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Running from 14 July – 28 October, the festival celebrates grassroots and emerging artists. The Independents Biennial runs concurrently to Liverpool Biennial and is the sister festival, profiling the city region’s emerging and established artists. Working in new and existing arts spaces, with a largely free programme, the festival offers a fresh perspective on how we see, make and use art in Merseyside.
The commissions run alongside a wider festival programme shining a spotlight on independent visual arts talent, with open studio events, special exhibitions, performances and more across a four month period.
Brigitte Jurack, Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral winner of Independents Biennial 2018 Wirral commission
Jurack has created a sculpture for the Green Gallery, a new space at the Williamson. Inspired by Oxton Road, one of the most culturally diverse roads in Wirral, the multi coloured and richly patterned rock will be bright and glossy, reflecting the multicultural nature of the street itself. Home to a much loved Iranian fruit seller, K&K, a Thai food store, Polish International food shops, a popular record store, Skeleton, hardware, model making and electronic shops, Oxton Road is a bustling independent network.
The multi-coloured and modern, audacious, vibrant ‘rock’ sculpture is solid enough to sit. It is a cross between jazz, Acid House, The Singh Twin’s decorative work and Peter Blake’s Dazzle Ferry. It is bright and glossy, with a similar feel to Williamson’s collection of Della Robbia Pottery that it will contrast beautifully with the stone tones of the hard landscaping in the new Green Gallery.
Jurack’s other recent projects in Wirral are displayed in the company of the rock, raised up over viewers’ heads pulling focus back to community groups including The Hive around Birkenhead.
Her career started studying sculpture at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea College of Art. As co-founder of international performance group Foreign Investment Jurack has exhibited widely, including time as Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow, shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize and exhibitions/projects in Rio de Janeiro, Kiev, Oslo and New Delhi.
The Green Gallery is the latest addition to the Williamson Art Gallery’s exhibition space, launched in June 2018. The Oxton Rock and Jurack’s wall plaques will be on display from 14 July – 28 October
Visitors to the gallery will also see major exhibitions by photographers, Tom Wood and Cian Quayle – looking at Cammell Laird Shipyard twenty five years on from the fight to save the ship workers jobs and the journeys connecting Vancouver, Liverpool and the Isle of Man in Quayle’s investigation into Malcolm Lowry. The Williamson has also listed an exhibition from Textile 21 “On the Edge..” as part of IB2018 and later in the festival, the members exhibition from the Wirral Society of Art will be on show from the 15th of September until the 21st of October and will be accompanied by a historic exhibition looking back at their 70 year history.
Please remember that the Williamson is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We have a dedicated car park and cafe, bookshop and art supply shop.
Many thanks to Tony Knox for the images and to Patrick from Art in Liverpool.