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 decide to use it to have fun and do some thing a bit different. I decided to use of the work of one of the artists been exhibited György Kepes for inspiration. Using the my favourite silhouettes of his work as outlines, guides or constrictions (something I explored in the Threshold exhibition) for my automatic drawings.
I made these images but then the idea came to produce colouring books of the artists work (something which is popular today with adults) as the prizes, we meant we had to produce clear out line images.
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 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, the studio decided this year to do something a bit more relaxed with an open studio and mini exhibition turning our corridor in a gallery. The studio member that exhibited were myself, Cherie Grist, Laura O’Rilley, Kerry Davis, Karen O’Brien, Jessica Stantley and Paul Romano. More information about the artist’s and their work can be seen at 104dukestreet.com.
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.
Its nice to step into the real world and show people what it is were doing, locked away in our little studio and to hear such lovely comments and feed back, like a little community networking.
I also met the lovely 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.