A group show curated in response to the abandoned CCP Car Park, Liverpool...

As part of the Liverpool Independents Biennial 2008

 

Art in the Car Park is a diverse group show in response to the CCP Car Park, Liverpool. The result is a body of new artwork that weaves into the social, economic, political, historical and geographical situation of the site and the city at large.

Liverpool is an 801-year-old city with a unique story. The intractable relationship between Liverpool's maritime successes, heavy bombing in WWII, slave history, diverse religious demographics, extraordinary cultural diversity and long economic decline make for a city loaded with ambiguous social history. It provides fertile ground for creative commentary at the CCP Car Park.

Photo credit: Emmanuelle de la Lubie

 In the 80s, CCP Car Park, based in the heart of Liverpool, housed the offices of a car-sales business. After it was abandoned, it remained dormant in the portfolio of property developers until its rehabilitation by The Art Organisation (TAO) this year. TAO respond to the unique situation of a city in regeneration, negotiating the use of empty buildings for use as rich and compelling temporary space for artists and art.

Artists were invited to match themselves to this opportunity via an open brief. This allowed an 'auto-curation' of site, producing work that could not happen anywhere else.

Photo credit: Helga Steppan

Installation view (Clare Price and Ryan Barrett)

Photo credit: Helga Steppan

Installation view (Daryl Brown, Hannah Hull, Iavor Lubomirov and Louise Downe)

Photo credit: Helga Steppan

Installation view (Matt Blackler and Emmanuelle de la Lubie)

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Installation view (Daryl Brown and Hannah Hull/Oliver MacDonald)

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The Blind Spot by Helga Steppan, 2008

Site-specific installation, C-type prints, mirrors and aluminium

Photo credit: Helga Steppan

Liverpool Sketch by Hannah Hull

Photo credit: Emmanuelle de la Lubie

Installation view (Hannah Hull)

Samantha Mogelonsky, Hannah Hull, Ryan Barrett, Emmanuelle de la Lubie, Matt Blackler, Rebecca Court, Daryl Brown and Helga Steppan 

The artists in Art in the Car Park originate from all over Britain, as well as France, Bulgaria, Sweden and Canada. Collectively they have studied at Goldsmiths, the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Oxford, London Metropolitan University, Kingston University and Norwich School of Art and Design. They are all based in London.