Art Prize 2009
Al & Al, Terry Duffy, McCoy & Wynne, Nicki McCubbing, Richard
Meaghan and Elizabeth Willow
Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland Street (13th March – 4th May
Wed - Sat: 11.00 - 18.00, Sun: 11.00 - 16.00
This year’s Liverpool Art Prize, hosted at an exceedingly well-equipped
and impressive Contemporary Urban Centre, is a brilliant opportunity for
a glimpse at the talent held within our city. Bursting with obscure concepts
and limitless imagination, the work on show covers many disciplines. All
six participating artists were nominated by public call during 2008's
Biennial and stand to win two prizes. The main prize of £2,000 is
presided over by a panel of selected judges, whilst the secondary award
of £1,000 is granted by the votes of visitors.
From the collective, two artists really shone for me: Elizabeth Willow
and Richard Meaghan. Willow's sculpture and installation explores longing,
contradiction and impossibility. Her work perfectly communicates these
interests; a small patch of flowers sprung from the damaged wooden floorboards
of the gallery conjure ideas of the very natural forcing its path through
the confines of the unnatural - the rose that grew from concrete, in essence.
Meaghan's work is not so delicate in approach, however. Sexually graphic
at times, his painting is heavily influenced by ideas on globalisation
and the seemingly uncontrollable developments of technology. A thoughtful
Meaghan posed the simple (yet daunting) question of 'Can we keep up?'
when coaxed further on the topic, his work being a viable reflection of
The exhibition should be a key event in the diary of any art fan with
photography, video installation, painting, and sculpture and installation
available for contemplation. The additional chance to indirectly, yet
substantially, support grassroots talent through the simple ticking of
a box only adds to the event’s appeal.