Friday, 14 December 2012

MAP supports the Wirral Food Bank

If you're coming to the MAP Launch at 5pm at Marine Point tonight please bring a donation for the Wirral Food Bank to help local people in crisis. Bring packet and tins, the staples of the kitchen cupboard.

Children and families bringing donations will receive a party bag from Santa.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Carl's Angels

A lovely message of support from Carl Leckey MBE who had the idea for MAP

The MAP team working on the installation 
"As Doctor Martin Luther King said. "I had a dream that one day? Well, I had the dream and it became true when Danny from the Marine Point organisation agreed to my request for the use of an unoccupied unit in the new development. The dream could have become a nightmare as I didn't have a clue how to organise what I envisaged. But rescue was at hand in the guise of some wonderful artists and enthusiasts. With their expertise and and excellent planning combined with damned hard work the Momentary Art Project was born. The initial part of the project phase one consisting of a colourful window display is to be unveiled on Friday 14th December 1700hrs until 1800hrs in the unit between the Hungry Horse and Travel Lodge. Phase two will be unveiled in the New Year consiting of? Welll that is a big secret but be sure it will blow your socks off. Welcome one and all and thanks to the many participants that are making the exciting project possible.
Carl Leckey MBE. CF. FRSA."

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Fish and Ships

Momentary Art Project (MAP) will be launched with a festive fishy themed installation this Friday 14th December Neptune’s Marine Point, New Brighton at 5pm. 

Colourful fish from Mosslands school
The seasonal ‘re-purposed’ seascape is currently being made from buoys, boats and buckets along with flippers, fins and fish.  Artists from around New Brighton, Wirral and Liverpool have been busily creating fish from recycled plastic and these will be displayed alongside fish made by the boys of local secondary school,  Mosslands. Each creation will have a tag with a Christmas message from the artist.

The outdoor launch will involve local performers: pianist, Taner Kemirtlek and rock band, Refrain and will start at 5pm with music in the auditorium (wet weather venue has been kindly offered by The Light Cinema). Brooklyn's Diner will also be playing host to local singer, Lilli Moore. The grand reveal will happen when the lights in the unit will be switched on at 5.30pm
(between Hungry Horse and Travelodge). All welcome, wrap up warm as viewing is outside only.  In the spirit of ‘Christmas giving’ members of the public coming along to the launch are asked to bring gifts of packet and canned food which our special M.A.P Santa will happily receive and pass onto local food banks.

Momentary Arts Project is a new exciting community based organisation set up after local resident Carl Leckey MBE came up with the idea to use empty spaces to create art displays from and by the community. M.A.P will initially be based in vacant spaces in Neptune’s recently completed, Marine Point Development. M.A.P was set up to occupy vacant space within the development on a rent free basis until lettings are agreed and will continue once full tenancy is achieved. MAP has also arranged for a local artist to work with out of date posters to create Christmas decorations for The Light Cinema and hope to work with other businesses in the development and beyond.

Neptune, along with H&S Joinery have also donated materials to the community project, to enable us to create a start up display that will hopefully lead to further collaboration with local businesses and artists to create permanent exhibition space. Collection points for fins were set up with Veolia Environmental services at 3 local recycling sites, old diving gauges were contributed by Wirral Sports and Leisure and MDF were rescued from the fit-out for the latest restaurant to come into Marine Point.

Daniel Hynd from Neptune said: "We are delighted to be working with the Momentary Arts Project on this exciting new community concept. The group have some exciting ideas that will no doubt bring more visitors to New Brighton, and will create a location for local artists to show off their talents."

And we are delighted to be given this opportunity and this is just the begining!


For the Momentary Art Project

Friday, 7 December 2012

Final day for fish delivery

We have set up a point of delivery for New Brighton for this afternoon for those wanting to drop off their fish. Contact for details ASAP or drop off at unit at 10am on Monday

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Our Walls

Walls created by John Earp with help.

Latest shots of John Earp's wall

Made from boards donated by contractors at the Lido, paint from Neptune, wood from the Biennial courtsey of the Open Eye Gallery] and :the Bluecoat and help from Carol Ramsay and Wendy Williams

Monday, 3 December 2012

Eimear's fish

"here she is, Delores made from a rubber glove, stuffed and dressed with found fabrics, painted with left over gloss paint and refusing to dry! not quite complete, need to give her some lips but cannot proceed nor transport her till she decides to dry ;)"

Our Flippin marvellous bins st

Flip your fins in our bins at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby

Sunday, 25 November 2012

The location at Marine Point

Our empty unit at Marine Point, courtesy of Neptune Developers

April Cheetham's fish

April's fish
Made from plastic bags and bits of wool.

