Days A Week: Press release 12th
Art exhibitions celebrating the link between Liverpool and Cologne
Artists from Liverpool and its German sister city of Cologne, are
taking part in a unique cultural exchange
to mark the occasion of Liverpool 08 European City of Culture.
A leading European centre for art, Cologne has major museum collections,
an unparalleled commercial gallery scene and a large community of
artists. Liverpool, with its national collections at the Walker, the
Tate Gallery, the Bluecoat and the Biennial– the UK’s
largest modern contemporary art event – has a growing reputation
in the visual arts. Art has therefore been an important element of
the cities’ relationship with each other, most recently through
Eight Days A Week, an ongoing programme of exhibitions, residencies,
films, performances and publications developed by the artists’
initiatives over the past ten years.
This year, Eight Days A Week sees artists from Liverpool and Cologne
visiting each other’s city in a series of exhibitions and events
encompassing crafts, video, painting, installation, photography, architecture,
printmaking, digital media and performance. The exchange involves
galleries, colleges, artists’ spaces, civic buildings and the
Internet. Audiences will be able to see the fruits of this creative
collaboration in an ongoing programme of events during 08.
PORTRAIT WEEKENDS WITH AXEL HOEPTNER
The Cologne artist Axel Hoeptner will be in Liverpool on two occasions
over the next two months
(March 13th to March 16th, April 10th to April 13th, 2008).
The purpose of his visit is to affirm the cultural ties between the
twinned cities through his own art.
Axel Hoeptner’s name has, over the last decade or so, become
associated with portraiture. He has made 120 portraits of Cologne
artists using predominantly the mediums of pencil and graphite. Now
he will be visiting Liverpool working in the View Gallery and in local
artists’ studios to document the creative life of the City of
Liverpool during its celebratory year. During the two weekends, artists
with and without previous involvement with Cologne will have their
portraits drawn. It is hoped that later in 2008 he will return to
continue the portraits in the Eight Days A Week Project Space for
The work will be exhibited in the Wishbone Gallery in Bootle, Sefton.
Please consult his website for more information. www.axel-hoeptner.de.
Contact: Pete Clarke,
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Days A Week is supported by Liverpool Culture Co, Bluecoat Arts Centre,
Liverpool Art School/
John Moore’s University, University of Central Lancashire and