Meanwhile Space

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Meanwhile spaces are those unloved and vacant plots of land we see in all cities, that fall between the cracks of ownership and use.


Often owned by private developers or local councils, these spaces are deemed unsuitable for development and often become physical blights on the communities that surround them.

Metal’s next project seeks to explore the potential of artists working with local residents as a means of addressing this issue within the Edge Hill area of Liverpool.

Selected by a panel of local residents, artists Marcus Coates, Cristina Lina and Neville Gabie will work together with community members this summer to rethink the potential of one of the neighbourhood’s targeted meanwhile spaces.

The project will incorporate one of our Process events, a chance to hear from the artists as they develop their work. Find out more here.



Artist biographies:


Marcus Coates:

Marcus Coates is a contemporary artist living in London. He is recognised for his performances and installations that employ shamanistic rituals and contrast natural and manmade making processes. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square artwork (2015/16).

Cristina Lina:

Cristina Lina has a background in graffiti and mural painting and continues to work with this format as well as experimenting with quilt making (something she describes as ‘the opposite of spray-painting’) ceramics, performance, print and installation. Her work is explicitly fun, yet at the same time she hopes disarming, creating a certain chaos through the possibilities that emerge from the people involved.

Neville Gabie:

With a background in sculpture, Neville Gabie’s work has always been driven by a response to specific locations or situations caught in a moment of change. Highly urbanized or distantly remote, his work is a response to the vulnerability of place. Gabie’s interest is in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural or emotional geography.



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