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No Business Like Show Business

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The first event of the LAA 2002 calendar is an open exhibition giving artists the chance to show us their views on show business.

ShowBusiness in its various forms has always had a fascination for artists as shown in the paintings of Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sickert etc. The director of the LAA, June Lornie, who was closely involved with show business for many years prior to taking over the LAA , felt that there is a lot of a scope for our Merseyside artists to really go to town, both literally and figuratively, with their imagination on theatres, costumes, circus's, songs from the shows, buskers etc. You can judge for yourself by visiting the exhibition, or looking at some of the samples below.

The show was opened by Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd.

The exhibition will open Monday to Friday between 12 and 4.00 pm from Tuesday 5th until Friday 22nd February. For details on how to get there see How to Find Us

Below are some sample pictures frm the exhibiton. Just click on an image to see it full screen.

Alan Bennett Alan Bennett


David Brown

19th century dress 19th century dress

Silk and Organza

Maria Colfar

Prince of the 80's Prince of the 80's


Spencer John Derry

The Madcap Called Syd Barrett The Madcap Called Syd Barrett


Spencer John Derry

The Music Man The Music Man


Pat Ferrie

Young Frank Young Frank


David Griffiths

Jazz Singer Jazz Singer


Carl Hodgson

Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe


Gail Hollows

Its Show Time Its Show Time

Mixed Media

Kevin Humphreys

Chorus Line Chorus Line


Yvonne Irving

Costume for Kabuto Dance Costume for Kabuto Dance

Mixed Media

June Lornie

The Death of Tommy Cooper The Death of Tommy Cooper

Don McKinlay

Theatre\Set Design Theatre\Set Design

Billy Meall

The Heckeler The Heckeler


Sean Odega

The Big Stage The Big Stage


Sean Odega

Sinatra Prepares and Veags Waits Sinatra Prepares and Veags Waits


Simon Pritchard

The Empire Theatre The Empire Theatre


Edgar Shakeshaft

The Playhouse The Playhouse


Edgar Shakeshaft

Day and Walking out Dress Day and Walking out Dress

Avril Smith

Old Time Busker Old Time Busker


Sheila Turner

18th century sack back dress 18th century sack back dress

Silk with decorative detail on stomacher

Lisa Tyson