Albert Dock in Liverpool has welcomed the Dock Art pop-up shop, allowing customers to watch local artists create work live, before purchasing them. Located in Unit 16 on The Colonnades, close to Tate Liverpool, Dock Art is the latest independent to set up shop at Albert Dock, following the likes of Leather Satchel Co. and more recently, Utility. It is all part of the strategic reinvention of the retail and leisure offer of Albert Dock, led by the developer, Aberdeen Asset Management.
'We launched our ambitious vision for Albert Dock earlier this year, after acquiring the commercial spaces in 2016. Albert Dock is a truly unique location, and it is our intention to enhance the already high quality local and national restaurant and retail brands here, with new, fiercely independent, and evolving brands. We want people to be excited when they visit the Dock – seeing and experiencing new things each time,' says Simon Moscow from Aberdeen Asset Management. 'Dock Art is the latest piece in the jigsaw and a key component of our long-term strategy for this iconic destination. We welcome them to the Dock family, and look forward to working with them.'
Dock Art features works from 10 specially chosen, local artists, from illustrators and photographers, to a traditional letterpress printer. The pop-up is in response to the current high-street trend in creating unique, retail experiences for customers. Visitors to Dock Art will witness art being created first-hand, and the chance to hear the stories behind it from the creators themselves.
'For us it is about making art accessible to all and affordable. Our customers feel involved in the process, and can hear the full story behind what they are buying – where it was made and the origins of the materials used. It is a unique concept that we think is perfectly suited to Albert Dock,' says Dock Art co-founder Katherine Caldwell.