The dot-art Gallery took part in city wide arts extravaganza Light Night on Friday 13th May by putting on a Mini Street Festival in Queen Avenue. This year’s event had the theme of Experiment and the gallery embraced this by launching their new exhibition “Experiments in Photography” on the evening. There was also hands on photography workshops, street food from Cau, wine tasting from R&H Fine Wine and live music from the Havana Sugar Kings and the Cantemus Choir.
Over 500 people visited Queen Avenue as part of Light Night, Liverpool’s one-night arts and culture festival which returned to illuminate the city for a seventh year on Friday 13 May 2016. dot-art, who opened their new gallery in Queen Avenue in February, decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase this hidden gem in the heart of the city’s business district. Managing Director Lucy Byrne said:
“Light Night is an absolutely fantastic event for our city and with over 60000 visitors last year, we thought it would be the perfect time to open up our beautiful avenue to a wider audience. We regularly have visitors who know the city well tell us they had only just discovered the area, despite the fact that it is just off Castle Street and a stone’s throw from the Town Hall. We hope our event will encourage more people to come and discover our wonderful home!”
Experiments in Photography is a group exhibition featuring the work of eight local photographers. Through process, composition and technique, it showcases a diverse range of experimental photography. From David John Pearson’s warped light forms to Bryn Davies’ beautiful East Asia landscapes, Experiments in Photography demonstrates the balance between technology and nature, through both digital and analogue processes.
Alongside the exhibition, one of the participating artists Rachel Brewster ran a pop-up printmaking workshop. Using cyanotypes, one of the earliest experimental techniques in photography, visitors created unique handmade postcards, notelets and bookmark to take away. Fellow Queen Avenue businesses Cau and R&H Fine Wine will be offered visitors delicious “experimental” BBQ Argentinian Street food and unusual and different wines to try, while live music was provided by the Havana Sugar Kings and the Cantemus Choir.