Art Project Helps Open Doors For Students
LJMU Honorary Fellow Roger McGough worked with LJMU Art and Design students to bring the new Museum of Liverpool a unique art installation.
The ‘Liverpool Doors’ exhibition, which is now open, features doors from across the city, donated to Roger and book artist Mark Cockram, who have created the installation along with students from the School of Art and Design.
Bill Longshaw, Curator of Community History said: “About 12 months ago, we invited Roger to contribute something special to our displays and he came back to us with a great idea for an exhibition, which demonstrated exactly what the Museum of Liverpool was about. Roger and Mark engaged with the local community to explore the history of the city through stories and memories symbolised by these doors. They were collected following a public appeal. People and businesses from across the city responded so you will find all manner of places represented, with a sprinkling of Roger’s wonderful poetry to top it off”.
The exhibition features over 25 doors including those from the original Everyman Theatre and Bistro, Strawberry Fields Children’s Home, Liverpool sculptor Arthur Dooley’s studio, the Trophy Room door from Liverpool Football Club and a turnstile door from Everton’s Goodison Park.
Roger said: “It has been a hugely rewarding experience to work alongside Mark and a group of enthusiastic and talented art students, and the project has provided me with the opportunity to be playful and present poetry in a vibrant and visual way."
LJMU’s Art and Design students have used the doors as canvasses for extracts from Roger’s poems, using creative designs for the words themselves as well as imagery and objects to illustrate the poems, such as model cars, football socks and photographs. They have been supported by Roger and Mark throughout the artistic process, which began in November last year.
Professor Juan Cruz, Acting Director of LJMU’s School of Art and Design said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the students. We were delighted when Roger and Mark approached us to say they would like to work with the University. In addition to creating a lasting legacy which will be viewed and admired by many people for years to come, the students have gained invaluable insight into creating an installation for a national museum, developing real world skills which are essential in a time where competition for jobs is increasingly fierce”.
Also featured within the exhibition is a bound copy of the entire Liverpool Saga, an 800-line poem written by people from across Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th birthday. Roger wrote the opening and closing verses of the Saga, which specialist book artist Mark Cockram has bound specifically to accompany the Liverpool Doors exhibition.
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