Friday, 31 May 2013
WIRRAL PRIDE OF PLACE PROJECT
Momentary Art Project C.I.C will be opening the doors of their temporary unit in Neptune’s development at Marine Point , New Brighton to play host to The Caravan Gallery who will be transforming the empty space into a dynamic photography exhibition-cum-alternative visitor information centre exploring the identity of Wirral. A similar project is also underway in Liverpool.
The Caravan Gallery is a gallery in a caravan and mobile visual arts project set up in 2000 by Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale to take art to people and places other galleries might not easily reach. Their extensive photographic archive, publications and postcards document the reality and surreality of ‘the way we live today’. The artists have traveled thousands of miles and exhibited in hundreds of locations from supermarket car parks and contemporary art festivals to designer Paul Smith’s Space in Tokyo. Their exhibition Merseystyle: Photographs by The Caravan Gallery is currently on display at the new Museum of Liverpool and the caravan has been touring the area.
Alison Bailey Smith, one of 7 directors of the Momentary Art Project said, “Jan and Chris will initially set the scene with their own images of Wirral. They often photograph what we overlook or even ignore. In addition to their own photographs, other famous photographers - Martin Parr, Tom Wood and Ken Grant have agreed to contribute a local image to the Wirral Pride of Place Project. A selection of artists' books exploring the character of Merseyside resulting from a collaboration between students from Wirral Met College and Brigham Young University in Utah will also be on show in the space.
Visitors will be encouraged to add their own personal landmarks and observations to The People’s Map of Wirral and contribute Wirral-themed words and pictures to The People’s Wall. A creation area will be set up for people to make their own drawings, collages, postcards, souvenirs etc.
Local groups, societies and individuals are encouraged to bring along their Wirral-related creations and items for possible inclusion in the exhibition. These could include 2D and 3D artworks they have made themselves, poems, stories, photos, films, scrapbooks, old postcards, books and brochures, souvenirs, found objects and memorabilia. Items may be scanned and returned or kept until the end of the exhibition. Alternatively they can be donated to The Caravan Gallery archive. Some of the material collected may eventually appear in a commemorative publication.
The exhibition will not be completed until the final day so each will have a closing celebration where participants and visitors can admire the finished display.
WIRRAL PRIDE OF PLACE PROJECT
Unit 7 (Momentary Art Project), Marine Point, New Brighton, Wirral CH45 2HZ
8 - 23 June, 12 - 6pm daily. The Caravan Gallery itself will be open daily outside the unit.
Launch event: Saturday 8 June, 6 - 8pm. Closing celebration: Sunday 23 June 12 - 6pm
Part of the LOOK/13 Liverpool International Photography Festival Parallel Programme
MERSEYSIDE PRIDE OF PLACE PROJECTS and THE CARAVAN GALLERY
For further information and images please contact Jan Williams or Chris Teasdale:
07808 160207 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.thecaravangallery.co.uk
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