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Labels, labels, labels – something I have
It is important that we retain public space in our towns and cities that small organisations and community groups as well as families and individuals can ‘programme’ and interpret over time. So much of our lives are spent working and living in buildings with poor quality light and air that the ability to be outdoors, to have space for thoughts, conversations and interactions that are not based on consumer transactions is vital to our well-being. Today we salute the bravery of the Hastings Pier Charity and their Architect dRMM in committing to open space and recognising the importance of space for citizens to occupy and make their own.
Unfortunately due to things outside of our control we have had to cancel the performances of Unkindest Cut this week, due to take place as part of Liverpool Mental Health Festival. All the partners are working to reschedule the workshop and performances for Spring/Summer of 2018 and we are really excited about the opportunity for young people to be involved in co-creating and for audiences to see the work.
The day after The Maverick City symposium
Plywood with Soul is about co-creating livable spaces & transforming bare accommodation into a home or making community spaces usable on a limited budget using CNC technology. Steve's residency in Madrid produced our first solutions in this ongoing project
We've decided the time has come to stop ONLY talking (we are great fans of talking, we do it a lot with our clients) and start DOING
Would you like to hear more? Would you like to join us?
We have proposed a research project to a prominent funder and whatever they say, we think this needs doing and needs doing soon...........
We've just finished 2017's version of The Maverick City, so here's a quick round up - including a write up by one of the participants
Our Artist Provocateur project commissioned 4 proposals for our future cultural programme - we are now working to secure funding to deliver them
New Start Magazine recently came to Liverpool and interviewed us as part of their feature on the city. Editor Clare Goff also asked for blog posts from Kate and Toria and here is the one that Kate wrote about her vision for Liverpool as a Collaboratively Creative City:
We have condensed more than 35 hours of community workshops, performances, installations and general good fun up above our city during Flyover Takeover Summer 2016 into around 90 seconds of film footage....
Engagement can change people’s lives
We do truly believe that bringing people into the process of design of space changes lives. This is not simply a ‘nice-to-have’ luxury or a ‘touchy-feely’ add-on, it’s an essential ingredient in the process of creating spaces and places for people.
The whole Flyover project is driven by
An acoustic picnic, making and planting, cycling
Steve Threlfall writes about his experience of accompanying Kate Stewart of We Make Places to Rio de Janeiro last week to assist her on a brilliant and humbling project ‘Rio Visivel’.