New dot-art Gallery Opens

dot-art Gallery Launch

dot-art has opened a new gallery space at 14 Queen Avenue, in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district. The space will be dot-art's new permanent home and opened on Friday 12 February with an exhibition entitled “Dear Liverpool”, showcasing the work of 18 talented artists from the local area, following a well attended launch event the previous night.

dot-art supports visual artists and champions art as an integral part of everyday life; by offering access to affordable, locally sourced art for homes and businesses, and through the work of its social enterprise arm, which runs arts classes, a unique membership scheme for local artists and an innovative inter-school art programme. The new gallery space offers dot-art the chance to further raise its profile across the region and give more opportunities to the 100+ artists it works with. The “Dear Liverpool” exhibition is designed to be a love letter to the cultural capital of the North, and perfectly summarises Liverpool’s energy and vibrancy. While there are some familiar scenes on show, several artists have chosen to represent the city in abstract or unexpected ways and it is abundantly clear from the diversity and quality of the work in the exhibition how much our city's architecture, culture and people influence our creative community. All the artwork is for sale, with prices ranging from £25 -£2500.

All the photos from the launch event can be seen here.

The dot-art Gallery is open 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday.
The Dear Liverpool exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th February to Saturday 23rd April.

The dot-art team in the new gallery

New Look For dot-art

dot-art New Logos

2016 is going to be a big year for dot-art. Our new gallery opens in February followed by tenth birthday celebrations in the spring and to start the year we have given our branding a refresh - hope you like the new logos! We also have a completely new website currently in development to reflect all the changes, but until then please bear with the old site; we promise it will be worth the wait!

dot-art Named Arts and Cultural Champion 2015

dot-art at the SEN Awards

Jessica, Lucy and Carolyn receive the award.

At a fabulous black tie event at Liverpool’s Town Hall on 30th October, attended by the cream of the region’s social enterprises, dot-art Services CIC was announced as the Arts and Cultural Champion for 2015 by the Social Enterprise Network for Merseyside.

The SEN Powerful Together Awards recognise the Liverpool City Region’s most innovative social enterprises, for attributes such as creativity, growth and social advocacy. The annual awards have been taking place since 2012, and this year saw over 90 nominations received across all categories. The Arts and Cultural Champion award recognises the achievements of the creative sector in supporting communities to thrive through a range of creative mediums, and was awarded to dot-art in recognition of its varied programme of works in the visual arts.

Lucy Byrne, managing director of dot-art Services said:

“The dot-art team are absolutely delighted to win this award. Over the past few years we have developed a number of new projects which have had fantastic reach and impact across the region; perhaps most importantly the dot-art Schools programme which has given thousands of children the opportunity to see their work showcased online, and displayed over 120 of these works in public art galleries in Liverpool City Centre. We have ambitious growth plans for 2016 and I am confident the profile gained by winning this award will help us deliver these.”

SEN Award Winners 2015

Autumn Art Classes

Autumn Art Classes

The summer may be over, but don’t let it get you down; the autumn is a fantastic time to learn a new skill or rediscover a hobby you enjoyed in the past. This season dot-art has new evening and weekend courses for adults starting in city centre locations, in a variety of creative subjects from Oil Painting to Life Drawing and Jewellery Making to Building Your Own Camera.

Read the full press release or see the full list and booking details here.

LOOK/15 Photowalks

LOOK/15 Photowalks


dot-art has teamed up with with Liverpool's International Photography Festival, LOOK/15, to offer a series of special Photowalks in locations across Merseyside during the festival this May.

Experienced photographer and teacher Steward Ellett leads a series of guided walks around the architectural and landscape highlights of Liverpool and the surrounding area, looking at different ways of capturing images using various in-camera techniques. Dress for all weathers and bring your camera! In this series of four photowalks, Steward will guide his group through a variety of Liverpool landscapes and photographic concepts including Anthony Gormley’s Another Place (Crosby); reflections and lines and modern vs classical Participants are encouraged to look for interesting angles, develop their camera know-how and share their work


Chang Everton Commission Unveiled

>Chang Everton Commission Unveiled

In early 2015, dot-art were commissioned by Chang Beer to produce an artwork to mark the longest standing shirt sponsorship in Premier League history between Everton and Chang. The mosaic piece, created from over 5000 Chang bottle tops, was unveiled at Goodison Park on Thursday 16 April, by the artist Alistair Parker, Club Ambassador Graeme Sharp, Richard Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications at Everton and Kevin Ng, Global Sales Director at Chang, on the side of the Park End Stand.

Read the full press release or see more photos, from work in progress to the unveiling itself.

We're Hiring! Admin and Marketing Admin Intern Vacancy

>dot-art Services Vacancy

dot-art Services CIC wishes to appoint a paid intern to support the Director and Project Manager in the administration and marketing of a range of activities as we experience a period of growth and development, including our support services for visual artists, art classes for adults, and dot-art Schools, our annual, inter-school art competition. Applicants will ideally be educated to degree level, with a proactive approach and genuine interest in building a career in the arts. The intern will be responsible for marketing and developing new audiences for our work, as well as communicating with current contacts, both face to face, over the phone and digitally, and therefore must be confident, presentable and professional.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, with excellent communication skills and great attention to detail. Experience of working in the arts is preferable as is some experience of office work. Excellent IT skills, self-reliance and commitment are all essential.

