What: Civil disturbance and mounted police on the streets of Liverpool – They say history repeats itself, and 2011 bore an uncanny resemblance (on the surface at least) to the city at this point in time a century ago.
Events in Liverpool in 1911 were considered to be the closest Britain had come to a revolution in modern times. Against this backdrop of unrest in the city, The Sandon Studios Society (based at the Bluecoat) held a pioneering exhibition, featuring Liverpool artists alongside international mavericks of the time such as Gaugin, Matisse and Van Gogh.
The superb current ‘Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911’ at The Walker Art Gallery is a response to this very exhibition a century in the making. Xanthe Brooke, curator, says: “Art in Revolution has a broad appeal, combining an exploration of the major strikes of 1911, which culminated in mass demonstrations within yards of The Walker Art Gallery, with an outspoken group of artists committed to questioning authority.”
This Saturday, The Royal Standard Gallery and Studios (a modern-day equivalent to The Sandon, perhaps), holds a joint event with The Walker, discussing their respective contributions to new and radical art and the city of Liverpool in its current political and creative context.
When: Saturday 17 September 2011, 1-4pm
Where: Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street. Collect a free ticket from the information desk or call 0151 478 4199
This event is part of the Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911 exhibition, running until 25 September 2011