Cornerstone building

Welcome to the Cornerstone Gallery


Where practice and exhibition are placed at the forefront of the visual arts debate in Liverpool

The Cornerstone Gallery is located in and above the large main entrance to Liverpool Hope University’s city centre arts campus, The Cornerstone. The philosophy of the Gallery is to act as a platform to exhibit nationally and internationally established artists alongside new and emerging visual practitioners; to provide insights into artistic practice and process at differing stages of development.

The curatorial approach is designed to engage and promote discussion within the wider cultural life of the city and contribute pedagogically to visual and contextual studies for students.  The Gallery aims to inform, stimulate and challenge.

Exhibitions have included work by Adrian Henri, Stuart Sutcliffe, Paula Rego, Eileen Cooper, Alan Davie, Terry Duffy, Martin Greenland, Lisa Milroy, John Hoyland, prisoners in HMP Liverpool and that of newly emergent artists.

Artists and curators are always welcome to submit new and interesting proposals.


Current Exhibition

31st Jan to 14th March 2014

R.Sweeney - Exhib Image

Body Topographies

Rachel Sweeney

Body Topographies is an exhibition of photographic works featuring local dancer Rachel Sweeney and her performance company Orr and Sweeney. The collaborative work explores the creative links that exist between the body and its environment. Created in a series of dynamic locations throughout Australia during her recent research trip (Dr Sweeney was appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the Australian National University in 2012), the work offers a highly unusual insight into a vital and ever changing relationship between body and environment through a series of movement portraits which illustrate physical processes surrounding ecological change.

Rachel Sweeney is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Liverpool Hope University whose research engages with performance ecology acts through dance processes, based in site specific practice. She is co-Artistic Director of Orr and Sweeney international dance collective who facilitate residential research intensives in remote and regional locations in UK and Australia, developing a method for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary live research practice based in site, bringing together professionals from land science and various arts disciplines (



Gallery Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Free Admission (On weekends, inform Main Lodge on entry to Campus)

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

T: 0151 291 3997