On St. Sebastian's feast day, Kittredge Cherry explores his history as an LGBTQ+ icon. The article features Not Just artist Tony O'Connell's work about St. Sebastian. You can see more of Tony's work at our forthcoming exhibition.
Kathryn Crowley will be exhibiting as part of Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible, and is looking for contributions to a sculptural piece. Get in touch for more information.
Not Just's Tony O'Connell is a tutor at Liverpool Independent Art School, who, as their name suggests, offer art courses to the public independent of academic institutions. Check the LIAS website for information about their upcoming courses. Here Tony talks about his work and our next exhibition.
LIAS tutor to exhibit at the Not Just show
Our very own Patrick O'Rourke has been featured in the Culture Trip's article, 10 Emerging Contemporary Artists From Liverpool to Know. A big congratulations to him!
Check out the work of all the artists by following the link, and see more of Patrick's work here, as well as in our upcoming exhibition Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible.
Not content with developing plans for one exhibition, we can now announce that we are looking for artists to join us for a show in February 2018. Please get in touch if you'd like to take part - we'd love to hear from you!
Last Thursday, with the equinox looming near and colder weather creeping in, the sun shone with a seemingly-defiant attitude as we met with Liverpool St. Michael's Green Party Councillor Sarah Jennings to discuss possible ideas for a project in an Aigburth community garden. We're looking forward to developing these plans and sharing them with you!
We also welcomed some new members to the group, and will be showcasing some of their work here in the future, alongside new works from other members.
A thoughtful and informative piece by Kittredge Cherry on the work of Tony O'Connell, whose Triptych for the 49 was in progress at the time of writing:
Orlando martyrs: Pulse gay nightclub massacre remembered in new artwork “Triptych for the 49”
"Like standard religious icons, they gaze directly into the viewer’s eyes, seeming to invite conversation. Icons are traditionally considered to be “windows to heaven,” and O’Connell’s commemorative altarpiece provides a glimpse into a queer hereafter."
Just three words that go some way to describing some of the themes we've been investigating for a future exhibition. With this in mind, we thought we'd re-share this local folk tale, as told by Nicola Roscoe-Calvert:
An Old Man on the Edge
Look out for future blog posts about the work we're creating.
You can see some of Nicola's over on Facebook (Spells Against Civilisation) Instagram (@spells_against_civilisation) and Twitter (@spells_against).
It's fair to say we've been pretty quiet since our last exhibition, due in no small part to a laptop whose sole purpose during its last few months seemed to be to make life as difficult as possible, but we are back with lots of new ideas, new members, and, crucially, a new laptop! Keep watching for more information about future exhibitions, as well as new and ongoing work from our artists.