A review by the Sunday Express 1985.
"The House that Duffy built."
Arena Studios, once a brewers warehouse, is now the hot-house of
Liverpool's most creative young talent. Its the brainchild of Terry
Duffy, a Liverpool artist whose name is rather more familiar within the
artistic community of New York than in his native city.
Duffy went to the Liverpool School of Art at 13 and in the
intervening years has established an international reputation. He felt
frustrated teaching students whose future, once they left school, was
worse than bleak, and he felt irritated by what he saw as the city's
cynical and inert response to their plight. He was convinced that their
was talent in the city; all that was needed was a creative and
supportive environment from which it could emerge. To prove that success
does indeed generate success, he put borrowed money where his
convictions were and started Arena.
In the short time the place has filled up with thriving businesses. The
range is as great as any small workshop complex: there are graphic
artists working alongside fashion designers, photo-journalists in rooms
opposite silk-screen printers, musicians practising alongside small
scale publishers. But Duffy's vision is by no means parochial:
"Everyone here catches on to the energy in the place and our joint
aim is for international success rather than just relying on local
recognition. We've are proving that we're commercially viable."