Liverpool ONE sets up ‘affordable’ arts hub

Liverpool ONE partners with dot-art to create 3,500 sq ft of ‘affordable and flexible’ art studios. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool ONE and dot-art have created an arts hub in Lord Street


Liverpool ONE has created what it says are “affordable and flexible” art studios in 3,500 sq ft of former office space.

It has teamed up with Liverpool-based social enterprise and art organisation, dot-art to set up the hub which is located in Lord Street. It will be dot-art’s largest studio to date, accommodating up to 20 local artists.

Established in Liverpool by Lucy Byrne in 2006, dot-art works with more than 100 artists to provide locally sourced artwork through its Liverpool gallery. This is located on Queen Avenue between Castle Street and Dale Street.

It also helps to develop artists’ careers, through a series of workshops, training and community events. And it also works with schools across the region to promote arts education.

Lucy, who is managing director, dot-art, said: “As a social enterprise, dot-art supports visual artists and champions creativity as an integral part of daily life.

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“Our work wouldn’t be possible without collaborating with property owners that share our core values. Liverpool ONE’s commitment to celebrating and supporting local artisans make them the ideal partner for us.

“We are extremely proud to have launched our largest studio space to date in Liverpool ONE, offering affordable workspaces to the local artist community.”


Lord Street
The arts hub is located in Lord Street, Liverpool. Picture by Tony McDonough


This news follows the announcement that Liverpool ONE will be the home of the official Eurovision Song Contest pop-up store, from May 1 to May 14.

Chris Jukes, director of Liverpool ONE, Grosvenor, added: “Hosting affordable artist studios within Liverpool ONE reinforces our sustained commitment to supporting local businesses and ensures a diverse tenant mix across the destination.

“We have always been a proud and active contributor to Liverpool city region and we are delighted to be collaborating with dot-art on this brilliant use of space.”

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