What we want to do
We want to make our home as useful and as beneficial as possible for the artists that work here, the greater artist community and the general public.
We aim to do this by making our resources more accessible, and by creating new ones that are missing in the city.
This includes expanding our workshop facilities to ensure that artists can continue to make work, whilst providing a space for them to share their skills with others. We will also continue our development of a project space which can be used by studio members and visiting artists to TRS. This will offer a testing ground for experimental projects, research-rich events and symposiums.
As an artist-led space, we have a large amount of books, magazines and research materials that we would like to make available to the public. To make this possible, it is our goal to develop a TRS library which would house an archive of historical publications, books and magazines that would continue to grow and expand over time.
The Royal Standard’s facilities are hugely important to the cultural sector in Liverpool, and the greater North-West. Our aim is to make public our resources as a means to promote learning and education within the arts.
We believe that places like TRS are becoming increasingly vital in a climate where artist-led initiatives are becoming harder and harder to sustain. As a resource and platform for artist development in the city, TRS provides a place for creativity to flourish, expand and contribute to Liverpool’s cultural importance.
We are keen to continue our growth and remain at the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant artistic landscape. Your contribution will help us make sure that TRS remains a creative resource that is open to the public, and free to all.
How we will use your money
We have recently moved from our previous home in Northern Liverpool due to rising costs in the area and expensive overheads in an ill-equipped building. Since the move we have come under unforeseen financial strain whilst settling in. This is mainly due to incurring costs throughout the relocation period, but also to the huge pressure on the team of voluntary directors to apply for funding.
Your generous donations will help us continue our work on the building by developing a workshop space, library and project space that can be used by studio members and the larger creative community. These vital funds will develop The Royal Standard as a creative space for people to use as a way to making our resources more accessible, which in turn will help us open up The Royal Standard to people who want to engage with contemporary art.
TRS have also already committed to spending time and money on our gallery. This will ensure that the exhibitions that take place here remain innovative and exciting, whilst encouraging research based activities. We are also expanding our exhibition programme and working with external partners such as School of the Damned, Bluecoat, Liverpool Biennial, The Double Negative and Liverpool John Moores University, to ensure our public programme is diverse and accessible.
As a thank you for your contributions we're offering a wide range of great rewards, from conversations with directors and studio members, to limited edition prints from Liverpool Biennial, limited edition embroidered t-shirts, and ‘Gettin’ the Heart Ready’ pin badges by artists Jemma Egan and Mike Carney.
Who we are
We are The Royal Standard, an artist-led studio complex and gallery space in Liverpool. Founded in 2006 by a group of graduates, we have just celebrated our 10th birthday and have worked with over 300 artists, showcasing work in over 75 exhibitions and events. We house 45 artists within our studio complex, and continue to support smaller project spaces and collectives, as well as a large gallery space.
As an organisation we have a residency programme in place for students, graduates and our studio members here at The Royal Standard. We offer support by securing well paid opportunities for artists; setting up writing residencies, as well as practice based residencies and exhibition opportunities. Through this activity, we are able provide a vital conduit for artists to progress from graduate to mid-career level and above.
Now that we are located in a more dynamic part of the city, we are keen to welcome new audiences and connect with the local community. With your generous donations, we will build a resource and library area for people to use as a way to making TRS more accessible.
We are in the middle of programming a workshop series, which will develop artist practice in the city and provides us with an opportunity to invite local and national collectives and communities to participate. We have programmed these workshops for the next three months, but we want to make this a permanent feature at TRS.