One of the world’s biggest business festivals is on our doorstep. But with 30,000 delegates from 100 countries and millions of pounds at stake, it’s showtime at the Liverpool waterfront.
Yesterday, I spoke to George Osborne over his commitment to the Knowsley North Shakespeare project and he was all enthused about the new development. Later Mayor Anderson told me of the fantastic plans taking place for 2018, ten years after City of Culture; events with the Giants making a comeback and Shakespeare’s Northern Theatre hopefully completed with the Northern Powerhouse certainly on its way to making this region a thoroughly attractive and perfect cultural destination adding millions to the economy.
Being at the IFB for me, was one way I could network and promote the city I love. Making money on the first day was a bit of a tall order but that I did, and you too can make a profit if you follow the Beach Huts.
Now, the Beach Huts run from the Exhibition Centre to the Strand and are open until 4pm weekends 7pm on weekdays. They are not to be missed, and might I say, are a superb piece of inventive, artistic landscape creativity. Inside each Hut you may discover an artist, designer,poet, performer or entrepeneur.
Yesterday I signed up for zero hours with a Five Jobs+Contract and after a titillating interview of about 20mins I soon had work with one of the UK’s leading employment support and coaching services companies, helping me get to work more, for less.
At Five Jobs+ I will be coached for their needs and with their £1 bond scheme I was sure to continually have only one supplier of work, ensuring I need not look any further. They looked forward to seeing me working harder, not smarter in the very near future and thanked me because it was people like me that let them become more competitive in a growing jobs market, by enabling Five Jobs+ to gain the skills and labour they need.
They looked forward to seeing me working MORE for LESS.
I signed the contract there and then and accepted the £1 and the terms and conditions of employment.
By signing the agreement, I was acknowledging that I had participated in an Arts Project as part of the Metal Beach Huts for the International Festival of Business.
You too can join in the fun by journeying down to the Waterfront this week and engage with the many varied cultural activities at the Metal Beach Hut Project.
Take a trip to Edge Hill station, pass the ticket office and walk out to platform Nine and Three Quarters, the Hogwarts Express, then turn left into Metal, a multi-disciplinary residency space for artists from the UK and overseas in the neighbourhood of Kensington and Edge Hill since 2004.
Founded in 2002, Metal, Edge Hill was created as an artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the development of innovative ideas that could shift the thinking in the UK cultural sector.
I love exciting new visual arts projects and look forward to these exhibitions at Edge Hill every year. I especially enjoy it when you can chat to the creators, discuss their art, and in some cases, handle the art itself, and this is what Metal is all about, working with the public, involving them in the art and the decision making.
The Liverpool Art Prize at Metal Edge Hill, is a brilliant platform for early career visual practitioners to showcase their talent and relate it to the public in their own art space.
This is an exhibition in which I always leave a vote in the ‘People’s Choice’ prize. However you tend not to vote on your own and often after some deep thought and discussion with friends, a decision is made.
Competitions like this are huge investments in time for the artists but if your shortlisted, it’s a good thing to get your name out there; get noticed and advertise your work big style, hitting the arty headlines.
It’s also, never a bad thing even if you don’t win because it builds your portfolio ready for the next big chance to make that break into the world of art.
Managed by Metal, this brilliant exhibition ends Saturday 21st June, with the awards ceremony announcing the winners on Wednesday 18th, so if you haven’t seen the art, make a journey there this weekend and take a vote.
On show, are the works of the three artists, Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson. Each of the three are judged on their creative new work in response to being shortlisted for the prize.
Wirral based Brigitte shows sculptures and installations which seek to trigger memories of being in place and in time. They move and are very tactile!
Tabitha’s photographic works show match-day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Depressing but well liked by one of the curators.
The final entry, with Jason’s work, show colourful, vibrant, enamel paintings which take inspirations from mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. I thought they looked very Islamic in their mosaic design.
Verdict: Brigitte Jurack Winner and People’s Choice. That’s my choice for this year.
What do you think?
Visit Metal and make a decision on ‘Your Choice’ of winner.
Liverpool Metal Edge Hill: Open Thursday -Saturday 11-17.00