July 4


On Thursday 30 June, a new sculpture celebrating those who have worked on Liverpool’s docks was unveiled on The Liverpool Plinth as it marks its fifth year.

JULY 4 2022

St Helens based contemporary sculptor, Katie McGuire (in main picture), is the winning artist from the Open Call. She is the youngest sculptor to be selected for The Liverpool Plinth and receives £1,000 as a result of her creative work being chosen.

The Liverpool Plinth is the North’s answer to London’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and celebrates and platforms sculptors working in the North of England. Standing on the Chapel Street side of Liverpool Parish Church, the Liverpool Plinth overlooks the city’s Pier Head and River Mersey and is commissioned by Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool Parish Church and dot-art. The site has hosted a new sculpture, each being in place for 12 months, since 2018.

As a female, Northern, working-class artist, Katie speaks of her work as exploring her heritage through the depiction and reproduction of industry in an artistic and aesthetic approach, emphasising the importance of materiality through the theme of industrialism.

Katie’s winning sculpture, 2400, is created solely by hand knitting and symbolises the chains used on ships or at docks, the chains being the mark of a ship’s strength. Her work is an emblem of the laboured approach of those working on Liverpool’s ships, docks and throughout the slave trade.

The sculpture takes an industrial material, backer rod, out of its restricted and internal environment and manipulates it, through knitting, to provide it with a new context.

Katie’s sculpture was selected after an open call to artists based in the North of England. It is the fifth sculpture to be installed on the Liverpool Plinth and will remain in place for 12 months.

The aim of the site is to celebrate up and coming sculptors in the North, to profile public art and to animate an historic corner of Liverpool and its world-famous waterfront with contemporary art.

Bill Addy CEO of Liverpool BID Company said, “Investing in and supporting public art is essential, because art affects how we feel and spend time in a city. For business, it is vital we continue to support both arts organisations and artists, to help them to continue to do the vital work celebrating the role creativity plays in our everyday lives".

The Revd. Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool commented, “I am delighted to see The Liverpool Plinth welcome its fifth artwork this summer. At each iteration I have been inspired by the ability of art to stimulate conversation and thought. At Liverpool Parish Church we see this as another step in the long tradition of the Church in supporting visual art”.

Lucy Byrne, managing director of dot-art, said, “The Liverpool Plinth has played a role in people’s daily lives for five years and I am delighted to see this latest sculpture being unveiled. It is so positive to see such a young artist, who has recently graduated, seeing her work displayed at such a prominent location in our city. Liverpool’s art and artists play a very vital role in our city. They enable us to explore Liverpool’s history, examine our culture and visualise our heritage and identity through creativity”.


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