Art organisation dot-art is to open a new gallery space at Queen Avenue, in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district.
The space will become dot-art’s new permanent home and opens on Friday 12 February 2016 with an exhibition entitled “Dear Liverpool”, showcasing the work of 18 talented artists from the local area.
dot-art supports visual artists and champions art as an integral part of everyday life; by offering access to affordable, locally sourced art for homes and businesses, and through the work of its social enterprise arm, which runs arts classes, a unique membership scheme for local artists and an innovative inter-school art programme.
The new gallery space offers dot-art the chance to further raise its profile across the region and give more opportunities to the 100+ artists it works with. Queen Avenue is part of the Bruntwood-owned Queen Insurance Buildings and is home to a range of independent businesses including R&H Fine Wines and Moose Coffee. Several areas of the building have undergone major refurbishment and in 2015 it welcomed Argentinian steal restaurant CAU and international budget hotel Tune.
Lucy Byrne, managing director of dot-art, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening our new gallery in such a great location, and look forward to welcoming visitors from across the city and beyond. Supporting artists is at the heart of everything we do, so we’re really excitedto be able to bring more of their work to the public in an accessible and friendly environment. By showcasing unique but affordable pieces, I hope we can encourage the next generation of art collectors as well as helping existing art lovers access new work on their doorstep.”
Colin Forshaw, head of property at Bruntwood, said: “We are starting to see a real hustle and bustle around Queen Avenue and the new gallery will only add to that vibrant independent mix. dot-art has become a byword for arts innovation in Liverpool and we are looking forward to working with Lucy and her team during this first exhibition and beyond.”
The “Dear Liverpool” exhibition is designed to be a love letter to the cultural capital of the North, and perfectly summarises Liverpool’s energy and vibrancy. While there are some familiar scenes on show, several artists have chosen to represent the city in abstract or unexpected ways and it is abundantly clear from the diversity and quality of the work in the exhibition how much our city’s architecture, culture and people influence our creative community.
All the artwork is for sale, with prices ranging from £25 -£2500.
The dot-art Gallery is open 10.00 – 18.00, Monday to Saturday.
The Dear Liverpool exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th February to Saturday 23rd April.