Last night I attended the launch party of this year's Liverpool Art Prize at Metal. It was my first visit to the venue, located at Edge Hill station which I guess could make it Liverpool's answer to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, with the difference that the station is still in use. So as we stood on the platform in the sunshine discussing the artworks we'd seen, every so often a train would stop on its way to or from Lime Street.
I was artspotting rather than trainspotting though and was really impressed with the work on show. There was a mix familiar faces such as David Jacques, who many people will remember from his exhibition As if in a dream dreamt by another at the former Museum of Liverpool Life in 2004, and Paul Rooney, winner of the Northern Art Prize 2008, plus some great pieces from artists I'm less familiar with, Gina Czarnecki, James Quin and Emily Speed.
The winner of the Art Prize is announced on 30 June and in an exciting new development this year that artist will have the opportunity to exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. There's also a People's Choice award, so if you enjoy having the fate of others in your hands then make sure you get down there and cast your vote before 29 June.