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On Coping: A Reader for Liverpool


Preview: Saturday 18th July, 6pm

Events: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July

Exhibition: 18th July – 2nd August 2015


Liverpool, 2015. The time is ripe for sabotage and refusal. A city that professionally doubles for New York and Chicago, selling an American dream for celluloid; a tried and tested exercise in being just convincing enough. Use this slippage, and learn from this masquerade. As social structures begin to crumble, what are your tactics? What will you become next – the hermit or the magician? 

With the card of Judgement, landing reversed, you can return at last to Justice, who presided over the site of your specific goal with a certain, boring mystery. Judgement sits askew in the place of The Questioner, that is you, and suggests that judgement and the fear of it, is simply not your bag. You yearn, perhaps, to get beyond value, and value judgements. The Sun announces in his bald way that this is eminently possible, and the climate positive for your intent. 

On Coping: A Reading for Liverpool is a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Lauren Barnes and The Royal Standard, bringing together artists from around the world to create a shared space for exchange and support. Part residency, part research, and part public programme – the project takes its starting point from the emotional alliances and collective strategies that enable our artistic work to take place in the face of increasingly unforgiving social and economic pressures.

It’s time to work together and find new strategies. What can we learn through empathy, prophecies, tarot and speculation? What systems are available to us to hijack and redirect value? As the elite closes in, let’s create our own spaces for autonomy and creative production.

From July 17th-19th, collaborating artists will share ideas and proposals through workshops, performances, discussion groups, works in progress and more, with a display of installed work running until August 2nd.


On Coping: A Reading for Liverpool features contributions from: Auto Italia, Marleen Boschen & Charles Pryor, CUSS Group, Ruth Angel Edwards, Louisa Martin, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Emily Pope, Billy Howard Price, Erica Scourti and more TBA.

A full schedule of events will be published on www.autoitaliasoutheast.org.

External Machines Breakfast Crit

Get critical over croissants!

External Machines exhibitors, Catrin Davies, Lewis Wright and Chloe Manasseh will be in the gallery on Saturday 18th April to discuss their work with and to receive feedback from a public audience.

Come and join us for a late morning breakfast and crit session as we look to get to grips with some of themes surrounding the works exhibited in our current exhibition, External Machines.

Opening our doors earlier than usual, there will be the opportunity to view the exhibition and chat with the artists while you much on some lovely free breakfast treats between 10-10.30am, before we sit down for the serious stuff.

There will be two crits, each lasting around 30 minutes.

This event is free and all are welcome.

For further information please contact us at info@the-royal-standard.com


External Machines continues until 3rd May 2015

Exhibition opening times:
12-5pm Friday-Sunday
or by appointment

Exhibition documentation by Thomas Gill

TRS @ The NewBridge Project

From Monday 6th April, three of our studio members will be in residence, making new work at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle.

Ellie Barrett, Madeline Hall and James Harper will be spending time in NewBridge Studios from Monday 6th – Saturday 11th April, developing new ideas and working alongside NewBridge studio members. On Saturday 11th April between 6-8pm we will open up their temporary studio spaces to present the works they have created during the exchange, we welcome you to join us.

The artists will be giving Pecha Kucha style presentations detailing their practices and the work they will ake whilst in residence in Newcastle. Come and meet the artists and hear about their work on Tuesday 7th April, 6-8pm at NewBridge Books – 14 NewBridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AW.

The residency respresents the return leg of a studio exchange between TRS and NewBridge, the first leg of which formed one third of our Autumn Triple Threat event last November.


Call For Directors 2015

The Royal Standard is seeking new directors to join the current team, serving a two year term from 2015 – 2017. The board consists of six members with staggered terms ensuring that input is constantly fresh.

The role of director includes:

  • Curating and realising exhibitions
  • Manual labour when constructing and preparing the gallery space
  • Contributing to studio member development
  • Budgeting and managing projects and events
  • Researching and developing beneficial relationships with similar initiatives locally, nationally and overseas
  • Contributing to the drive of the Royal Standard and its aims as a charity
  • Maintaining and managing a thriving studio complex
  • Seeking to deliver a range of events which develop and provide research platforms for contemporary practice
  • Working with larger more established galleries such as FACT, Bluecoat, Tate and the Walker

The two year term requires approximately two working days per week from a director, but time management is desirable during especially busy periods. The role provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in gallery and project management which has led previous directors to find employment working for established galleries, lecturing at universities and managing workshops. The current team are able to provide support and advice during the initial handover period, so that new directors will be knowledgeable and feel able to contribute creatively to future programming events as well as general management.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A BA in Fine Art or other relevant area
  • A drive to engage creatively and practically with the Royal Standard
  • An awareness of contemporary art practice and theory
  • A willingness to carry out manual labour and DIY tasks

Applications can be made to info@the-royal-standard.com with the title “Director Application”. Please attach a CV and a letter of interest detailing why you would like to apply for the role and what you would bring to the Royal Standard. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the position further, please do not hesitate to contact.

Deadline for applications is midnight on 26/04/2015

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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