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.]]>
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
Watch this space for updates on the project which will take place over the next year.]]>
John McGuirk had been a member of tenantspin since 2003. Brought to FACT by his dear friend Dolly Lloyd. He was auditioning to be in a CD tenantspin were putting together and he was really involved with the cities music scene. Alan Dunn, project manager for tenantspin at the time simply remembers him sitting down and playing his spoons to which all where amazed. Spoon playing was a theme with John and this continued over his arts career earning him a place in the hearts of many projects visited across Europe and America and a place with the Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Liverpool Biennial.
His contribution to the cities arts scene in his nearly 10 year was legendary –and he was 70 when he joined the team at tenantspin.
He was a brilliant presenter, a great speaker, political, sociable and with unbending beliefs. He believed avidly in ghosts and the paranormal and worked on innumerable projects including travelling to Dublin, Copenhagen, New York, Rotterdam and Dresden to represent the project.
His contribution to the tenantspin project was immense and on behalf of all of us who worked with him in FACT, tenantspin and beyond across the arts projects in the city thank you John you are and where one in a million, may you rest in peace.
You can see some of John’s digital stories here:
The artwork was developed by the Townsend Lane steering group and is the work of artist Alistair Eilbeck and will feature lots of portraits of local people waiting at bus stops along the many bus routes in the vicinity of the new health centre which is a real artery of the community. The piece will also contain memories from local people remembering the Townsend Lane of their lives, memories of traveling around on the many buses that move around the area and photographs of Townsend Lane past and present taken by groups and individuals from the local neighbourhood.
We held our first sharing workshop sessions at ABCC this week and had a great couple of hours remembering Townsend Lane which became a thoroughfare as far back as 1850 when most of the surrounding area was farm land. In fact, as we discovered that the word Breck literally translates as ‘area of uncultivated land’ pointing to the look of Breck Road before it became the familiar thoroughfare it is today.
Look out for the artwork in the new year, Townsend Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre waiting room.
I had my wedding reception in the Farmers Arms on Townsend Lane, my wedding cake was a copy of St Georges church on Everton Road.
Last week we witnessed the harvest of some of the potato’s Jennifer had sown some 34 weeks back – the first potato’s to ever call FACT their birth place!]]>
Rotters from Gina Czarnecki on Vimeo.
Here’s a link to a Community film produced by Gina Czarnecki, Sam Meech and Rotters Community Composting, supported by tenantspin. The films feature within the South Liverpool Treatment Centre garden and Waiting Room, in Garston.
Go visit the centre to see the film as part of the stunning South Liverpool sub-tropical garden…or watch on here.
Go forth and compost!
We are very pleased to be given this award as the LMH.tv project has only just come out of its pilot stage, its great to be working in partnership with LMH and the award is very heavy and shiny!]]>
The project incorporated a technology output via “>arduino sensors measuring humidity, rainfall and other environmental factors which may effect any planting in this part of the city. After the group moved on Jennifer was approached to reinvigorate the Plot and she came up with the concept of the Mediated Garden. The project would follow on from some of the work already done by The Plot participants and artists but attempt to expand on the kind of produce nurtured and encourage participation from staff and visitors to FACT as well as working with our partners in Anfield/Breckfield and developing a database of recipes, tips and tricks and arduino feeds which act as an experimental space for urban growers everywhere.
We are also asking questions about public space using this project as a starting point, who wins, looses and what is lost in parks, squares and cities in general. Check out the blog at www.themediatedgarden/wordpress.com for guest articles.
You can also stay in touch with the garden via our twitter feed www.twitter.com/themediatedgarden and facebook group search ‘themediatedgarden’ and keep your eyes peeled in the building for news of upcoming events including potato tasting and much more!
We presented a breakout session titled GET SWITCHED ON TO TENANT TV alongside our colleagues from LMH . The session was about how tenants and housing associations are increasingly using Digital Media and the Internet as a means of communication and service improvement. Being the social media evangalists that we are we guided our breakout session through a history of the Internet, and tenantspin itself and talked about some of the ways we use technology in our daily practice.
We met some nice folks, and look forward to attending again.]]>