Work for the Liverpool Art Fair will be selected from the open submission process by a panel of respected and knowledgeable figures assembled from across the region’s cultural landscape.
Sarah Lovell is the Lead Officer for Culture, within the Policy and Strategic Commissioning Directorate for the Liverpool City Region, Combined Authority, with strategic responsibilities to manage the implementation of the Culture & Creative Strategy – supporting and strengthening the role of culture and creativity as core drivers for the success of the City Region.
With over 25 years of experience working within the participatory arts/theatre and education/learning sectors Sarah has worked for a wide range of regional and national arts cultural and heritage organisations including; Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Exchange Theatre and National Museums Liverpool and within Further and Higher Education establishments including LIPA, LJMU and Chester University. In a former role at Arts Council England Sarah was Programme Director for the Young People’s Participatory Theatre Project (2006 – 2009) a national programme to increase young people’s access to and participation in theatre.
Faith Bebbington studied sculpture at Winchester College of Art and has worked from her studio in Liverpool since 1993. Her artistic practice initially stemmed from having cerebral palsy, a hidden disability which made her curious about how humans and animals move. Faith’s dynamic, public sculptures are created with recycled materials such as waste plastic milk bottles or cardboard, helping to raise awareness of the impact of climate change whilst making her own art practice more sustainable. Notable public works using this approach include “Jimmy” the illuminated working horse featured on the Liverpool Plinth, “Writers Bloc” commissioned by the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate 21 years of Writing on the Wall, two life size recycled “Wembley Lions” commissioned by the Football Association for Wembley Stadium, and the “itv Reindeer”, an illuminated sculpture reinterpreting the channels’ brand identity broadcast as part of itv Creates.
Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015, arts professional and presenter of BBC1 ‘Life After Suicide’. Angela project managed the John Moore Painting Prize at National Museums Liverpool for many years and as a freelance arts professional for over a decade, continues to work with individual artists and arts organisations, while also speaking publicly about mental health issues.
Patrick is the Editor and Director of Art in Liverpool, an online and print magazine dedicated to visual art across every part of Merseyside.
Since 2018, Art in Liverpool has also run Independents Biennial, supporting grassroots artists and independent venus in the busiest months of Liverpool’s creative calendar.