‘There will be eleven exhibitions over the next twelve months (for artists mostly from Liverpool) or those from a less fortunate background that haven’t yet had a chance to exhibit. There will be one international exhibition from China.’
John expects up to 1500 people will visit the centre for various reasons each week, and he will ultimately transport the model to other premises in Liverpool such as solicitors’ offices and resource centres.
They are looking to exhibit sculptures in the beautiful, well-established garden. The centre is family-friendly with baby-changing facilities.
I asked about the perhaps co-incidental recent re-opening of The Picket in their new premises:
‘Oh yeah, Phil (Hayes) sends me his stuff on a blog: when The Picket closed there was a campaign to keep it open, but the building was a tired old building and not only that, it was running into debts so it had to close because the money wasn’t there. I’ve been keeping track of Phil - he looks like he’s doing well and as far as I’m concerned I hope he does.’ ( http://www.savethepicket.com)
Artists may sell works through http://www.capitalistsofculture.com/ for an administration fee (only if they want to use the website). The Gallery has and will continue to receive sponsorship from several firms such as The Peoples Centre, City Lets, Construction UK, Vital Energies among others noted on their website. Sponsorship is to fund the running of a website gallery for each artist.
‘We hope to eventually hand this over to the artists we work with, and aim to launch the very first Artists’ Trade Union in 2008.’
They have no special plans for the forthcoming Biennial: ‘Although it’s taken two years to set-up, Capitalists of Culture’s aims were primarily to open the space, keep it open for twelve months and then hopefully look ahead to the next three years.’