XXX: Get Off At Edge Hill. METAL Launch on 22 Oct 09

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Really looking forward to the first exhibition at the newly refurbished METAL Arts Centre at Edge Hill Station.

World’s oldest passenger station brought back to life by METAL
Preview Thursday 22nd October 6.30pm – 9.00pm (RSVP if you wish to attend edgehill@metalculture.com)
Exhibition open Friday 23rd October – Saturday 5th December 2009

After a five year development period in Liverpool, METAL opens the doors to the newly renovated Edge Hill Station and launches its first exhibition: XXX GET OFF AT EDGE HILL

The world’s oldest standing passenger railway station will once again become a gateway to Liverpool city centre thanks to the work of arts organisation Metal. Edge Hill Station was the site of the inaugural passenger railway journey in 1830 when the Liverpool to Manchester Railway Company opened for Business. Stephenson’s Rocket set off, with the Prime Minister on board, to celebrate the first time that travel between two major cities – there and back – was possible in one day..

Liverpool-born artistic director Jude Kelly founded Metal in 2002, setting up a space for creative thinking on the disused platform of West Hampstead railway station. Now, with support from Kensington Regeneration, Merseytravel, Northern Rail, Network Rail and The Railway Heritage Trust, Metal has transformed the original Engine Room, Boiler House and Accumulator Tower (1836) on Platforms 1 and 2 of Edge Hill Station into spaces for artistic development / discussion and debate / community meeting and exhibitions.

Jonathan Greenburg, Vice President of Fine Art at Sotheby’s, New York, commented: “I don’t know why this isn’t a Grade A World Cultural Heritage building ‘ this little station building stands at the beginning of modern industrial history, the embarkment place of the first mechanised mass land transit system in the world, an entirely new category of building for a new function. Its design was the template for all that followed up to and including Mussolini’s incredible Milan Station, and airports. Not even marine travel had a building suited to this function. And it’s made from Liverpool sandstone quarried in Woolton.”

Ian Brownbill, Metal’s Director in Liverpool states that: “Metal feels really privileged to be able to open these buildings up for creative and cultural use both now and into the future. We’ve been hugely encouraged by people’s reactions to the spaces. In the coming months the buildings will not only house our opening exhibition, but also film nights, cabaret nights, community events and studio spaces for our ongoing programme of residencies. Edge Hill Station is a new and exciting creative hub for Liverpool. We want to encourage ideas and thinking here, that can impact and make a difference locally, across the UK and beyond. Ultimately, it’s the power of the imagination that can make the greatest impression on all of us.

The Edge Hill team collaborated with Liverpool Art Prize 2009 winners AL and AL on the station renovation and on the curation of the first Metal exhibition “GET OFF AT EDGE HILL”. This phrase, coined by Liverpudlians, has come to mean coitus interruptus: Edge Hill was the last stop before Liverpool Lime Street, so getting off at Edge Hill meant that you wouldn’t ‘go all the way.’

Liverpool artists have been asked to respond to the exhibition theme, reflecting the way that new technology and the industrial revolution led to a new freedom of expression, a freer way of thinking about the body and hence a new innuendo. Their work will be shown alongside pieces by Kenneth Anger, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Hannah Wilke, with Barbarella’s Orgasmatron perhaps most clearly illustrating the comic aspects of experimentation with technology and the body.

GET OFF AT EDGE HILL will be open for public viewing from 23rd October – 5 December 2009, Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 – 16.00
METAL, at EDGE HILL STATION, Tunnel Road, Liverpool L7 6ND

www.metalculture.com

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