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Watch: Liverpool Artists’ Network Zoom meeting, 5th May 2020

On 5th May 2020 Liverpool Artists’ Network held a Zoom Meeting for artists around Merseyside. Speakers included Josie Jenkins and Colette Lilley, coordinators and founders of the network; Patrick Kirk-Smith, Editor of Art in Liverpool; Jayne Lawless, artist and founder of Dead Pigeon Gallery; Jenny Porter, Senior Project Manager at Metal; Sally Slingsby, Gallery Manager at dot-art; Rob Flynn, artist and ROAD Studios co-director; and Isabel Benito-Gutierrez, composer.

The full film of meeting is available below, and the meeting notes that follow are a combination of what happened in the meeting, info from the speakers, and posts that people put in the chat.

Meeting Notes:

Josie from LAN shared some opportunities:

Parker Harris has various opportunties all the time –

Collective Encounters is looking for emerging artists in the Liverpool City Region to send us their ideas for works that respond to the theme of ‘community power’ & ‘community action’.  But deadline is 6th May –

CuratorSpace –

Make Life Drawing –

The Royal Standard are doing ‘TRS SETS’ on their Instagram. They are posting a series of ‘isolation briefs’ in their story on a Friday eve and you have 48 hours to respond with an artwork – don’t think too much! @theroyalstandard_

Patrick Kirk-Smith from Art in Liverpool and Independents Biennial gave an update about Independents Biennial.

Full update on Independents Biennial

Patrick’s email address if anyone has questions after the meeting:

AIL is going to be showing Digital Exhibitions on the website (currently a work in progress) – all welcome to submit postponed or cancelled exhibition in any format – have a look through the in progress exhibitions for examples –

Jayne Lawlwess gave an update about Dead Pigeon Gallery

Jayne usually runs North End Sketchclub  – a free sketch club for anyone, at various locations. During lockdown Jayne has given her Instagram over to featuring work by sketchers. Instagram is @jayne_lawless . Please send your drawings from during lockdown to

Jen Porter – gave details of Metal’s remote residency opportunity – 

Email Jen at if you have any questions.

Sally Slingsby from dotart gave info about their online classes and a lockdown membership deal with 3 months free membership.

Membership info – email: 

Classes mailing list:

Rob Flynn from Road did a tour of a game called Occupy White Walls where you can build a gallery and put work in it that other players can interact with. It could be an alternative platform for showing work or making a collaborative piece of work between artists/studio groups. You can currently only use the game by downloading it. There are some pros and cons. Rob has created a ‘shared space’ that we can all experiment with. Josie and Rob have made replicas of Arena and Road Studios in them.  Rob is thinking on contacting the makers to discuss ideas.

If you are interested in collaborating or have questions about the game you can contact Rob at Road –

Download Occupy White Walls here:

See bit of discussion from the chat below…

Max Gottlieb – Sketchup is also very good and much easier to upload your own work in it. I might be interested at plotting up Liverpool galleries as I’m quick at it.

Patrick Kirk-Smith – – doesn’t need to be downloaded for visitors to use the virtual spaces – not quite the same but might be worth looking at (you can upload your own work for free too)

Rob Flynn – damn, I think that artsteps might be much more accessible. Thanks Patrick

Patrick Kirk-Smith – Doesn’t have the game aspect thought so it’s less engaging in that way

Isabel Benito-Gutierrez – A composer who is interested in collaborating with artists. She has previously worked with Ali Barker. Please contact Isabelle if you are interested in collaborating. She also has musician contacts that might be helpful.

From Isabel Benito-Gutierrez

instagram is @isabelbenitogutierrez

The Facebook page recently set up for past collaborations

More info from Ali Barker about the work she did with Isabel – Link to photos of Roland and me collaboratively creating the painting that became the score for Isabel’s composition.

The theme of the work was around different (painterly) languages gradually communicating with each other.

Link to a photo of the performance in the RNCM, where the video of us making the painting is the score being projected onto the wall:

Kerrys Baldry – open call for one minute artist moving image deadline end of June. online screening contact

Clare Brumby – Please visit to find out more about engaging in dialogues or dance sessions for a mass participation project @saltact2020 @artistclarebrumby

Tony Knox – Light Night – Open Culture – Charlotte Corrie has contacted Tony about #LightNightatHome. She said – It’s not LN, just a moment of solidarity as it were. Details here – Get in touch with Open Culture if you want to participate as there still might be an opportunity.

Margaret O’Brien would like to know if anyone can recommend local fabricators or foundaries – please contact us at LAN if you know any.

Patrick Kirk-Smith – Castle Foundry are the group that create work for the plinth in the Baltic Triangle:

Liverpool Lighthouse  – is a 430 seated auditorium based in Anfield which sees dance groups, bands, choirs, theatre shows and all sorts of talent through its doors. The venue is at the heart of the community where they also run development programmes from English and employability workshops to art and cultural programmes. At present the venue has a corona virus support page on Facebook where they’re there for everyone 24/7 to help with advice and support.

But they are also currently looking for individuals to send in uplifting videos working on their skills at home, whether that be dancing, singing, poetry or pottery, anything that’s a talent – the venue just want to share positivity on their Instagram page and show that you can still do what you love from home.