Eight Days A Week 2006: In Exposed Areas
Exhibition, 12 May - 26 July 2006.
The cold cultural wind sweeping through many centrally funded arts organisations these days has placed a greater weight on the shoulders of artist-led initiatives, filling some of the space left by the eroding resources of the state. As the visual arts agenda is no longer 'owned' by publicly funded professionals and their spaces then so have some of the most fertile and lucid thinking in today's marketplace of ideas been the result of alliances of artists strengthening and controlling their own voices. One such group is the collective 'Eight Days a Week', a banner name for a fluid membership of up to twenty cross-media artists drawn from the major regional centres of Liverpool, operating also throughout the wider North West, and her twin German city of Cologne. Since 1998 'Eight Days A Week' has been a laboratory for a series of unique and artistically challenging exchanges, exhibitions, residencies, publications and performances in formal and informal, private and public spaces, activities which have mined a rich seam through their ability to quickly reflect shifting concerns. This latest project, the exhibition 'In Exposed Areas', suggests this measuring of the cultural and social climate by passing, as it does, from Cologne to Southport like a meteorological weather balloon collecting data, trawling the atmosphere between these areas for common themes and concerns. The British and German artists contributing to this exhibition have wholly differing marks to make under their collective umbrella while travelling in strength to reflect a picture of the prevailing creative weather.
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Margaretha Schöning studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her artistic practice ranges from painting, sculpture, video to site-specific installations.
Tine Wille studied painting at the Alanus Hochschule of Arts in Alfter, Bonn 1989-92. She then developed a six month residency studentship in the "studio of individual development’ with Tomek Wendland in Poznan, Poland. Since 1995 her artistic activity has been based in Cologne, including membership of the producer gallery "art gain" 1999-2001. She has made many significant European exhibitions exploring painting, printmaking and performance.
Georg Gartz and Frakture in front of his works.
Georg Gartz studied free painting at the Fachhochschule in Köln. In his numerous European exhibitions he has worked in a variety of inventive ways including painting, installation and site related works. Georg and Jürgen Kisters developed the first "Eight Days A Week" festival in1998 and since 1999 he has worked collaboratively with the Liverpool painter Pete Clarke.
In Exposed Areas
Eight Days a Week facilitates artists from Liverpool and Cologne taking part in unique cultural exchanges through an ongoing programme of exhibitions, residencies, films, performances, discussions and publications. Eight Days a Week projects in both Liverpool and Cologne are the result of collaborations between artists working with a number of venues and sites, including galleries, colleges, artists’ spaces, civic buildings, alternative exhibition venues like community centres, the cathedrals and churches and the Internet. Since its beginnings in 1998 they have organised over 90 projects in Liverpool and Cologne and developed creative offshoots and networks in the UK and Germany with recent presentations on artists’ initiatives and cultural exchange projects in Poland and the USA.
Pete clarke new work for show.
In exposed areas explores the social and cultural climate for contemporary practice where different attitudes to painting can be seen as a form of critical and engaged dialogue. This Eight Days collaboration in the Kulturbunker developes artists’ initiatives, relationships and creative networks between the two cities The exhibition which shows work by two artists from both Cologne and Liverpool also includes Liverpool artist Margaretha Schöning who will show a Video Installation which extends the language of abstract colour and composition in a cinematic form.
Pete Clarke is the Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. His work explores the social landscape through the represention of history, these collage-like paintings include architectural fragments and words from everyday life.
Tina Wille and Neil Morris.
Neill Morris is Senior lecturer and Head of the Printmaking Department at the Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University. His work combines the techniques of the painting with inventive printmaking to explore concepts of memory and personal history.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with a critical essay by Dr Martin Turke.
Dr. Martin Turck studied art history, history of architecture, economy and social history at the universities of Aix-la-Chapelle and Leiden (The Netherlands). He worked as an academic referent in the Cologne City Conservation Department and in the office European Affairs of for the City of Cologne. From 2000-2002 he was curator for media arts in Museum Ludwig, Cologne and since then he has worked as a freelance curator and writer.
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