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Colin Serjent (Director)
Mob: 07759 525 075
Sue Milburn (Director)
Mob: 07905 005 286
Red Dot Exhibitions,
1st Floor, 96 Bold Street
Liverpool, L1 4HY
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To Multi-Media For Disabled People
Red Dot staged eight workshops, specifically aimed at disabled
people, relating to different aspects of multi-media. The
workshops covered the following subjects:-
Making a modern day photo album
Designing a poster
Video and animation
Printing a photograph or painting onto a T-shirt
Making a very short film
Manipulation of a photograph
Making an audio and music mix/tape
The workshops were staged between Monday 6th September -
Thursday 9th September and Monday 13th September - Thursday
16th September 2010 at the Liverpool Centre for Arts Development
Following the workshops an exhibition of a selection of the
work created during the sessions was held. This ran from Monday
20th September to Friday 1st October.
by Jane Fairhurst
Red Dot member Jane Fairhurst staged a solo show, titled
'Transition', at Gallery Oldham during the summer.
For over a century artists have used found objects and everyday
items not normally considered as art, to inspire new transitions
in their work. In this exhibition Jane exploits the availability
of mass-produced children's toys to explore themes of current
affairs, global politics and the environment.
Placing a new twist on the traditional children's toy, she
uses brightly coloured toys to create mixed media sculptures.
Darkly entertaining, the artworks play on different emotions,
creating an exhibition that will be both humorous and sinister.
As well as the transition of items from real life to art,
the exhibition title also refers to the development of Jane's
move to collaborative practice with fellow artist, Tim Fielding.
Fairhurst_Fielding won the West Lancashire Art Prize in 2009
with their mixed media city sculpture, 'Zing Xong'.
Transition ran from 24th July until 5th September 2010 at
(based in the Cultural Quarter in Greaves Street).
Along with Tim Fielding, Jane then exhibited as part of the
'DIY Integrated City' during the 2010 Liverpool Arts Biennial.
in Unity 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Colin Serjent took part in a special exhibition at the Unity
Theatre in Liverpool. To mark the 30th anniversary of being
in their building on Hope Place (off Hope Street), all of
the artists who have exhibited in the theatre complex over
the past 20 years will show one piece of their artwork.
The exhibition ran from 7th September till 20th October 2010.
Red Dot member Colin Serjent staged a photography exhibition
depicting various recycling projects in Liverpool.
Examples of recycling he portrayed include the work of C.U.T.S
(Communal Use Textile Studio), run by Beccy Williams, who
stages workshops of sewing and screen-printing using recycled
materials; Bulky Bob, which offer a household waste collection
service to residents in Liverpool, which are then reconditioned
and sold at reasonable costs; and Urban Strawberry Lunch,
who create musical instruments from waste materials and found
He depicted the role of Red Dot in promoting recycling, for
example, showing images of the two Recycling Weeks they have
staged in the city in 2008 and 2009, as well as the workshops,
where the participants made artwork from recycled items, and
exhibitions they held, in which all the artwork was produced
from disused materials.
Other proponents of recycling he featured in his exhibition
include Pop Boutique, based in Whitechapel - who sell clothing
created from recycled fabrics; the Moocha Lounge - who serve
hot drinks in cups made from renewable resources; Otterspool
Household Waste Recycling Centre; and Valley Fields Environmental
Focus on Recycling took place at the Liverpool Centre for
Arts Development (LCAD) from 26 April to 11 June 2010.
Red Dot staged an art project for young disabled people during
May/June 2010 at the Liverpool Centre for Arts Development
(LCAD). Titled 'Art Is For Everyone', it consisted of six
workshops, providing participants the opportunity to learn
a basic introduction to visual art techniques. Subjects covered
were animation, collage, mosaics, drawing, sculpture and jewellery.
An exhibition was then held featuring all the artwork created
in the workshops running from Monday 17th May to Friday 21st
Serjent in Biennial exhibition
Colin took part in a photography exhibition, titled 'School
Of Photography', during the 2010 Liverpool Arts Biennial.
He took part in a group show along with Jim Connolly and Frank
It was held at the Merchant Taylor's Girls' School in Crosby,
which has a dedicated space for exhibitions.
