As the home of Tate Liverpool, it seems very apt that Albert Dock should welcome the city’s newest mecca for art lovers in one of its units. ‘Beautiful Things’, will be hosted in Unit C19, renamed “The Next Door Projects” – a unique collection of contemporary art curated by internationally-renowned artist, Richard Meaghan.
‘Beautiful Things’ will feature works by some of the country’s finest and most popular artists, many of whom have attended the most prestigious art schools in the country, won prizes and residencies and are now featured in the most significant collections and exciting galleries in the contemporary art world.
Located next door to Tate Liverpool, ‘Beautiful Things’ will run from June 21-July 21, and will form one of the many highlights in this, Albert Dock’s 25th anniversary year of regeneration.
Richard, who is Liverpool born and bred, explained how the exhibition is his way of bringing a flavour of the London art scene to Liverpool. He said:
“‘Beautiful Things’ alludes to the fact that much of the work on show will be on a smallish scale; little gems that might be overlooked in another context. Here, next door to the Tate Liverpool, we have an exhibition that brings some of the best London-based artists combined with the leading lights of the North West arts scene.
“In London, you can head down the East End, visit a major gallery on the high street, followed by a group of galleries in what was once derelict factory units and then finish off in a gallery above a pub. My aim is to bring a little bit of that experience to Liverpool. This exhibition brings together an array of talent that can be viewed on one of these art-jaunts and mixes it with what’s great in the North West contemporary art scene.”
In the main, Richard has selected painters for this new exhibition, that very unforgiving medium where artists have honed and finely tuned their technique to produce supremely confident and assured artwork. ‘Beautiful Things’ includes works by Phill Allen, Gordon Cheung, Masakatsu Kondo, John Stark, Neal Rock, Dan Coombs, Iain Andrews, Tim Ellis, Aly Helyer, Rui Matasunaga, Rafal Topolewski, Henny Acloque, Tom Ormond, Louise Thomas, Wieland Payer, Enzo Marra, Alex Gene Morrison, Jonny Green, Matthew Houlding, James Quin, Kevin Hunt, Joe Packer, Dave Evans, Nicki McCubbing, Jason Thompson, Andrew Foulds and Ian Rayer-Smith.
Graham Cook, director of Albert Dock Company, said:
“Albert Dock’s art portfolio has always been second to none, so we are delighted to welcome Richard and his exhibition to the Dock. ‘Beautiful Things’ will only enhance the already wonderful and diverse experience Albert Dock has to offer visitors from far and near, and not just art enthusiasts.”
The new exhibition is just one of the many events to happen during the Dock’s spectacular summer programme of events, include the annual Liverpool Pirate Festival from July 20-21. Tate Liverpool will also be presenting their latest exhibit, Chagall: Modern Master, until October 6, a major retrospective of the work of one of the twentieth century’s most beloved artists.
‘Beautiful Things’ – curated by Richard Meaghan and presented by Fluff PR, takes place at The Next Door Projects – Unit C19, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AF, from June 21-July 21, with a private view June 21, 6-9pm. Friday to Sunday opening hours are 12-5pm. Contact Richard Meaghan on 07805 636785 for more information. Viewings can be arranged by appointment.
For more information on all the upcoming events, please visit http://www.albertdock.com/