The Cooperative – Biennial Exhibitions and Events 18 September – 29 November 2010
at The Old Paint Shop, 28-32 Renshaw St.
The Cooperative (a New strand for the Biennial) is a collective of collectives led by seven of the foremost artist groups in the city – Arena, Red Wire, The Royal Standard, Sound Network, LSSSS, Jump Ship Rat and Mercy. Providing a high-impact, high-visibility platform for creative and discursive activity.
The Cooperative will showcase the work of its collective membership – representing more than 50 artists – alongside a selection of artists from further afield, reflecting the internationalist over-arching aesthetic of the city. Through a combination of new print, organised tours, and an ambitious artist-run space at a disused paint shop on Renshaw Street, The Cooperative will open-up the Liverpool scene to the initiated and uninitiated alike.
This initiative is run in partnership by the nationally and internationally active organisations:
• Mercy the live literature specialists,
• anarchic public artists Jump Ship Rat,
• and experimental music collective Sound Network,
• alongside the multi-faceted studios and independent galleries, Red Wire, Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, Arena Gallery and Studios and The Royal Standard.
This new approach by the collective scene in Liverpool is indicative of the strength, ambition and vision of artists groups resident in the city, and reflects a wider surge in the influence of multi-talented artist-run organisations internationally – a trend that has seen interdisciplinary and collaborative methods dominate much of the central dialogue around contemporary art, and even move into the pop sphere, where musicians and film-makers are now keen to be seen working in across creative disciplines.
Also see The Cooperative website www.thecooperative.info