Pendlebury exhibition at Unity
Nathan, along with his dad Anthony, are staging a two-man
exhibition, titled 'Little By Little', of small paintings,
drawings and photographs at the Unity Theatre, based in Hope
Place in Liverpool city centre. It ran until 3 April 2010.
involved in 39 Thank You Art Day
Red Dot took part in this year's 39 (Thank You Art Day),
which took place on 9th March 2010. The gift they offered
was a Red Dot pen.
in Postcard exhibition 1/12/2009
Along with over sixty other visual artists, including Rolf
Harris!, I exhibited at the 'Pre-paid 2009' exhibition, which
took place at the Cornerstone Gallery, based in the Liverpool
Hope University campus in Everton.
Following the success of last year's event they staged another
exhibition and blind auction of small donated artworks on
postcard by artists from Liverpool and beyond, the proceeds
were donated to The Artists' Benevolent Institution.
Stringer painted penguins
I have painted three penguins as part of the go penguins
project. taking place in Liverpool, one of which is my own
design, 'Together as One', which will be in Port Sunlight.
There will also be two working with Primary School children
in Dovecot, 'Altogether Now', with Blueberry Park and 'Diversity
Now' with Mab Lane.
Dates for the dairy:
LOACA event - 5th Dec, Bluecoat, Liverpool
LOACA - 12th Dec, Bluecoat, Liverpool
for Sharon 26/11/2009
Sharon staged an exhibition of her work, titled 'Battleground'
at The Lost Soul And Stranger Service (The Old Barber Shop!)
situated by the gates to the Bluecoat Arts Centre on School
Lane in Liverpool city centre.
It ran from 4 December till 18 December 2009.
year for Wendy 26/11/2009
2009 was a busy and productive year. I was involved in Three
SOUP exhibitions - at The Citadel, St. Helens, View Two and
Novas CUC both in Liverpool. In other mixed shows - I exhibited
my work in the Red Dot exhibition 'Waste into Art', Wirral
Spring Exhibition, Williamson Art Gallery, 'Pink and Blue'
at Novas, and the West Lancashire Open at the Chapel Gallery,
Ormskirk. My work was chosen from Southport's Atkinson Art
Gallery collection, for their recent exhibition 'A Modern
Further afield, I was involved in the Coast Festival, in Aberdeenshire
earlier in the year.
I am presently in the Editions
The environment agency commissioned me to produce penguin
a design based on waste materials. I created my penguin by
knitting a skin out of discarded carrier bags. It will be
on display at the Capital building, Old Hall St: www.gopenguins.co.uk/site/news.php
During 2010, I will be exhibiting at Metal, and at The
Dot at Liverpool 08 Place 1/9/2009
Three artists from Red Dot exhibited their work during the
summer of 2009 at the 08 Place, Liverpool's Visitor Information
The show included abstract photography Colin Serjent, acrylic
paintings by Jane Fairhurst and abstract expressionist photography
by Jon Nash.
of artwork created by special needs people
Red Dot staged an exhibition of artwork created by special
needs people based throughout Merseyside. The work was produced
following a week-long series of art-related workshops staged
by Red Dot at the Liverpool Centre for Arts Development (LCAD).
They included an introduction to painting, photography, mosaics,
drawing, animation, collage, sculpture and jewellery.
All the work made in the workshops was shown in the exhibition
held from 15 July until 24 July 2009 at LCAD, based on Brownlow
The image is a collection of collages created
by people attending Introduction To Collage workshop run by
workshops for physically and mentally disabled people
Red Dot staged a series of art-related training workshops
during July specifically for special needs people.
Each workshop offered to those taking part an INTRODUCTION
to eight different visual art techniques and were all FREE
The workshops took place at the Liverpool Centre for Arts
Development (LCAD) in Liverpool city centre between Monday
6th July and Thursday 9th July.
