Archive for July, 2012

Digital Wishing Wells on Mere Lane!

As part of our North Liverpool collaborations with our Healthy Spaces colleagues at FACT a second new neighbourhood Health Centre opened last month on Mere Lane in Breckfield complete with it’s own digital wishing well!

Over a period of a couple of months tenantspin worked with Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council and residents from across the neighbourhood to collect anonymous wishes and handprints to put into the artwork in the centre.

The piece is the work of Alistair Eilbeck and James Bailey who are also exhibiting at the moment in The Humble Market at FACT. The work features a digital display of handprints donated by local people during the workshops run by tenantspin, artist Jonathan Browning and positive communities worker Charanjeet Birdie which too place at the wonderful Rotunda College, Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council, BNENC, Maritime Court and Thirlemere Court all the vicinity of the health Centre. Wishes include perfect jobs, wellness for family and friends, lotto wins and wishes for superhero status!

Visitors to the centre can donate their handprints and wishes to the artwork via an onsite process in this most special of health centres! To hear the wishes left by participants listen here and to see some of the hands donated see here.

Townsend Lane Health Centre is open!

tenantspin have been working in partnership with FACT’s Healthy Spaces programme, ABCC, B2U residents association, Anfield Childrens centre and residents across the neighbourhood on a new artwork.

The artwork is inside Townsend Lane Health Centre, a new neighbourhood health centre built on the site of the former All Saints School and more historically a mansion called Mulberry House.

It is the work of artists Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey and is full of 75 portraits of local people waiting at bus-stops – a reflection on waiting in a Health Centre.

Over 6 weeks, tenantspin worked with B2U residents association, Anfield, Breckside Community Council, Richmond Fellowship and even artist Jeremy Bailey to collect images of the local area in photo tours run by artist Washington Buckley and collecting archive images and memories for the artwork which responds to movement in the centre and contains a directional speaker in which you can hear the memories – some of which were donated by tenantspin’s Laura’s uncle!

To hear the memories visit here and to see the pictures gathered by the photo groups visit here