Margaretha Schöning



Mixed Media


Time-based Media


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basement is an artist-led project based in Liverpool founded by Suasan Leask and Margaretha Schöning, who have invited artists to work alongside them and make new individual work that responds to the site of basement as part of a residency programme. Participating artists have come from the UK, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Poland, India, Russia and Peru.

‘Since its beginnings in 1996 an ethos of experimentation and exploration has been at the heart of this project, with the cellars of a Georgian terrace in the shadows of the Anglican cathedral and close to the bohemian atmosphere of the Art School acting as their ‘laboratory’. The index of possibilities is defined by the space in which the artists will carry out their creative experiments and eventually display their findings.

The space itself is a collection of subterranean rooms far from the


uniformity of the traditional white cube. There is a utilitarian and functional history to its remains, which together with the artistic residue and detritus of previous occupants, act as a challenge to the resident artists to respond and react to the space rather than simply impose upon it.

A creative dialogue on all levels encourages this exploration further, as the artists live and work together gaining a greater understanding and celebration of each other’s cultural differences.’
Neil Morris Head of Printmaking LJMU

In 2007 Susan Leask and Margaretha Schöning received a NAN bursary to explore artist networks in Poland.

See NAN is for... By Emilia Telese. A focus on artist-led initiative Basement. Networks, a-n Magazine March 2008 For article click on link above.


Since 2000 when she coordinated the Cologne in Liverpool art festival Margaretha Schöning has been part of eightdaysaweek, an artist project, which engages in an ongoing cultural dialogue between the cities of Liverpool and Cologne promoting greater awareness  and under- standing of each other.


Margaretha Schöning participated as a member of the working group in Coast International Artists Workshop which took place at A Foundation, Greenland Street, Liverpool, August 2007.  Coast is part of the Triangle Arts Trust global network of artist-led workshops.

‘International artist’s workshops on the Triangle Arts Trust model have happened in more than 30 countries around the globe.  Each workshop loosely follows a tried and tested pattern, bringing 20 to 25 artists together for a two week period of dialogue and exchange.  Workshops are artist-led events and their philosophy is to provide an opportunity for artists to work outside their usual methods, means, materials and processes, without pressure from gallery, dealer or market and whilst doing so, to engage with artists from different cultural contexts.  In this way the process becomes the product.’
Lin Holland coast coordinator

Photographs taken by Pete Clarke, Lin Holland, Tony Knox, Margaretha Schöning and Roger Sinek © the artists

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