Writing

Matt Retallick: Social Media – a prompt for a podcast

This short post is a prompt for a podcast we are recording this week. It does not intend to answer any questions but lay down ideas towards our forthcoming discussion. 

New Podcast: Artist Hosts, Conversation #3: “Unknown Visibility” (on ‘Where are artists?’)

Harriet Burns, Elizabeth Challinor Jo Mary Watson and Matt Retallick (Independents Biennial 2021 Artist Hosts) and Patrick Kirk-Smith (IB Director) attempting to stumble around one of the most...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 11: Sorrell Kerrison

Name: Sorrell Chrystal Kerrison (SorrellCK) Location: Mossley Hill, Liverpool Website: www.sorrellkerrison.co.uk 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  I live...

State of the Studios Report

Over the last twelve months, we've been working with studios to understand the issues they have faced during the pandemic. In almost every case, those issues were heighted and highlighted by lockdown,...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 10: Grace Collins

Name: Grace CollinsLocation: St HelensWebsite: www.gracecollins.cargo.site  1. What is your relationship to Merseyside? I grew up in St Helens, moved away to London for uni & came back in 2020. 

My Joy by Annie Kamara, ROOT-ed on Joy

More about this projects & the artists here Artwork by Fauziya Johnson Annie Kamara, My Joy My Joy is my joyJoy is the...

How Lucky Am I? by Fartun Abdulle, ROOT-ed on Joy

More about this projects & the artists here Artwork by Amber Akaunu Fartun Abdulle, How Lucky Am I? You can tell when a...

All You Need is Joy by Tony O’Leary, ROOT-ed on Joy

More about this projects & the artists here Artwork by Amber Akaunu Tony O'Leary, All You Need is Joy I thought this would...

Joy by Pauline Cummins, ROOT-ed on Joy

More about this projects & the artists here Artwork by Amber Akaunu Pauline Cummins, Joy Jazz beats repeat melodically.Saxophones float rhythmicallyCaptivating hearts,...

Trompe l’oeil: Still Life of Books, Sarah Gilman – part 2

More on the artist & the project here 1. Trompe l'oeil vanitas with a skull and book after Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 2020, Oil...

What a find, Grace Collins & George Gibson

More on this project & the artists here "Hello, so I found this, I’m still searching for more info on it and obviously it’s not much to go off...

Wood Water Rock, Feiyi Wen – (test prints – development)

More about the project & the artist here Prints on Munken Paper. Tests for Wood Water Rock

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 9: Kevin Crooks

Name: Kevin Crooks Location: St. Helens Website: www.kevincrooks.co.uk 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  I grew up in St. Helens and...

COVID AWARENESS, Harriet Burns

View more of Harriet Burns' work here COVID AWARENESS from Harriet on Vimeo.

‘Where are artists?’ – At ome’

Comment & edit here View & read more of Harriet Burns' work here

Week 2 Thoughts, Elizabeth Challinor

View original text here More writing by Elizabeth Challinor here I keep forgetting that weeks aren’t just Monday-Friday, and that Saturday and Sunday’s are available days...

Community Leaders

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Monday, 9_45pm.docx

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Splitting Time

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Social Prescription Pharmacy, Emmer Winder

St Helens Social Pharmacy is a project which invites everyone to share their personal mantra/ words/ phrases that help them through the continuing Covid19 pandemic. Everyone is invited to...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 8: Sarah Gilman

Name: Sarah GilmanLocation: St HelensWebsite: www.sarahgilman.co.uk  1. What is your relationship to Merseyside? I moved to St Helens from Crewe in 2005 and have studied and...

Artsy people are weird, Harriet Burns

by Harriet Burns Follow her live work here

Care Wildly, Jo Mary Watson

by Jo Mary Watson & E.

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 7: Luke Skiffington

Name:  Luke Skiffington Location:  Liverpool Website:  www.lukeskiffington.com Instagram: @luke_skiffington 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  We only moved here...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 6: Elizabeth Challinor

Name: Elizabeth Challinor  Location: Liverpool  1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  I was born in Liverpool, and have lived/worked here my whole...

Artists Union England – Survey of Income Levels and Work Models for artists (with...

Following a year where artists and freelancers have been left behind in the frantic grabbing of emergency funds from the organisations that make up the visual arts sector, Artists' Union England are...

Time is Money

I’m slightly treading water here. Self-preservation I think. How content1 are artists with being content2? 1 happy, fulfilled, satisfied2 subject matter, material I...

A Brief (and inaccurate) History of Selling Art

It’s pretty impossible to talk about paying artists without referencing the art market – locally, nationally, internationally. And given that my job this week is to write about paying artists, I’ll try...

