The Liverpool Art Prize 2010
Art Prize celebrates city's leading artists with an exhibition launching
on 3rd June 2010 and running for 5 weeks with a fascinating and diverse
selection of works by 5 short-listed artists, Gina Czarnecki, David Jacques,
James Quin, Paul Rooney and Emily Speed.
The exhibition takes place at the exciting new space for art, Metal at
Edge Hill Station. The prize is £2000 plus a later show at Walker
Art Gallery and the People’s Choice Award is £1000.
Exhibition Dates: 4th June to 10th July 2010.
Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 30th June 2010, 6pm - 8pm at METAL at Edge
Hill Station, Tunnel Road, L7.
The short list for the Liverpool Art Prize 2010 was selected by a panel
of judges from over 90 nominations received from the public call for nominations
in late 2009.
The artists will be exhibiting a selection of previous works alongside
exciting new works created especially for the exhibition which runs for
5 weeks. They are working in diverse practices from new media to large
installations, drawing and painting.
• Juan Cruz (Head of Department, Art & Architecture, LJMU Art
and Design Academy)
• Laura Davis (Arts Editor, Liverpool Daily Post)
• Paul Hyland (Duncan Sheard Glass)
• Reyahn King (Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool)
• Nicki McCubbing (Artist, shortlisted for 2009 Liverpool Art Prize)
• Jay Mitton (Managing Director, Arthur Diamond Design)
• Sara-Jayne Parsons (Exhibitions Curator, the Bluecoat)
Public vote for the ‘People’s Choice’
The People’s Choice prize of £1000 will be decided from votes
cast by the public and will provide an opportunity for visitors to the
exhibition to express their preference.
Visitors to the exhibition are urged to vote for their favourite artist
by posting a voting slip into the ballot box. The artist with the most
votes will receive the £1000 award. Voting ends on Tuesday 29 June.
Full details on the website:
About the Liverpool Art Prize
Artinliverpool.com founded the Liverpool Art Prize in early 2008. It
was one of the first major art events in the Capital of Culture’s
year and the first exhibition to be held at the Novas Contemporary Urban
The exhibition and prizes acknowledge the outstanding achievements of
the artists and their contribution to contemporary art within Liverpool,
as well as further afield. It aims to promote national awareness and discussion
of contemporary art in the city and to support individual artists in developing
It is an annual exhibition and award for artists from or based in the
Liverpool City Region. The Prize has attracted sponsors from the local
Now in its third year the exhibition will take place at METAL at Edge
Hill Station and is now a firmly established part of Liverpool’s
annual visual art diary.
About Metal at Edge Hill Station
Metal was founded by Jude Kelly OBE in 2002 and provides innovative,
multi-disciplinary residency space for artists from the UK and overseas
in Liverpool and Southend on Sea. Edge Hill Station is the world’s
oldest standing passenger railway station, still in use, and it possesses
a proud history of innovation, aspiration and technology. Metal recently
completed a major renovation of the Engine House, Boiler Room and Accumulator
Tower at Edge Hill Station, after successfully raising capital funding
from Kensington Regeneration, Merseytravel, Northern Rail, Railway Heritage
Trust and Network Rail.
The new cultural and creative hub launched in October 2009 with the exhibition
‘XXX: Get Off at Edge Hill’ curated by the 2009 Liverpool
Art Prize winners AL and AL.
Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres
and platforms. Developed in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer
programmers, dancers and sound artists, Czarnecki’s films and installations
are informed by human relationships to image, disease, evolution, medical
research, and by advanced technologies of image production. Through editing
sound and image at a micro–level, using bespoke effects and processes,
the artist constructs vivid, highly aesthetic spaces. Her work engages
the viewer through its scale, beauty and occasionally through interactive
She won the prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2002 for work on her
interactive installation Silvers Alter, a Fleck Fellowship with the Banff
Centre, Canada in 2004, and a Wellcome Trust Sci–Art Award in 2005
for production of Contagion. Her film, Nascent, has been screened extensively
across the world, winning several awards and prizes. Czarnecki was recently
awarded two research and development grants by the Wellcome Trust , one
for a three-year research residency at the Liverpool School of Tropical
Medicine and the other for developing a body of works entitled ‘wasted’
with DR Sara Rankin, a stem cell researcher, from the Imperial College
London. She is represented by Forma Arts and media
David Jacques (b. Liverpool 1964) Studied at Chelsea School of Art and
Duncan of Jordanstone.
David Jacques works in a variety of media including painting, film and
text. He has produced studio based work as well as collaborative projects
in the Public Realm.