The timetable of the workshops was:-
Mon 6 July, 10am – 1pm Introduction to making animation
Mon 6 July, 2pm – 5pm Making sculptures from recycled
Tues 7 July, 10am – 1pm Introduction to making jewellery
Tues 7 July, 2pm – 5pm Introduction to making mosaics
Wed 8 July, 10am – 1pm Introduction to making collage
Wed 8 July, 2pm – 5pm Introduction to drawing
Thurs 9 July, 10am – 1pm Introduction to photography
Thurs 9 July, 2pm – 5pm Introduction to painting
Following the workshops all of the artwork produced were
included in a two-week exhibiiton at LCAD.
Dot staged another Recycling Week
Following the success of the recycling week held by Red Dot
in 2008 - the first ever held in Liverpool - they staged another
one during August 2009.
The activities included a field trip to Bidston Materials
Recovery Facility ( a leading household recycling centre);
a poetry and music event, at which all poetry and music performed
was on the theme of recycling; and a public debate titled
'Why Does Liverpool Have Such A Poor Track Record In Regard
Colin Serjent from Red Dot staged an exhibition of his nature-based
and urban-based abstract photography at the Unity Theatre
in Liverpool during February 2009.
To view his work go to www.abstractway.co.uk
Dot show at major new art gallery
Red Dot staged their largest-ever exhibition, titled 'Migration',
at the Contemporary Urban Centre, based in the Baltic Triangle
district of Liverpool.
Artists from Red Dot interpreted through their artwork the
many concepts and themes of migration.
The show ran from December 2008 to January 2009.
To read a review of the exhibition on the Nerve magazine website
by Red Dot Artists in 2009
Nathan Pendlebury, Susan Sharples, Louise Waller and Wendy
Williams all had exhibitions in 2009.
Nathan Pendlebury at John
Lewis Coffee Shop and the Egg
Susan Sharples exhibition, 'State Of Change', with artist
Ruth Ball at Norton
Priory in Runcorn from 14th April - 14th June.
Louise Waller had a display of her new ceramics in the window
space of Liverpool Community College Art Centre around Easter
Wendy Williams had an exhibition, 'Land', with photographer
Ian Percival, at Norton
Priory in Runcorn from 17th February to 12th April.
Dot Recycling Week 6/10/2008
Red Dot staged the first-ever Recycling Week to be held in
A high profile launch of it took place at St Luke's Church,
known locally as the bombed out church (it was hit by an incendiary
device in 1941), in Liverpool city centre on Friday 19 September.
Liverpool-based Urban Strawberry Lunch ran a workshop (12pm
to 5pm), in which participants created musical instruments
from waste materials and found objects.
Red Dot then ran further art-related recycling workshops at
the Liverpool Centre for Arts Development (LCAD) which is
based at Franceys Street (off Brownlow Hill) from 22-26 September.
There was also a field trip during the week to Gaskell's Waste
Services Recycling Centre in Bootle to look at various processes
For more information on the week click
Dot artists in Biennial 6/10/2008
In An Ideal World Alice Lenkiewicz,
along with fellow Red Dot members Barbara Jones, Richard Ashworth,
Susan Sharples and Wendy Williams, were involved, among other
artists, in a group show titled 'In An Ideal World' at St
Bride's Church in Percy Street in Toxteth.
Wendy Williams: Tate / VIDA!
/ In the Dock / In an Ideal World / North by North West, Clayton
Square / North by North West, Puschka Restaurant / North by
North West, Coffee Union, Bold St.
Katriona Beales - Horsepower,
at Metal's gallery space at Edge Hill station / Liverpool
International Artists, Novas / Lost Soul and Stranger Service
Station, Old Barbershop space at the Bluecoat.
Susan Sharples: Bridges Not
Walls exhibition, the World Museum / Liverpool International
Artists exhibition, Novas CUC / Drawn Here exhibition, Arena
Gallery / In An Ideal World exhibition, St.Brides Church /
Vida exhibition, The Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead /
North by North West exhibition, Reception Room, Tate Liverpool
/ North by North West exhibition, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
/ The Womb Project - Act1 The Enlightenment, The Blackie.
