The time has come for Liverpool to have its own Arts Lab…
Taking inspiration from the nationwide Arts Lab movement of the psychedelic sixties counterculture and following the lineage of Liverpool’s creative underbelly, the Arts Lab looks to create a network and framework that allows artists of all different fields to feed off each other’s ideas to push the city’s culture forward.
Not only this, the Liverpool Arts Lab will also open up a creative world to those previously unable to partake. Wholly inclusive, the Arts Lab is open to anyone who has something to contribute and looks to spark a creative drive in those disconnected from this side of themselves.
Picking up the baton from organisations like The Liverpool School Of Language, Music, Dream And Pun plus Earthbeat, the Liverpool Arts Lab is a grassroots organisation that builds up culture from ground level to oppose the forces that are sapping the real culture out of our land and replacing it with a bland, vacuous culture imposed from above.
Liverpool has a long history of countercultural agitation, dating back to the 1950s with the Liverpool Poets and from the 1970s the punk ethos “if nobody’s going to give us a chance, we’ll make our own” has consistently informed Liverpool’s counterculture.
The Liverpool Arts Lab will be based out of The Florence Institute in The Dingle, born out of the 14 Hour Super Weird Happening that took over the building on 1st April 2017. Using The Florrie as a base for operations, the Arts Lab will host 4 showcase events a year, bringing together a plethora of creativity.
As well as that, between those events, the Arts Lab will also play host to things like classic album listening sessions on a big system, classic and independent film screenings and Culture Jams, where artists, musicians and poets all improvise together, feeding off the energy in the room. As new people get involved and bring new ideas to the table, the events will evolve over time naturally.
The Arts Lab movement has started picking up steam again, with Arts Lab Northampton leading the way and further Arts Labs appearing in Brighton and Martin “Youth” Glover’s Spanish Space Mountain. The climate is right for the movement and this time we’ll learn from the mistakes of the ‘60s to create a more-inclusive and less ego-driven movement for the here and now.
What the Liverpool Arts Lab seeks to do is restore the city to the ‘pool of life’ it was once envisioned to be in the hugely significant dream of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Pushed in the right direction, there’s potential for creativity to ooze out of every corner of the city, reclaiming it from the bland, homogenising forces currently pulling the strings.