Introducing: Granby Winter Garden

Opening on 20th March, invitation below As I write this new addition to Granby isn’t quite open yet, so I feel very privileged to have been shown around. I also feel the full story of the particular place isn’t mine to tell, so I won’t tell it. Not all of it. But it’s such a […]

Granby Office of Useful Art

First there is a sparkly little notice.Then there is finding the place. Owned by the local church, just next to their Mission, but not used for some years. Biscuits, you see, can be art. Then Sufea and Salma spring their surprise on me, their photographer for the day. It’s called ‘Beyond the Spectrum’ after all. […]

How to do Social Housing: Part Two

Continuing the true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site The second of two detailed parts of my story about exactly how to do social housing. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. Next morning I’m up well before the dawn reflecting on what’s just happened and have […]

How to do Social Housing: Part One

A true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site.I want to tell you a story about social housing. A very detailed story (in two parts) about exactly how to do it. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. I want to tell you this story now because […]

On winning the Turner Prize

Sitting here, very early in the morning, too happy to sleep. Remembering yesterday, the day we won the Turner Prize. Knowing this day will be full of talk. Of Assemble and art and community led change. Of dreaming, design, architecture and politics. But here at six in the morning thinking only of one word. One […]

Turner Prize: Is this art?

In which Hazel Tilley of Granby 4 Streets and the entire City of Liverpool gets the last word. So I’d say we definitely are art. “It’s recognising the politics in art, it’s recognising the humanity in art. It’s not this piece of work of art that goes into some rich person’s warehouse, this is something that […]