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Speke Hall using Fuji X100F

Speke Hall

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Farewell Everyman – for now…

Everyman theatre

Everyman theatre at 10.00pm 2 July 2011

I gathered with others last Saturday evening to watch the end of an era as the Liverpool Everyman theatre closed for a two-year refurbishment.

The lettering appears on the roof

The lettering appears on the roof

One by one letters appear on the roof of the building…

With a flash of fire the letters ignite

With a flash of fire the letters ignite

The Everyman says farewell in a blaze of light…

See you in a couple of years! Goodbye for now…


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Anthony Caro

Paper Sculpture No.98 (1981)

Paper Sculpture No.98 (1981)

I’ve just finished watching an interview between Mark Lawson and Anthony Caro. Listening to Caro was a great pleasure.

This is from Anthony “His questioning approach opened up new possibilities, both formally and with regard to subject matter. His innovative work as well as his teaching led to a flowering and a new confidence in sculpture worldwide.”

Well done BBC 4, another good programme.

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Thought for Friday

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.
Sally Brown, Peanuts.

Sally Brown

Sally Brown


Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American cartoonist. His wonderful comic strip Peanuts proved one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium. Still reprinted today it remains a benchmark in cartooning.

Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz

I’ve been a huge fan of the Peanuts characters since picking up the Coronet paperback reprints of the daily strips back in the late 1960s. The world of Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy, Woodstock and of course Snoopy was and remains today a wonderful place full of warm humour and sardonic wit.

For the love of Peanuts

For the love of Peanuts

Schultz’s skilled drawing fascinated me. Brilliantly simple lines and yet so full of character and expression.

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Made me think


Futurist cinema

What remains of the Futurist cinema

The Futurist Cinema was very popular and managed to retain its hold even after competition from the huge Paramount (Odeon) and Forum (ABC) opened which sometimes forced the Futurist into taking off-circuit films.

Not much of a future here these days. I can’t remember the films I’ve watched in the Futurist over the years, but I always loved the name. I’m sad to see it in such a bad shape. The font looks like Futura, very apt in an ironic way.


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Liverpool Biennial 2 – Renshaw street

Biennial 1

Visitor Centre window

Whatever your opinion on art, particularly ‘contemporary art’, may be – there is no denying the fact that the 2010 Biennial has brought much needed colour and vitality to Renshaw Street.

Biennial 2

Window display

Biennial 3

Another window

Since the closure of the Lewis’s department store and the demise or relocation of other stores, Renshaw Street has looked in terminal decline.

Biennial 4

and another window

The artists have brought colour, controversy and creativity and I for one am glad, even though I know this is transient.

Biennial 6

Much needed colour

Biennial 5

Time well spent

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Liverpool Biennial

Detail from Earth and Aether leaflet

Detail from Earth and Aether leaflet. Photo: Barry Hale

Earth and Æther

It has recently been our good fortune to work with Jane Poulton and Lin Holland, two artists in residence at Liverpool Cathedral.

They approached our studio to develop a small hand-out to go with their installation in the Cathedral as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Photographer Barry Hale provided us with some remarkable pictures and the C3 Imaging Liverpool printed the job in just 6 hours via their digital Indigo press to meet the deadline for the opening event in the evening.

A further much larger print run is now in production.

Main image from the Earth and Aether leaflet

Main image from the Earth and Aether leaflet. Photo: Barry Hale

Earth and Aether leaflet

Earth and Aether leaflet

This is from the leaflet:

Earth and Æther
In the centre of the Chapter House of Liverpool Cathedral sits a block of gilded red sandstone. Directly above it, apparently hovering in aerial space, is a mirrored house, archetypal in form, but without windows or doors.

Earth and Æther is a site-specific work that explores mans’ attempts, through the imbued sanctification of earthly objects, to approach a sense of the sublime.

The work responds to the fabric, decoration and spatial volumes of the Chapter House, utilising its height, floor space and shifting polychromatic light.

Its materials and forms – stone, gold, mirror, and ‘house’ – have aesthetic, symbolic and physical relevance within a religious setting. These elements, together with the contextual siting of the work, combine to explore variable contemplations on universal themes including substance and space, reality and faith, permanence and transformation.

Earth and Æther is the second artwork made for Liverpool Cathedral’s Chapter House by artists Lin Holland and Jane Poulton. The first, Untitled: Unknown, was made during their 2008 residency in the city’s two cathedrals, and was one of six site-specific works created for these iconic buildings.


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