Days a Week
Days A Week' is a Project co curated by Pete Clarke from Liverpool
and Bryan Biggs, Director Bluecoat Arts Centre with Jürgen
Kisters, Journalist and Art Critic Kölner
Stadt Enzeiger and artist Georg Gartz from Cologne. This project
has made reciprocal exhibitions in Cologne and Liverpool since 1998.
This Project facilitates artists from the two cities taking part
in a unique cultural exchange through an on-going programme of exhibitions,
residencies, films, performances, discussions and publications.
‘Eight Days A Week’, Capital of Culture 2008
Liverpool was awarded ‘European Capital City of Culture for
2008’ from a short list of six major British Cities. Liverpool
City Council highlighted 'Eight Days a Week' an inclusive collaborative
project linking Liverpool and the North West with Cologne, Germany
as a major featured event for March 2008.
The steering group led by Pete Clarke and Bryan Biggs, the Bluecoat
Arts Centre planned a major exchange Project in Liverpool and Cologne
developing exhibitions, a residency project at the Bluecoat, and
discussions to explore the philosophy and history of the project.
a painting project by Pete Clarke & Georg Gartz.
‘Through this dialogic process a body of painting has emerged
which offers us, not a series of composite impressions of the urban
landscape, but a kind of visual meditation on the city, an amalgam
of differing perspectives. The paintings raise questions about how
we picture the world, challenging the notion of a single fixed authorial
point of view. They also interrogate the practice of painting itself
through the methodology of the collaborative approach - the process
of applying paint to canvas becoming a discursive act.'
From 'Collaboration' catalogue essay by Bryan Biggs, Director of
Arts, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool 2000. '
'Kunstwerk', Koln October-November 2001.
The exhibition at Kunstwerk included twelve recent paintings made
collaboratively with Clarke and Gartz in the studios at UCLan and
an installation made of twenty previous collaborative paintings.
The exhibition was well presented in a large independent art gallery
which is part of the artists' group at Kunstwerk. The exhibition
opening had many visitors and included a programme of theatrical
and musical performances to broaden access to the visual arts. The
exhibition was reviewed by the 'Kölner Stadt Anzeiger', featured
in the Stadt review and significantly publicised by the British
Council in Germany's website included five pictures of work and
review of the exhibition.
'Long night of the museums',
The exhibition Kunstwerk' was highlighted as a major part of the
'Die Lange Nacht der Museen' [the long night of the museums] when
Cologne has a celebratory evening for the visual arts organised
by the City of Cologne and sponsored by the Stadt Review. All the
major Koln museums participated with Kunstwerk the selected independent
'"Eight Days a Week 2002'
Eight days a week' projects in both Liverpool and Cologne encompassed
a wide range of activities, craft, installation, video, photography,
sculpture, architecture, printmaking, digital media, performance,
music and painting. They are the result of collaborations between
artists, both individuals and groups, working with a number of venues
and sites, including galleries, colleges, artists' spaces, civic
buildings and the internet.
Artists and other representatives from Liverpool and Cologne visited
each other’s cities providing further opportunities for a
wider audience engagement and dialogue with the exchange process.
As part of the 50th Anniversary event there were civic, ecumenical,
business and other exchanges.
Pete Clarke gave a Tate Gallery Talk to contextualise the recent
Köln exhibitions 'Rhinegold', Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 'Drawing
Exhibition ZG', Bluecoat Gallery and Liverpool Art School 'Accidental
Lines and Red Splashes'.
2005 'Crash 1': Artists' in Collaboration, curated by Georg
Gartz and Pete Clarke
Crash explored how artists' work in various forms of collaboration,
challenging concepts of originality and authenticity through dialogue
and experimentation from formal painting, painting and poetry, interactive
presentations and photographic installations, contemporary printmaking
The Exhibition was formally opened with speeches by Helga Blömer-
Frerker, Bezirksvorsteherin Lindenthal, Andrea Pohlmann- Jochheim,
Head of Department of Culture, Stadt Köln and an introduction
exploring concepts of collaboration within the European cultural
context by Georg Gartz.
2005 'Crash 2' New Painting from Liverpool curated by Pete
Clarke VHS Köln- Nippes
The Exhibition was formally opened with speeches by Bernd Schössler,
Bezirksvorsteher Nippes, Andrea Pohlmann- Jochheim, Head of Department
of Culture, Stadt Köln and an introduction exploring Liverpool
within the cultural context of the International by Pete Clarke.
The Exhibition and catalogue for 'Crash 1 and 2' was funded by Liverpool
Art School, The University of Central Lancashire, Preston and Roger
Morris, P.H. Holt Trust in England and by 'Eight days a week', Stadt
Köln, 20/10 Kulturhauptstadt Europas and Dom Kölsch, Germany.
Reviewed in the Kölner Stadt Enzeiger, 'Ausstellungen von Kolnern
und Liverpoolern sind in VHS-Galerien zu sehen'.
2006 'In exposed areas’ at the Kulturbunker,
Mülheim, Köln and Atkinson Art Gallery Southport Pete
Clarke was exhibitor and lead curator giving a gallery lecture and
editing the exhibition catalogue with a critical essay by Dr. Martin
Turck, Cologne and Philip Wroe, exhibition curator, ISBN 0-9552820-1-2.