F*** you pay me

by Harriet Burns

What Happened This Morning

by Jo Mary Watson Wanted to do something productive and shareable for @indybiennial today. Even though this is not what I initially planned, nothing would fit better in regards to my...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 5: Emmer Winder

Name: Emmer Winder Location: Manchester Organisation: Just me! But business trades as NumberSix Website: www.emmerwinder.co.uk What is your relationship to...

Matt Retallick: Going for a walk – an introduction to a method

As we mark the year anniversary of the first lockdown, I’m going for a walk. For a significant portion of the last twelve months, walking was pretty much all we could do....

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 4: Alan Dunn

Name:             Alan Dunn        Location:         Wirral Organisation:  FOUR WORDS/cantaudio/Alternator Studio & Project Space (Birkenhead) Website:         www.alandunn67.co.uk          #alandunn67 1. What is your relationship...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 3: Jo Mary Watson

Name: Jo Mary Watson Location: Liverpool 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  Liverpool is my partner’s homeport, and our daughter’s birthplace.

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 2: Harriet Burns

Name: Harriet Burns Location: Allerton (South Liverpool) 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  My mum was born here. I wasn’t. I have lived here...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 1: Patrick Kirk-Smith

Name: Patrick Kirk-Smith Location: Huyton Organisation: Art in Liverpool Website: www.artinliverpool.com 1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?  I was...

Dad’s Project (ongoing)

My current portrait project looks at the small (but growing) number of families where fathers have chosen to be the main childcarer. While attitudes are shifting towards acceptance of dads taking a...

Chorlton Lockdown Portraits (Lockdown 3), Exhibition

The Chorlton Lockdown Portrait project started soon after the UK entered it’s first nationwide lockdown. Everything stopped overnight, and what we had always taken for granted suddenly become something to consider and...

Chorlton Lockdown Portraits (Lockdown 2), Exhibition

The Chorlton Lockdown Portrait project started soon after the UK entered it’s first nationwide lockdown. Everything stopped overnight, and what we had always taken for granted suddenly become something to consider and...

Chorlton Lockdown Portraits (Lockdown 1), Exhibition

The Chorlton Lockdown Portrait project started soon after the UK entered it’s first nationwide lockdown. Everything stopped overnight, and what we had always taken for granted suddenly become something to consider and...

Trompe l’oeil (films)

For images from this project, see HERE https://youtu.be/DUGTcsxlQ_Q https://youtu.be/Lo_ctHHbBOw https://youtu.be/OHFlhMCtps8

Motherhood – image #1

Motherhood, Jo Mary Watson (created with E.), 2021

Out of context images

Grace Collins & George Gibson, 2021

Dear Diary 01/03/2021

01/03/2021 ‘Live Essays’ across different platforms: audience, artists, producers etc. will have access to, to create a series of new writings to educate ourselves (as a sector), taking away ‘roles’ and ‘positions’... Narratives with the festival,...

Jay Hampton: Bio & Background

I am a working-class citizen SciArtist from Liverpool with a BSc Earth & Ocean Sciences and Zoology from the University of Liverpool and MA Art in Science from LJMU.  My...

Stephanie Fry, Threads of History (Film)

https://youtu.be/DHXe9r76Ejw BACK TO MAIN PROJECT PAGE

Sufea Mohamad Noor, poster #1

The Evolution of D&I Terminologies, Sufea Mohamad Noor. 2021 BACK TO MAIN PROJECT PAGE

Feiyi Wen, Wood Water Rock (background)

The second chapter of the work: Wood, Water, Rock is a continuing exploration of interpretations of landscapes from different cultural perspectives with an emphasis on the discussion...

Feiyi Wen, Under The Yuzu Tree (background)

I am looking into the idea on how we understand concepts of emotions such as pathos through a cross-cultural context. Using the Greek notion of pathos, I...

Dandelion Lemonade, Jay Hampton

Dandelion Lemonade, Jay Hampton, 2021 Dandelion Lemonade Only 3% of UK wildflower meadows are left. Embrace the weeds. Let your garden overgrow. A weed is...

Sam Venables, Bio

Interests include but not limited to: Fandom, display mechanisms, signwriting, mass production, shopfitting/ shopfitters, roadside attractions, abandoned places, homemade substitutes, multi-packs, wear dated carpets, unofficial museums, localised advertising, custom...

Photographs from Bonanza, Sam Venables

The following images are taken from a film by Sam Venables, commissioned by Independents Biennial in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. You can see the full film in the Digital Window Gallery...

Film stills from Bonanza, Sam Venables

The following images are stills from a film by Sam Venables, commissioned by Independents Biennial in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. You can see the full film in the Digital Window Gallery...

