Shortlist Announced for Chamber Arts Award


Liverpool Chamber of Commerce today announced the shortlist for its first Arts Award. The award is designed to reward the company or organisation who funded the best publicly available art in Liverpool in the last five years.

After several hours of intense discussion and visits the judges; Lewis Biggs Director of Liverpool Biennial, Brenda Parkerson, Business Development Manager of Arts & Business, John Entwistle, sponsor and Christoph Grunenberg Director of Tate Gallery Liverpool short-listed four pieces that have been sited in public areas of the city in the past few years. The finalists are;

Beetham Organisation for Face of the City a collaborative art and landscape project, situated in Old Hall Street. The judges liked the ambitious nature of the project.

Beetham Organisation for Skyline by Oliver Barratt positioned on the Strand. The judges admired the company’s desire to commission this piece of art after admiring the artist’s work.

Liverpool Cathedral for For You by Tracy Emin, RA. located within the cathedral. The neon work was the outcome of a courageous collaboration, producing a very bold artwork.

Liverpool Echo for Warlock Sheppard Memorial on Hope Street by Stephen Broadbent paid for in part by public subscription, it features subject matter is very close to the collective heart of the city.

The award sponsor, John Entwistle commented: “I’m very keen that this competition encourages the tradition of patronage of the arts in Liverpool .I hope it will take place every two years and the judging panel will continue to see work of the quality that they have seen today.”

The overall winner will be announced at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on 20th November.