This year’s light night was just as busy as previous years, I took part in events with both my studio and Tate Liverpool’s Soup Collective. Tate Liverpool’s Soup Collective, a group formed in 2001 is made up from the staff of Tate Liverpool, chose to put on a treasure hunt. The exhibition involved 19 artists who had hidden their work around the foyer of the Tate Liverpool, to be found in exchange for prizes.
As usual when I exhibit with the Tate I like to try and do something a bit different. I decided to use of the work of one of the artists being exhibited at the Tate György Kepes for inspiration. I used a silhouettes of his work as outlines, guides or boundary (something I explored in the Threshold exhibition) for my automatic drawings.
The prize for the treasure hunt was a colouring books (something which is popular today with adults) made up of the artworks people had to fine.
Deciding how to hide the work came to me when I was having my fourth cup of coffee of the day, to print my art on a mug, deciding to use the images for the colouring book as it is clearer, I produce a mug and hid it on the information desk at the Tate.
The work was reviewed by Deborah Laing for Art in Liverpool which can be read here.
“One of my favourite ‘pieces of eight’ was the work of fine artist Colette Lilley, which raised the distinction between commercial and fine art through a work that is both unique and accessible. Gone is the scarcity of work that makes art collectable for the few. I enjoyed the irony in her work: a mug and shirt disguised as everyday objects, yet also treasure in this exhibition game. Based in Duke Street Studios, Lilley’s work is mainly drawn on large canvasses in black and white and relies on the subconscious mind spiralling outwards, through beautiful contour drawings that symbolise an openness to connect through inner emotion.” – Deborah Laing
Also, my studio decided this year to do something a bit more relaxed with an open studio and mini exhibition, turning the corridor in a gallery. The studio members that exhibited were myself, Cherie Grist, Laura O’Rilley, Kerry Davis, Karen O’Brien, Jessica Stantley and Paul Romano.
Having an open studio gave me a chance to show pieces that are I am currently working on, show my process and how the work is developed. I exhibited poster print version of my work which were hung in similar ways I explored in my residency and I also made mini works of art to sell. After locking yourself away in the studio it feels good show people what you are up to and get feedback and to hear all the lovely comments.I also met people from the Bull Shit Gallery, who told me about their new gallery formally the Bull Pub, and the work they do turning run down buildings into art spaces, putting on events. I was especially interested in their exhibition to raise funds for charities which had their funding cut by the Tory Government.