Journalist Mike Pinnington looks forward to the grand opening of The Cooperative, a collective of collectives, spearheaded by seven of the foremost art organisations in Liverpool…
The project, coordinated by Liverpool’s very own live literature specialists Mercy, strives to provide a “high-impact, high-visibility platform for creative and discursive activity” during this year’s Biennial.
Based at The Old Paint Shop on Renshaw Street (28-32, L1 4EF) The Cooperative will serve as a cultural hub for the duration of the internationally renowned festival, boasting weekly podcasts and workshops, a library/archive and rolling exhibitions and performances.
Acting as a beacon for one of the best regarded art scenes in the UK, the initiative aims to bring new audiences and international attention to the likes of anarchic public artists Jump Ship Rat, the experimental music collective Sound Network, and the studios and galleries in Liverpool’s vanguard: The Royal Standard, Red Wire, Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, and Arena Gallery and Studios.
Expect to be treated to a stellar series of Saturday night openings, showcasing a diverse array of talent, beginning with the challenging and provocative performance artist Michael Mayhew.
Opening Wednesday to Sunday between 1 and 5pm, the space also serves as a place to drop in for coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a chance to mingle with a fluid mix of Cooperative members.
Download a PDF Guide and Map detailing The Cooperative‘s events here.
Follow The Cooperative on Twitter and stay tuned to this blog for news and pictures over the opening weekend of Liverpoool Biennial 2010.