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Pete Clarke
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Pete Clarke moved to Liverpool in 1978 after studying at Chelsea School of Art, West of England College of Art [Bristol Polytechnic], Burnley Municipal College and living for a time on the Isle of Wight and then London.
The changing landscape and the city have fascinated him and in many ways it represents the social and cultural history that personifies the shifts and developments of ‘modernity’ and contemporary art.

Curriculum Vitae Publications Studio Collaboration Gallery

He was Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and MA Course Leader at University of Central Lancashire, Preston until 2014 and now he is working as an artist at the Bluecoat Studios, Liverpool.
He leads the artists’ initiative ‘Eight Days A Week’, arranging reciprocal exhibitions, projects and events in Liverpool and Cologne. He makes paintings, prints and installations with the artist Georg Gartz from Cologne exploring collaborative strategies within contemporary practice questioning individuality, authorship and authenticity in a European context.

John Moores Painting Prize 2018 14 July – 18 November 2018

Pete Clarke has been selected for this year’s John Moores Painting Prize to be exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial. There were over 2700 artists’ submissions and the judges selected 60 paintings to celebrate the sixty years anniversary of the Painting Prize.
List of Artists’ selected at following website.

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john moores
Studio 4 The Bluecoat Liverpool May 2018


IIn 2009 Matthew Clough, Director of Art and Heritage Collections at the University of Liverpool curated the Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, ‘Looking Back: Facing Forward: Mistakes and Metaphors’, at the refurbished Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool. The exhibition produced an illustrated and annotated catalogue of retrospective work by Pete Clarke featuring critical contextual essays by Matthew Clough and Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director at the Bluecoat and a transcript of the conversation with the French Art Historian Gabriel Gee and the artist.
The exhibition was also a platform for contextual discussion and lectures in relation to the new book featuring Pete Clarke’s work ‘Art in a City Revisited’ [edited by Bryan Biggs and Julie Sheldon and published by the Bluecoat and Liverpool University Press] which looks at Liverpool 40 years on from John Willett’s seminal study ‘Art in a City’.



Diptychs Bluecoat Installation