Partnerships play a significant role in achieving our missions of making art part of the everyday. We believe anywhere can be place for arts and culture and we work with a number of local and national organisations to achieve the Galleries mission.
Partnerships cover a mixture of:
Shared Venue use, collaborative projects, Materials, and promoting arts and culture.
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We have partnered with M & S Bank Arena to showcase the work of brilliant local artists throughout their VIP hospitality areas.
We work closely with the local council in supporting our culture programming to thrive.
We are proud member of Pink Sands Studios
Creative Development Experts. They have worked across projects with Convenience Gallery.
Diversity on the dance floor. Queensway platform Merseyside's underrepresented artists in the electronic music scene
Mental Health service provide on Merseyside. We have worked in partnership on a number of services and culture programmes.
Pilgrim is a leading youth development provider on Wirral.
FINSA is an international wood supplier. Currently FINSA work with Convenience to provide second quality material for our exhibitions and workshops.
Birkenhead Park is the oldest public park in the world. Host to a number of exhibitions and workshops.
Our first venue, home to a number of programming we ran in 2019.
A pub of historic significance in Birkenhead. The Stork has hosted a number of our heritage and history projects.
A reimagining of what a music venue can do in communities.
Arts project by Max Mallender & Josie Jenkins.
We have worked to support and consult on the Independent Biennial.
Artist Studio and Gallery in Merseyside.
We have worked closely with the Illustration and Animation course.
We have worked with a number of the creative courses. Providing talks for students.
A mosque and community centre open to everyone.
Church of England diocese based in Oxton
* MEWE 360
We received MEWE 360 support as part of winning the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Entrepreneurs. MEWE boast
Spider Project is a creative arts and wellbeing recovery community project.
Companeros, is a space led by Spider Project.
They produce exhibitions, long-term collaborative projects, publications, festivals, and university courses — locally and worldwide. We worked with them on the 2019 edition of the LOOK Photo Biennial.
* Ena Pa
Ena Pa make African and Caribbean food.
Leading network of independent businesses on Wirral.
See, hear, act, do. SHADO Brought comfort angels to Birkenhead in 2022.
Make CIC is a purpose-driven social enterprise with several vibrant spaces across the Liverpool City Region.
Local news outlet Birkenhead News has been a longtime supporter of Convenience Gallery
As well as publishing regular articles, listings, opportunities and news for artists and audiences around Merseyside online, Art in Liverpool prints a monthly magazine dedicated to reaching new audiences for the arts the region.
The Williamson Art Gallery is displays include artworks, ceramics, sculptures, and maritime history. It is also home to the largest public collection of Della Robbia pottery in the UK, and to some internationally important paintings.We have supported them on their Open and will be hosting the 2023 BIFF there.
* Be Well
Education, learning, and development company.
Positivitree are on a mission to empower parent-carers with self-care tools and experiences which improve wellbeing.
OOMOO is an opportunity for Young People Looked After ages 11-18 on the Wirral. We are here to get you in the best frame of mind you can be in and to help you face life’s ups and downs.
Funding, Grants, Social Investment
Here is a list of active and previous funders of Convenience Gallery projects.
Kindred have provided social investment into our Organisation Convenience Gallery CIC. This has enable us to expand our social impact in the LCR region, increase services locally, and add in more commercial routes for our CIC.
Read more about Kindred LCR: https://kindred-lcr.co.uk
In 2022, Convenience Gallery founders, Andrew Shaw and Ryan Gauge received the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs for their work with Convenience Gallery. This included £10,000 investment and a years membership with MEWE 360.
Read more about the programme here: https://dbace.org
And more about the winner in our cohort here: https://dbace.org/previous-winners-dbace/
Previous Project Grants:
TNL Community Fund: We received a grant from TNL in 2021/22 for our In Cahoots project. Facilitating the work of 7 local artists to create new installation work, alongside a series of talks, workshops, and artistic support. Over 1000 people engaged with this project. See more in our project archive
Awesome Foundation: In 2019, before we made it official we had a £500 grant from Awesome Liverpool. This meant we could run our first series of workshop in a mix of free and affordable formats. These took place at Birkenhead Market and Bloom Building.
Community Foundation Merseyside, LCR Cares: CRAFTBAR as a full 12 session project was funding by this. This saw, 213 local people accessing free to access creative practices in Birkenhead during 2022, 23.
TESCO Community Grant: We received £500 for our Horizons work.
Historic England, Everyday Heritage Grants: In 2022/23 we received this grant to creatively uncovering Birkenhead's Working class history. You can see this work here
Collaborative received grants:
With Open Door Charity:
During a period on 2020 - 2021, we received commissions from Open Door Charity of behalf of grant work being delivered for the Baring Foundation, Cheshire West Partnership (NHS) and Merseyside Police. This was for Horizons, young persons art programme and Aesthetics, a project for personality disorder.
Public Facing, Commissioned work:
We initially incepted CRAFTBAR for this event, with artist, Ryla Dilkes. We also worked with Dripped Goods and DJ collective Dance for Plants.
We have worked on projects on behalf on the LCR combined authority. Including Bridge 2 Bamboo in 2022.