Sharon Mutch: Sharon exhibited
in a group show at the Bluecoat Arts Centre. Titled 'The Lost
Souls And Strange Service Station.'
of artists join Red Dot 6/10/2008
Ten artists joined Red Dot during the summer of 2008. As
well as Alison Bailey Smith, Christine O'Reily Wilson, Susan
Sharples, Louise Waller, Wendy Williams, Eimear Kavanagh,
Stephen Cain, Michelle Hird, two artists from Morocco, Hamid
Bouhioui and Mustaph Meskine, also joined the group. They
became aware of the work of Red Dot when they visited Liverpool
to take part in the PAX (Planet Art Exchange) event, which
was a collaboration between Arab artists and Liverpool artists.
Dot link up with Minnesota-based organisation 6/10/2008
Following the success of the Red Dot Recycling workshops
- in which participants were taught how to turn waste materials
and found objects into art - and the 'Rags To Riches' exhibition,
staged at the International Gallery in Liverpool, in which
all the artwork was created from waste materials and found
objects, during 2007, they have linked up with ArtStart, who
are based in Minnesota, which is located in the Midwestern
region of the USA, and known as the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes'.
Both Red Dot and ArtStart will exchange information and advice
relating to recycling issues, particularly in relation to
the art and culture sector.
Dot to work with Arab artists 6/10/2008
Red Dot have collaborated in producing new artwork with a
number of Arab artists, from various Arabian countries, who
visited Liverpool in July, to take part in an Arab contemporary
art exhibition that was held in the city.
The exhibition, which included the newly produced work, formed
a major strand of the Planet Art eXchange (PAX) event.
PAX is an annual event, that takes place in cities chosen
as European Capitals of Culture.
Dot on German TV 6/10/2008
As part of a German television channel documentary on Liverpool
being this year's European Capital of Culture, Red Dot formed
part of the programme. A presenter from ADR (the equivalent
to the BBC) interviewed Colin Serjent, a director of Red Dot,
about his views of the so-called 'grassroots art scene'; in
Liverpool and its relationship with the Liverpool Culture
Company. The programme was screened at the beginning of January
And Minds - new Red Dot Exhibition 25/4/2008
Red Dot staged their biggest ever group exhibition, titled
'Hearts And Minds' at the Liverpool
Academy of Arts, which featured work by over twenty of
its members. The Academy, which is based in a former paint
factory, is located on Seel Street in Liverpool city centre.
It included paintings - mainly abstract - abstract-oriented
photography, mixed media work and installations.
As a tribute to former Red Dot member, painter and printmaker
Peter Oakley, who died last April, it also featured examples
of his work.
Hearts And Minds ran from 7th May until 23rd May. Mon-Fri
12pm - 4pm.
With Art - Art Workshops
Red Dot member Jo Derbyshire ran a two-day workshop titled
Experimenting With Art on 22/23 April at Liverpool Centre
for Arts Development (LCAD), based on Franceys Street (off
Brownlow Hill), Liverpool city centre.
The aim of the course was to explore painting, collage and
experimentation to produce group or individual work with Liverpool
and the city as a theme, using found objects, flyers, icons
of Liverpool, etc.
Day One: Overview; group discussion; develop work
Day Two: Completion of work for an exhibition later in 2008
exhibition by Nathan Pendlebury
Red Dot member Nathan Pendlebury,
along with Anthony Pendlebury, staged an exhibition of their
work, titled 'As Is Now', at the Gostins Gallery, based in
the Gostins Building on Hanover Street in Liverpool. The exhibition
ran from 4 April until 10 May.
by Claire Stringer
Red Dot member Claire Stringer,
who has created many paintings inspired by music, has now
produced a series of new paintings, this time inspired by
another art form, namely dance. They go on show for the first
time in an exhibition titled Momentum at the Unity Theatre
in Liverpool. The show runs from 4 March until 12 April 2008.
The Unity is located at 1 Hope Place in Liverpool city centre.
Telephone 0151 709 4988.
