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FRIDAY 26 – SUNDAY 28 AUGUST
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE PRIVATE VIEW ON THURSDAY 25 AUGUST 5PM – 7PM
LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, DUCKINFIELD STREET, OFF BROWNLOW HILL, LIVERPOOL L3 5RD
A Festival of Art, Music, Words and Birds.
Liverpool School of Art & Design
Duckinfield Street L3 5RD
Thursday 19th May
10.00 Exhibition starts
18.00 PRIVATE VIEW
18.45 – 19.15 Official Opening Talks in the auditorium hosted by:
Ceri Levy introducing various people and explaining Ghosts as a concept.
Mike O’Shaugnessy to explain the School’s participation.
Paul Robertson – Regional Director of the RSPB
Jim Lawrence – BirdLife International
Friday 20th MAY
16.00 Talks Start – Johnson Auditorium
16.00 – 16.20 Henry Irving
16.20 – 16.50 Nicola Boulton
16.50 – 17.10 John Barlow
17.10 – 17.20 Chris Gooddie
17.20 – 17.40 Paul Donald
17.40 – 18.00 Clem Fisher
18.00 – 18.20 Jim Wardill
18.20 – 18.40 Rob Lambert
18.40 – 19.00 Ceri Levy
19.00 – Jimi Goodwin / DOVES !! World Premier Perfomance !!
Friday 13 May 2011
5pm – Late
Venues across Liverpool city centre
Light Night is Liverpool’s one-night festival of arts and culture, when venues across the city throw open their doors and stage over 90 special events. From 5pm visitors of all ages can follow their own vibrant trail of exhibitions, performance, talks, walks, dance and much more. It’s the perfect chance to meet friends and family to enjoy the relaxed after-hours atmosphere and rediscover Liverpool city centre – it’s a Friday night out with a difference.
This year the ADA has a wealth of activities including…
Shangpool Blossom – Blossom Time is the latest event within the ongoing shang-pool project. www.shang-pool.com. Canoes meet on the lakes of our virtual Stanley Park paddled by friends in Shanghai and Liverpool. Blossom is dropped from bridges and the park becomes a sound-scape of poems, music and meeting celebrating spring in Shanghai and Liverpool.
Draw the Line – Following the success of their Long Night evening, Draw the Line return to provide visitors with paper and pens allowing any inspriation to be sketched out across the tables, creating an open public live draw mural as the evening progresses. Drop in an leave your mark.
Look11 Photography Exhibition – The ADA Gallery hosts a photography exhibition curated by Stephen Snoddy. Conflicting Accounts – Paul Seawright’s document of the ‘troubles’ of Northern Ireland and Inside Out – Jill Jennings documentation of the Maze prison.
Sparkle VFX – Liverpool’s SparkleVFX are showcasing their software skills in 3D Sculpting (ZBrush) and post production techniques. Come along and learn tips and tricks or pick their brains on a particular issue.
VJ & Poetry Event – New poetry performances, with sound and image, from students and staff at Liverpool Screen School
Candle-Lit Labyrinth Walk – Take a walk under the stars on LJMU’s candle-lit spiral labyrinth path, supported by musicians. Installed by staff and students, this labyrinth; an ancient symbol of creativity, is testament to the creative nature of Liverpool and its community.
Violet City – Liverpool Screen School invites all to find out more about ‘Violet City’ a twisted mash-up movie of Victorian, post-modern and comic book weird.
Follow Light Night via these social media links:
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/LightNightLiverpool
Facebook Event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196020347094934 (accessible if logged in)
ADA Illustration Tutor Chris Brown has an exhibition of his work showing at St.Judes Gallery in Norfolk from this Saturday 7th May. Find more information and a selection of Chris’s Lino cut work here.
“English Vernacular” represents my continuing interest in this country’s architecture, places, objects, people and animals. The intent is serious but often I can’t resist introducing an element of humour. Christopher Brown, April 2011.
