Stuff People Should See: Exhibition Review

Stuff People Should See:

At the Fallout Factory Gallery, on Dale Street, the latest exhibition titled ‘Stuff people should see’, gives a straightforward, direct message from curator Sean Tolmie.  His vision for an eclectic and multi-faceted compilation of work from emerging and under-represented artists from Liverpool and the North of England has been inspired.

Sculptural furniture, photography, painting, print and installation art, all rub shoulders in a surprisingly cohesive and interactive exhibition that has an organic, accessible and creative vibe.  In the window a yogic chair and burr elm mirror by Allan Lake act as an immediate draw for those passing the gallery. Allan uses the inherent beauty of wood to sculpt dreamy statement pieces of furniture firmly setting the tenor for the show.

Laura Sullivan’s large hand printed Perspex hangings, ‘Transient Space,’  lead you into the gallery, mesmerising with an ethereal quality, subtly suspended within the gallery space.

Once inside the gallery there is something for everyone, from the large tattoo style paintings of Les McCoy, to the Wainwright-esque illustrated walking plans of George Tolmie; from beautiful paintings of everyday life in China by Tracy Luo, to an installation that draws attention to the demise of the Hope Street Plane trees by Debrea Lewis

There is an outstanding photographic piece by visual artist Liriya Lee that exposes the reality of the recent riots in Istanbul, Turkey.  Liriya visited her city of origin a number of times over the last six months to join in with and record the political activism, capturing and sharing the harrowing experiences from the perspective of a woman artist.

Tim Spencer is an artist/maker with a mission to improve posture, with his ‘knelt’ furniture that has a deceptive simplicity, reminiscent of Scandinavian design. Jennifer Langford’s series of illustrations add a little pathos, in their depiction of sleeping horses. The abstract landscape paintings by Ruth Naylor bring heightened sophistication to the mix, and the screen print illustrations by Milos Simpraga and Sasha Spyro bring an urbane air to the show.

In the gallery’s dilapidated and untouched cellar, the space has been beautifully utilized by artist Emma Dwyer as her canvas, depicting, in the subtle palette found there, the atmosphere of the subterranean space along with her own feelings about where her roots lie.

The fourteen artists really do offer diversity and wide appeal, all with a consistently high standard of quality and artistic integrity. The collection of art in the exhibition ‘Stuff people should see’ has proven that the Fallout Factory Gallery lends itself to this curatorial approach.

Get on down and see it before Christmas, and maybe even purchase a unique piece of art for that special person or place!


  • Allan Lake
  • Debrea Lewis
  • Tracey Luo
  • Sean Tolmie
  • Laura Sullivan
  • Liriya Lee
  • Tim Spencer
  • Jennifer Langford
  • Milos Simpraga
  • Sasha Spyro
  • Ruth Naylor
  • Emma Dwyer
  • Goerge Tolmie
  • Les McCoy

Opening 1pm to 6pm  Tuesday to Saturday.

Exhibition running until Sat 21st December 2013

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