The Winner Takes It All? - Call for Participants

The Winner Takes It All? will provide 15 UK and 5 European artists the opportunity to participate, debate and engage in a research and networking weekend exploring Capitals of Culture, in the context of the Liverpool Biennial 2008. Artists from other Capitals of Culture old and new (e.g Glasgow, Vilnius, Istanbul), from cities shortlisted for the 2008 award, or from other relevant perspectives or backgrounds, are invited to share their experience and compare it with that of Liverpool, currently European Capital of Culture 2008.

Liverpool-based artist organisations The Royal Standard and Redwire will play host to the visiting artists, leading a programme of collaborative tours, participatory events and social activity which will punctuate the weekend, mapping and engaging with the city's official and unofficial culture. There will also be opportunities to meet with other artists and artist-led organisations and to share experiences, ideas and practices.

Attending artists are invited to bring something to the event that is culturally relevant to or representative of their city. These contributions will inform the debate, and can take any form, artwork, document, action, artifact, etc, and will be displayed in a public resource at The Royal Standard throughout the duration of the event. The ongoing process of debate and discussion will culminate in a public panel discussion on the final day, allowing the participating artists to reflect on the weekendís activity and to exchange thoughts and ideas with local artists and practitioners.

The cost of taking part in the event is just £40 (for a-n subscribers / AIR members) or £50 (for non-subscribers) from each participating artist (the unsubsidized value of each artistís place is a minimum of £170) All accommodation and meals will be provided and train fares up to the value of £65 will be reimbursed on production of a receipt.

To attend the panel discussion in Liverpool as an audience member, tickets are £5 and can be booked by emailing

Artists willing to participate in the event need to demonstrate that they are already operating within artist networks and initiatives in the UK, in order to feed back the knowledge gained, allowing more artists to benefit from the information gathered.

For further information including details of how to apply, visit The Royal Standardís website to download an application pack.

Please return completed application packs to, by 5pm, Thu 4 Sep 2008.

This event is supported by a-n and Arts Council England.
The Winner Takes It All?

What: The Winner Takes It All? - Call for Participants
Where: The Royal Standard, Redwire and sites around Liverpool
When: Fri 24 - Sun 26 Oct 2008
Further Details:
-Visit The Royal Standard's website
-Visit Redwire's website
Deadline: Thu 4 Sep 2008, 5pm