The Granby Office of Useful Art

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Useful Art

First there is a sparkly little notice.Then there is finding the place.

148 Granby Street.
148 Granby Street.

Owned by the local church, just next to their Mission, but not used for some years.

Now rented to Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust.
Now rented to Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust.
Last used as a hairdresser's.
Last used as a hairdresser’s.
Now it's Granby Office of Useful Art.
Now it’s Granby Office of Useful Art.

Biscuits, you see, can be art.

The Localist Workers are getting everything ready.
The Localist Workers are getting everything ready.
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Sufea Mohamad Noor.
Sufea Mohamad Noor.
And Salma Noor.
And Salma Noor.
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Then Sufea and Salma spring their surprise on me, their photographer for the day.

The want to work mostly in the dark. Or at least low, sparkly light.
The want to work mostly in the dark. Or at least low, sparkly light.

It’s called ‘Beyond the Spectrum’ after all.

Oh.
Oh.
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So adjustments are hastily made in the camera as people start to arrive!

Hazel is here. Getting going on a mobile.
My friend Hazel is here. Getting going on a mobile.
With Sufea.
With Sufea.
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Hazel is soaking wet, having been out in the driving rain of the Granby Street Market persuading people to become members of our Community Land Trust.

The last Street Market of the summer and it's pouring down.
The last Street Market of the summer and it’s pouring down.
All the traders have turned up though and a good many customers.
All the traders have turned up though and a good many customers.

It’s been brilliant this year to bring the Market out onto Granby Street. Well done Joe and Theresa and all the organisers and helpers.

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But today, apart from essential visits to Cally at Homebaked and Luca at Fritto for food, I’m staying dry in the Office of Useful Art. Where light continues to be used carefully but beautifully.

On a day of quiet industry.
On a day of quiet industry.
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Having finished the mobile you've just seen, Hazel decides it's time to go and get even wetter.
Having finished the mobile you’ve just seen, Hazel decides it’s time to go and get even wetter.
'The CLT needs more members!"
‘The CLT needs more members!”
Back inside the quiet industry continues.
Back inside the quiet industry continues.
A lovely day.
A lovely day.
At Granby Office of Useful Art.
At Granby Office of Useful Art.

And why can’t a biscuit be a logo?

Sufea and Salma plan to do more workshops in here. Sufea says:

“We’d like the next one to be about textiles, and so we’re looking for someone to help us with supplies.”

As you’ll have noticed from that earlier notice about ‘Localist Workers’ this is also part of an international movement and data base called Arte Util.

Which explains itself round the walls.
Which explains itself round the walls.
Happy to see we're all already part of it.
Happy to see we’re all already part of it.
Including here at 'a sense of place'
Including here at ‘a sense of place’

Sufea and Salma’s workshop was part of Liverpool Biennial’s ‘The City is a School’ public programme.

Published by Ronnie

Writing about life, Liverpool and anything else that interests me. As well as working with others to make the world a fairer and kinder place: http://asenseofplace.com.

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