5 Years on...

Baltic Creative CIC was established in 2009 to provide space for the creative & digital sector and to play a major role in the regeneration of the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool. 5 years on… the space is fully let supporting businesses and creating jobs and the area is home to a vibrant community of creatives and technologists. In November 2014, we celebrated 5 successful years and began to develop our growth plans for the future...

To coincide with the 5th anniversary celebrations Baltic Creative commissioned a short film, an independent economic review and a new public art exhibition space.

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Many organisations say they would not have achieved the level of employment, turnover or profit without locating in the centre based on its strength as a place to attract new business and intertrade.

The McKeown Rice Exhibition Space was launched on 27th November 2014 in memory of Claire McKeown and Paul Rice, founder members of Baltic Creative CIC. Claire and Paul were instrumental in developing the vision for Baltic Creative CIC, which continues to shape the transformation of the Baltic Triangle. The space was designed by Castle Fine Arts Foundry and sponsored by PHD1 Construction. It will showcase new public artwork and performance every 6 to 12 months.

“The starting point for 'Days of Judgement’ was Masaccio's fresco 'The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden'. In this postlapsarian vision, however, the characters of Adam and Eve are reconfigured as a group of very tall, skinny cats dressed from head to foot in serious black clothing and cast, eternally, into Bronze. Pacing the floor they appear to be in various states of anxiety and distress. Part cat burglar, part cartoon characters they not only evoke Dr. Seuss’s absurdist Cat in a Hat illustrations but also conjure something of T.S. Eliot’s anxious office workers in The Waste Land streaming over London Bridge wracked with existential angst. Here in Liverpool we have three of the cats on a corner of the Creative Quarter still pacing and anxious and, like today’s bankers ground down with the worry of financial and social collapse, still finding it very hard to return to Eden.” Laura Ford www.lauraford.net

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