This has been rumoured for a few months, now we have confirmation that A Foundation has closed.
See the press release from Mark Waugh below. It’s a great shame, there’s been so many fantastic exhibitions there, most recently the wonderful Sachiko Abe and Antti Laitinen for the 2010 Biennial. I also remember some cool events and parties there too.
I do hope the buildings somehow continue to be used for art, it’s been a major part of the new Baltic Creative quarter. If I remember right, James Moores owns the buildings and in 2008 he committed to keeping them for quite a few years (at the time there were incorrect rumours they’d been sold off to property developers). But the organising of exhibitions, residencies, events etc. which the A Foundation did is a separate thing which needs sustainable funding and management – not a simple task at all. Good luck to whoever takes it on.
Check out the article and debate on the Seven Streets website.
From A Foundation’s Mark Waugh
Thanks for the support. A Foundation will miss Liverpool.
Here is the press release which confirms the closure of A Foundation on 10th February 2011.
A Foundation is “not sustainable in either the long or the short term.” This was the judgement made by Arts Council England rejecting an application towards 33% of our costs in Liverpool for 2010 – 2011. Therefore A Foundation is closing.
Some highlights since 2006 have been: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010, Liverpool Biennial 2010 Touched – Sachiko Abe and Antti Laitinen, Live in Translation – Tatsumi Orimoto, Following Bauhaus – Artur Zmijewski Hearts and Minds – Jon Fawcett, The Economy of the Gift – Eric Bainbridge, Brass Art, Geta Bratescu, Elodie Pong, Jacob Dahlgren, Mark Harasimowicz, Rebecca Lennon and Shaun O’ Dell, A Curriculum – Florian Bielefeldt, Noel Cluit, Przemek Dzienis, Myles Painter, Hannah Perry, Philip Root, Elizabeth Skadden, Emily Speed, A World Rattled of Habit – Ben Rivers, Haroon Mirza, Daniel Pasteiner, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008, Communication and Association – Artists Anonymous, Far West Metro, Fantasty Studio – Project, Kyungwoo Chun, Yeondoo Jung, Young In Hong, Yongbaek Lee, Junebum Park, Sookyung Yee and Hyun-Mi Yoo, Encounters – Manuel Vason, Port City – Yto Barrada, Ursula Biemann, Mary Evans, Meschac Gaba, Melanie Jackson, Erik Van Lieshout, William Pope.L, Zineb Sedira, The Only Living (or Your Lonely Saucer Eyes) – Brian Griffiths, Triangle of Need – Catherine Sullivan, Cennet Bahcesi – Mustafa Hulusi, drum n’ basin – SIMPARCH, Sleep of Ulro – Goshka Macuga, Silent Sound – Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Virtual Grizedale – Grizedale Arts and Office for Subversive Architecture
We’d like to thank our staff, audiences and funders for their support of this extraordinary achievement.