Artist-led gallery and studio organisation The Royal Standard will mark its 10th year in Liverpool this week.
A party will celebrate the milestone anniversary at the Vauxhall Road venue this Friday night (3 June), with a summer programme of art also lined up to recognise the cultural attraction’s decade-long city presence.
Set up in 2006 by Eleanor and Sean Hawkridge, along with Paul Luckcraft who is now a curator at The Zabludowicz collection in London, The Royal Standard aims to “showcase and expand diverse contemporary arts practice”.
It now occupies two units on the edge of Liverpool city centre and has a new team of directors appointed on a two-year rolling basis.
During the past 10 years, the initiative has provided a base for talent including former Royal Standard directors Dave Evans, Frances Disley and Kevin Hunt who launched their own artist-led space MODEL during the 2014 Liverpool Biennial; and rising star Joe Fletcher Orr who runs Cactus Gallery from within The Royal Standard studio to name a few.
As well as providing live music, visuals and performances in honour of the initiative’s success so far, this week’s birthday celebration will also raise funds for a future relocation of The Royal Standard as partygoers are invited in exchange for a £3 ticket available on the door.
Ahead of the celebrations Emma Curd,who is part of the current team of directors alongside Greg Herbert, Ashleigh Owen, Ellie Barrett and Charlotte Horn, says: “2016 sees the 10th year of The Royal Standard and the summer programme is geared towards celebration of this.
“A six-week exhibition boasts the work of 22 retrospective artists, all showing recent work and new commissions including names such as David Blandy, Celia Hempton and Jess Flood Paddock. This will underpin other revelries such as a 10th birthday party, a charity auction and open studios event and a symposium on artist-led activity.
“This year will also see a period of growth led by highlighting this milestone as The Royal Standard transitions into its second decade.
“Moving into the future, the organisation continues to pioneer emerging contemporary practice and offer artists a supportive creative platform.”