Alex Corina Biography

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Biography

Born in Bradford - 1950

Having worked in public health as a youth worker, civil servant and Head of the Home Offices Drugs Prevention Team in Liverpool, Alex Corina became a full-time artist in 2004. He is best known for his involvement in Liverpool's Capital of Culture and the iconic Mona Lennon. He studied a Foundation Course at The Regional College of Art in 1969. He studied Printmaking between 1975 - 1979.

In 1979 Alex became a hospital porter at the Bradford Royal Infirmary then shop steward and branch secretary of the Bradford health workers union NUPE . He was one of the leaders of the health workers dispute of 1982 and the occupation of Thornton View Hospital in 1983 - 1984. During this period he became a Labour councillor.

He met his wife on the picket line and moved to Liverpool. In 1985 Alex was instrumental in setting up and managing Kirkby Artskills Project. Alex then retrained, working in health promotion and eventually becoming Drugs Co-ordinator to Knowsley Council in Drugs Prevention and Training.

In 1990 he became a Civil Servant and Head Of The Home Offices Drugs prevention team in Liverpool. During this period in 1996 Alexs brainchild The Liverpool Social Partnership included an Artskills project in Dingle and Speke. He was at the forefront of the fight against drugs at the height of the heroin epidemic in the 90s.

During this time Alex had been hankering to get back to his art and cut his hours to do a degree in Fine Art at Wirral College Merseyside.

In 2003, Liverpool bid for the European City of Culture and Alex produced the Mona Lennon. This work was used as the signature for the bid and was launched at the House of Commons. When the Capital of Culture judges emerged from Liverpool Lime Steet station, they were confronted with two, 80 foot by 50 foot versions of the Mona Lennon, at either end of St George’s Hall.

Alex led a campaign to declare Garston where he lives (5 miles from the city centre) a Cultural Village believing economic and cultural regeneration should not be confined to the City Centre.

During 2008 he ran a community arts programme, working with local schools, promoting and supporting local artists and creating opportunities in the community.

In 2010 he bought the old Conservative Club in Garston and converted it into a live/work space with a flat upstairs and a studio/gallery downstairs - now Garston Art Works. Since then it has become a venue for regular exhibitions, events and work with the Community and local schools.

 

 

   
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The Studio
26 Duke Street
Garston
Liverpool L19 2LT

t: 07763 388 509
e: info@alexcorina.com