Wow! Where did the last 12 months go? It’s been a very exciting year for both dot-art and dot-art Schools and before we Dasher (Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Bitzen) off to enjoy Christmas festivities, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported us. To all of the gallery visitors, artists, art lovers, teachers, clients and customers, thank you for making 2016 a memorable year and we look forward to working with you again in 2017.
Join us in looking back at our 2016 highlights!
After spending January moving to 14 Queen Avenue, just off Castle Street, we launched the brand new dot-art gallery on 11 February 2016. Our first exhibition, Dear Liverpool, featured over 50 original and limited edition artworks from 18 local artists. Since launching in February we have welcomed nearly 2000 visitors!
We also extended our opening times to include Saturdays so we are now open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, with new exhibitions every 6 weeks, fine art printing, bespoke framing, valuation and restoration services and plenty of creative gift inspiration for all year round.
dot-art Schools set a new record with artwork submissions from over 900 pupils. The top artwork from each school was selected from a public vote which saw 3,500 votes cast in just 4 weeks.
(It’s not too late if you want to sign up your school for 2016-17! Click here to find out more)
Liverpool Art Fair returned to The Gallery Liverpool and welcomed art lovers from all over the North West. Artist submissions, visitor numbers and happy customers taking their new favourite piece of art home all increased making 2016 our biggest year yet!
Joining in with arts organisations all across Liverpool, the dot-art Gallery took part in LightNight 2016 by hosting a mini street festival on Queen Avenue. We welcomed over 400 visitors into the gallery to see Experiments in Photography and also held printmaking workshops by Little Vintage Photography. We also got neighbours R&H Fine Wines and CAU on board to provide weird and wonderful wine and food and to top it all off, had performances from Cantemus Choir and The Havana Sugar Kings.
Following a Primary and Secondary prizegiving at St. Georges Hall, dot-art Schools 2015-16 Exhibition displayed works from over 50 schools across Merseyside with winning schools receiving £250 vouchers for art materials from Cass Art.
The top young artist from each school received a prize from Principal Sponsor, Tangle Teezer, and Overall Winners and Runners Up took home a selection of prizes including for vouchers for art materials from Rennies, Tate Liverpool exhibition tickets, a family day out for 4 at Albert Dock and dot-art Scholarship.
We were delighted to be Highly Commended for Culture and Tourism Business of the Year at the Merseyside Independent Business Awards hosted by Morecrofts Solicitors. We were extremely proud to nominated alongside winners, Constellations and nominees Darkstar Laser and art class partner, Sefton Park Palm House.
With the beginning of a new academic year, dot-art Schools celebrated the return of its fifth annual art competition.
We were thrilled to announce our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the launch of a new competition in Cheshire.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor at LJMU said:
“Our partnership with dot-art highlights the importance Liverpool John Moores University places on enabling future generations of talent to benefit from the creativity that Liverpool offers. As a modern civic university, we invest in keeping young people engaged with the arts, inspiring them to consider a creative career path, and encouraging their interest in the cultural community around them.”
Did you know you can also buy art from Rex: The Concept Store? After partnering back in 2014, Rex moved to their new home on Bold Street in April 2016 and in November we opened a bigger and better art department to showcase more of the region’s talent. You can find limited edition prints and original artwork all from £25.
To look back even further, you can also check out our exhibition archive or to start planning your 2017, take a look at our forthcoming art classes! Our current exhibition, The Liverpool Collection, will be on display until Saturday 21 January 2017.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!
Christmas Opening Times
dot-art Gallery will be closed from Saturday 24 December 2016 until Tuesday 3 January 2017