Granby Street Market, September 2017

The great L8 Street Market is well into its eighth year now but I haven’t been around Granby or anywhere else much recently, so it was good to step out on a fine September morning and arrive at Granby again.

The Market runs pretty much all year now on the first Saturday of every month.
And since last year has run on Granby Street itself, the road being closed for it.
The market has grown and thrived in the extra space.

A real mixture of stalls here. All kinds of food, art, crafts, bike repairs, general interestingness and some they sum up as ‘car booty-ness.’

But best of all loads of people and the place itself. I was involved here for many years of course and it’s great to be back among friends again. Conversations flowing easily in the morning sun. Continue reading “Granby Street Market, September 2017”

All in an L8 Day

Remembering Eleanor Rathbone & Jane Jacobs.

One day in Liverpool 8, walking through what the people of the place have done and are doing. And remembering two great women, Eleanor Rathbone and Jane Jacobs.Version 2Eleanor Rathbone you’ll well know about if you’ve been around this blog a while. Liverpool’s greatest suffragette and politician. From our first female City Councillor – for Granby, through votes for women, then as an MP changing all of our lives, our greatest social reformer and well overdue the posthumous Freedom of Liverpool so many of us are determined she should get. So our children and their children will know in whose benign shadow we all walk.

Seventy years dead but celebrated in her Granby this day.

And Jane Jacobs? Born 100 years ago and also celebrated on this one amazing day. We’ll come back to Jane, I am always coming back to Jane.

Early morning in Lodge Lane.
Early morning in Lodge Lane.
Thriving now through the independent efforts of its people.
Thriving now through the independent efforts of its people.

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Wandering About: Liverpool 8

Aimlessly2 - 45Two in the end dry days on the run? Sky maybe not broken then? I set off with my camera for another wander around. No random bus to North Liverpool this time, in fact Sarah gives me a lift into town, where Dig Vinyl in Bold Street is seriously investigated.

After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.
After which I have a cup of tea in Soul Café.

Not one of Bold Street’s more celebrated independents, perhaps, but much liked by me anyway.

Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.
Emerging from there about 3pm to find perfect afternoon light.

When I used to make films this late afternoon light where the descending sun shines brightly behind you was always perfect for filming outdoor scenes and places. You’d  only get an hour or so of it before dusk would set. So every moment would be valuable.

Let's go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.
Let’s go then. The sun beginning to set over Chinatown, decorations from New Year still up.

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Willing to Work? In Granby? Read this.

And Cairns Street?

As you’ll know unless you’ve been living under a stone I’m more than something to do with Granby 4 Streets. But as you might well not know, until you read this, you could be too. We’re hiring, in short – and you might like to apply. Here’s the ad.

Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust

Freelance Project Development Manager

£35,000 per annum full time for 18 months – self employed
(may be willing to negotiate with an exceptional candidate)
Full or part time considered

The aim of this job is to develop and implement the plans of the Community Land Trust in delivering a regenerated and sustainable community within and surrounding Granby 4 Streets. This will include developing and delivering a portfolio of capital projects that make the CLT viable, revive and enrich the area and match the needs and aspirations of the people who live and work here.

We want someone who is experienced in: Continue reading “Willing to Work? In Granby? Read this.”

Happy Christmas from Granby 4 Streets

Happy Christmas - 1There is still a blog post to be written celebrating all that’s been achieved by the whole group of partners here in Granby this year. But today, as we held the final site meeting of the year, was a day to pause, wish each other Happy Christmas and pass our message of peace and DIY on to you as well.

The week began with a celebration in the site house at 48 Cairns Street. A homecoming party for Assemble and all of us after winning the Turner Prize.

The Turner Pies arrived early.
The Turner Pies arrived early.

A party gift from our friends at Homebaked. Paticularly for Joe Farrag of Granby helping out so much with the gazebos for their Thing On The Rec event at the weekend.

Lots more food made by everyone too. We've been eating it all week since.
Lots more food made by everyone too. We’ve been eating it all week since.

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On winning the Turner Prize

As you may know by now. We've won the Turner Prize.
As you may know by now. We’ve won 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 of the most deeply significant words in my life, one of the most deeply significant words in the history of Liverpool, for all the miscellaneous reasons why. The word ‘Granby’.

Thursday 7th December begins like so many days this last special year in Granby, on site.
Thursday 7th December begins like so many days this last special year, in Granby, on site.
To you this might look like some empty houses being restored. To all of us it looks like a party.
To you this might look like some empty houses being restored. To all of us it looks like a party.

I am here as so often these days to meet a journalist. Continue reading “On winning the Turner Prize”

Turner Prize: Is this art?

In which Hazel Tilley of Granby 4 Streets and the entire City of Liverpool gets the last word.

As you may know by now. We've won the Turner Prize.
As you may know by now. We’ve won the Turner Prize.

So I’d say we definitely are art.

Hazel

“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 you live with. And it’s art for the people. And if art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?”

As we got closer to the announcement of who’s won this year’s Turner Prize media interest in what us lot in Granby 4 Streets are doing once again increased. Continue reading “Turner Prize: Is this art?”

Granby 4 Streets – Open to the Future

This was another of our many big days now. First 5 Community Land Trust Houses  finished and open.DSC07461

And here are some of us who’ve helped this to happen: Joe Halligan, architect from Assemble, Tracey Gore of Steve Biko Housing, Lorna Mackie of the Nationwide Foundation, Eleanor Lee of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Councillor Ann O’Byrne – Deputy Mayor of Liverpool – and me, also of the CLT.

To come and see us in Granby.
In Granby 4 Streets

At our Open Day on Monday 21st September.Open day

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