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Threshold Announce 2016 Visual Arts Programme

Threshold Announce 2016 Visual Arts Programme With Over 40 Artists Confirmed

Threshold Festival – Liverpool’s celebration of grassroots music and arts – has announced its Visual Arts programme for this year’s event.

The 2016 exhibition is entitled “Alchemy: Materials & Transformation” and will feature in 9 venues across the Baltic Triangle, with over 40 participating artists from Merseyside and across the UK.

The main Visual Art hub will be The Gallery Liverpool [Stanhope Street] but the exhibition will continue across established venues and emerging spaces in the Baltic. In a first for Threshold, organisers have also invited guest curators to contribute to the arts programme. First confirmed is artist-led organisation TPA [Transpennine Arts] who will be collaborating with Liverpool-based Muesli to curate one of the festival’s new exhibition spaces: Fünf.

Tree House by Wendy Williams
Tree House by Wendy Williams

The first 6 announced artists are James Bowman [Wirral Metropolitan College], Wendy Williams [Alternator Studio], Douglas McCormick [University of Chester], Ruth Dillon [Road Studios], Joseph Cotgrave [Royal Standard] and Meg Brain. The exhibition will feature explorations of Alchemy, alchemical symbolism and the mysterious arts of transmutation.

Artists will also explore the versatility and changeable nature of materials, with broad interpretations. The exhibition will feature a wide range of art forms including photography, painting and illustration, sculpture, mixed media installation, performance art and works that will develop and change throughout the festival. Staying true to Threshold’s multi-arts roots, the exhibition will be integrated into venues where other performances are taking place and performances will be weaved into the gallery spaces in a true blend of contemporary art forms.

Ruth Dillon will exhibit at Threshold Six
Ruth Dillon will exhibit at Threshold Six

Visual Arts Curator, Jazamin Sinclair said “We have over 25 people working together in our visual arts team to curate, plan, install & pull together our full exhibition programme this year. All the ideas and planning means that things are now really starting to take shape and we are really looking forward to working together with the artists to install the exhibitions across the 9 venues!”

You can pick up Threshold weekend passes for £20 (just £10 for students) via Skiddle. If you’re quick, you may still be able to grab a cheap pass via Party For The People, but don’t delay. And for the traditionalists, you can pick up paper tickets from official Threshold stockists, Dig Vinyl and made-here.

Threshold Festival takes place from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 April, 2016 across numerous venues in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

The 9 venues [as well as their symbols & planets] that Threshold are using for their exhibition programme are as follows:

#1 – The Gallery Liverpool
Gold ☉ (Sun)

#2 – Baltic Social
Quicksilver ☿ (Mercury)

#3 – District
Copper ♀ (Venus)

#4 – Baltic Creative Space [Unit 51]
Silver ☽ (Moon)

#5 – 24 Kitchen St
Iron ♂ (Mars)

#6 – Hobo Art Café
Tin ♃ (Jupiter)

#7 – Black Lodge
Lead ♄ (Saturn)

#8 – Fünf
Magnesium ⊛ (Uranus)

#9 – Constellations
Platinum ☽☉ (Neptune)