Fairhurst exhibition at Salford Quays
Red Dot member Jane Fairhurst stages a solo exhibition of
her work with Comme Ca (a Manchester-based art agency) at
the Lowry Hotel at Salford Quays. The show runs from 29 February
until 8 April 2008. A private view will take place on Thursday
28 February 6pm - 8pm.
Red Dot staged a Visual Arts Festival in Liverpool over three
days - at LCAD (Liverpool Centre for Arts Development and
Training), based in Franceys Street off Brownlow Hill - on
Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th March 2008. The festival included
artist-led workshops, covering a number of practical demonstrations
of visual arts, including painting, photography and other
related art techniques. In addition there was a series of
lectures and debates dealing with various art and culture
issues. For more info click
Ashcroft at Cornerstone
Lisa has a solo show at the Cornerstone Gallery at the Hope
at Everton college building at Haigh Street in Liverpool.
It runs from 1 December 2007 until 10 January 2008. A private
view of her exhibition will take place on Friday 30 November
6pm - 8pm.
Please note: Lisa has two new images of her work in her artist
profile section on this site.
images by Barbara Jones
Barbara has devised a number of etchings, titled 'Microscopic
Particles', which forms part of the 'An Extraordinary Journey'
exhibition taking place at the Roald Dahl Centre and Linda
McCartney Centre at the Liverpool Royal Hospital. It continues
until 30 November 2007.
of photographs by Nathan Pendlebury
Nathan has two wall calendars available of a selection of
his photography. These can be viewed at his website www.erpenstudios.co.uk
and can be bought for £9.99 each.
of Recycling 4/10/2007
In September Red Dot staged a series of workshops dealing
with how to recycle waste materials and found objects into
art work, for example, turning discarded bottles and other
forms of glass into art; turning used crisp packets into art!;
metal recycling; and paper and cardboard recycling.
The workshops took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
26-28 September at LCAD (Liverpool Centre for Arts Development
and Training) based at Franceys Street off Brownlow Hill.
Leading the workshops were Arthur Roberts (Loop Gallery),
Beccy Williams (The Art Organisation), Sarah Nicholson (Kitchen
Gallery), Jane Fairhurst (OK Studios), and Lesley Cunningham
Dot Presentation in Chile 20/9/2007
Red Dot were asked to send a presentation package promoting
the work of its artists to Chile, where it was displayed in
the Presidential Palace at the end of October. A number of
artists and arts organisations from various parts of the world
also participated in the event. Museum MAN director Adam Nankervis,
who has moved his gallery to Chile, after formerly being based
in Liverpool, requested that Red Dot should take part.
Red Dot Shows 28/7/2007
Red Dot staged an exhibition, titled Signpost,
this summer at a new art venue hired by TAO (The Art Organisation).
It was based on Henry Street, at the back of a building on
Duke Street which housed the former offices of the Liverpool
Big Issue. The show featured the work of a selection of their
members. The private view of the exhibition took place on
Thursday 30 August (7pm - 10pm). The show was open to the
public from 1 September - 22 September.
Turner Prize 26/4/2007
Three members of Red Dot, Barbara Jones, Jo Derbyshire and
Colin Serjent, have been nominated for the inaugural Liverpool
Turner Prize. A shortlist of four artists from the 44 nominated
will be chosen by a panel of four judges.
to Peter Oakley 26/4/2007
We were very sad to hear about the death of Red Dot member
Peter Oakley, who
died in April. He was an exhibition painter and printmaker
for over 50 years, but had also been responsible for numerous
residencies, murals, illustrations, theatrical set and costume
designs, and public artworks.
The stimulus for much of his work came from collections of
objects, either personal or public, with which he surrounded
Peter had his studio in Warrington, and a lot of his work
was held in private and public collections throughout England.
As a tribute to Peter, Red Dot intend to display some of his
work in the next exhibition we stage.
of Culture Funding for Red Dot 30/3/2007
Red Dot have been awarded £3000 from the Innovation
and Development Fund administered by Liverpool Capital of
Culture. The money will be used to finance a visual arts festival
staged by Red Dot (as mentioned on this page). An application
has also been submitted to Awards for All to part fund the
Red Dot, who are members of 08businessconnect, which is the
Liverpool Capital of Culture business forum, have joined the
their members Directory and Gallery. A number of Red Dot artists
are featured, along with information about the role of Red
Dot. Access www.08businessconnect.com,
then click on 'Members Directory and Gallery' (right side
of page). Type in Red Dot in Search For box and click on organisations
on the same page. Then click on Red Dot Exhibitions on the
following page. Hey Presto!
