The Six Rooms Gallery – Group 1, 2 & 3
14 September – 27 November 2010
The Six Rooms Gallery is a temporary exhibition space which was set up with the intention of extending the 6th Liverpool Biennial across the water to Wirral, as part of the Independents Liverpool Biennial strand.
The idea of exhibiting away from Liverpool, came through monthly networking meetings for visual creative people based in Wirral. One of the many topics raised during the discussions was the lack of exhibition space in the area. After much searching and negotiations, a temporary lease was secured for 26 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, next door to the busy Capitol restaurant.
With a combination of established and new, emerging artists and designers, the group will celebrate the notion of bringing new art, craft, design and architecture together in one space, exploring the ways in which the artists are able to respond to the Biennial’s theme of ‘Touched’, in their own personal way.
The exhibitions aim to connect with the public by having artists on hand to talk about their own work, and free workshops will be run during the exhibition period.
As there are over 30 artists exhibiting in the space, the exhibitions are split into 3 groups, with a private view for each and a guest local celebrity will open each one.
• Group 1: 14th September – 5th October 2010 ( Opened by Mark Willcox Chair of Independents Liverpool Biennial)
Artists: Terry Duffy, Theresia Cadwallader, Alison Bailey Smith, Eimear Kavanagh, Dan James, Marie Mairs, Brenda Sharp, Rowena Fergusson, Deborah Steggel, Jo Swift, Ainsley Gommon Architects, Kwan May Ling, Amanda Oliphant.
• Group 2: 8th October -30th October 2010 ( Opened by Ian Jackson, Director of Art in Liverpool )
Artists: David Brown, Susan Brown, Bernard Howden, Linda Evans, Barbara Meynell, Wendy Williams, Rob Symington, Toni Hughes, May Chong, Cathy Wu, Barry Canning-Eaton, Carolyn Shepherd.
• Group 3: 4th November – 27th November 2010 ( Opened by John Gorman). Additional Viewing 12th November– with a special guest Frank Field MP
Artists: Stephen Bird, Susan Boardman, Christine O’Reilly Wilson, Helen Chatterton, Sarah Jerath, Barbara Harrison, Dot Rowe, Marie Williams, Angie McCormick, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust : STIGMA – Challenging Stigma Through Art.
In Group 1, Artist Daniel James wants to show the dichotomy of love, using umbrellas as a metaphor for the protection love gives and takes. At the Six Rooms Gallery, he intends to comment on Paul McCartney’s lyrics ‘Can’t buy me love’, using a floating sky of umbrellas. James believes love should never be a commodity and can never be bought. The artist is asking members of the public to bring along their umbrellas to form part of the exhibition. It does not matter about the condition as ‘love’ is not perfect. He only requests that a label is attached, expressing an experience of love ( be it good or bad) The left umbrellas will then be made into sculptures exhibited within the Six Rooms Gallery courtyard. Above the courtyard will be the floating sky of umbrellas forming the image of love.
There will also be a workshops by: Alison Bailey Smith (jewellery from recycled materials), Wendy Williams (making art using recycled plastic bags) and Marie Williams. Date to be confirmed.
Supporting Birkenhead Youth Club.
The Six Rooms Gallery
26 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 6AE
Open: Mon to Fri 11.30 – 18.30, Sat 11.30 – 16.00