We can finally tell everyone... Nina Edge has been selected to be our first artist in residence for the Granby Winter Garden. We are all so excited and can't wait to see what she brings to this amazing space. Nina will be at our Eid Celebration market on Saturday the 1st July as well as holding an introduction session on Monday the 3rd July. Check out our Winter Garden page for more info.
What a busy year so far! Can't believe it's May already! I've been trying to get a newsletter together since January and have failed miserably to get organised and as the summer months beckon I will need to remove the opening strap line of 'Welcome to a New Year' and wish everyone a 'Welcome to the Summer Solstice' at this rate. However having recently recruited new part-time members of staff, Sara and Shanaz, I'm hoping that they will organise me and something will happen in the next couple of weeks as I need to tell them what I'm doing as well as everybody else; "happy workplace induction - now write this down". Also the workshop have managed to produce three newsletters and a baby since the CLT's last one so I'm feeling the pressure (thanks Sumuyya and Baby Frank).
In the meantime the lovely Sara has been sorting our social media and you can now keep up to date with us through a variety of media from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and You Tube. The links are on this very website - so check them out and get connected.
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Shakespeare is coming to Granby Four Streets!
Granby Four Streets is amongst the venues getting ready to host a very special tribute to one of the world’s most famous playwrights.
Announced last month by Shakespeare’s Globe, Liverpool is the only UK city, so far, outside of London to host The Complete Walk.
The free project will see a series of 37 short films played on screens at city centre venues on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April – marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Granby 4 Streets, The Florrie, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Kazimier Garden, the Town Hall, Aloft hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and Tate Liverpool are just some of the venues who will be hosting the rolling ten minute films.
Some of the cast announced so far for the films is Simon Russell Beale, Zawe Ashton, Peter Capaldi, Dominic West, James Norton, Olivia Williams, Jonathan Pryce, Phoebe Pryce, Hayley Atwell, Meera Syal, Jamie Parker, Danny Sapani, Mel Giedroyc, Aidan Gillen, Joshua McGuire, Paul Chahidi, Pauline McLynn, Joseph Marcell, Kenneth Cranham and Tom Burke.
Liverpool Everyman’s and Playhouse Associate Director, Nick Bagnall has directed three of the films – Henry VI parts two and three, which will both be shown at the Everyman, and Titus Andronicus which stars Peter Capaldi will be shown at the Playhouse due to Peter’s starring role in The Ladykillers at the venue in 2011.
Nick said: “It has been an absolute delight to make these short films for Shakespeare’s Globe for their Complete Walk. “I have a very close relationship to all three of the plays I directed for the project and to realise them on film with the most astonishing group of actors has been invigorating. I am thrilled that the films will be shown in Liverpool and it is a great coup for the city. I hope visitors enjoy watching them as much as I have enjoyed making them.”
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “When it was announced last month that Liverpool was to play host to this special event we had a fantastic response from organisations in the city centre.
“There is a real variety of organisations taking part, from the cathedral to bars, hotels to tourist information centres which is an added element for the people taking part in this special Shakespeare trail.”
The films we are showing and the times (which are subject to change) are as follows:
Saturday 23 April:
1. Pericles - Winter Garden Site, Cairns Street
2. Troilus & Cressida - Granby Workshop 142 Granby Street
Sunday 24 April between
1. Pericles - Winter Garden Site, Cairns Street
2. Troilus & Cressida - Granby Workshop 142 Granby Street
3. Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 Granby Street/Cairns Street
Michael Simon, Community Development Co-Ordinator for the Granby 4 Streets CLT said: “Granby Street, is known for its rich and culturally diverse history; with stories from across the globe converging to form a particular narrative of identity and place. It’s funny in some ways that the immortal plays of Shakespeare reflect similar issues that permeate our community today - belonging, loss, changing identity and most of all love! That is why we at Granby 4 Streets CLT are delighted and honoured to be involved in the hosting of The Complete Walk, such a prestigious event will allow us to continue in cementing the diverse 'voice' of our community within the history and wider cultural renaissance of Liverpool."
Liverpool’s Complete Walk is being sponsored by Edge Hill University. Director of Corporate Communications, Roy Bayfield, said: “Edge Hill University is delighted to support The Globe Theatre and Liverpool in this exciting celebration of Shakespeare. Our students from literature, drama and media courses will be experiencing a truly innovative international event, right on their doorstep.”
