‘200 YEARS: Slavery Now’ at Bluecoat Display Centre

A very interesting exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre on Hanover St, which is now open 7 days a week.

200 YEARS: Slavery Now
An exhibition curated
by Stephen Dixon
20th October – 17th November 2007

Bluecoat-Ad-75.jpgMarch 2007 was the bicentenary of the passing of the Parliamentary Bill to abolish slavery in the United Kingdom, and this anniversary is the subject of celebratory events and exhibitions throughout 2007. At the same time, a number of organisations (Anti Slavery International, Amnesty International, Eaves, Unicef UK) are using the anniversary to draw attention to the fact that slavery still exists in a number of forms, both within the UK and in a wider international context, from the sex trafficking of young women into western Europe to the globalisation of economic slavery in the third world and the emerging economies.

This exhibition, curated by Stephen Dixon, Senior Research Fellow in contemporary crafts at Manchester Metropolitan University, will bring together a number of artists/makers whose work reflects these concerns and demonstrates a personal response to a range of issues around forms of contemporary slavery. Artists included in this exhibition are:

Gillian Curry – mixed media/video installation
Stephen Dixon – ceramic forms and a series of ceramic plates
Kate Egan – mixed media including fabric, paper, and soap
Alice Kettle – machine embroidered ‘cotton’ textile works
CJ O’Neill – water-jet cut and transfer printed ceramics
Paul Scott – transfer-printed blue-and-white tea service depicting Chinese cockle-pickers
Jenny Walker – silver jewellery incorporating recycled ceramic fragments
Alison Welsh – re-constructed and recycled textile pieces
Bethan Lloyd Worthington & Alex McErlain – collaborative wheel-thrown and transfer decorated ceramics

Please note: the exhibition will run from October 20th through November 17th in the temporary gallery at 54 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4AF.
The original gallery on College Lane will be closed for building work through to early 2008.

Admission: FREE

Stephen Dixon will give the Annual Gardner Medwin Lecture on November 15 2007.
Call to reserve tickets – 0151 709 1555

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