Vote for Liverpool Cathedral in national art competition

Liverpool Cathedral is competing with venues across the country to play host to a site-specific piece of art created by internationally-recognized artist Mat Collishaw.

Mat has proposed for the Cathedral a one-night visitor experience incorporating a light projection, music and participation in a 3D human zoetrope. The artwork will be specially designed to use the Cathedral’s own space and light and if the Cathedral gains enough votes in the Connect10 competition, the artwork will be produced on Liverpool Light Night, which this year takes place on Friday 17th May. Members of the public will also get the opportunity to meet the artist on the night and even help him put it together.

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Mat is a well-known photographer and video innovator, a key figure in the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, and is known for his hard hitting images of beauty and cruelty. He has created adult zoetropes and used phosphorescent paint to convey the brief lives of Victorian children.

Artist Mat Collishaw

See some of Mat’s work here.

Mat shortlisted Liverpool Cathedral as one of four venues with which he would like to work. Liverpool Cathedral is competing against BACKLIT, Nottingham, Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall, and Northern Print, Newcastle.

Mat has said: “I’d like visitors to prepare and make some of my work, in order to get a deeper understanding of my practice and motives behind what I make and how I make it. These technical practices might include the flattening of the butterflies for my insecticide works or helping me create some of my spinning zoetropes and will be accompanied by informal discussion and guidance from me and my studio assistants.”

The Connect10 competition is part of the Culture 24 Museums at Night initiative when galleries and museums around Europe open late, staging special events and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Voting starts on February 19th and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 5th March.

Eryl Parry, Liverpool Cathedral’s Director for Enterprise said: “The Cathedral is one of the city’s most important landmarks and one of the ways in which we serve the city is by helping to bring high profile cultural events here. Winning the Connect10 competition would be a great way to support the city’s Light Night as well as bringing to the city a renowned artist who the public would get the chance to meet on the night and even work alongside.”

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