An extraordinary structure made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created in Knowsley in what is a cultural-first.
Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures in each area of the Liverpool City Region.
Some of the structures will be based on actual medieval forts which were in the region at one time and some are expected to be as tall as 20 meters.
The inspiration for Knowsley’s design comes from Elsinore Castle from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet and it will be constructed in Knowsley Safari.
Lost Castles is another wonderful opportunity to celebrate Knowsley’s fascinating links with Shakespeare and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse coming to Prescot. The support and patronage of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall played a notable part in the development of English drama so it is fitting that the castle will be constructed at the Safari, which is part of the Knowsley Estate.
How to get involved
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and his artistic team. You don’t need any special skills – just plenty of enthusiasm and passion to be part of a great team.
A number of free workshops will take place from 5th to 8th August where parts of Knowsley’s castle will be constructed entirely of cardboard and tape. These parts will then be transported to Knowsley Safari where the castle will be fully constructed on Friday 10th August. You are then invited to take part in the demolition of the castle on Sunday 12th August (all of the cardboard will be responsibly recycled).
If you would like to get involved in this project, please complete the form below and a member of the team will get back to you with more details. Please read the terms and conditions at the end of this page.
For more information please email Rachael.Treacher@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 5618.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said
“We are delighted to be part of this exciting Liverpool City Region project that captures imaginations and shines the light on the wonderful history and heritage from across the region. It’s a great opportunity for people to get actively involved in something creative that will stay in people’s memories for years to come.”
“Given Knowsley’s fascinating links with Shakespeare and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse coming to Prescot, this exciting project will be a further celebration of how the work of the Bard continues to inspire and influence people today.”
About Lost Castles
The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire Liverpool City Region. Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk
The project has been made possible thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and is supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and Global Streets.
Olivier Grossetȇte is renowned for creating extraordinary structures out of cardboard. Take a look at his previous work:
Terms and conditions for getting involved:
- The minimum age to get involved with the project is age 8 – there is no maximum age!
- All those participating under the age of 16 must attend with a responsible adult, or adult per group.
- You do not need to be available for all workshop sessions or construction/demolition days, the project is extremely flexible so just let us know when you are free and we will be in touch to confirm what sessions we would like you to be part of.
- The workshops will take place at The Prescot School (Knowsley Park Ln, Prescot L34 3NB) – more details on location and amenities will be provided once you have registered your interest.
- The construction and demolition will take place at Knowsley Safari Park Prescot L34 4AN
- Some light refreshments will be provided for all volunteers during the workshops and construction days.