Archive for November, 2006

Leading our agenda

tenantspin were invited by the arts council of England to film vox pops with delegates at the “Leading Our Agenda” social inclusion event at The Lowry on 10th November 2006. Guide to delegates’ areas: NW (North West), NAT (National Office), E (East), NE (North East), L (London), EM (East Midlands), SE (South East), SW (South West), Y (Yorkshire) and WM (West Midlands). Interviews by John McGuirk and Kath Healy.

Questions for delegates:

  1. What particular aspects of our agenda do you find exciting?
  2. How do you use your role in taking our agenda forward?
  3. Why should the Arts Council prioritise taking part?
  4. How do you think you can support our new agenda?
  5. What do you think will come out of our event today?

Noted guests for tenantspin included Tom Bloxham, CEO of Urban Splash and Professor Conrad Atkinson.

Please note that during the archiving of these interviews, tenantpsin passed its landmark 400th uploaded webcast since 2000 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people across the globe who have supported the project over the years.

Related link: Arts Council

Light Signatures

Artist Andrew Holmes has been commissioned to produce a series of light installations around Sefton Park, and you’ve been voting here to influence it…

About Light Signatures
During its period of operation Liverpool HAT (Housing Action Trust) developed an arts programme which included major commissions linked to their regeneration projects in Woolton and Sefton Park.

Andrew Holmes’ Light Signatures artwork for Sefton Park was selected through a competitive design process, and the decision to support it was informed by comments from the public exhibition of the shortlisted designs in 2003. The artwork projects onto the park signatures of people who have been chosen for their relevance to the park and Liverpool.

Light Signatures consists of three phases. The work is inspired by eight Victorian statues arranged around the Palm House – John Parkinson, Christopher Columbus, Charles Darwin, Andre Le Notre, Linnaeus, Captain James Cook, Gerardus Mercator and Henry the Navigator – all explorers and pioneers noted for their discovery and classification of the natural world.

From November 2005 to October 2006 these signatures are being projected around the perimeter of Sefton Park at four locations (the end of the road by the Iron Bridge, from Brompton House, the car park by Livingstone Drive and beside the lake). Each projection is approximately 30m wide.

The subjects of the second and third sets of signatures (for 2006/07 and 2007/08) are being selected by local people in discussion with the artist – and your view has also been asked for.

The Results
42 visitors to voted for John Peel, giving him 38% of the vote. In second place was Steven Gerrard with 20% (22 votes) followed by The Beatles with 13% (14 votes). Next were Bill Shankly and Adrian Henri (6 votes), Glenda Jackson (5 votes), Paul O’Grady (4 votes), Bessie Braddock and Father Nugent (3 votes), Wayne Rooney and William Abdullah Quilliam (2 votes), Harold Wilson, Wally Brown and Dixie Dean (1 vote), and Sir John Moores, Lord Chan and Cherie Blair (0 votes).

The final decision on which of our top-rated nominees would be chosen for projection was taken at a public meeting at Sefton Park Community Centre on August 9th, which is available to view in our 2006 archive. At the meeting, residents eventually opted for Bill Shankly and Sir John Moores to have their signatures projected onto Sefton Park this winter.

The Light Signatures project is now managed by Arena Housing in conjunction with Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust. Other partners in the project who are involved with the selection of new signatures are Bellerive FCJ School working with artist Faith Bebbington and Shorefields Secondary School working with artist Andrew Small.

Related link: Sefton Park’s Palm House