Founder, Jayne Lawless, set up DPG in 2017 in response to the lack of exhibition space and opportunities for artists in Liverpool. Jayne decided on a DIY approach in looking for a space to exhibit that was outside of the traditional gallery setting.
So why call it Dead Pigeon Gallery? On the first few visits to the space on Kempston St, the DPG artists were greeted by many pigeons, some alive, some dead! It led to a throw away comment about it being a ‘dead pigeon gallery’ and so the name stuck! While Jayne was artist in residence with a project called Coming Home, she was on the look-out for somewhere to show work made in response to that time. She met Jason Abbott along the way, who happened to be at the start of his journey in redeveloping the former printers – now known as The Tapestry. The building had been in his family for many years and was then semi derelict. The artists moved in alongside the builders, which made for a very active and dynamic site! The exhibition theme of ‘home’ came about via Coming Home, a project set up to research and develop new ways of redeveloping existing empty houses in the City. Having never been involved in anything arty since leaving school, Jason was unsure what was coming, but the vibe was right. He and the artists had a laugh along the way which took some of the stress away from the construction going on at the same time.
Andrea Ku (exhibiting artist).
I remember the opening night clearly and seeing my Dad’s face with all the life and activity in his old place. The turnout was amazing given it was still seen as a no go and red light district by many. DPG sparked something that has taken hold in the area and has led to two arts festivals (would have been three but for COVID) and the street art and culture across the district, in large part, are a continuation of what happened with DPG and the “screw it let’s do it” attitude. LONG LIVE THE DPG!’
Jason Abbot (building owner).