Ad Hoc Creative

Bill Ryder-Jones and Marco Lawrence team up for debut multi-media installation at iconic Liverpool Georgian mansion house for the first Ad Hoc Creative EXPO on 28th May 2015.


Ad Hoc Creative has announced the first Ad Hoc Creative EXPO, a unique collaboration between musician/composer Liverpool’s Bill Ryder-Jones and London-based visual artist Marco Lawrence. The two artists will work together to produce a brand new installation, set to be presented for one evening only within the iconic Calderstones Mansion House, at the heart of Liverpool’s Calderstones estate.

The project will see Bill Ryder-Jones compose a brand new piece of music for the immersive installation, with Marco Lawrence creating a dynamic, geometric visual realm.

Calderstones Mansion is home to the internationally regarded Reader Organisation, an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. Ryder-Jones and Lawrence will be using the poem ‘No Worst, There Is None’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a text taken from The Reader’s acclaimed anthology ‘Poems To Take Home’ as the inspiration for the installation.

This Ad Hoc Creative EXPO is the first in a series of projects from Ad Hoc Creative, a collaboration between Bido Lito! Magazine and Ad Hoc Property Management designed to celebrate the buoyant artistic community within Ad Hoc properties across the UK and Europe.

“There are hundreds of thousands of empty properties standing vacant in the UK. Ad Hoc’s property guardian scheme allows people to live in some of these amazing locations at a minimal cost, often providing inspiring spaces in which people of an artistic persuasion can live and create and putting these treasured buildings back into use in the process. This has given rise to a buoyant artistic community within Ad Hoc properties across the UK and Europe, a community which Ad Hoc Creative has been established to celebrate,” explains Simon Finneran, Managing Director, Ad Hoc Property Management. Ad Hoc Property Management is Europe’s leading vacant property protection specialist, with more than 2,500 property guardians in 1,000 properties ranging from stately homes and libraries to schools and commercial offices.

A section of the stunning Calderstones Mansion house – which will house the Ad Hoc Creative EXPO on 28th May – is part of the Ad Hoc scheme, and Marco Lawrence – who has been an Ad Hoc Property Guardian for over five years – is currently guardian of an ex-council flat near Old Street in London. This first Ad Hoc Creative EXPO will bring together an Ad Hoc based artist in Lawrence, with another internationally regarded artist in Ryder-Jones, and create an amazing new piece of work to be presented within an Ad Hoc building; resulting in beautiful new ideas within re-imagined spaces.

Bill Ryder-Jones – an artist who enjoyed international success with The Coral, including a UK number one album with 2003’s Magic And Medicine, and has released two critically acclaimed albums on the Domino Recording Company, as well as developing into a much sought after Producer – is excited about the opportunities the project presents: “The world I’m in is fantastic and I love my job, but it can get stale if you don’t change things up every now and then. I’ve been jumping between producing, playing shows and working on the next album for over a year now, so I’ve been hoping something like this would turn up. The chance to revisit a different way of writing – and also to indulge a side of myself – was too good to pass up.”

Marco Lawrence is the Head Printer at the highly regarded Print Club London. As well as printing commercially for a range of high profile brands and artists he is also a successful artist, designer and screen printer in his own right. For the first Ad Hoc Creative EXPO he will be digitally animating his colourful geometric prints to create a vibrant visual world within the installation and is also excited to experiment with this collaboration, saying “I’m always interested in incorporating rhythm and narrative in some way into my work, so I’ll be seeking to expand on these themes. And I’m interested in what this new platform allows me to achieve. Equally, I’m excited to be making work with Bill Ryder-Jones. His work is beautiful, thought-provoking and even eerie sometimes. It’ll be tough to match and marry visuals to his audio, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Amanda Brown, Head of Development at The Reader Organisation said of the project, “It’s exciting to see artists from across Liverpool collaborating to create such inspirational artwork in locations such as Calderstones Mansion House, our new home for readers. Through this project Ad Hoc Creative are helping to develop a strong artistic community in the city, and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

Ad Hoc Property Management’s Simon Finneran, adds:  “This first creative collaboration provides us with the ideal platform to create partnerships nationwide and celebrates the diversity of space, old and new, but all unused and maintained by Ad Hoc guardians. We have joined forces with some of the most exciting artists who are breaking boundaries in experiential art. We are hugely excited at the opportunity to be pioneers in such an innovative venture hosted in Ad Hoc managed properties.”

The first Ad Hoc Creative EXPO, which will be the only opportunity to experience this exclusive installation from Bill Ryder-Jones and Marco Lawrence, takes place at The Reader, Calderstones Mansion, Liverpool at 6pm on Thursday 28th May. Entry is free, but registration in advance is essential, due to limited capacity. Register for free tickets here.