Friday, May 13 2011 @ 06:04 PM UTC
Contributed by: Dan
Liverpool is suffering the effects of the recession like any other Northern city, and although new developments may be encouraging people into the city, it has left it with too much retail space, and thus a large number of empty shops. This article reviews three different responses to this problem.
Dot-Art is a Liverpool based non-profit organisation that works with local artists to provide a means for them to display & sell their art. Dot-Art provides website space, office rental of art, advice for artists, & pop-up art gallery. The latest pop-up galleryis situated in the Met Quarter.
The home of All Saints and Armani, this is a high-end shopping centre. Focusing on paintings, there was a range of styles and mix of media. Some were more conventional representations, others completely abstract, and differing levels of skill and execution. The art on display varies in affordability from £250-2000, which felt a good range to appeal to a wide audience, and the variety of art could mean that both seasoned collectors and people who have never bought an original before might find something that appealed to them. There was no explanation or descriptions of the paintings or artists.
The shop felt very much like a non-intimidating art gallery, rather than a scruffy ex-shop; it was neat, smart & a good use of space, although hidden away in the upstairs corner of the centre. You couldn’t refer to this as a particularly exciting or innovative way to use an empty shop, but it is revenue generating and aims to provide exposure and sales for those who artists who may struggle to gain such public recognition normally. Dot- Art may be relatively straightforward in the way it displays art, but the organisation is unusual and if it can remain a success, is cause for celebration. Their next gallery is from 2-4th June 2011.