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"Liverpool meets New York - The Liver Birds and the Big Apple"
0000-00-00 until 2004-12-31
Liverpool, , UK United Kingdom

Liverpool and New York are being brought together in a cultural initiative by Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney based in Liverpool and Lisa Eickholt and Michael Ricardo Andreev in New York. The histories of these two cities are strongly connected and sin! ce Liverpool has been awarded the European City of Culture 2008, Gaynor has created a proposed event to reflect this in the cultural exchange known as transVoyeur. The projects are coordinated by Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney, Tony Knox and Ben Youdan in Liverpool and Lisa Eickholt, Michael Ricardo Andreev and Kofi Fosu in New York.

There are six artists from New York and six from Liverpool, who are researching and creating art reflective of the citys they live and their practice. Part of this initiative involves the exchange of cultural discourse, which people are invited to submit their ideas of the city and culture. It will culminate in an exhibition in the upcoming Liverpool Biennial 2004. There will also be a symposium were members of the art community and general public can come to discuss with the Liverpool and New York artists the theme of art and the city.  The exhibition will then continue to the Eickholt Gallery in New York.

Liverpool has experienced many transitions during the past decades, indeed centuries. The changes now have been described as a Renaissance‚ and cognitive in the regeneration of the city, community and arts. It is asserted the city is experiencing a rebirth. Culture in New York had been affected by world events and in particular the World Trade Towers being destroyed. As a city and a community, New York too is experiencing a rebirth from the ashes and expressed in their culture.

The artists in this project are multi-cultural and their art touching on a wide range of themes, relative to the hybridized and cosmopolitan nature of a city environment and people.

The Liverpool based artists include Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney, Tony, Knox, Ben Youdan, Angeline Christina Foulkes, Paul Clarkson and George Lund. The New York artists are Michael Ricardo Andreev, Stephan Fowlkes, Kofi Fosu, Paolo Pelosini, Reed Stowe and Pat Jacobson. The art produced by these is exceptionally diverse, comprising of painters, sculptures, performance artists, photographers and multi-disciplinary practices. Thus, this collective is synonymous of the cosmopolitan demographics of a place. Lisa Eickholt, Curator of the Eickholt Gallery, and Cathy Butterworth, Bluecoats Art Centre, will present the curatorial and institutional position in the arts and the cities, as part of the symposium.

tranVoyeur is not merely an exchange of cultural practices and ideas, but an event recognising the people and community of a place, Liverpool and New York.

For more information, contact gaynorsweeney@hotmail.com.

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