Guests were welcomed to the Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge for the launch of an exhibition of artworks about the city.
The exhibition, ‘Over the Water Into the City Through the Park’, is a collection of landscapes and cityscapes of Liverpool painted by members of Toxteth Art Gallery. It can be viewed, by appointment only, at the Lodge on four more occasions between October and January.
The Vice-Chancellor’s wife, Lady Newby, said: “When we moved into the Lodge we created the gallery space downstairs so that we could display artwork that had a connection to the University and the city. We have since displayed works from the University collection, pieces by alumni and work created by school children from local schools.
“Although we had featured artwork that had a connection to the city, we realised that we had never displayed any work that was specifically about the city, by local artists. This is why we were so pleased to discover Toxteth Art Group, who are based right upon our doorstep.”
Toxteth Art Gallery was formed in 2008 to bring interesting and diverse art to the people of Liverpool. Artwork is accepted by local, national and international artists and the gallery makes a policy of supporting works of art produced by persons experiencing social or economic disadvantage.
Alice Lenkiewicz from Toxteth Art Gallery said: “We are so very thankful to the Vice-Chancellor and Lady Newby for making their home available to us as an exhibition space. It has provided an excellent opportunity for the Gallery members to exhibit their work in such an intimate atmosphere.
“The first night has been a great success – so many of the artworks have already sold that we are looking at replenishing the collection for the future events.”
The dates of the next openings are 17 October from 2-4pm, 15 November from 6-7.30pm, 20 November from 2-4pm and 9 January from 2-4pm.