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Bluecoat Display Centre: Music Makers

21 March – 3 May 2014

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00


Private View 20 March 17.30 – 19.30

We approached the textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood to invite him to curate an exhibition for our 2014 programme; Music Makers was his response.

Michael Brennand-Wood says, “The concept for Music Makers is relatively simple, I’ve invited artists to make a single work that references the three classic musical storage formats pre digital, the12” Vinyl or Album, a 7” Single or a 4.5” CD in size. The subject of their work can reference an Album or particular track/song. It could be popular, classic, iconic or wilfully obscure, in any media or combination of media.”

“Anyone who knows me is probably waiting for the moment where I career from Art making into Music making in all its diversity and sonic excitement. I’m convinced that there’s a soundtrack to most people’s lives, a song, title, lyric that inspires. I’ve never made anything when I haven’t been listening to music. It fuels my work, drives a process and allows me access to the experience of others, whether sound, rhythm, title or lyrical snapshot.”

Artists include Julie Arkell, Mike Badger, Louise Baldwin, Stephen Bird, Michael Brennand-Wood, Lucy Casson, Kai Chan, Paul Derrez, Warwick Freeman, Sally Freshwater, Gavin Fry, Pamela Gaunt, Matthew Harris, Rozanne Hawksley, Tom Hill, Mike Holmes, Rachael Howard, Jeanne-Marie Kenny, Ester Knobel, Cleo Mussi, Floor Mommersteeg, Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley, Wendy Ramshaw, Philip Sanderson, Paul Scott, Verena Sieber-Fuchs, Anne Smith, Elizabeth Tarr, Christine Toh, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Audrey Walker and Liz Williamson.

Also: Local musician and Music Makers exhibitor Mike Badger and Eighties Vinyl Records will release a 7inch single John Got Shot with his band Mike Badger and the Shady Trio on Saturday 19 April. The single will be available for sale in Probe Records on School Lane in Liverpool, Mike will also produce a limited edition print of the sleeve artwork made from his trademark recycled tin cans and old tin boxes which will be for sale exclusively at the Bluecoat Display Centre. Mike Badger and the Shady Trio will play the new single as part of a short acoustic set in the BDC on the release date. This coincides with Record Store Day, which is also on 19 April.