Emma Roberts, Course Leader in B.A. (Hons) History of Art & Museum Studies, was invited recently to contribute to a BBC Radio Four programme about the history of the Lewis store in Liverpool. Specifically, Emma was asked to discuss the development and significance of the famous ‘Liverpool Resurgent’ sculpture by Sir Jacob Epstein on the front of the store. Emma’s long-term research has involved sculpture. Her Ph.D. was gained in 1997 on the topic of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and since then she has researched and written about a mixture of Liverpool arts history and sculpture. Her publications include the books ‘The Liverpool Academy and Other Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Liverpool 1774-1867’ (University of Liverpool Press, 1996) and ‘Public Sculpture of the North-West’. The latter will be published in 2012 by University of Liverpool Press and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. If you would like to hear the interview, check it out here
Why do individuals and museums collect popular music objects?
This is the question that the Merseyside Maritime Museum will be exploring this Saturday 16th April from 1.30 – 4.00pm via two panel discussions.
‘Pop Behind Glass’ See’s Curator Paul Gallagher present National Museums Liverpool’s plans for popular music at the Museum of Liverpool, and will discuss the way museums have treated popular music objects.
‘Sound obsessions’ Three people with different relationships to popular music objects will discuss their own collecting, histories and memories associated with them.
The second event has ex Art School Tutor Steve Hardstaff as one of the Panel.
The day will be filmed to make a documentary, so go along and share your thoughts on popular music.
Full details here.
Photographs by Stewart Bale of the Building of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
This exciting photographic exhibition in association with Liverpool John Moores University presents the work of Stewart Bale (1889 – 1944) and centres on the amazing history of the building of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The exhibition is curated by the ADA’s Emma Roberts and is part of the Look11 Photography Festival.
More information can be found here.
The Sound Agents is an artist led not for profit arts organisation founded by Liverpool School of Art & Design Associate Research Fellow Mr John J Campbell and Artist/PhD Researcher Ms Moira Kenny in 2010. Working with the Chinese community, L1 residents and business sector to highlight and encourage international research, collaborations and development within Chinatowns in London, Paris, New York and San Francisco.
Mr Campbell & Ms Kenny are currently sourcing songs to produce a Chinatown my Chinatown CD of Chinese songs from Traditional Folk, Classic to Pop and working in partnership with the Ming-Ai Institute and Central St Martin’s London to create a major International collaboration and future conference.
Work in progress includes Radio Chinatown based in Liverpool.
As part of this years Chinese New Year celebrations The Sound Work in The Black-E Dome was recorded, developed and produced by Mr Campbell and Ms Kenny using archived audio material of residents of Chinatown and present day recordings, ambient sound of shipping, Chinatown sounds, Buddha Machine and morse code.
A newspaper was also produced as a celebration of the success of the Shanghai Expo and represents a coming together of artists and researchers to offer their personal responses to the oldest Chinese Community in Europe.
The newspaper Chinatown My Chinatown can be downloaded here and was edited, designed and published in Liverpool, by Moira Kenny, John Campbell, Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney.
Special thanks to Liverpool City Council who financially supported this work as a celebration of the success of the Shanghai Expo and to everyone who contributed to the publication in their varying ways. Thanks also to Martin Downie for the publication of the newspaper and Andy Freeney and Graham Gildea for Technical Support.
Chinese New Year,
Chi Kung is the cultivation of the life force energy. It has its roots in China and has blossomed into a study that can help maintain health and also enhance all of life’s activities.
Come and try for yourself
Exhibition Review by Dr Robert Macdonald.
Viewed at a distance the Irish ‘problem’ has always been a complex issue of history, politics and religion. I have found it all very difficult to understand. However, Stuart Borthwick’s close up documentary photographic exhibition helps us to understand the visual complexity of Irish popular mural art and this goes part of the way to improve our overall understanding.
The photographs included in this exhibition were taken in Belfast 2008-2010, and exhibited at the Liverpool School of Art and Design in November in 2010. Whilst conflict in Ireland is centuries old, the genesis of the troubles of the late 20th century, originated in 1922, when following a Civil War and the passing of the Government of Ireland Act, Ireland was partitioned into the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.
Unionists had painted wall murals as far back as 1908 and later, at the time of the Troubles in 1981, they became a noticeable feature, marking the Republican hunger strikes. The muralists had no formal artist qualifications and Loyalists and Republicans used the gable ends of residential properties in Unionist and Nationalist areas to further sectarian interests. The impermanence of murals means that many of their messages and themes have been lost. However, some murals are now seen as a semi-permanent fixtures on Belfast’ cityscape, and attract tourists from around the world. The murals commemorate the dead of all sides and they demarcate territory.
