I have the pleasure of being an artist in residence at Metal Liverpool Culture LAB. From the Metal website:
"Metal runs a programme of Culture LABS each year that brings together groups of artists and thinkers in exploratory, week-long, intensive residencies around different themes and subjects. Artists come from a variety of disciplines, types of practice and different places around the UK and overseas."
There’s a real eclectic mix of artists and artist/curators at different career stages. Myself for one being pretty much at the beginning of the path, having only recently graduated from an MA. The Metal people have shown themselves to be thoroughly positive and supportive, managing to quickly create a comfortable atmosphere where ideas and opinions can be both presented and (sensibly) challenged without fear! Artist, Curator, Consultant and all-round good fellow Simon Poulter is doing a sterling job of facilitating the sessions.
In the first day, each participating artist gave a brief presentation of his/her practice. These included…
Renny O’Shea and Richard Gregory of Quarantine
Maddi Nicolson of Art Gene
Andrew Mottershead of FrenchMottershead
Rachel Rose Reid
David Kefford of Aid and Abet
This was followed by an inspirational presentation from Neville Gabie in which he talked about some of the major public art he has created over the last few years including work created as Artist in Residence at the Olympics.
The residency is particularly poignant for me as someone who studied and worked in Liverpool for several years in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Appearances have changed somewhat in places, but the same old city of extreme contrasts remains, welcoming all with her charms.