Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre wins prestigious national Stirling Prize

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.

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Kerenza Gallery

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.

Orange Flowers by Jane Reilly

Orange Flowers by Jane Reilly

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Museums at Night returns for three nights of ‘after dark’ events

Across three exciting nights in May (15-17), everyone will all have the chance to venture into museums, galleries and heritage venues ‘after dark’ as they open their doors for Museums at Night – a nationwide festival of inspiring after-hours arts and cultural events. Continue reading

Everyman Theatre reopens with spectacular parade and light show

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.

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Theatres in the North West come together to discuss the Creative Case for Diversity

As part of the North area Creative Case for Diversity work, Liverpool-based 20 Stories High were asked to organise and lead a series of seminars to enable National portfolio organisations to convene sector-led discussions around the programme. Continue reading

Exhibition tells story about life on the streets of Manchester

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.

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Watch Unlimited films from DaDaFest 2012

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. Continue reading

Homotopia 2012 opens across Liverpool

Homotopia 2012, the international festival of queer arts and culture, opens on 30 October and runs until 30 November in venues across Liverpool with the theme of ‘Traditional Family Values’ celebrating and exploring ‘the family’ in all its queer diversity.

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DaDaFest 2012

Disability Arts and Culture has grown over the last 30 years into a discernibly confident and accomplished artistic movement of expression around experiences of disability. DaDaFest was the first and is now the most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability and Deaf Arts in the world.

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Liverpool Biennial programme revealed

The programme for the seventh and biggest ever Liverpool Biennial has been unveiled as the city prepares to engage in a celebration of contemporary art.

The festival, which runs from September 15 to November 25, covers a number of venues across Liverpool and contributes in the region of £27 million to the city’s economy.

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