We like the look of this exhibition at the former Pilkingtons HQ in St.Helens...

SHOULDN’T THROW STONES – The view of a Night Watchman, is the culmination of a two-year project undertaken by artist Kevin Casey. Part documentary photography, part archival re-presentation and part making ends meet, as Casey’s ‘night job’ as an on-site security guard at the former Pilkington Glass Headquarters became his ‘day job’ as an artist, the work presented tells the story of an uncertain future, tense present and captivating past.

The collection, including C-Type prints, archive film, projections and uncovered artefacts also testifies to the situation that Casey found himself in - part voyeur and part guardian - whilst drawing the viewers’ attention to the vicissitudes of contemporary capitalism and its contested relationship to our recent industrial and manufacturing past.Further to the works on display at Alexandra Park, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to visit selected spaces within the former Pilkington Glass complex, designed by the mid-20th Century Architect, Edwin Maxwell Fry, of Fry and Drew. A short tour will include a visit to the modernist Tower whose Armourclad panels have dominated the skyline of St. Helen’s since the complexes construction in the late 1950s. Avinash Chandra’s back-lit, abstract relief panel of stained, fused glass and Jon Humphrey Spender’s artwork can also be viewed, as well as the panelled lift lobby, former canteen and elements of the landscaped grounds, including the north lake and concrete bridge.

As much of the site is not normally publicly accessible, the exhibition and short tour provides a rare opportunity to view a Modernist landmark and exhibited materials that possess a deep local and global significance.

The exhibition runs from May 4th to June 3rd and at the former Pilkington Glass HQ (now Alexandra Business Park), St. Helens, Merseyside.

It is accessible only through booked tours here.

A New Cathedral

Exhibition: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 11:30am Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:30pm

A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

A new exhibition showcasing unrealised designs for Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral will open in the city this summer. Taking place as part of the cathedral’s golden jubilee celebrations, the exhibition will include newly commissioned physical models of some of the key proposals. The 1960 competition to design Liverpool’s Roman Catholic cathedral (pictured above) attracted huge attention with 299 entries submitted from around the world. Architects were invited to design a cathedral for Liverpool which would relate to the existing Crypt, be capable of construction within five years and cost no more than £1 million for its shell. Of the 299 entries, Sir Frederick Gibberd’s design was chosen, and building began in October 1962. Less than five years later, on the Feast of Pentecost, 14 May 1967, the completed cathedral was consecrated.

‘A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’, which has been curated by Dominic Wilkinson of the Liverpool Modernist Society and Liverpool John Moores University, will be located within the main entrance porch of the cathedral from 27 July until 10 September.

Campus Tour

May 14th 2016, the first Liverpool Modernist Society event, guided by our hosts Dominic and Nadine we wandered the University precinct visiting libraries, swimming pools, sculptures, lecture theatres and labs. Here's a few highlights. 

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