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On the Street

On the Street works with young people in Liverpool who are not in education or employment on a public art project in their local area.

1st September 2009 - 31st December 2009

On the Street, a collaboration with Liverpool Biennial, will introduce young people from the Anfield and Breckfield areas of Liverpool to architects and to the skills involved in developing a piece of public art, as well as presentation skills to 'sell' their ideas for public art.

Objectives of the project include to create a sustainable project, to break down barriers and boundaries between areas of the city, and to investigate the areas in which the work could take place. It also aims to develop the young people into mentors for similar future projects, providing long term value.

  • The project will focus on young people living in the area who are not formally engaged in education or vocational activity. The project will be ‘on the street’, literally using the streets and spaces as the material and focus for the project. The project will work with two specified groups to create an alternative young people's masterplan for the Anfield and Breckfield regeneration zone.

    The masterplans will be shaped through a lengthy training programme which takes the young people through the processes involved in building sustainable neighbourhoods. This process will be led by artists and architects selected by each group and Liverpool Biennial. Local artists will be engaged to maintain momentum for the project. Artists and architects will work with these young people exploring the future of the neighbourhood and how people work, rest, play and connect to it. Work will also focus on temporary use of buildings, land and open space. The project will use these spaces to show emerging ideas which could influence the wider masterplans for the area.

    The groups will be encouraged to develop consultation events as part of their programmes, encouraging input from the wider communities of young people, adults and families in the area.

  • Two groups of 10-15 people aged 11-16 will be drawn from the Breckfield and Anfield areas and target young people not engaged in education, employment and training. We will aim to provide two full days each week with associated activity drawing in other young people from local schools, as well as the wider community.

  • The northern part of Merseyside, the historic dockland and industrial area, has been subject to decades of economic and social decline resulting in the major loss of industry and jobs, and massive de-population. The impact on neighbourhoods and the housing market is only now being addressed through masterplans developed by local authorities.

    It takes some time to deliver these visions however which means that there are currently unused buildings and open spaces with no major plans for how they could be used in the short term. Neighbourhood management services often struggle to maintain control of these spaces which can be detrimental to the regeneration process.

    Community arts projects in this context often focus on celebratory events to lift the community. This project aims to take a different approach and deal head on with the physical realities of a neighbourhood living through change.

  • Biennial, a Liverpool-based contemporary arts organisation established in 1999, hosts a festival in Liverpool city centre ever other year, displaying art works around the centre and in venues around the city. Each festival lasts for ten weeks and includes a public art programme (which has led to impressive public statements such as Anthony Gormley's statues on Crosby beach) and a community engagement programme in South Sefton.