Every element in an exhibition of work by Peter Liversidge begins at the artist’s kitchen table with Liversidge sitting alone writing proposals on an old manual typewriter. These hand-typed pages, present an array of possible and impossible ideas for performances and artworks in almost every conceivable medium. In a sense the first realisation of every work is in Liversidge’s head, then on the page, then in the mind of the reader, and finally (perhaps) as a physical object or happening. In every case, the first ‘artwork’ from any series of proposals is the bookwork that presents the collected ideas.

As Liversidge has said: “… the process is also about the notion of creativity: it’s important that some of the proposals are actually realised, but no more so than the others that remain only as text on a piece of A4 paper. In a sense they are all possible and the bookwork that collates the proposals allows the reader to curate their own show, and because of its size and scale the bookwork allows an individual to interact with each of the proposals on their own terms, one to one”.

 

Since 2006, Liversidge has worked with institutions across Europe, including the Tate Gallery, Liverpool; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Finland. In 2013 the artist exhibited as part of the group exhibition The Spirit of Utopia at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and was commissioned to create a new public artwork for the Edinburgh Art Festival: Flags for Edinburgh. Major solo exhibitions have recently been presented at i8 Gallery; Reykjavik; The MAC, Belfast and Basis, Frankfurt; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm . In 2015 Liversidge’s exhibition Notes on Protesting was presented at Whitechapel Gallery, London and a solo presentation was on display at the Van Abbe Museum, The Netherlands in the Winter. Liversidge has collaborated with the group LOW, creating videos, backdrops and album covers for their past three albums, Ones and Sixes, 2015, Double Negative, 2018, and HEY WHAT, 2021. In 2016 Liversidge was artist in residence for TedXCoutauldInstitute programme Utopia: Breaking the Rules. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the USA was presented at the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut from 1 May 2016 – 5 February, 2017. Peter Liversidge developed a unique cycle of songs in collaboration with community choirs across London in response to Tate Modern’s building, its history and its place in contemporary life; The Bridge (A Choral Piece for Tate Modern) was performed in the iconic Tate Turbine Hall for the first time in June 2016. Ingleby presented a solo exhibition by Liversidge, an echo, from October - December 2022.