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Category Archives: Studio Artist

1.11 Residency

The 1.11 residency is a newly created project that collaborates with LJMU, School of Art and Design .

  • The residency is designed to create opportunities for recent graduates from LJMU with vital support from The Royal Standard.
  • 1.11 offers the space for six months to two projects that were hand selected from submissions earlier this year. The projects were chosen for their experimental and risk-taking concepts and the ambition to create something new.
  • The first residency began on the 1st of July 2015 and ends on the 31st of December 2015. The second residency will begin on the 1st January 2016 and end on the 30th of June 2016.
  • Each project has the full support of The Royal Standard’s facilities, peer-to-peer advice from studio members and directors, 24 hour access and the freedom to develop exciting new work and curatorial methods.
  • The conditions of Residency 1.11 are that each project must have a minimum of four public events and an innovative programme that The Royal Standard has yet to see in another project.

Current Project: Muesli

Working under the name MUESLI, Meg Brain, Mia Cathcart and Zoë Coogan will directly engage with artists and collectives by using curation as a tool. By exchanging curatorial control and through swapping time and experience, we aim to create a dialogue between other contemporary art spaces and projects, connecting the North West to further afield.




Past Projects: 6GINS

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6GINS is a six month evolving project space based within the Royal Standard studios, founded by Lucy Bretherton and James Worley. Constant activity and collaboration between individuals is key. Involved collaborators have license to respond to the space as they find it, with the opportunity to remove, add or alter as much or as little as they deem fit. The extent to their participation is entirely up to the collaborators.




Cactus Launch: This Inferior Mirage

The Royal Standard is excited to welcome Cactus to the building; a new project space run by studio member Joe Orr.  The space opens on March 21st with a solo exhibition of new work by Bristol based artist Sebastian Jefford.  Not a night you want to miss! More details about the exhibition below…


‘This Inferior Mirage’ is a solo exhibition of new work by Sebastian Jefford.


The residue of an activity that may or may not have happened, the exhibition presents an environment that stems from the artist’s interest in the idea of surface as a line of flight, a precarious vehicle for closeness, knowledge, aspiration and red herrings.


Sebastian Jefford (b. 1990, Swansea. Based in Bristol) Recent exhibitions include ‘Records of Garden Keeping’, a solo show at Works|Projects, Bristol, 2013, ‘Surface Area’, curated by Lauren Christiansen at Favourite Goods, Los Angeles, 2013, ‘Dumb Shadow’ at Supercollider, Blackpool, 2013, ‘Performance Fetish’ at SWG3, Glasgow, 2013, ‘Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities’ at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2013 and ‘Soft Laminate’ a two person show with Orion Martin at Horton Gallery, Berlin, 2011.

Pv- March 21st  6pm-9pm

3/22/2014- 4/20/2014


Private View 26th July – 9 – 6pm
Saturday Viewing 27th July – 12 – 5pm
An exhibition by artists from The Royal Standard, presenting new work made during a week at The Florence Trust.
Amy Jones, Elizabeth Murphy, Emily Speed, Hannah Bitowski, Joe Orr, Jon Barraclough, Kevin Hunt, Madeline Hall, Mike Aitken and Samantha Jones.  

CAVE Art Fair

13 September – 16 September 2012

CAVE is an artist led art fair for the city of Liverpool coinciding with the opening of the Liverpool Biennial 2012 and the brainchild of Flis Mitchell and Kevin Hunt, current studio members at The Royal Standard.  

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Emily Speed: Nothing is finished, Nothing is perfect, Nothing lasts

Artist’s impression - Nothing is finished, Nothing is perfect, Nothing lasts © Emily Speed

Artist’s impression - Nothing is finished, Nothing is perfect, Nothing lasts © Emily Speed

Studio artist Emily Speed has been commissioned to produce an installation as part of the Open Eye Gallery’s Wall Work series.

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Sam Venables: Dead Mint

Studio artist Sam Venables shows with Alan Williams and Mike Aitken at Arena Studios and Gallery in Liverpool.

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