Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, which re-opened in March 2014, has won the prestigious national Stirling Prize for the best building of the year, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Designed by Haworth Tompkins architects, the Everyman beat off competition from the LSE’s student centre in Aldwych, the Shard, the Olympic aquatics centre, Manchester School of Art and the Library of Birmingham.
Although based in Cornwall, Kerenza Gallery is an online gallery with strong ties with the North West. Whilst I live in Cornwall, I was born and bred in Liverpool. The three founder artists that joined me in setting up Kerenza Gallery, are all living and working in the Liverpool area – Jane Reilly, Elaine Preece Stanley and S. K. Stevens.
Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre celebrated its re-opening on Saturday 1 March with Lights Up, an illuminated parade of 300 lanterns and dozens of performers, attended by over 2,500 people. Travelling from the Playhouse to the newly renovated Everyman, the parade was created by Walk the Plank and The Lantern Company.
The warm and the cold is a project run by arts organisation arthur+martha, led by poet Phil Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn, with support from National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme. For the project, homeless people in Manchester have been telling their stories with needle and thread and embroidering the words onto a patchwork quilt which will be exhibited at Manchester’s Holden Gallery until 18 December.
A number of Arts Council Unlimited commissions were shown in Liverpool between 21-31 August as part of DaDaFest 2012. We took the opportunity to make some short films about three of those commissions while they were being presented in Liverpool. You can now watch and listen to those films and find out more about the Unlimited projects of Laurence Clark, Fittings MultiMedia Arts and Rachel Gadsden.