Liverpool is a buzzing and culturally diverse city – the home of the Liverpool Biennial, The Beatles and impressive, world-leading arts centres like Tate Liverpool and The Bluecoat. (The latter of which is incidentally just minutes away from the newest Cass Art shop, set to be opening in March. We're super excited to be heading there!)
But despite these major galleries, sometimes it’s the hidden gems, the smaller, independent galleries and artist-led spaces, which really sweep you off your feet. Liverpool certainly isn’t short of those, and we thought we’d give you the low down on six independent galleries in Liverpool that you really need to see.
THE ROYAL STANDARD, Vauxhall Business Centre
A gallery, studio and social workspace run by artists, The Royal Standard showcases innovative exhibitions and events with creative dialogue and experimentation at its core. Championing the work of local, national and international artists, the space offers studio membership to over 40 artists, and its Project Space plays host to spontaneous events and ideas alongside the main gallery programme.
Run by a small team of ambitious directors, The Royal Standard has just been granted charitable status for its contribution to the art world. Go check out their most recent and fearless exhibition, BamBamBam, where 29 of its artists have taken over the galleries with fresh work and performances.
DOMINO GALLERY, 11 Upper Newington
A small gallery with unusual opening hours, Domino Gallery embraces all aspects of contemporary culture by hosting artist talks, musical events and poetry evenings. It’s been in the same location for nearly 25 years and is a much-loved gem that has exhibited some of the best work by several local painters.
More recently it has showed work by the team of volunteers who worked for the Liverpool Biennial. Keep an eye out for its upcoming shows and fundraising events, keeping its arty fingers on the creative pulse in the city centre.
24 KITCHEN STREET, Kitchen Street
Ideally located between the town and Baltic Quarter, 24 Kitchen Street is one of the most exciting and quirky art venues in all of Liverpool. Still relatively new, it embraces the DIY spirit and hosts club nights, poetry workshops and performance art events.
Popular with DJs and local electronic musicians, the gallery and art space is only half of what this events-heavy venue has to offer. Open 9pm-4am from Friday to Saturday, stop by on a night out and mix art with music and Liverpool’s nightlife.
ARTS HUB 47, 47 Lark Lane
Love tea, cake, bunting and creativity? Then Arts Hub 47 is the place to be! Out in Merseyside, the old bookshop is a beehive of artists, designers and crafters who get together to make things. With workshops, courses, exhibitions and events, it really the place for learning something new, enjoying the act of making and sharing your skills and ideas.
They also have a shop attached that sells crafty goodies, from cards to textile art and clothing to frames. Fun, friendly and serious about the community, it’s one to stop by and see – and the rooms are available to hire for your own artistic projects.
METAL, Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road
Edge Hill Station is the world’s oldest passenger railway station, and it is still in use today by arts organisation Metal. With an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, the space hosts week-long courses for artists, as well as a wide range of events and exhibitions. They also lead the Liverpool Art Prize, and The Day the World Got Smaller, an artist-led heritage project researching the advent of the Liverpool to Manchester railway. It's not a traditional gallery in that it doesn't have standard opening hours, but its discussions, networking meetings and film screenings are well worth keeping track of.
With artist studios and spaces in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend on Sea, Metal also work very closely with schools – something very close to Cass Art’s heart. Check them out to read more about the talks, participatory projects and overall arty inspiration they can bring to young people.
THE WELL SPACE, 2 Roscoe Street
Many of you may have heard of the the Fallout Factory, a community-orientated organisation that was also a gallery space. But sadly it has had to close, because the building itslf was sold. However, with every new challenge comes opportunity - especially with artists. In its place, The Well Space is opening, a space that is going to be a cafe, kitchen, creative space and gallery all in one.
The Well Space promises great things as a collective of enterprising creators coming togeher in a disused warehouse. Including the work and promise of Payper Tiger Print Factory, Mary Mary Cafe and Colab Creative, be sure to support them at their launch in March 2015!