Archive for June, 2008

Upcoming Events

Over summer we’ve got a whole series of tenantspin live events here at FACT.

On Tuesday 8th July, as part of a series of community-based film screenings, we play host to Toxteth TV, who will be showing ‘L8A’. The film sees four groups of young people each work with a different filmmaker to produce four unique films about the history of Toxteth. ‘L8A’ provides a unique insight and exploration of key events, buildings and people that have helped shape the area. The event starts at 6:30pm and entry is free, but please book tickets in advance.

On Wednesday 30th July, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, tenantspin will host ‘Trading Places’, an afternoon of film and discussion focusing on the ongoing debate surrounding Local v’s Global, from High Street to Superstore, Corner Shop to Express Market. The afternoon will feature the screening of a tenantspin film ‘Market Share?’ by producer/director Steve Moss looking at the changing environment and community spaces around Park Road, Dingle as the area is regenerated and redeveloped, specifically looking at a vibrant local market and its future as the land is sold off to develop a large national superstore. After the film there will be an opportunity for discussion and we also invite you to join us for a screening of the film ‘Chain’ by Jem Cohen.

Is the predicted recession related to an energy crisis? As energy prices rise we ask, what are we doing to our planet and where does the responsibility lie. Is there an energy gap, is it crisis time for humanity? How will we function in 30 years time? Demand for energy, in all its forms is rising while supplies of key resources, most notably oil and gas, show signs of decline. With the planet’s population continuing to rise and the
majority of its six billion people seeking a richer lifestyle, when will the consumption stop? On 13th August , from 2:00pm-3:00pm, tenantspin will host ‘The End of My World’, which will explore these themes with an assortment of invited guests, including Economists and Environmental activists, and ask: What is the future of our world?

Anfield, Past, Present, Future

I was recently put into contact with managers from Sheltered Housing Schemes in the Anfield area of Liverpool by Jane who works for New Beginnings. The schemes, Devon Court, Suzanne Boardman House, Millachip Court, Thirlmere Court, Maritime Lodge, Liberton Court and Dobson Court are all located around Breck Road and are vibrant communities of older residents who live in an assisted way but still with lots of independance.

Anfield Past, Present and Future was the first of a series of events which will focus on the changes taking place in the area through demolition, rebuilding and renovation, look at the experiences residents have had of living in the area over their lifetimes and what can be expected from the future.

The event included information about new and exisiting housing, performances from All Saints Catholic Primary School, dancing from the Bolger Cunningham school of Irish dancing, music from the Comhaltas Irish band along with Tommy Walsh historian from the Irish community, Indian dancing and workshop from Bashahaka and Folk music and singing from Colin Richardson-Owen.

Washington, Kenn and I were present to film what was going on and to help people to record their experiences of the area and Stephen King ( was around to take photographs of people both with the European Cup and enjoying themselves.

It is so important that this kind of dialogue continues as the area grows and develops, changes and reinvents itself.

webcasts, webcasts and more webcasts!

tenantspin has had a hectic couple of weeks in the world of webcasting. On April 9th, we played host to a film made by FACT-based filmmaker Leon Seth and merseyside historian Ron Noon; Love Lane Lives. The film documents the rise and fall of Liverpool-based Tate and Lyle throughout the 20th century and the effect the closure of the two sites, Love Lane (now the Eldonian Village) and the river-based plant had on the local community. The event was well attended by past employees of the sugar giant and reflected the need to us to have a regular spot in our programme for screenings of films which have a strong community flavour.

on 7th May we held an afternoon discussion looking at the rise of gun related and violent crime in Liverpool. Our panel was made up of esteemed experts in this field including a representitive from Merseyside Police Matrix unit, a retired officer partly responsible for the Citysafe initative, a mother with a son currently in prison for committing murder and who is writing a screenplay about violent crime and a representitve from Liverpool Echo. The show was chaired by Liam Fogherty who dissected causes, effects and the representation of gun crime in Liverpool.

On 21st May (as seen below) we held the first of our Ways of Seeing webcasts with a virtual Nancy Davenport, University of the 3rd Age and The Windows Project.

June 4th saw the second part of our Cultural Commentators series this time chaired by Mandy Queen of Culture We began discussion with each person in the room listing their favourite event of 2008 with choices ranging from the Youth Orchestra to the decapitation of the Ringo topiary in South Parkway train station! What ensued was an interesting and diverse debate which concluded with one and all looking forward to the second half of the year and of the programme with great gusto. The event was covered by Liverpool Confidential to see the article click here.

Mandy holds court at Cultural Commentators

Finally, last Wedensday 11th June tenantspin were on the couch with our second set of Ways of Seeing guests. Swedenish artist Otto Karvonen joined us via live skype-link-up from Helsinki for a discussion around the up-and-coming projects he is working with the Off the Page Writers group from North West Disability Arts Forum. We talked about writing in the public/not so public realm, signage and the effect it has on the cities citizens as well as the work of the Off the Page Group and how important the written word is to our everyday lives. Otto will be visiting Liverpool over the next couple of months to start his work so we look forward to seeing him in the flesh (and 6 foot smaller!)

Over the coming months there is no promise of a reprive in our schedule as we welcome Toxteth TV to FACT on 8th July 6.30 – 8.00 for L8A, a third Ways of Seeing webcast on the 9th; Hubbard and Birchler and Walton Youth Projects, on 30th July our Park Road Market debate surrounding local v’s global, 13th July The End of My World – a debate about the now topical global warming issues facing modern humans, on the 14th August we have the 4th Ways of Seeing with the Bluecoat Blueroom project and David Blandy and last but not least 17th September which is the last Ways of Seeing webcast, an open session days before the launch of the festival 2008 featuring a range of different artists and curators in Liverpool for the biennial. Phew!

Ways of Seeing 2008 – Part One

tenantspin is very excited to present the first discussion in our six part Ways of Seeing Series 2008. For those of you that are new to us, tenantspin have been working with the Liverpool Biennial over the last 3 festivals, and in the build up we host a series of discussions aimed at giving us a bit of background leading up to the festival’s September launch.

In the broadcast below we welcomed, The Windows Project, University of the 3rd Age and artist Nancy Davenport who joined us all the way from America. Click here for more information about this years Biennial.

Sefton Park summer carnival

tenantspin hosted an afternoon of dancing, eating and singing (as well as the occasional drink!) at Sefton Park community Centre last week to usher in our great British summer.

The afternoon was partly organised by Katie Yoxell a student of community art from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who worked with Margo Hogg, Jean Niblock, Lily Clarke and John McGuirk and other residents from Sefton Park to put together a summer themed party which included everything from grass skirts to sangria.

Everyone had a truly lovely time and our thanks go to harpist Charly, Pat for the wonderful line dancing, the Twirlies for their creative writing, the girls from LIPA for their 4 piece acapella performance, Margo for her help with organising the day and for her perfomance, all the ladies and gents who brought along homemade cakes (which we all enjoyed) John for his legendary spoon playing and for everyone who turned out in their summer best – lets hope this is the start of a great summer at Sefton Park!

Also, congratulations to Katie for passing her assesment with flying colours with an getting such a great mark in her assesment.