The Royal Standard is 10: The Skinny Showcase
The Royal Standard gallery in Liverpool celebrates its tenth birthday this year. We look back at some of its exhibitions to celebrate.
The Royal Standard was established in 2006 by four Liverpool-based artists in response to the need for a new artist-led organisation.
Currently occupying two buildings in the northern limits of Liverpool’s city centre, The Royal Standard has established itself as a dynamic hub of contemporary artistic practice. It has 40 studios – as well as project spaces – and two distinctive gallery spaces. Activities operate around a shifting programme of events ranging from curated shows to residencies and studio exchanges, group critiques and conferences, all feeding into a dynamic initiative which seeks to both showcase and expand diverse contemporary arts practice.
2016 sees the tenth 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 tenth 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 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.
Happy Birthday, The Royal Standard!
The Royal Standard celebrates its tenth birthday with a party in the gallery on 3 June, 8pm-3am
A retrospective exhibition, 10 Years of the Royal Standard, opens on 30 July and runs until 11 September
The Royal Standard
Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre
131 Vauxhall Road
Open Fri, Sat and Sun 10am-5pm