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The Food Thing’s Banquet Of the Salt Bittersweet Sea. Photo: Michael Holly. 


Liverpool 18th & 19th October

Under the working title Cultural Corridor, the Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Create have started a process investigating the potential for the arts and cultural sectors in Liverpool and Ireland to work in partnership. Both organisations hope to look specifically at opportunities for artistic residencies and exhibitions, joint programming, skills transfer and knowledge exchange, but also to consider how strengthened cultural links might be used as a catalyst for economic growth, promoting cultural tourism and stimulating inward investment.

In June 2012, the Bluecoat and Create were delighted to launch the Cultural Corridor concept at an event in Liverpool attended by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Ireland’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, OBE and the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor Cllr. Sharon Sullivan. The event was also attended by friends, colleagues and stakeholders from across the cultural sector and Irish community in Liverpool and provided a clear demonstration of the strength and multi-layered nature of the relationship between Liverpool and Ireland.

With a view to developing the initiative and taking it to the next stage, the Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Create are hosting two days of consultation and information-gathering in order to map out existing collaborative activity more comprehensively, identifying areas for potential growth and scoping out potential resources for development. We hope this will be two days of open and inclusive dialogue, which will also include an opportunity to visit the Liverpool Biennial, engage with Irish artists through a special event in FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) Liverpool, and network with partners and peers from Ireland and Liverpool.

Break Bread Open (Special Event)

Break Bread Open: A special programme of food, screenings and discussions for Liverpool Biennial

Location: FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ
Date: October 19th
Time: from 5pm

Free event. Booking necessary -

This special event marks a collaboration between FACT and Static in Liverpool and Dublin based organisations Graduate School of Create Arts and Media (GradCAM), The LAB Gallery, Create (Ireland), Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and Art in the Contemporary World (NCAD). Taking our cue from the theme of hospitality, this event will explore ideas of the host, guest and our role as public.  Under the title “break bread open” artists, writers and educators from the Food Thing, a collaborative art project based in GradCAM will serve a buffet to include “All Fingers and Tongues: Hosting the Divine” with Charlie Gere & MOUTH (Edia Connole and Scott Wilson); a special screening introducing new work by Jesse Jones, discussions led by writer Declan Long and writer/curator Dr.Paul O'Neill and more.

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