This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus.

This will be a 6 month contract, 30 hours per week, at minimum wage, starting in May 2015.

Download the full application pack and person specification.

Please send a CV and supporting letter outlining relevant skills and experience, in response to the information provided, plus web links to any projects you have been engaged in by email to:

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 1st May 2015.
Interviews will take place week commencing 18th May 2015.

dot-art at Project Rex

>dot-art at Project Rex

Rex is Liverpool's very first concept and box store, designed around independent retailers to create a shared retail and work space for like minded creative businesses. dot-art is delighted to be one of the very first organisations to partner with Rex.

We will be selling an exclusive range of affordable original and limited edition paintings and prints by our member artists, which will change on a regular basis. The first featured artists will be: John Petch, Sophie Green, Marianthi Lainas, Jackie Stevens, Jefferson Waters, Mike Greatbanks, Paul R Francis, Mark Chapman and Sarah Blackhall.

But you're probably asking yourself... What exactly is a Concept Store? The thinking behind a "concept" store is that it challenges the limitations of a traditional retail unit. It’s like a mini-emporium where you can find quirky new products from fun, vibrant, independent designers and retailers. It''s not just the sale of physical objects that are on offer but the full-on emotional experiences that a store like this can offer. We know that retail is changing, it's no longer just a shopping destination but a journey that customers want to be taken on and experience.

Come and see for yourself when Rex opens on the 10th October. You can find us at: BASEMENT LEVEL, 20-48 BASNETT STREET, (OLD GEORGE HENRY LEES BUILDING), L1 1EA. You can also keep up to date with Rex news by following them on Twitter.

We're Hiring! dot-art Schools Project Manager Vacancy

dot-art Schools Vacancy

dot-art Services CIC wishes to appoint a Freelance Project Manager to facilitate and develop the dot-art Schools Programme. Applicants should have a background in arts and education, and experience of working independently, with multiple partners and on complex projects. The Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of the programme and act as main point of contact for all involved, including schools, partner organisations, funders and supporters.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, with excellent communication skills and great attention to detail. Experience of working in the arts is essential, as is experience of fundraising through a range of channels including sponsorship and trusts & foundations. Knowledge of current issues and initiatives within arts education (both primary and secondary) as well as the National Curriculum is highly desirable.

This will be a freelance contract, 2 days a week for 12 months from September 2014 (with the possibility of extension), with a fee of £17500 pro rata.

For a full application pack, please email

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 18th August 2014. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 27th August.

dot-art at the Bluecoat, Spring 2014 Art Classes

Aboriginal Painting Day

As the weather starts to improve and we all look forward to summer, dot-art’s spring series of evening and weekend art classes are a fantastic way of making the most of the longer, lighter days and getting your creative juices flowing!

Taking place in the city centre’s creative hub, the Bluecoat, dot-art’s art classes provide a range of options for beginners and the more experienced alike to build on their talents. This season sees the return of some old favourites, as well as number of new courses added to the schedule.

Starting with photography, the first date for your diary is Thursday 3rd April, when our Night Photowalk returns. Steward Ellett leads a guided walk around the Pier Head and Albert Dock area of Liverpoool looking at different ways of capturing photos in low light, using various in camera techniques to best photograph the city at night. This is followed our the regular Sunday daytime Photowalk on 18th May.

Our Tuesday evening ten week courses remain hugely popular, so make sure you book early for the three options we have starting on 29th April; Richard Meaghan’s Painting course, Roy Munday’s Life Drawing course, and the return of Lucy Wilson’s Bookbinding course. These are all suitable for beginners.This term also sees the introduction of an Intermediate Life Drawing course on a Monday evening (starting on 21st April), for more experienced artists and those who have completed our original course. In addition, on Sunday 27th April we welcome Rob Edmondson who will lead a one day course on Aboriginal Art, encouraging participants to experiment with paint without the use of brushes!

Finally, during the Easter holidays, from Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th April we welcome Angela Burton to lead a series of dot-art Stars sessions, offering 8-11 year olds an opportunity to follow their own creative ideas, explore a wide variety of materials and to be adventurous in their approach.

Full details, prices and booking information can be found here.

Fine Art Printing Service Launched

After much planning, we are delighted to announce our new fine art printing service. Artists and photographers can now have archival quality limited edition prints produced by a highly knowledgeable, Liverpool city centre based expert, at fantastic prices! The service is open to all, with discounts for dot-art Members.

Prices start at just £5 for an A4 print, on a choice of three museum grade papers, using only the highest quality archival inks.

For full details, please see: or email

dot-art Fine Art Printing Service

Video: Beth Explains dot-art Schools

Pop Up Art Shop at the Bluecoat

dot-art Pop Up Art Shop

From Saturday 30th November shoppers in Liverpool city centre will be able to visit dot-art's seasonal Pop Up Art Shop at the Bluecoat to find unique, locally sourced Christmas gifts for all pockets and support the region's artists at the same time.

Find out more here

dot-art Schools Announces Partnership with Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery and dot-art Schools

We are delighted to announce that the dot-art Schools Exhibition 2014 will take place at the prestigious Walker Art Gallery, from 17th May - 8th June.

Read the Walker blog article here and full press release here.

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