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Welcome to the Cornerstone Gallery

The Cornerstone Gallery is located in and above the large main entrance to Liverpool Hope University’s city centre Creative Campus.

Practice and research are at the forefront of the gallery philosophy and exhibiting artists comprise of a wide range in the best of national and international practitioners. The Cornerstone Gallery strives to engage in the discourse within contemporary visual arts through an exciting and dynamic exhibition line-up. The programme seeks to engage both student and public audiences with a selection of thematic exhibitions involving significant contemporary art practitioners. Cornerstone exhibitions are crucial to the student experience at Liverpool Hope and works exhibited endeavour to enhance both their contextual study and the development of critical faculties. The gallery is also utilised across the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, for student-focussed professional practice exhibitions and related seminars.

Historically the gallery has hosted such artists as John Hoyland, Alan Davie, Stuart Sutcliffe, Paula Rego and many others. More recent exhibitors include Michael Stubbs, Andrew Bick, John Bunker, Choterina Freer and Jemma Egan.

All exhibitions are free and open daily for public viewing from 9.30-5pm

Our address is Liverpool Hope University, The Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, L6 1HP.


Nicky Sykes: Edge of Winter

Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, until October 20th 2017

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The Cornerstone Gallery presents the work of Nick Sykes. Nick graduated from Liverpool John Moores, Fine Art BA Honours in 1995 and has since then occupied a number of studios in his native Huddersfield, Manchester and Liverpool. Nick has worked meticulously on his practice, which primarily consists of landscape painting and drawing. His influences range from the German Romanticists such as Caspar David Friedrich to the pared-down aesthetic of Piet Mondrian and the artists of the De Stijl movement.

Nick works primarily within land and cityscape painting, with the completed paintings often derived from drawings produced daily on scraps of paper, post-it notes or dedicated notebooks. The larger works on canvas are produced using a selection of oil, enamel, spray and household paints and whilst evocative of a sense of the melancholic, they are an emotional and at times, an intuitive response to landscape. References to the city are also a large part of Nick’s work and rather than echoing the noise of the modern city, Nick tempers the visceral gesture in favour of line and plane in an attempt to suggest harmonious compositions.  He produces unruly and often bleak cityscape paintings, which are inherent of the artist’s deft colour sensibility. Nicks colour selection, a layered hybrid of mark making coupled with his almost reckless selection of high-quality oil paints, and low-quality household paints result in a natural sense of composition, which appears as a synthesis between the physical act of painting and the loose description of the mood of a city.

Nick Sykes has also worked for many years as Senior Art and Transport Technician for National Museums and Galleries Liverpool. He has also previously worked as Senior Art Handler for Liverpool’s Bluecoat and nationally for Tate Gallery. Nick’s experience in this role has realised him working on many major museum art exhibitions and handling some of the most precious and world-renowned artworks as well as working closely with curators and artists. 


Liverpool Hope MA Creative Practice Students are currently showing in the ground floor area of the gallery, 12 October--19th October


Opening Monday 23rd October: 'There but Different' featuring artists Andrew Bracey, Danica Maier and Gerard Williams

There But Different’ is a group exhibition. It explores overlapping tendencies in the approach to making and thinking about the art of three artists, Danica Maier, Gerard Williams and Andrew Bracey. Each of the three artists use something that exists in the world as material (literally, conceptually and/or figuratively) and then do something to it through their artistic processes to change the original function, meaning or use fundamentally. Importantly there is a dual way of seeing the artworks where the original object is still there, but the changed aspect to it by the artist is simultaneously also present.

The Cornerstone Gallery
Liverpool Hope University
The Creative Campus
17 Shaw Street
L6 1HP

T: 0151 291 3997