Pierce Starre, Banquet Invitation

Pierce Starre has no authority to command the Lord Chamberlain to send this invitation so instead personally invites Anyone to the performance titled "Empty"; a digitally presented...

Too Foreign, part #1

TOO FOREIGN Living in another country can be one of the most stimulating and enriching experiences someone can have. They will never be the same...

Stephanie Fry, Bunker

Threads of History, Stephanie Fry, 2021 Threads of History, Stephanie Fry, 2021 Threads of History,...

Fiona Stirling, Sketchbook #1

In studying the impact of time and space on her painting practice Fiona Stirling made up two terms ‘painting ad hoc’ and ‘inbetweener painting’. These terms describe the process of painting in...

Avoid HaHa, Provocation #1: Ready when you are …

Avoid HaHa Ready when you are … For Independents Biennial 2021 Avoid HaHa collective is presenting a series of free laboratories where artists and performers...

Mark Simmonds, update #1

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ROOT-ed on Joy, pt.1

ROOT-ed has decided to dedicate their page to Joy. In these particular circumstances, it's important to look at the positive aspect in life and try to highlight what brings us Joy. ROOT-ed...

Human Libraries — Soft Sanctuary Online, Bella Milroy

This recipe is part of Soft Sanctuary Online — a programme of live events, written essays, recipes, film and podcasts. Featuring exclusively disabled artists, Soft Sanctuary explores the ceremonies of everyday life and...

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Sarah Gilman, Reading List

When these paintings are eventually able to be displayed in a library setting, books on the subject of still-life painting (particularly 17th century still-life) will hopefully be displayed near to the paintings...

Sarah Gilman, Trompe l’oeil after Gijsbrechts

"Trompe l'oeil after Gijsbrechts", Sarah Gilman, 2021 This project consists of a series of four oil paintings on canvas. It is an investigation into reproduction and appropriation in...

Kevin Crooks Instagram Takeover, February 2021 @indybiennial

@indybiennial is hosting artist takeovers, in the lead up to, and during the festival programme, 20th March - 6th June Kevin Crooks opened this programme in February. Follow him...

(Previews) FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL

FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL will be launched in full Tuesday 4th May HERE FOUR WORDS: WIRRAL is a continuation of Alan Dunn’s series that began on the Liverpool Media Wall working with...

ABOUT: Emmer Winder, Social Pharmacy

St Helens Social Pharmacy is a project which invites everyone to share their personal mantra/ words/ phrases that help them through the continuing Covid19 pandemic. It is hoped that these statements will heal those that read them, causing a therapeutic, shared sense of community.

Thoughts (Part 8): Rabbit Poo

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our small staff team. As we...

Thoughts (Part 7): Spin to Win

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our small staff team. As we...

Thoughts (Part 6): Health & Safety

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our small staff team. As we...

Thoughts (Part 5): Essential

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators...

Thoughts (Part 4): Paying Artists

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators...

Thoughts (Part 3): Format

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our small staff team. As we...

Thoughts (Part 2): Introduction

‘Thoughts’ is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our...

Thoughts (Part 1): But why not open if its safe?

'Thoughts' is a series of text based images responding to questions posed by the artists and collaborators of Independents Biennial to our small staff team. As we plod on with developing a...

Job / Call: Artist Hosts – Independents Biennial

This call is somewhere between a temporary job description, and an artist residency. We’re hoping it provides a brief opportunity to work within an aspect of production you’d like to gain knowledge or experience of...

Independents Biennial 2020 Associates Programme

Independents Biennial 2020 was postponed to March 2021. If you want to get involved as an artist, collective, studio or gallery we want to know what you've got planned.

Programme dates, and first wave of artists for 2021

Independents Biennial20 March – 6 June 2021 The Independents Biennial will return in 2021, celebrating the art and artists of Liverpool City Region. Having secured funding from Arts Council...

Independents Biennial Postponed until 2021

Independents Biennial Postponed until 2021 Following discussions with Liverpool Biennial and many concerned artists, Art in Liverpool have decided to postpone Independents Biennial 2020 until next year. We...

OPEN CALL: Independents Biennial x Open Eye Gallery

DEADLINE: 23 MARCH As part of Independents Biennial 2020, Open Eye Gallery is looking for photographic work to celebrate the creative talent of the region. This year’s Independents Biennial...

Residency Opportunity – Independents Biennial x Metal

Independents Biennial x MetalResidency Opportunity Download this brief hereDownload the brief in large text format here Independents Biennial (@IndyBiennial) is a festival of...

Google Drive

Follow our work as it happens, and have your say on our public Google Drive. We’re feeling our way through this digital programme, and have questions for everyone. View HERE

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