Popular art, such as the murals of Belfast, transcend narrow affiliations of particular political and ideologies and without connections to one or another artist schools. According to Gramsci popular art is historical, political and popular to its roots. It must ‘penetrate the soil of the people’. Popular art is the ‘wind of the people’, its a living language. Its a true art of its own time and stands comparison with Picasso’s Guernica, murals of Siqueiros and Orozco.
For those people interested in popular art and Irish history this excellent exhibition is not to be missed; it tells the story of a fraction of the Irish murals, and gives us an insight into the relationship between the past, present and future of the North of Ireland.
The exhibition is accompanied by a well illustrated academic pamphlet which includes a helpful bibliography.
Further Reading: Art & Society: Essays in Marxist Aesthetics, Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez,
Merlin Press, London 1973. See Chp on Truly Popular Art.
Steve Hardstaff, long serving lecturer to the Art school and inspiration to generations of students retired today after 41 years at Liverpool’s School of Art and Design. He will be greatly missed by staff and students and the impact of his influence on pretty much every discipline will hopefully remain with us for a long time.
Thanks Steve and the best of luck!
LJMU’s recently launched Shang-Pool Arcadia, in collaboration with the University of Shanghai and involving academics, students and the public has been nominated for a Learning Without Frontiers Award for innovations in Further and Higher Education alongside Oxford University and Emantras, USA.
It is now up to the public to decide the overall award winner, leaving an opportunity to vote for this LJMU project.
The voting page here and the deadline is 4th January 2011.
Peter Appleton, LJMU Reader in Creative Technology Artist and Director of the project explained:
“As the impact of academic research on the public is high on the education agenda at present, this brings out an unexpected collaboration between arts and science academics, students and the public which is effectively using ‘Second Life’ live to share academic knowledge with the community and to impact on regeneration and rebuilding of destroyed cultures.”
Well it’s been an interesting year, for one it saw the birth of the ADA Blog!
Sorry for the lack of posts this week but the POD team have been focused on a large event that took place last night (Details wll be blogged v.soon)
We’ll wind down over the Christmas period but will be back with a vengeance (and a re-design) in the New Year.
In the meantime Merry Christmas and here we have some of 2010′s highlights as selected by some of the ADA Staff.
“The Defamation of Strickland Banks” – Plan B – Spotify
“Becoming A Jackal” – Villagers – Spotify
“The Promise” – Bruce Springsteen – Spotify
“Sidetracked” – La Roux – Amazon
“True Love Cast Out All Evil” – Roky Erickson – Spotify
“Hidden” – These New Puritans – Spotify
“Edie” – Leddra Chapman – Spotify
“The Age of Adz” – Sufjan Stevens – Amazon
“Dark Night of the Soul” – Dangermouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch/Various – Spotify
“Contra” – Vampire Weekend – Spotify
A Single Man – Trailer
The Social Network – Trailer
Scott Pilgrim v’s The World – Trailer
Toy Story 3 – Trailer
Enter the Void (Typography) – Title Sequence
“Just My Type” – Simon Garfield
“Wilson” – Daniel Clowes
“The Stars in the Bright Sky” – Alan Warner
“Elephant” – Magazine
“Private Views Made Public” (Mackinnon-Day, Screen Deva festival, Chester)
Michael Mansfield’s “Rebel Rant” at Liverpool Community College
DIY IC exhibition at the Daily Post & Echo Building
Unit Editions (Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy) D&AD President’s Lecture in Manchester
Digital Pioneers at the V&A
ADA STudent Kirsty White winning the national Penguin Book Design Awards
“The Accused” – BBC
“Misfits” – Channel 4
“Sherlock” – BBC
“The Walking Dead” – FX
“The Trip” – BBC
“This is England” – Channel 4
The ADA POD team are about to work with 16 Knowsley schools on ‘Telling Tales’ – a series of story telling and puppet workshops. As part of a project covering the whole borough they will work with primary pupils to create and perform a series of shadow puppet shows based on materials created in earlier sessions with storytellers and dramatists. This Tuesday saw the initial introduction of the project to over 25 teachers who collaborated on a mini version of the project their efforts are visible below…
The project will run between Jan and March 2011 and the results will be posted here on the blog!
