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WHAT WE’VE DONE
’Cities on the Edge’ -the idea that Liverpool and a handful of other port cities were all interlinked by an ’edgy’ nature (both geographically and in attitude)- was a concept that came up in one or two update meetings during the run-up to the Capital of Culture year in Liverpool. We decided to run with the idea, and set about a 12-month research programme, visiting some of the cities who had been name-checked and meeting local artist groups with similar approaches to our own.
We then commissioned specially-selected groups of curators, artists and performers from Gdansk, Istanbul and Naples (as well as Liverpool) to come and spend a week at a time in the newly-opened NCP Gallery in Liverpool – each with a brief to curate, produce and install a show from Monday in time for a Private View on the Friday night. This was followed by a live performance on the Saturday and artist workshops on the Sunday. A new group would arrive on the next Monday and be charged with the same brief, only this time using the existing state of the gallery as their starting point.
The result was a show in constant flux: visitors could experience the gallery during installation and see another side to exhibition, and by the final Liverpool week the venue was naturally a living diary of the 4 weeks (and cities) previous.
A part of the official Liverpool Biennial 2008
Project Direction by Tomas Harold
Events Programming by Nathan Jones