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Eight Days A Week:
Art exhibitions celebrating the link between Liverpool and Cologne

Artists from Liverpool and its German sister city of Cologne, are taking part in a unique cultural exchange to mark the occasion of Liverpool 08 European City of Culture.

A leading European centre for art, Cologne has major museum collections, an unparalleled commercial gallery scene and a large community of artists. Liverpool, with its national collections at the Walker, the Tate Gallery, the Bluecoat and the Biennial– the UK’s largest modern contemporary art event – has a growing reputation in the visual arts. Art has therefore been an important element of the cities’ relationship with each other, most recently through Eight Days A Week, an ongoing programme of exhibitions, residencies, films, performances and publications developed by the artists’ initiatives over the past ten years.

This year, Eight Days A Week sees artists from Liverpool and Cologne visiting each other’s city in a series of exhibitions and events encompassing crafts, video, painting, installation, photography, architecture, printmaking, digital media and performance. The exchange involves galleries, colleges, artists’ spaces, civic buildings and the Internet. Audiences will be able to see the fruits of this creative collaboration in an ongoing programme of events during 08.


The Cologne artist Axel Hoeptner will be in Liverpool on two occasions over the next two months (March 13th to March 16th, April 10th to April 13th, 2008). The purpose of his visit is to affirm the cultural ties between the twinned cities through his own art.

Axel Hoeptner’s name has, over the last decade or so, become associated with portraiture. He has made 120 portraits of Cologne artists using predominantly the mediums of pencil and graphite. Now he will be visiting Liverpool working in the View Gallery and in local artists’ studios to document the creative life of the City of Liverpool during its celebratory year. During the two weekends, artists with and without previous involvement with Cologne will have their portraits drawn. It is hoped that later in 2008 he will return to continue the portraits in the Eight Days A Week Project Space for 08. The work will be exhibited in the Wishbone Gallery in Bootle, Sefton. Please consult his website for more information.

Pete Clarke,

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