19/1/23 - 28/1/23

Please note: This exhibition takes place at the Bridewell Studios & Gallery, which is situated at 101 Prescot St, Liverpool L7 8UL - just opposite the old Royal Hospital - while our Seel St. site is closed for a bit of a facelift. The Bridewell is closed Monday to Wednesday. Opening hours Thursday - Sunday are 12pm - 4pm.

Continuing OUTPUT’s survey of creativity in the region, this month we return to Bridewell Studios & Gallery for the 2023 Sculpture Open exhibition, this time featuring the work of Ami Zanders, Craig Sinclair, Rory Larbalestier, Katie McGuire, Christopher Pollock and Ellie Towers.

The artists selected for this exhibition bring a variety of unique approaches ranging from assemblages of found objects to hand-shaped clay items and every combination in-between. Their work is deeply reflective of the world they find themselves in, and the paths that have led the way.

Please join us for an exhibition launch 6-9pm on Thursday 9th February.

Ami Zanders

Ellie Towers
Rory Larbalestier

Christopher Pollock

Craig Sinclair

Ellie Towers

Rory Larbalestier
Ami Zanders
Ami Zanders

Ami Zanders’ textural assemblages, masks and shamanistic figures recall the Gombey dancers of Bermuda, where the artist grew up. The exuberant, colourful performances of the Gombey dancers include masquerade, drumming and music; a folk tradition which reflects the island’s blend of African, Caribbean and British cultures. The performances also recall the island’s history of colonial oppression, as slave masters banned Gombey performances for many years, allowing them to only take place once a year - in this context, masks were used to protest this injustice without fear of identification and subsequent retribution. Zanders use of this iconography, combined with a visual language shaped by her own childhood and the brightly-coloured early-morning cartoons of the 1980s and 90s, shows an artist using spiritual exploration and folk traditions to curate an identity free of the strictures of certain religious upbringings and other forms of social oppression. The work is deeply felt and rich in symbolism; ancient spirits in modern dress.

Instagram: @amizanders

The work of recent LJMU graduate Ellie Towers, currently based at The Royal Standard studios, combines traditional sculptural methods with 3D rendering, animation and set design, using a variety of tools to build a personalised world rich in atmosphere and narrative potential. Ellie is interested in unpacking the forms that create an environment through reflections, memories and anecdote, reworking them into new artworks informed by connections to fictional, digital or real spaces. The eventual artwork exists between these, infusing digital spaces with real-world texture, and solid sculpture with the shifting possibilities of the digital age.

Instagram: @ellie__towers


Christopher Pollock’s abstracted sculptural forms are intended to be interacted with through touch as well as vision, the artist having lost his sight in early adulthood. His practice creates opportunities to recall sense memories familiar to many from the Liverpool region, taking inspiration from the objects and textures of Liverpool’s waterfront and ferry terminals. Interacting with Christopher’s work can provide a potent glimpse at how others may operate within the world, and probe at the peculiar functions of human memory.

Craig Sinclair is a multimedia artist, film-maker, actor and musician, currently studying at Hope University in Liverpool. While highly varied in terms of media and approach, his work is bound by a strong sense of the absurd, an immersion in folk-horror and nostalgia for the seamier side of 20th Century UK culture, and a Lynchian sense of a dream curdling into a nightmare. He is also prodigiously productive, recent years having included the self-published comic book Sprout, directing / starring in countless short films and music videos, exhibiting collage and video works, and releasing music with stalwart pop mavericks Lovecraft.

Instagram:  @mistercraigsinclair


Rory Larbalestier is an artist and teacher based in Liverpool since graduating from LJMU’s Fine Art course in 2017. His work shows a deep investment in the craft of making, with an ambitious level of scale and / or detail in many of his pieces. The investment of time these works require provides space to meditate on themes that bleed back into the work - such as the behaviour of ants or moths, and other biological phenomena; and whether the act of art-making is comparable to hive-building or the irresistable pull of a lightbulb. Alongside his sculptural practice Rory works with paint, video and animation (which often repurpose his sculptural work), he also has a rigorous sketchbook practice underpinning his work.

Instagram: @roarlarbs


Katie McGuire is a contemporary sculptor interested in materiality and industrialism, predominantly creating works using backer rod; a polyethylene material used as an insulator on building sites. Her work responds to thoughts and sensory reactions prompted by explorations of different environments, and creates a conversation with that context by exploring the form, weight and tension of non-traditional materials primarily associated with the construction industry, while the sculptures’ hand-made nature connects them to lineages of manual labour and working class history. The variety of textures and forms that McGuire has coaxed the backer rod into speaks to her resourcefulness and imagination, and her recent commission on Dot Art’s Liverpool Plinth is testament to the works’ emotive power.

Instagram: @katiemcguire_art