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Roger McGough behind first new art show at museum. Don't knock it

Published on February 10th 2012.


Doors are open

DOORS from the Everyman Bistro, Strawberry Fields and Liverpool Football Club's trophy room are to form part of an art installation by Roger McGough at the new Museum of Liverpool.

The Liverpool Doors exhibition will feature doors from across the city, donated to the poet and to book artist Mark Cockram, who have created the work along with art students from Liverpool John Moores University.

Opening on 24 February, this will be the first new exhibition to be staged at the Museum of Liverpool since it was fully opened to the public by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in December 2011.

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Bill Longshaw, curator of community history said: “About 12 months ago, we invited Roger to contribute something special to our displays and he came back to us with a great idea for an exhibition, which demonstrated exactly what the Museum of Liverpool was about.

“Roger and Mark engaged with the local community to explore the history of the city through stories and memories symbolised by these doors. They were collected following a public appeal. People and businesses from across the city responded so you will find all manner of places represented, with a sprinkling of Roger’s wonderful poetry to top it off.”

The exhibition features over 25 doors including those from the original Everyman Theatre and Bistro, Strawberry Fields Children’s Home, Liverpool sculptor Arthur Dooley’s studio, the Trophy Room door from Liverpool Football Club and a turnstile door from Everton’s Goodison Park.

McGough said: “It has been a hugely rewarding experience to work alongside Mark and a group of enthusiastic and talented art students, and the project has provided me with the opportunity to be playful and present poetry in a vibrant and visual way.”

LJMU’s Art and Design students have used the doors as canvasses for extracts from McGough's poems, using creative designs for the words themselves as well as imagery and objects to illustrate the poems, such as model cars, football socks and photographs.

Professor Juan Cruz, Acting Director of LJMU’s School of Art and Design said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the students.

“In addition to creating a lasting legacy which will be viewed and admired by many people for years to come, the students have gained invaluable insight into creating an installation for a national museum, developing real world skills which are essential in a time where competition for jobs is increasingly fierce.”

Also featured within the exhibition, will be a bound copy of the entire Liverpool Saga: an 800 line poem written by people from across Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th birthday. 

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