Welcome to The Settlement!!!
exhibition is currently being held in the Community Gallery, on the
3rd floor of St. George's Hall in Liverpool. (Entrance via the
museum). It largely relates to Liverpool's past, in particular to
its land ownership and commoners rights and the deeds of those whose
deeds allowed Liverpool's expansion. To interactions with the powers
that be and to the citizens who were prepared to challenge where
This is linked to aspirations for the future and there are message
boards to share memories of what once was and maybe could inform the
future. People are also invited to bring photos, to use surveys and
contribute their knowledge in comment books. There are facilities to
allow a wide network of community based organisations and
individuals to make contact with each other and to discover common
ground. Everyone is invited to this special show and to leave their
comments and hopes about how they see the use of open space within
the area, in the future.
Do you know of any unused or misused pieces of land lying idle in
your area, which perhaps could be used to grow things productively
It may only be tiny, but could be better used. Who owns it?
Could it be brought to better use?
If so, this is the sort of information, which can be added.
The exhibition is free and is open every day, 10am to 5pm until 15
March 2009. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Rotheram, will be
formally visiting the exhibition at 1pm on Friday, 13 February 2009.
All are welcome to attend.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing programme by 'pool; the
leading Toxteth based environmental arts organisation leading to The
Settlement, which is being launched on 13 March, affording a space
for people to come together to consider what could be possible and
to exchange ideas and information. Also to inform a future
'People Plan'. 'pool say:- "The Settlement space is
for you, the community, to develop and plan over the next three
months. We will liaise with the City Council and others to make the
Settle in. - Imagine our future with other people who want to join
Settle down. - Everyone is welcome.
Why? - It's up to us to look after our open spaces.
How? - Challenge the status quo. Plan action. Take action."
This project has the backing of the council, who will hopefully take
on board much of what transpires. There are also picnics and walks
and celebrations planned which should prove well worthwhile.
Alongside the exhibition, a series of workshops are being held. They
seek to involve anyone with an interest. One such workshop took
place last Saturday, 7 February 2009. It was open and very friendly,
but importantly did not require that attendees possessed specialist
knowledge: although obviously much experience lies in the hands of
the Creative Director, Jean Grant and her colleagues.
If you do decide to
go along to the exhibition and hopefully to join in a workshop, the
next of which is 1pm to 3pm, Saturday, 14 February 2009, you will be
made very welcome.
For a much more detailed outline of this and associated project can
be found online on:-
FASHION V SPORT
THE Walker Art
Gallery William on Brown Street, Liverpool, is getting stylish this
week with the opening of a new touring exhibition fresh from
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A.
Exploring the relationship between contemporary fashion and global
sportswear brands over the last 20 years, Fashion V Sport opens on
Friday, 13 February 2009, running until 31 May 2009.
Divided into four sections, Dare, Display, Play and Desire, the
exhibition guides the visitor through a range of styles, outfits and
objects to reveal the creative connections which interlink factors
affecting the way we dress today.
Pauline Rushton, curator of costume and textiles at National Museums
Liverpool said:- “Liverpool has a reputation as a fashion
conscious city and is especially well known for sports-related
fashion. The influence of the street has always been very important
to the city’s ‘wardrobe’ and we’re often adapting and customising
trends especially where sportswear-turned-leisurewear is concerned.
From the label-obsessed football casuals on the terraces in the late
1970s and early 1980s to today’s designer-loving WAGS, we’ve been
quick to create our own style. It’s therefore not surprising that
the city is the first venue for this touring exhibition from the
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.”
Displaying around 50 outfits and 120 objects including contemporary
sportswear, streetwear, accessories and shoes, the exhibition
reflects the convergence of fashion and sport, showing the extent to
which designers take inspiration from each other to score hits on
both the catwalks and sports fields.
Designers such as Stella McCartney, collaborating with well known
sports brands like Adidas, illustrate sportswear’s popularity as a
fashion statement. Fashion V Sport shows how designers such as Dries
van Noten and Vivienne Westwood have
reworked original sportswear staples such as the grey jersey
tracksuit, redefining them as high-end must-have fashion items.
The Dare section looks at how sportswear is rated highly as an
essential part of the modern wardrobe. With the lines becoming
blurred in the use of sportswear for its main purpose, sports
technologies are being integrated into every day fashions, and the
exhibition highlights the struggle that has developed between
traditional and innovative design.
The sections Display and Play highlight the street as the most
crucial space where sportwear is worn as fashion.
Particularly relevant to Liverpool, it is common practice to wear a
t-shirt of a certain colour, not only as a piece of casual wear but
also to pledge allegiance to the football team you support,
therefore making the t-shirt’s purpose two-fold.
These sections trace the customisation of sports fashion including a
jacket reconstructed from sections of Nike clothing by
cult designer Dr Romanelli, and show how the creativity of
customizers such as I-Saw and Nash Money has been embraced by global
Desire features examples of advertising campaigns for fashion
brands, including sports personalities such as David Beckham
and David James modelling for Armani along with designer sporting
accessories including a Paul Smith-designed snowboard and Chanel
This final section also uncovers the world of sportswear obsessive,
from collectors who own hundreds of pairs of trainers,
to the Japanese fashion designer Hirofumi Kiyonaga who has created a
brand named after his virtual football team ‘Football
Club Real Bristol’, for which he designs two fashion collections
The exhibition is free to visit and open from 10am to 5pm every day.
For more information please phone 0151 478 4199 or visit:-
Church holds Charity Auction
St. Cuthbert's Church will be holding a
"Charity Auction" on Saturday, 21 February 2009. The
proceeds will go the Church Building Fund with priority being given
to remedial work on the roof. Approximately 200 items will be
auctioned starting at 10:30am. Viewing will be from 9:00am.
Admission is free. For more information go to:-