Culturepool Event – Visit Walker and Metal 27 Feb 2010

From culturepool


‘Atlantic Fire’ @ the Walker Art Gallery &  ‘The Handmaiden’ @ Metal


Sat, February 27, 2010 @ 11.00 am until 2.ish


The Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool (map)

Metal, The Building on Platform 1 & 2, Liverpool (map)


Reyhan King & Leo Asemota


FREE. To reserve your place email or call 0151 236 0796 will your contact number and details.

As part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic there are a series of city-wide exhibitions and events exploring the connections between cultures and continents. We’ve arranged to go and see the ‘Atlantic Fire’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery followed by a chat with Leo Asemota at his show, ‘The Handmaiden’, at Metal. It’s a bit ‘logistical’, so here’s the essentials…:

– Meet at the Walker Art Gallery at 11.00 am Saturday, 27th February
– Reyhan King, Director of Galleries, will give a talk about Aubrey Williams and his works shown in ‘Atlantic Fire’
– A chance to view the work yourselves
– Get the train to Metal – FREE, thanks to Northern Rail!
– Lunch at METAL – FREE!
– Talk with Leo Asemota about his exhibition ‘The Handmaiden’

Although this event is FREE places are limited and we need to organise train tickets, food etc. so please email us or call us on 0151 236 0796 to reserve your place. Please let us know how many tickets you want and leave a contact number so we can confirm the booking closer to the date.

Here’s what they say:

Aubrey Williams @ the Walker

    An exhibition of paintings by the renowned Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams. The exhibition includes a selection of Williams’ vibrant large scale oil paintings. Exploring an eclectic range of inspiration from Mayan motifs to the work of composer Russian Shostakovich, his work is intensely alive with colour and motion. Aubrey Williams is an important modern artist whose paintings resist classification. They include influences and elements as diverse as American abstract painting, Amerindian and Mayan symbols, and the music of Shostakovich. Williams’ work reflects the meeting of Atlantic and black Atlantic cultures in Europe, the Caribbean, North America and the Americas.

Leo Asemota @ Metal

    Following his critically acclaimed ens memoralis at the National Portrait Gallery and The Long March of Displacement along Victoria Embankment to St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Leo Asemota will present The Handmaiden, the second phase of this work at Metal’s Edge Hill Station following a six month residency relationship.  The work has particular significance to Liverpool and the Edge Hill site incorporating found objects from the recent renovation work at the station.  The exhibition is also informed by Leo’s research and fascination with the Edo people of Benin’s ancient ‘Igue’ ritual of Head worship, the British Empire’s invasion of Benin in 1897 and the essay An Artwork in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility by the late German philosopher Walter Benjamin.