Founded by Lucy Byrne 15 years ago, dot-art in Liverpool city centre sells a wide range of artworks, both from its gallery and online, produced by its stable of visual artists. Tony McDonough reports
For 15 years, dot-art in Liverpool has been supporting and promoting visual artists across the city region – and now it is looking for more artists to join its stable.
Working from its city centre gallery in Queen Avenue, dot-art sells a range of artworks both from the gallery and online. Now it is looking to attract new members by offering free memberships for three months.
Members, who include painters sculptors photographers, printmakers and mixed media artists, have their work displayed in the gallery and online. They are also regularly offered the chance to bid for corporate commissions.
Founder Lucy Byrne said: “Over the past 15 years, dot-art has supported a wide range of talented artists, both emerging and established, through our unique, ever-developing membership package.
“We are always generating lots of exciting and diverse projects for our members to engage with, such as exhibitions and sales opportunities at our city centre gallery, as well as professional guidance, online promotion, and regular showcases.
“Working with businesses to put art in the workplace and public realm, our innovative and popular art rental scheme is a fantastic way to generate income and gain valuable exposure for our artists.
“We match our artists to specific opportunities whether it be a client wanting a bespoke commission, a corporate client looking to fill their premises with local artists work, or a new exhibition open for submissions, we have plenty to offer.”
Artists who join dot-art are encouraged to explore new avenues through the other arms of their business, which include working with schools across the region and offering regular arts courses for the public.
Lucy added: “From working in schools to teaching online, we have a fantastic team of artist members delivering workshops, classes, and courses for audiences of all ages. We are here to help our members get the most out of their artistic careers, through both training and expertise, and direct access to paid opportunities.”
The dot-art team, which is working from home, is bringing forward a new exhibition, View From a Window, reflecting the experiences of artists during the lockdown. This will be its first exhibition in the dot-art gallery when it reopens.