Dot at Cornerstone 16/2/2007
Three members of Red Dot, Michelle Burrows, Sue Milburn and
Colin Serjent are included in a group exhibition taking place
Cornerstone Gallery. Titled 'Loop: Overview 07', it comprises
30 plus abstract practitioners working in Liverpool. It runs
from 23 February to 23 March. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
The private view is on Thursday 22 February 6pm - 8pm. Cornerstone
is situated at Liverpool Hope University, 1 Haigh Street,
Liverpool L3 8QB. For further information contact exhibition
curator Arthur Roberts: 07792 478 281.
Fairhurst Exhibition 17/1/2007
The Blackburn exhibition is called 'Freefall', at the Blackburn
Museum and Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn, BB1 7AJ
from 27th January to 10th March and the preview is 12-2pm
on Sat 27th January.
with New York Gallery 10/1/07
Red Dot now have an on-line link with the Agora Gallery (www.Agora-Gallery.com),
who are based in the Chelsea district of New York. Click on
the Links and then the Dealers and Galleries section.
Red Dot directors Colin Serjent and Sue Milburn are also proposing
to link up with the ARTisSpectrum magazine, which is published
by Agora, with the aim of having various artists from Red
Dot profiled in the magazine.
Dot Liverpool Biennial Exhibitions
Red Dot staged during the 2006 Liverpool Arts Biennial an
exhibition of paintings, photography and installations at
the art space at 52 Roscoe Street in Liverpool city centre.
It formed part of the Independents strand of the Biennial.
Artists featured were Michelle Burrows, Claire Chambers, Jane
Fairhurst, Nicola Fitzsimmons, Leon Jakeman, Sue Milburn,
Jon Nash, John O'Neill, Colin Serjent and Claire Stringer.
Milburn and Serjent, who both run Red Dot, had earlier, during
the Biennial, been involved in a joint exhibition of new abstract
photography, titled Artisers, at the Almiro Gallery in Waterloo,
Merseyside. Milburn also included a selection of her abstract
expressionist paintings. This exhibition also formed part
of the Independents strand. Serjent's new work is featured
on his website www.abstractway.co.uk
Prior to the Biennial Serjent and Milburn had an exhibition
'Shadowtime' at the Ikonography Gallery in Mathew Street in
Liverpool. It was a retrospective show of their photography
work over the past seven years.
Mutch at 60 Hope Street
Red Dot member Sharon Mutch
has an exhibition of her photography at the 60 Hope Street
Restuarant. The closing date has to be confirmed.
Stringer at Unity
Red Dot member Claire Stringer has an exhibition of her work,
which deals with the relationship between abstract qualities
in music and art, at the Unity Theatre. It runs from 20 March
- 28 April 2007. The private view is on Thursday 22 March
starting at 5.30pm.
Stringer Solo Exhibition 31/8/06
House, 5th - 30th September.
Private View on Wednesday 6th September from 6pm - 8pm.
Funded By Feeling 31/8/06
A selection of work from the last two years by Leon Jakeman,
presented by Headspace at the Egg
Space Gallery, 16-18 Newington, L1 4ED.
31 August - 15 September.
The first is titled Peepshow Morality Kick, at The PAD Gallery,
Church Street, Preston till 3rd September (sculpture, prints
The second, Eye Candy, is at the Kitchen Gallery, Halton from
Sept 4th - end date TBC.
Pickering Pastures, Nature Reserve, Mersey Road, Ditton,
Sat August 26th - Mon August 28th, 9am-5pm. Admission free.
Serjent and Milburn were involved in a group exhibition 'Pride
of Liverpool', which celebrated the launch - sadly short term,
it has since closed! - of the Met
Art Gallery, which was based off Castle Street in Liverpool.
Art Exhibition for Contemporary Artists
Red Dot member Lisa Ashcroft
won first prize in the Kitchen Gallery's first Open Art Exhibition
for Contemporary Artists in the North West of England. Read
Janette Ireland, another
Red Dot member, recently exhibited pebble art at the Chelsea