health and wellbeing
One of the longer running projects has been the work by Gate Acre Comp.
We have now selected 15 artworks by the pupils which have been engraved onto alcohol bottles – these 15 represent the 15 minute interval between each alcohol related death in the UK. The pieces depict a range of collages showing varied notions about drink, being drunk and the harsh results that alcohol misuse can lead to. The bottles are to be filled with coloured liquids much like the old pharmacy window displays (we think this was an indicator that the Pharmacist was able to mix medicines from scratch) – they will also be accompanied by 15 coloured LED lights which will highlight the 15 minute timescale.
The piece hopes to go on display at TBC.
Well it’s been a quieter month after the flurry of main activity on the Shared Place project – we have been finishing off the last few project pieces and will report back in a series of Summary Updates.
ARCH performers Update.
The group at ARCH have performed their monologue at two events…
The first being the PCT celebration evening at the Vauxhall Community Training and Enterprise Centre on 29th March. The event allowed 5 major community art projects to share their progress with the wider community and allowed South Liverpool to Perform in the North. The piece was well received by a busy venue and the group really enjoyed finally delivering their work.
The second performance took place on the 9th of May and was part of South Liverpools NHS Treatment Centre’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebrations. Below is the PCT press release about the event.
GARSTON PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE HELPS CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH LIVERPOOL NHS TREATMENT CENTRE
A special performance of Garston, Past, Present kicked off the celebrations for first anniversary of the South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre in Garston.
Since the £13 million facility opened last year more than 160,000 patients have been through the doors to seek treatment and advice.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT said: “When we outlined our plans for a New Health Service for Liverpool we had a clear vision for delivering a wider range of services closer to people’s homes, making it easier and more convenient for patients to access them.
“We are delighted that this vision has been fully realised, and the South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre has had such an impact on the local community and patients.”
The Treatment Centre is double the size of its predecessor, and provides a wide range of health services, including an NHS Walk-in Centre, drop-in sexual health services and a community café.
The special performance involved local residents, who recreated characters from the past and present of their community. It used a variety of creative writing and drama improvisations to bring to life the characters.
The piece was created as part of Culture Liverpool’s community arts engagement programme – ‘Four Corners’, which has been managed by JMU (John Moores University-Design Academy) and the Rotunda.
If you haven’t seen the performance then you can download and read the scripts here. Thanks Again to all of the participants at ARCH and everyone at Rotunda who did such a fine job in putting this all together!
Belle Vale Primary’s healthy artwork is now finished and a set of 15 fresh faced fruits and veggies will be joining our ranks of public artwork! It promotes healthy eating and keeping active and also gives clues as to who would win in a fight between a potato and a lemon! Many thanks again to Jo Moon for the finishing touches!
This week at Lee Valley…
Great progress this week as we near our Belle Vale Deadline! The group worked on their dance moves and combined some breakdancing, disco hip-hop and robot style maneuvers to 32 counts. In all it gave us some great material to feed into the final piece.
After the break we revisited the performances we started last week and devised the stronger ideas further. People in Belle Vale Shopping Centre may well find themselves asked to undertake some interesting ‘wellness’ tests by Dr FeelBetter or Nurse WellGood. Or they might encounter the Happiness Police, characters currently modelled on James Bond! The group are growing in confidence and there is a huge amount of enthusiasm for the project.
The pupils of Gateacre Comp have made good progress with their Alcohol statistic pieces and have culminated their idea for the final piece.
The work will comprise of 90 bottles – each one representing an alcohol related fatality – some of these will be decorated with collaged ideas about the use, misuse and effects of alcohol – all of them will be lit with a coloured LED light and every 15 minutes one light will go out, representing a death. All 90 lights will extinguish in the path of a day and will be re-lit for the next day.
The piece plans to be shown in Childwall Health Centre in April.
It’s been a while since we reported on Belle Vale Primary’s Fruit and Veg paintings – well we’ve had some help from Allerton based children’s illustrator Jo Moon who has kindly put the finishing touches to the childrens pieces. We have 15 artworks all with energetic fruit and veg that are currently homeless but discussions are underway and you’ll see these cheeky fellows popping up very soon.
Garston C of E Primary School have been helping us with designs for the Long Lane Planters in Garston. Over the past two weeks they have been creating images based around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Olympics and the 5 ways to Wellbeing. These are being turned into wooden plaques which will be fixed onto the planters once they are painted and planted (with the help of the children this Friday – if it doesn’t rain!). Rotters will be coming along to assist with the planting and designs.
Many thanks to the Staff and Lilly B, Rachael W, Alex De, Becky, Kaitlan, Rebecca, Charlie, Stevie, Rebekka H, Lida, Chantelle, Emily Bl, Erin, Charlotte, Viki, Emily Bu, Chloe and Adam!
Last Wednesday we had a new group come on board – ‘Cycle Speke’. Originally a cycling group that tours the South Liverpool Area from Speke Fire Station on a Saturday Morning – we persuaded them to do some extra sessions mid week and employed LJMU Student Clifford Unsworth to assist in some photography tuition.
The group were Taking Notice of their surroundings looking for the beauty in traditional and more challenging areas – the results are already stunning after one session. They’re heading out next Wednesday to capture more content to share on the buses.
This week we found a man amongst the Lee valley Ladies – Tony. He told us tales of his boyhood when he lived off of Hope Street and about the American GI’s who took up flats there after the war. They used to play baseball on some of the bombsites in the area and called them ‘Little Chicago’.
We’ve also found that some of the residents have come from far fields such as London and in one case Switzerland and there have been extra treats such as the first edition of the Liverpool Post, and a Land Army Mug.