You’re Invited! Liverpool Summer Sculpture Walk 28 July 2019

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*Extra release of limited ‘pay what you can’ tickets available! All welcome! Wear comfy shoes!*


‘Perhaps public artworks are created knowing they will be relinquished to external forces: to the elements, to politics, and their publics…’

Join us for a relaxed, summer walk around Liverpool city centre’s key and most controversial public artworks, to celebrate the launch of our new book, Present Tense.

Inspired by Denise Courcoux’s Present Tense essay, ‘Finding Richard and Barbara: A Sculpture Walk’, we’ll visit several important, city centre artworks located between (and including) Richard Wilson’s Turning the Place Over (2007) and Barbara Hepworth’s Square with Two Circles (1964).

Hosted by Denise and The Double Negative co-founders, Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson, we’ll attempt to understand why outdoor art is typically met with either immediate affection or horror; what effect this type of civic sculpture has on passersby; and how these works evolve after years of weathering, urban renewal and fashion.

Our walk will conclude at one of Liverpool’s historic pubs near Moorfields Train Station, so we can reflect on what we’ve seen over a drink or two.

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More about our new book:

Summer Sculpture Walk donations of £20+ include a signed copy of Present Tense: a collection of essays by some of the UK’s most exciting writers, commenting on tensions in the fields of art and culture. It takes as a starting point the celebrations in 2018 that marked a decade of Liverpool’s status as European Capital of Culture.

Talking about artists, collectives and venues including The Bluecoat, Between the Borders, Mohammad Bourouissa, Camp and Furnace, Banu Cennetoğlu, FACT, Barbara Hepworth, Homotopia, The Kazimier, Liverpool Biennial, Manifesta Biennial, MODEL Liverpool, OUTPUT Gallery, Queen of The Track, ROOT-ed, The Royal Standard, Tate and Tate Collective, Wu Tsang, John Walter and Richard Wilson.

Featuring new writing from Stephanie Bailey, Oliver Basciano, Jacob Bolton, Denise Courcoux, Mike Pinnington, Laura Robertson, Ellen Mara De Wachter and Eleanor Wiseman – produced under The Double Negative Fellowship 2018-19.

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More about us:

The Double Negative magazine was co-founded in a post-Capital of Culture Liverpool, UK, by then culture journalist Mike Pinnington and artist/curator Laura Robertson.

Liverpool, it seemed, had attained a level of creative maturity – across various disciplines – that meant its output deserved increased levels of comment and criticism. Indeed, it needed those things. The Double Negative was a reaction: a means of analysing what we loved (and what we thought could be better) in contemporary arts, design, film and music. We especially wanted to highlight artists, projects and venues that were flying under the radar in Liverpool and more widely across the North of England.

Now, we’ve grown our ranks to more than 500 contributors based all over the UK and across the world, and we write for the world’s top arts and culture publications — including ArtReview, Frieze, Art Monthly, Elephant, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, a-n, Art Quarterly, the Guardian, Tate Online and more.

However, our aim is the same: to tell the stories that matter most to us. We have a particular investment in encouraging and developing the next generation of art writers. We believe it is incredibly important to offer platforms for fearless, well-researched and balanced criticism, which represents a wide range of voices, subjects and stories.


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Laura Robertson


Read more about the book, and the authors’ journey through The Double Negative Fellowship.

Posted on 22/07/2019 by thedoublenegative