His practice engages with the subject of history, its narrative interpretations
and the interplay between factual and fictional strategies of representation.
These concerns also tend towards the exploration of forgotten, marginalised
and socially/politically disruptive occurrences.
The work he has produced for the art prize, ‘North Canada –
English Electric’ is a follow-on work from ‘Por Convención
Ferrer’ (2007-08) recently shown in London & Budapest. A photo
essay recording post-industrial topographies and an investigation into
the origins of Photographic Stereoscopy are embedded into an allegorical
tale dealing with the loss of identity, an attempt to overcome memory
and the socio-economic anatomy of two particular landscapes.
Recent exhibitions include: Contemporary Art Norwich EAST International
09 Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
‘EASTgoesEAST’ Royal College of Art, London ‘Por Convencion
James Quin is based in the studios at Liverpool’s Bluecoat and is
currently Associate Lecturer at Leeds College of Art and Design.
Quin views the world through the filter of ‘unheimlich’, a
world where the conventions of linear time and the stasis of place are
supplanted by a world of conspiracy, paranoia and a sense of dislocation.
Quin’s drawing and paintings describe a world peopled by the displaced,
contained within a familiar, yet alternate landscape of colliding timelines.
In James Quin's most recent work for the Bluecoat’s Global Studio
exhibition he takes some of the interests described here into new territory
but his intentions remain resolutely consistent. Quin is showing a group
of 500 drawings on the inside covers of first edition readers digest
condensed novels found in charity shops across Merseyside. Quin has attempted
to make each drawing identical to the first of the series. The image is
a disarmingly understated one, the back of a woman’s head. However,
the nature of Quin's examination of it, lend the images he creates a psychological
distance that is familiar from the earlier paintings.
The paintings and drawings he is showing for the Liverpool Art Prize 2010
have been created in response to Edge Hill station and the buildings currently
occupied by Metal.
Paul Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1967, and trained at Edinburgh College
of Art. Paul’s practice focused from 1997 to 2000 on the music of
the ‘Rooney’ CD’s and performances, with ‘Rooney’
achieving an appearance in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in 1998, and
a ‘Peel session’ in 1999.
Paul now primarily works with text, sound and video, often focusing on
the presence of the historical past within the ‘voices’ of
real and fictional individuals. He uses or references narrative forms
such as short stories, songs, audio guides and lectures.
Paul has had residencies at Dundee Contemporary Arts/University of Dundee
VRC; Proyecto Batiscafo, Cuba; Tate Liverpool (MOMART Fellowship) and
was the ACE Oxford-Melbourne Artist Fellow for 2004. He has shown recently
in group projects at Tate Britain, London; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid;
Kunst-Werke, Berlin; the Shanghai Biennial; and Tate Liverpool. Paul was
included in British Art Show 6 which toured around the UK in 2005-2006,
and had solo shows at Matt’s Gallery, London, and Collective Gallery,
Edinburgh, in 2008. Text artworks by Paul were published recently by Serpent’s
Tail and Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press. Paul was the winner of the 2008
Northern Art Prize.
Paul recently showed a new piece of sound work ‘McKenzie’
at St. Andrew’s Church, Rodney Street, Liverpool as part of Liverpool
Emily Speed is based at The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool. Her work
is an ongoing exploration into the relationships between architecture
and human anatomy: the body as a building that houses the mind. Particularly
drawn to the more uninhabited spaces of buildings; corners, recesses,
passageways, stairways, entrances and exits.
Speed constructs models of sorts; a kind of immaterial architecture that
plots out her personal space. Her work is also concerned with the enduring
sense of memory and/or personal identity that is often embedded into built
Emily is currently the Feiweles Trust bursary holder at Yorkshire Sculpture
Park, where she will exhibit her work in 2011 for her first solo exhibition,
she will also exhibit this autumn at Showreel Project in Milan. Emily
recently took part in the A Curriculum residency at A Foundation in Liverpool
this spring and has previously completed residencies at Salzamt Atelierhaus,
Linz with Liverpool Biennial, Women's Studio Workshop, New York State
and Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath.
There will be an award ceremony on Wednesday 30 June 2010 at METAL with
£2000 going to the overall winner and £1000 to the artist
chosen by gallery visitors during the exhibition. At a later date the
Overall Winner will have the opportunity to show work in ‘the flat’
are of the Walker Art Gallery.
The Liverpool Art Prize was founded by
in 2008 during Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year. The winner of
the inaugural prize was Imogen Stidworthy and The Singh Twins were the
People’s Choice. The 2009 prize was won by AL and AL with Elizabeth
Willow winning the People’s Choice award.