Arts Council funding announced for Winter Garden
The Granby Winter Garden and Common House is a key part of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust’s long-term plan to preserve and re-vitalise their neighbourhood. The CLT itself grew out of residents’ decades long campaign to oppose demolition and re-build their community through creative community action, growing and collaboration andstarted the area-wide redevelopment that now combines many solutions, and partners, in a community led regeneration that incorporates homes, shops, a street market, art works and street planting.
Their architects, the collective Assemble are winners of the Turner Prize 2015 for their work over the past two years, with Granby 4 Streets and the Granby Workshop where local young artists design and make fixtures and fittings for homes. The Winter Garden & Common House Project is a new collaboration between the CLT and Assemble, which has been awarded £249,619 by Arts Council England. Sitting in the heart of the neighbourhood, the Winter Garden will be a community-owned shared resource. Two derelict terraced properties will become an extraordinary set of spaces that will house an indoor garden, an artist residency-space and a community gathering place. The artists residency programme is being developed in partnership with Bluecoat and will feature a diversity of artists, from the local to the international, who aim to affect a space or place.
The Winter Garden and Common House will be a beautiful, useful and accessible space establishing a space and resource for socially engaged arts activities – continuing the history of creative action and engagement which has been a key driver for change in the area – ensuring the continuation of this DIY approach in which art and creativity are an everyday part of the process of rebuilding their neighbourhood.
When asked if Assemble’s work, a collaboration with local residents and young artists, was really art, local resident Hazel Tilley replied “It’s recognising the politics in art, it’s recognising the humanity in art. It’s not this piece of work of art that goes into some rich person’s warehouse, this is something that you live with. And it’s art for the people. And if art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?”
Contact Details: Erika Rushton 07943 756344
As we get closer to the announcement of who’s won this year’s Turner Prize media interest in what us lot in Granby 4 Streets are doing is once again increasing.
Last night, Thursday 3rd December, Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust were featured on BBC Newsnight in a short film by Josh Sykes which contains Lewis Jones from Turner nomiated architects Assemble and Paula Frew from Granby Workshop, talking about the work they’re doing with us, Paula even demonstrating how their fired door knobs get made.
The film then explores whether this work is art at all. Mark Hudson from the Daily Telegraph contending that if it is then B+Q might as well be nominated for the Turner Prize. At which point our Hazel, Granby resident of 25 years standing and CLT Board member, steps forward and says what she says:
“It’s recognising the politics in art, it’s recognising the humanity in art. It’s not this piece of work of art that goes into some rich person’s warehouse, this is something that you live with. And it’s art for the people. And if art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?”
Well said Hazel, well done Josh it was a pleasure having you here.
Here’s the film.
Well done too Nasra Elliott, Four Streets CLT tenant, and Baby Dolls Hair & Beauty of Granby Street, also in the film.
The announcement of the Turner Prize winner will be made on 7th December. and of course Assemble and all of us from Granby 4 Streets won. Good.
Good news today in this press release issued jointly by Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust and Liverpool City Council
Coming soon after Granby 4 Streets architects Assemble being nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for their work in Granby is the news that one of the 4 Streets, Cairns Street, has now been nominated as one of the streets up for the ‘Street of the Year’ award.
This award is given by the Academy of Urbanism, covering the UK and Ireland and award nominations are made by members of the Academy, not by representatives of the streets themselves. Awards given cover places, neighbourhoods and towns as well as the one for individual streets.
Cairns Street resident Hazel Tilley, part of the Community Land Trust currently working with other partners in the City to renovate the 150 formerly empty houses in the four remaining original Granby streets says:
‘I’m delighted that Cairns Street has been nominated for this, which is not to take anything away from the good work being done in the other three Granby streets. But if this recognition helps with what we’re all trying to do here, and I think it will, then I’m all for it.’
Liverpool City Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, a long time supporter of Granby Four Streets, says:
‘This nomination is yet more confirmation that people across the country are noticing that something very special is happening in Liverpool in the Four Streets, led as much by the people of these streets as anyone else. They’ve both suggested and helped to knit together the partnership of organisations, including the City Council, currently at work on turning Granby into one of the most exciting places to live in the whole City.’
The Academy of Urbanism in their nomination of Cairns Street said:
‘After several years of negotiations and canny political footwork the street has not just been saved from large-scale demolition, but is in the process of being refurbished by a range of organisations.
