Albert Dock Art Clash puts Local Artists on the International Map

Liverpool’s Albert Dock was host to an exclusive art event last week courtesy of New York City art group, Conception Events.

The event welcomed over 300 guests and showcased the work of a variety of artists from throughout the Merseyside area that represent the varying spectrum of styles and mediums, including Debbie Diamond, a semi-retired primary school teacher who displayed her unique psychedelic Beatles themed works against the iconic backdrop of The Albert Dock.

Guests were able to meet and chat with the artists about their work as well as purchase originals and prints. Several of the featured artists including Debbie were successful with sales and secured future commissions, which is great news for the city’s local artists and our wonderful art scene in the run up to Christmas!

The event also featured a live ‘Art Clash’ in which three artists live-painted on stage, against the clock. With individual easels and painting supplies, the artists were given 20 minutes to paint their interpretation of what inspired them about ‘Liverpool’. Local Artist Emma Worth chose the iconic Crosby beach statues by sculptor Anthony Gormley as her inspiration, creating a beautiful painting in the short window of time in front of a packed crowd of revelers. “Living so close to Crosby beach, I knew exactly what to paint. I set on painting Anthony Gormley’s Iron men. I walk my dog daily along to coast, I am constantly inspired having something so beautiful on my doorstep. It’s what Liverpool means to me.”

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Inspired by the story of a participating artist Love Art UK, Conception Events paired with local charity Neuro Support. The charity offers practical and emotional support to people with neurological conditions and to their family, friends and carers. The aforementioned artist, Love Art UK suffered mental health and PTSD challenges after serving several turbulent terms in Iraq and Afghanistan and found the support and guidance he needed from Neuro Support.

Another local artist involved in the event was Pip Preece. Pip said she would definitely recommend other artists
get involved with this sort of event: “Not only did it give me the opportunity to sell my work, it also gave me the opportunity to meet other artists. We’re all friends on facebook now and networking daily. Who knows what it could lead to”.

unnamed-2Despite being based in New York City, the event producers have a local connection to the area; co-founder of the organization Rachel Wilkins-Blum attended Merchant Taylor’s School for Girls and also has family in the area.

Rachel is the Art Director of New York City -based The Conception Gallery and is currently producing and directing a documentary called The Art of Hope which shares the trials and tribulations of artists around the globe that have overcome personal tragedy or hardship through the discovery or practice of the arts. It is set for release in 2015.

Conception Events will return to Liverpool in the spring, so watch this space and find out how you might be able to get involved in the new year.

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