Artist wanted for £25,000 Mathew Street installation

A budget of £25,000 is being made available by Liverpool BID Company for an artist to create a new installation on Mathew Street in Liverpool to celebrate the city’s music legacy. Tony McDonough reports

Mathew Street
A new art installation will be created for Mathew Street. Picture by Tony McDonough


Liverpool BID Company is seeking an artist to create a new artwork to be installed in Mathew Street to celebrate the city’s music legacy.

Thanks to The Beatles Legacy Group and SP Energy Network, £25,000 is on offer for the installations. Artists interested in taking on the project have until Friday, June 21 to submit their interest.

Whoever secures the job will be asked to design, fabricate and install a new piece of art that celebrates the Cavern Quarter and the cultural impact it has had on music locally and internationally.

It will be installed on Mathew Street at the rear of Harrington Street substation. Mathew Street, as well as being home to the world famous Cavern has also been home to Eric’s, the famous punk venue, Probe, the record shop and other cultural venues.

Mathew Street is synonymous with many of Liverpool’s most famous bands including The Beatles, the Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Mighty Wah! Big in Japan and more.

Peter Hooton, founder members of The Farm and a member of the Beatles Legacy Group, said: “This is a high profile location.

“With the volume of locals and tourists who walk past here on a daily basis, the artwork will have the power and impact to tell a story about Liverpool music.

“The Cavern Quarter plays a central role in our history of music, and in many ways the roots of our musical identity and culture. I am excited to see what artists come forward”.

To submit their interest artists need to send a CV, details of previous work with up to 10 images and a written statement outlining their approach to Liverpool BID Company. Click here for more details and to register your interest.

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Liverpool Bid Company chief executive Bill Addy added: “There is a great deal of public art in the Cavern Quarter that not only animates the area, but helps to explain and explore the narrative of Mathew Street and beyond.

“The mural celebrating Carl Jung’s famous “Pool of Life” quote marks the spot of the famous Liverpool School of Language, Music, Poetry and Pun. This work on Mathew Street itself will share a different aspect of the story of this very famous throughfare”.

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