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Under the Volcano: An exhibition for Malcolm Lowry

25 September - 22 November 2009

On the centenary of Malcolm Lowry's birth in 2009, we hosted an exhibition curated by Bryan Biggs, Under the Volcano: An Exhibition for Malcolm Lowry (1907 - 1957)

Curated by the Bluecoat's Artistic Director Bryan Biggs, the exhibition was the centrepiece of a two-month programme celebrating the Wirral-born writer. The show brought together artists from Merseyside and the North West, Scotland, Canada, Mexico and Chile, whose work related to Lowry in different ways, as well as historical works, documentary film and archival material.

The work on display included new film and installation commissions, sculpture, drawings, prints, ephemera and loans of historic paintings by Edward Burra, Adrian Henri and other international artists, reflecting the various points on Lowry’s compass: Merseyside, the Isle of Man, New York, Mexico and Canada

The exhibition was accompanied by commissions of dance from Angus Balbernie and a song cycle by Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss, a Day of the Dead community participation day, a film programme, including John Huston’s Under the Volcano, a psychogeographical coach and walking tour of Lowry’s Wirral, and a talks programme, including Lowry’s biographer Gordon Bowker. A book, Malcolm Lowry: From the Mersey to the World, was published and a beer, ‘Malcolm Lowry’s Golden Ale’, was brewed for the occasion.

Exhibition Photography