June 22 – July 20 2006
Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady & St Nicholas
Chapel Street, Liverpool L2
9.30am – 5pm daily
Private view 3 – 4.30pm Wednesday 21 June
Continues Thursday June 22 – Thursday July 20
Please note: Exhibition closed Saturday 8 July
The Whitechapel Centre is pleased to announce details of Unfinished; a special exhibition of sculpture and art created by service users. Originating from two separate projects run at Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University, the exhibition forms part of Whitechapel’s 30th birthday celebrations.
The exhibition represents the ideas, experiences, thoughts & emotions of Whitechapel service users on canvas and in plaster. Much of the work is unfinished: the sculptures for example, have yet to be glazed or cast to be bronzed. It is work in progress – a period of transition for the artists – some of whom are homeless, vulnerably housed or living in supported accommodation. Unfinished is an expression their struggle and triumph in often the most adverse circumstances living with one or a combination of mental health, substance or alcohol issues.
Both projects were developed and delivered respecting the experiences and ideas each participant had about ‘art’. What is art? What does it say about my life? How is it created? Where do ideas come from? What is an artist? These were the questions that challenged each person on their journey to becoming art-lovers, art critics and above all, artists.
The exhibition is presented in association with Liverpool Parish Church – St Nick’s. An apt partner, the Church has been central to the spiritual evolution of Liverpool’s city centre. A place of worship has been sited on the edge of the river Mersey for almost 750 years.
Whitechapel Chief Executive, Maureen McCarthy says, “Whitechapel has long recognised the power of art as a route to seeing the world from different perspectives and how this can help our service users understand and come to terms with their own experiences. Unfinished the exhibition is part of that and also part of a wider web of support that Whitechapel has been providing for Liverpool’s homeless population for 30 years. By participating in the project, our service users are empowered and enabled to make other choices through the development of new skills – it is a real achievement that they can be proud of and I applaud it