Flip your Fins

Flip your fins in our bins

The newly formed Momentary Arts Project needs your old, broken or odd flippers to create a Marine Christmas Art Installation to bring to life the windows of one of the empty units at Marine Point, New Brighton.

The idea to utilise the empty unit for an art exhibition was the brainchild of local resident Carl Leckey OBE, and with the support of local artists and Neptune his idea will become reality in time for Christmas.  Carl Leckey said, “I had an idea and Neptune said Yes.  So to the Artists I said with a grin, it's over to you now, so let's begin.  I don't have a clue what they will create, something flippin’ fabulous, I just can't wait.”

Flippers and fins of all shapes and sizes, along with buoys and other small colourful light weight marine items will be used to give the Christmas installation a watery/seaside feel.  Any items you have to donate can be flipped in the Fin Bins at Clatterbridge, Bidston and West Kirby recycling plants (thanks to Veolia Environmental Services).  The fin bins will be in place from now until 9th of December and can also be delivered to The Green Community Shop and Centre in Oxton Village

Roy Lewis' fish

Fish by Roy Lewis
We need lots of handmade fish and other marine life for the MAP Christmas installation - made from recycled plastic, about A4 size and with a means to hang it or stand it in a display and a luggage label attached with your Happy Christmas greeting and your name and any website link for your artwork. 
Email for more information. The more the merrier the school of fish will be.
Delivery venue to be confirmed. Deadline is 20th of November but can be extended by request (email us)

Momentary Art Project

Momentary Arts Project… the initial idea

Imagine if you will a brand new 5000 square foot empty unit in Marine Point, New Brighton surrounded by an increasing number of new restaurants and cafés, a brand new cinema, a casino and a stones throw away from a recently upgraded regional theatre, traditional seaside amusements, funfair and eateries all situated on the end of the Wirral where the Mersey meets the Irish Sea, and the golden sands meet the biggest tides in the country.  Imagine… how would you use it?
Local resident Carl Lecky had the idea to use the space for art, art of the locality and art by locals.  A mad idea some might say, but an idea all the same and an idea that was greeted positively both by the developers of Marine Point ‘Neptune’ and by local community group ‘New Brighton Waves’.  With agreement from Neptune that the space could be used until the unit was leased to a new business, work began on moving the idea to a reality and local artists and community members from across the Wirral began to catch onto the idea and already a network of interested and supportive people is developing.
So, the spark of an idea has become the Marine Point Momentary Arts Project (MAP), a project to turn the 5000 square foot empty unit into a changing, interactive and temporary or moveble arts exhibition, and when that space is no longer available, our plan it to move lock, stock and barrel into another empty unit within New Brighton and in our moments of ‘blue sky thinking’ a sustainable, financially viable exhibition/gallery will become a permanent part of the New Brighton land and seascape!
The space that MAP occupies will basically be divided into 5 areas: 3 exhibition spaces for contemporary art, traditional art, and an installation space for a particular artist or group (ie schools, art groups, colleges); a workshop space and a space for local charities. Within the ‘workshop space’ MAP will offer a series of arts and crafts workshops, demonstrations and talks enabling members of the public to try their hand at or discover something new and creative.  Bearing in mind the space available to us, and in a hope to develop MAP beyond the stationary visual arts the programme of events may in time include music and the word, dance and drama, and fashion shows of various types.  The selling of art will be positively encouraged both to support local artists and in recognition of the benefits of having personal, unique and handmade artwork in the home.
In order to enhance the relationship with the local community the ‘charity space’ will offer the opportunity for a rota of local charities and community organisations to educate and inform those who visit as well as collect donations and sell appropriate goods to aid their funds. 
As it is the intension for MAP to break even, a bank of committed volunteers ‘Friends of MAP’ will be developed to ensure the smooth running of the project.  Already people are indicating a willingness to help and our plan is to ensure that those who volunteer have the opportunity to receive as well as give.  Volunteers will be treated to talks and information packs about the art on display, broadening their own knowledge and giving them information to share with visitors, and will receive basic first aid training and any other training that fits with the developed policies of MAP.  To broaden the network of available volunteers travel expenses will be covered.
These are our thoughts….  What are yours? 
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