Liverpool Hope University – MA by Creative Practice
WORK IN PROGRESS
South Bohemia Art Gallery, 196 Smithdown Road Liverpool, L15 5JT
Written by June Rose Hobson
The MA by Creative Practice Interim Show had a busy turn-out. I had chance to speak to curators Jo Derbyshire and Natalie Bennett before the opening. The Gallery itself was transformed, instead of being the usual café bar setting, the tables were all removed and it looked more like a traditional gallery setting. Bennett was showing her pre show nerves whilst hanging the work, Derbyshire was complaining that the gallery needed painting; I interpreted that as nerves too. However, by 3pm the show seemed to be coming together nicely.
The title ‘was aimed to present a show in an incomplete state’ and give the viewer ‘an idea of what work the MA student is involved in’. I was glad to have the opportunity to view the work before we opened the door for the private viewing. When it did open the venue soon became packed out, and within the first hour of the door opening three offers were made to buy work from the MA students – Gauryte’s, Bennett’s and Derbyshire’s.
Daiva Gauryte was born in Lithuania and moved to the UK to study. Her work consists of graphite pencil and pen drawings. Recently she had work purchased by the View Two Gallery, during a Charity Auction co-ordinated by Transvoyeur – the Liverpool and New York based art collective.
Bennett’s work is influenced by ‘outsider art’ and has a raw feeling to it, as are elements of Derbyshire’s. However, there is evidence of the city influence, the Urban, and the spectacle of Performance in the latter’s work. It is interesting that both curators have similar influences and they instigated the interim exhibition for their MA class. Both artist also sold work at the same auction as Gauryte, so perhaps these are local faces to watch on the art scene.
I was interested to witness the enthusiasm with which both Bennett and Derbyshire spoke of their plans to ‘turn around’ the South Bohemia Art Gallery, and to this end have been asked by Peter Worthington, Director of the Gallery, alongside Laura Baxter – another Hope University student and Michelle Campbell, to curate the space. As Derbyshire explained “ Peter [Worthington] has always run the gallery as a Salon style place, I never thought this really worked well so we are going to divide the café and the middle room into two exhibiting areas