Author: Wendy Williams

The Unseen

It’s been a few months since we exhibited together as a group, but finally we are back – exhibiting as Soup Collective.

Find us at CASS ART Liverpool, from 26th February

cass soup

The Unseen
An exhibition from Soup Collective

26th Feb – 31st March 2018 Cass Art, 18 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

The Soup Collective is a group of artists who met through connections with Tate Liverpool. The group formed in 2001 and since then has extensively exhibited in the UK and abroad.
The artists have been looking at the sometimes hidden and unseen sides of life and have produced a diverse and thought provoking range of work for this exhibition.

Stephen Edwards
Keiron Finnetty
Catherine Harrison
John Hughes
Tifany Kendall
Jackie Kerr
Alicia Y Talikowska
Louise Waller
Janet Wilkinson
Wendy Williams

Image by Keiron Finnetty


Catch up

Catch up
The title is not just about ‘catching up ‘on this blog, but saying literally what we’ve been doing this year.
So…what’s been happening since ‘Coded’ in Athens this year?

In July, we exhibited our handmade books at the Artists Book fair in Liverpool. It was good to show a range of work from so many artists, but also it was a chance to sit and talk to people. It was successful on so many levels and we’ll definitely do it again next year.

Book fair
One of the people exhibiting with us, was NY based artist Debra Eck. Debra set up the ‘Colonize’ exhibition a few years ago. We then had the opportunity to go across, exhibit, meet artists ( and do some wonderful sightseeing!)
It was good to not only remind people that we’d worked with other artists on an international level, but also it was a useful introduction to her visit to the UK in August.
Debra ran a Coptic stitch workshop at Alternator studios, in which the participants included some of the book artists we’d met at the Book Fair.

coptic workshop

While all of the above was going on, we were continuing our correspondences (and friendships!) with artists we’d met in Athens. Of course, we’d ‘clicked’ with the Nottingham based Harrington Mill group on our first visit to the Athens Art fair, so we had kept in touch (meeting them again in Greece this year) but we’d also got on well with the MNKY BIZ group who were in the next booth.
The group were based in Berlin, so we (SCI & Harrington Mill) headed over to Germany in September to check out what the artists were doing. It was also Berlin Art week, so we got to see a LOT of Art. Its very likely we will go back next year to check out a big exhibition one of the group will be setting up.

Most of the group are exhibiting as individuals as well, so it may not look like things are happening, but rest assured they are !


Poster coded

This year, SCI will once again be taking part in Platforms Project, the Independent Art Fair of Athens.

Fitting in with the projects’ criteria of platforms-groups that produce works or projects together, SCI will be collaborating with 22 individual artists from around the UK, producing works about consumerism and branding. The artists have produced food and drinks labels highlighting their responses to coding.
SCI Artists exhibiting :
Michael Borkowsky , Catherine Harrison, Jacqueline F Kerr, Sharon Mossbeck,
Elizabeth Wheeler, Wendy Williams
Participating ‘Coded’ artists:
Craig Barmer, Jackie Berridge, Jo Brown, May Chong, Lyn Carruthers , Brian Daines , Alan Dunn, Lee Green, Jake Harries, Claire Lee, Deb Lee, Sonja Benskin Mesher , Ruth Morrissey, Sufea Mohamad Noor, Ben Parkin, Janine Pinion, Sadie Renwick, Karen Scott, Sharon Hall Shipp, Richard Shipp, Marcin Szuba, Myfanwy Williams

Platforms Project

20 -25 May 2017
Cultural Centre ,Charilaou Trikoupi Str. 121, 114 73 Athens
Find us at Booth F5.
We would once again like to thank Arts Council England for their support.
You can follow updates of the exhibition by finding SCI on Twitter or Facebook






Fuse 3

We are now preparing for the FUSE 3 exhibition in Sheffield which opens next week.

The exhibition brings together 9 artists representing their groups from 3 UK Cities – Exchange Place Studios Sheffield, SCI Liverpool and Harrington Mill Nottingham.

Exhibition artists are:

Michael Borkowsky, Brian Daines, Karen Davies (Sheffield)
Catherine Harrison, Jacqueline F Kerr, Wendy Williams (Liverpool)
Jackie Berridge, Dee Shiels, Alison Whitmore (Nottingham)



With support from Arts Council England, we were able to continue with our programme – travelling up to Sheffield and reaching out to a wider audience.


The title ‘FUSE’ is taken from the work we exhibited in Athens.  All of the artists in the Platform exhibition have exhibited in FUSE Sheffield, but like most of SCI’s exhibitions, we have gathered artists on the way.

Images courtesy of Michael Borkowsky

Images from the exhibition :Relics

Using donated ceramics (many from Baltic Clay ) as a starting point, the artists involved in the exhibition set out to alter and adapt the pieces .


A poetry event based on ‘Relics’ was also organised and well attended

Read an interview with the curator :    and a review   :