The houses on the terraced Toxteth estate in Liverpool had stood strong for over a hundred years, before falling into a state of disrepair following the unrest of the 1981 Toxteth riots.
The council’s plans to demolish the Granby Four Streets housing estate were met with stiff resistance from local residents who battled furiously to save the houses. Instead of a traditional regeneration project, what happened next couldn’t have been predicted by many.
London based art collective Assemble were invited to transform the run-down estate into a fully-fledged art project with the intention not being to make art forms, but to make the world a slightly better place and make life more artful.
Their work, performed by around 16 like-minded individuals, has now been nominated for the annual Turner Prize which celebrates British visual artists under the age of 50, and features a rather healthy £25,000 award.
The ongoing collaboration is a testimony to defying convention for the greater good, which is why it’s already a winner in our books. What was once destined for destruction, is now becoming something that can be treasured for years to come.
It also serves to remind us that any space can be reimagined using art and creativity and that perhaps sometimes we should take a step back and reassess what we have, before proceeding forward with the status quo.
Assemble share a studio in London and “operate like a Modernist collective from the 1930s.”
Their approach is characterised by celebrating the value of the area’s architectural and cultural heritage, supporting public involvement and partnership working, offering local training and employment opportunities and nurturing the resourcefulness and DIY spirit that defines the four streets.
The winner will be announced on the 7th December 2015 and we’ve got our fingers crossed for them!
Posted May 19, 2015