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'Susan Forsyth: Art Sheds' 5 July - 25 October 2014, Victoria Museum & Gallery

North West Artform: combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, museums, photography, visual arts   Contact: Moira Lindsay



An exhibition inspired by the University of Liverpool’s original Victorian Art Sheds will open at the Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) during the Liverpool Biennial.

From 1894 – 1905, makeshift Art Sheds in the Quadrangle behind the VG&M were used by the University’s School of Architecture and Applied Art.

More than 100 years later, participatory artist, Susan Forsyth, reimagines the iconic sheds in the VG&M gallery space and invites visitors one-by-one to draw and paint inside these quiet spaces and exhibit their work for others to enjoy. There are spaces for portrait, still-life and nude drawing and painting.

The second space in the exhibition houses Forsyth’s personal selection of early paintings, drawings, prints, textiles and sculpture from the VG&M collection including works by artists who taught in Liverpool: Augustus John, Stanley Reed, CJ Allan, John Herbert McNair; Frances Macdonald. There is a large perspective painting by Harold Bradshaw for the Mersey riverfront and an undated 19th century map of the city. Works by Turner; Gainsborough; Lear; Caroline Grey-Hill; Whistler hang alongside unusual prints, early photographs and a beautiful 18th century sampler embroidered by a young Alice Gregson.

Susan Forsyth originally trained as a painter at Chelsea College of Art and also holds an MA from Kingston University. She has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and worked on large scale public art projects in Warsaw, Lisbon, London and Rochdale. She was shortlisted for the West London Art Prize (2013); First @ 108 PUblic Art prize (2011); Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2009). her work has also been longlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize (2013); WW Gallery Open (2012); Aesthetica Creative Works Prize (2010).

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