2017 Archive

Liverpool Academy of Arts - Group Show

August 2017

Roger Phillips

It is now over two and a half years since the Livrpool Academy of Arts had to leave Seel Street and we still have not found any suitable permanent premises, but we are delighted that Nic Corke has kindly given us the use of his gallery whilst he is enjoying a break during the school holidays with his family. 

The exhibition wwas opened by BBC Radio Merseyside prsenter Roger Phillips and will run to the 24th August 2017 - open from Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm to 5pm.

Artworks by the following artists are featured in the exhibition and all works are for sale: Grahame Ashcroft, Mike Boorman, John Chatterton, Nellie's Doodles, Paul Cousins, Fiona Drysedale, Len Ehlen, Christine Enright, Frank Green  Martin Jones, June Lornie, Laura Mattson, Granelli, Marie McGowan, Nathan Pendlebury, Anthony Pendlebury, Judith Railton, Alison Roberts, Maria Shuttleworth, Sam Walsh & Ulrich West. 

Andrew Marr - Strokes of Colour
15 June - 22 July 2017
Download the Andrew Marr sales catalogue (please note paintings with red dots have been sold).
See panoramic views of the Andrew Marr exhibition in the five rooms in the Corke Gallery.
Andrew donated all his earnings from the sale of jois paintings in the exhibition to the  ARNI Institute charity totalling jut over £30,000.  
 The BBC have released a short film about the exhibition which can be viewed online 
We are delighted that buyers from America, Holland, Switzerland, France, the Scottish Isles, London, Devon, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Cambridge, Cornwall, Northumberland and North Wales are just some of the places where Andrew's paintings have found a new home. 

Andrew Marr pictured in his studio in London

Andrew Marr is best known as a television presenter and as a writer; but his greatest passion is for painting. This is his first public show, and comprises scores of pictures completed over the last two to three years following a major stroke in 2013. They are “pictures about being alive – about the brevity and the beauty of it”. All Andrew’s profits from the show will go to the ARNI Institute Charity for stroke survivors and families which provides specialist rehabilitation and exercise support after hospital and community physiotherapy finishes.

The works are in oil on canvas and board and are largely non-representational, influenced by the mainstream Scottish and English “abstract” tradition of the past few decades. Before his stroke, Andrew was a regular “Sunday painter”, making oil landscape sketches but his disability has made this irksome and almost impossible – dealing with an easel, oils and paints, and the British weather is difficult enough with two arms and two strong legs. Luckily, thanks to the kindness of a local friend, he was able to open a studio and start again in a new way. 

Why Liverpool? The origin of the exhibition, Strokes of Colour, was a chance meeting in an aircraft in Italy between Andrew and the Corke Gallery owner Nic Corke. Andrew was keen to have his first show well away from the London hothouse, but in a city with a strong tradition of serious painting; and Liverpool fits the bill perfectly. 

Paintings in the Strokes of Colour exhibition are featured and discussed in Andrew’s new book A Short Book About Painting, due for publication in November 2017 (Quadrille). This follows up on Andrew’s 2013 publication A Short Book About Drawing.  The new book uses historical examples as well as his own works of art to assert his points. 

Andrew’s provocative, political and instructive book is not just an essential resource for all amateur painters, it is a must read for anyone fascinated by the creative process and the limits of human artistic achievement.

There are over 100 original oil paintings in the exhibition priced from £375 - with artists profits being donated to The ARNI Institute for stroke survivors and families which provides specialist rehabilitation and exercise support after hospital and community physiotherapy finishes

 If you would like to see the paintings in the exhibition please download the pdf file of the exhibition catalogue from the following link:

(Please note paintings on the pdf with red dots have been sold - if you have previously downloaded this pdf please 'Refresh' your page to ensure you are viewing the latest version of the catalogue).

We held two successful Private Views at the start of the exhibition which Andrew attended much to the delight of those who attended and he spent both evenings talking at length with guests and fellow artists about the ideas behind the various paintings and the painting techniques he has used and developed as part of his practice.  

Andrew Marr's Post Stroke Journey

Many visitors to the exhibition saw the documentary on the BBC about Andrew’s post stroke journey but you can read about it here http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-02-14/andrew-marr-on-life-after-his-stroke-i-dont-do-tears-i-come-from-dundee


Patrick Kirk Smith – Art in Liverpool    

 Peter Grant – Wirral Globe     

 Mark Iddon Photographer - Your Move Magazine 

Other coverage you might have missed

Painters Online      Art in Liverpool

Andrew Marr Art Progamme on TV

Andrew recently presented a programme about Winston Churchill called Blood, Sweat and Oil which is fascinating