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Sam Smith: Notes on the Apparatus

Sam Smith: Notes on the Apparatus
Saturday, 20th September 2014
24 Kitchen Street 


As an adjunct to Sam Smith’s exhibition ‘Frames of Reference’ at The Royal Standard, the artist will present a one night performance of ‘Notes on the Apparatus’ (2013-).

Continuing The Royal Standard’s current theme of research, the work is a live video essay that takes the form of a stream of collaged audio-visual clips. It uses prepared film, video and image material to draw together reference points on cinematic language key to Smith’s practice.

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IFB: Business and Art

On July 18th, as part of Liverpool’s International Festival of Business, We will be holding a series of talks by prominent speakers from the fields of both art and business, in order to foster new relationships  and dialogues around the benefits of collaboration.

Talks on the day will provide new insight and opportunities to businesses on topics such as culture led regeneration and its impact in the UK and abroad, case studies from previous Business and Art collaborations and the nature of traversing these two differing fields of professional practice.

This event creates fresh and exciting opportunities for businesses’ development and strategic aims, as well as ways of tapping into the UK’s considerable (and growing) Cultural economy sector.

The varying presentations aim to be a networking opportunity for those in businesses to meet with speakers from differing fields in order to maximise the effectiveness of future relationships between the two, by highlighting the benefits of both.

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Deep Hedonia & The Drawing Paper Present: SPACE//SOUND


The Royal Standard studio members Madeline Hall and The Drawing Paper Co-Founder Jon Barraclough take part in Deep Hedonia & The Drawing Paper’s latest collaboration; SPACE//SOUND, an exploration in audio-visual environments taking place at The Bluecoat on Friday 11th April and not to be missed!

The night will feature live performances and compositions from

First hosted in July of last year,  musicians and artists explore scanning and reproduction in the creative process in response to current Bluecoat exhibition The Negligent Eye. Along with the presentation of special performances and music pieces composed specially for surround sound, artists MADELINE HALL of the Royal Standard and Drawing Paper co-founder JON BARRACLOUGH will be responding to the music with live drawings projected onto a panoramic three walled screen.

For this event, Deep Hedonia and The Drawing Paper have scanned the city for its brightest experimental musicians. Leftfield pop auteurs NINETAILS have been illuminating indie circles with glitching crystalline textures and heart melting melodies, and will be  presenting a special reworking of their EP ‘Quiet Confidence’. Member of progressive pop quintet Outfit Andrew Hunt, aka DIALECT, is set to present a new composition made especially for SPACE//SOUND based on the immersive world of first person shooter games. There will also be new work on show from tape loop experimentalist IN ATOMS and maximalist producer and Deep Hedonia favourite BANANA FREQUENCY. Live performances will be from Liverpool noise stalwart Simon Jones, who has been composing as HOT HAIL, a venture into abstract sublimations of everyday sounds, creating dark ambient moods and sensual environments.

THE HIVE COLLECTIVE producer Rob Strachan and video artist Sam Wiehl have been collaborating together for over ten years, and for this performance Wiehl will be responding toStrachan’s surround sound compositions. SPACE//SOUND will also give the audience a chance to witness another performance of their collaborative project DRAWING ENSEMBLE, where live improvisational musicians interact with drawers, who in turn sonically affect the music in real time through their mark making.

SPACE//SOUND is a one of a kind event that brings together Liverpool’s most forward-thinking artists and programmers for one special night celebrating the reciprocal nature of audio and visual elements in art, and invites you to witness and experience a tailor-made immersive atmosphere.

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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

Queen of the Track Zine: Launch Party

Studio members Hannah Bitowski and Flis Mitchell, along with collaborator Amy Lestrange launch brand new Queen of the Track Zine this weekend!

Queen of the Track combines the visual sensuality of a luxury women’s magazine with the fizzy unpredictability of the underground press. Aimed at creative and thinking women, Queen of the Track offers energetic articles and perceptive polemic from varied writers; we include dynamic fashion and use make-up as dramatic theatrical fun; tackle issues of gender politics, history, literature and encourage insightful social debate.

Without taking it’s self too seriously Queen of the Track offers a much needed alternative to traditional magazine offerings for women; ambitious and funny, Queen of the Track is vogue on crack

The Zine launches Saturday March 8th from 8pm at Mary Mary Cafe, 2 Roscoe Street. 

Queen of the Track Zine will also be holding a workshop at the Bluecoat on Saturday 8th March, as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations.  

Holding Space

Image: Enhance, stop. 2013, Laura Buckley.  Image courtesy of the artist.  

Holding Space, the final gallery event of DIFFERENT DOMAIN, takes place Friday 17th January, 7-9pm at The Royal Standard back building gallery. The event considers how physical space is represented and how a sense of place can be created online. Featuring work by Joe Hamilton, Laura Buckley, Sara Ludy and Sabrina Ratte.  Join the facebook event here.

December 6th 2013 – January 18th 2014

DIFFERENT DOMAIN looks at the rapidly changing culture of art online and its
relationship with the gallery. Over a six week programme weʼll be using a variety of
platforms including The Royal Standard website, Twitter, google hangouts and two
gallery based events.