This Month, Stuart Borthwick, Principal Lecturer in the Liverpool School of Art and Design, will be exhibiting a series of photographs of Belfast wall murals in the main Art and Design Academy gallery. The photographs were taken as part of a research project that examined the changing nature and roles of wall murals following the signing of the St Andrew’s Agreement in 2006 by the UK government, Irish government and all the major parties in Northern Ireland. Stuart Borthwick states;
“my interest in wall murals was sparked by my involvement in the Liverpool Mural Project, who invited artists from both sides of the political divide in Belfast to paint two separate murals in Liverpool. After meeting Belfast artists Mark Ervine, Danny Devenny, Marty Lyons and Micky Doherty in Liverpool, I was invited to their home town to see their work, and became fascinated by the current speed of change within the mural culture, away from paramilitarism but still intricately connected to Ulster Loyalism and Irish Republicanism. I’m currently involved in the search for further spaces in a specific part of Liverpool for a new cross-community mural project”.
Academy Gallery, 5-7pm, Friday 3 December 2010 until Friday 7 January 2011.
Well done to everyone who took part in the “Design your Futures” Exhibition in Manchester this week, which showcased all the ADA courses to potential applicants from all over the country. Despite the snow and ice, we welcomed a large number of visitors to our recognisable stand over the two days of the show showcasing images and information from all of our courses running in 2011 and 2012. Course leaders from all the Art and Design courses were on hand to answer any questions from the budding art and design students of the future. Visitors to the ADA stand also had a chance to pick up the new look ‘Edge’ magazine in a newspaper style format which features a whole new ADA branding that will be launched in January.
Come down and visit the ADA tonight for a virtual canoe tour! The live event uses the lake in Stanley Park setting for a virtual meeting place, enabling people from Liverpool and Shanghai to mingle, talk and play together amid the imagined landscapes of Second Life. The event follows a highly successful debut in the Bluecoat as part of the Shang-pool project, a unique collaboration between Shanghai and Liverpool conceived and co-ordinated by ADA Fine Art Lecturer, Peter Appleton. Collaborators Jiang Fei and Wang Zheng, from Shanghai University have been developing Wii like control pad in the form of canoe oars that are used to virtually paddle a life sized canoe. As well as controlling a virtual canoe in Second Life, the paddles will also drive a real, model canoe on the lake in Stanley Park. The co-operation of those paddling is essential as each paddle stroke on either side affects the motion and direction of the boat. These paddles also control the experimental Arcadian drone canoe. This model canoe will sail on the actual lake in Stanley Park relaying live video images of its location back to the Academy allowing us to add another layer of reality to the voyage.
You can come to the Academy from 4pm to 7 pm tonight or alternatively, visit the park from any internet linked computer if you download and log in to Second-Life.
The Art & Design Academy’s POD team have been successful in their application to work on the 2011 Liverpool Community Arts Project ‘Four Corners’. They will be working with the neighbourhoods of East Liverpool in producing an iconic piece of public art that will enlist, engage and educate the often neglected NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) groups. The project will run from now until the end of April – the blog will keep you posted on their progress.
The POD worked with East Liverpool last year on a Health and Wellbeing inspired community project, creating a series of short videos that formed a health calendar. These are now on-line and can be viewed below.
Several members of Graphic Arts staff and students have work published in the latest edition of David Crow’s book Visible Signs. The book is an update to the popular first edition of the same name, in which David Crow introduces design students to the fundamentals of semiotics. The book explains semiotic terms and theories in relation to visual communication, with illustrative examples taken from contemporary art and design. Graphic Design and Illustration lecturer, Seel Garside acted as picture researcher for both editions of the publication with author, David, who was previously Head of Graphic Arts at LJMU. Many of visuals created to illustrate the ideas discussed within the book showcase the high standard of work from the Graphic Arts course and highlight the talent available within the ADA
Please note that the ADA Mac Suite (ICT1) will not be open on Friday Nov 5th to allow technicians time to upgrade the mac suite to Adobe CS5.
Staff please note: The Dell Mobile Class Suite will not be available Wednesday afternoon – (3rd Nov) and all day Friday (5th Nov) for Adobe CS5 upgrades as well.
Access to the PC suite (ICT3) is unaffected.
Senior I.T. Coordinator