When complete, the hope is that all of this comes together to make a street that is welcoming and attractive to all – full of greenery, creativity, and regular street markets. Showing what is possible when passionate residents are able to implement their aspirations for their street.’
Organisations working in Granby 4 Streets with Liverpool City Council include Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Steinbeck Studio, Terrace 21 Co-op, Plus Dane, Liverpool Mutual Homes plus several private individuals investing in their own homes having purchased them for £1 under the council’s Homes for a Pound pilot programme. More information at Granby 4 Streets CLT website.
Further information on the Urbanism Awards 2016 and other places nominated here.
Contacts for further information:
Ronnie Hughes of Granby 4 Streets CLT – 07989 416545, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Johnston, Communications Officer at Liverpool City Council – 07740 918615 email@example.com
At Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust we're absolutely delighted to get the news that Assemble, the CLT architects, are one of the four nominations for this year’s Turner Prize, principally for their work with us in Granby.
“In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?” asked judge Alistair Hudson, when pressed about the inclusion of the London-based collective Assemble.”
The Guardian goes on to say:
Assemble represent a first for the Turner prize: currently comprising 18 designers and architects under 30, they are a loose collective who make direct interventions. The primary project they are nominated for is their collaboration with residents of the Granby Four Streets area of Toxteth in Liverpool.
The red-brick terraced estate had fallen into disrepair until four years ago when, inspired by the guerrilla gardening movement, residents began taking the situation into their own hands by setting up a community land trust. From there, they invited Assemble to help improve the houses and neighbourhood. “This was people on the ground, bringing artists in, to make the world better,” says Hudson.
Another Assemble project is the Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock, east Glasgow: a rethinking of what a playground is and one that allows children to embrace both their creative and destructive sides.
All 18 share a studio in east London and accepted the nomination only after a group meeting. “They don’t occupy the realm of the single genius, solitary artist,” said Hudson. “This is collective activity working in society.”
The Independent also reports the news:
A collective of radical architects who revitalised a housing estate in Liverpool have grand designs on the Turner Prize after being shortlisted for the British art world’s leading award.
Assemble, a London-based group of 18 young “activist architects”, who seek to address the “disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made”, are among the nominees on a list which the jurors said featured unashamedly political artists.
The most controversial nomination is for Assemble, a collective based in Bow, East London, born out of “collective frustration” at the way standard architecture practices often work. Largely comprised of Cambridge graduates, the group embrace “direct action” and work with local communities to challenge the gentrification of housing stock by commercial developers.
Assemble were invited to work with residents at Granby Four Street, who formed a Community Land Trust to save 200 terraced homes condemned for demolition.
Assemble worked with artist Will Shannon to cast new fireplaces for each home using demolition waste from the construction process.”
Commenting on the news Erika Rushton, chair of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust says:
"Assemble have joined in with a creative process in Granby that began when residents stopped just going to endless meetings and started taking back thier own streets, planting them up and creating a monthly street market that's more like a party. Assemble, our social investor Steinbeck Studios and our funder the Nationwide Foundation, recognised that here was a creative community where, despite the surrounding dereliction of 25+years, they were remaking and reimagining the place as beautiful, busy and full of people. Some artists seek to decorate the world and some to reflect or question it. Assemble are working with all of us to change it."
As part of our 'Four Corners Project' (details in the February Newsletter below) we have now organised a 6 week creative project to gather together everybody's stories of Granby, the whole of the Granby area, so all of our stories can contribute to the redevelopment of the area.
The discussions are being run by local community organisation 'Writing on the Wall' and begin at the Methodist in Beaconsfield Street on 24th March. All details are on the leaflet here, and we hope as many people as possible will be able to come - and help create the future from all of the people of Granby's shared and individual pasts.
We've teamed up with Merseyside Youth Association, Ambition and Cospa.. to offer City&Guilds courses on our construction site... you just need to be 16 - 24 years old.. and if you can make it, please come to the Awareness Day -
Wednesday 4th February at 1.30pm
Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, 115 Upper Warwick Street, L8 8HD
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07525 324 796
Our special Christmas Market held first weekend of December saw Cairns be transformed once again.... a market with a party atmosphere.
Work is now well under way on our 10 houses on Cairns street.... many which have been empty for over 10 years.