Artist in Residence, The Atkinson, Southport

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I have recently been asked to fulfil the role of Art in Residence at The Atkinson Gallery in Southport.

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

As artist in residence I am charged with animating the ArtBox with launch events for each exhibition, creating and facilitating workshops and art activities for public events, adults and children and for school groups. These activities will tie into the exciting range of exhibitions and theatre productions The Atkinson is hosting.

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Showing until 16th March is the wonderful touring exhibition of Matisse’s later works in cuts out, represented in lithographs. This fascinating exhibition shows some of his most iconic work using this innovative technique.

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I recently designed a day workshop for children where we created our own cut out design on the ArtBox wall. The gallery was filled with children and adults who all contributed to the 7ft by 14ft artwork as a homage to Matisse’s cut outs.

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The day was a huge success with many thanks to the wonderful team at The Atkinson for their support and help throughout. This collaborative piece of work is on display in The ArtBox for the duration of the Matisse Cut Outs exhibition.

For more information on all the fantastic opportunities to get involved with art at The Atkinson please visit their website: http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/

and pop along to show your support for this forward thinking, dynamic creative hub in the heart of Southport.

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Gordon Matta-Clarke at The Open Eye Gallery Liverpool

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I attended a fascinating talk by the charming and compelling Lorenzo Fusi on Gordon Matta-Clarke  as part of the Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clarke: The Piers from Here exhibition.

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The talk spanned Matta-Clarkes vast and varied output as an artist, including his involvement in creating FOOD, a restaurant cum artwork, which often gave away food for free.  I was particularly enticed by the knowledge that a singular daily special was served  advertised on a chalk board, which may or may not be food. Some of the things on offer on the menu included improvised music and poetry, food for the soul.

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My favourite aspect of Matta-Clarkes visual output is his interactions with buildings, specifically his conical intersect project. I am truly inspired by these cuts into buildings that open up new view points and channels of perspective, allowing light to pierce in new ways and creating dizzying effects.

The Open Eye Gallery is located on Mann Island in Liverpool. For more information on their exhibitions and events please visit their website: http://www.openeye.org.uk/