Jamie Shovlin, The Black Room, 2007. Installation view of “Deadpan” at The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 2010. Photo: Natalie Hughes. Courtesy The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard is an artist-led gallery and studios in Liverpool, England.
We were established in 2006 with a two-fold agenda. The Royal Standard was developed with an aim to fill the gap that existed in the city, between the major public galleries and the small, “do-it-yourself” art spaces. Through a rolling directorship scheme, we are committed to an ethos of “temporary autocracy”; regal yet democratic, this enforces flexibility in ideas and opinions helping us to maintain an energy and freshness befitting of our position.
As the first part of our agenda, we aim to present an innovative, contemporary gallery program within a large exhibition space to rival any commercial gallery. This has a focus on showing the most talented, early- and mid-career artists from home and abroad.
Secondly, we have dedicated ourselves to providing a critically engaged environment for our twenty-seven studio members, promoting a culture of exchange, dialogue, and experimentation supplemented by an ongoing program of off-the-wall talks, screenings, and events.
More recently, we have broadened our focus to seek out like-minded organizations, to nurture relationships further afield and to offer opportunities to our studio members with studio-swaps, exchanges, residencies, and web-based debates.