArtUK.

The exhibit ends today, Sunday 9th November, so get down there if you can. If you can’t, then lets hope the next exhibition in the amazing space is with us really soon.

 

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WHIZZ BANG! Liverpool Fireworks Displays tonight

 

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Tonight 5 November 2014, Newsham Park and Sefton Park, 7:30pm

This year the theme is ‘Salute to the Services’ as the city pays tribute to our armed forces.

The free events are in Sefton Park and Newsham Park and will last around 20 minutes.

We’d encourage you to travel to the displays on foot or public transport, wherever possible. You can get the latest travel information from www.merseytravel.gov.uk. Please leave plenty of time to get there. There is limited accessible parking at Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park and Gardners Drive at Newsham Park.

A few do’s and don’ts. Please don’t bring your own fireworks, sparklers or Chinese lanterns. Please do wear warm, sensible clothing/footwear. Please leave your pooch at home. Please have a lovely time!

The events are brought to you by the city council’s Culture Liverpool team.

Tell Tale are back with Animal Farm

animal farmTell Tale Return…

Animal Farm
28 – 31 Oct 2014
Arts Club, Seel St.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Tell Tale Theatre’s latest production is a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm; an allegorical and dystopian novel, published in England in 1945. In an exciting new collaboration with award-winning writer Laurence Wilson Tell Tale Theatre offer up a dynamic theatrical interpretation of this world famous book. With live music, drama and film this production promises to be challenging, powerful and deeply relevant.

It would be hard to over-estimate the lasting impact of Orwell’s fantastic setting of a ‘proletarian revolution’ in an English farm where the animals – led by the pigs – organize their collective strength to overthrow the humans, but end up with another dictatorship.

Written at the end of a War against fascist Germany – fought in partnership with the socialist system of Stalin’s Soviet Union – the message in Orwell’s story carried heavy warnings.

Book your tickets online now or call 0844 847 2472

You can also buy tickets in person from the Arts Club box office, which is open daily from noon until 8pm and you’ll save on the booking fee.

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