The Northwood community in Kirkby will be working with a professional photographer, Kirkby Gallery and The Open Eye Gallery in an upcoming photography programme to explore what it is like to live and be from the area through the art.
Culture Shifts is a programme that will creatively document communities across Liverpool City Region by exploring their stories and reflecting on their lives, identity or interests through photography.
Culture Shifts is working with 10 national and international photographers to create photos intending to inspire, surprise or challenge its audience. One of these areas is Kirkby; photographer Tony Mallon will be working with communities in Northwood to discover what it means to live and be from Kirkby. This is the ideal location for Tony to participate in Culture Shifts as he grew up in the area. Work created from this collaboration can be seen at The Open Eye Gallery in the Spring and at Kirkby Gallery in Autumn 2017.
St Helens will also be getting involved; photographer Stephen King will be working with the local community who have connections with Pilkington Glass factory to rediscover this site of industrial significance.
Toxteth will also feature in the programme as photographer Andrew Jackson and practitioner Darryl Georgiou will be working with those who are behind Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust, an organisation that is run by volunteers who deliver housing and other community facilities in Toxteth.
While for Sefton, photographer Colin McPherson will be working with several young people’s groups to explore the identity of young people in the area.
A selection of all of the work created during the programme will be displayed at a Culture Shifts exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in 2017. This is to celebrate the partnerships made throughout Culture Shifts and to bring attention to the power that photography has to engage us.
The photos from the programme will be also be able to view on a digital platform called PhotoStories and from January 2017, you will be able to get involved yourself by sharing your views and own photo stories.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services said: “I’m delighted that Kirkby has been chosen to be involved in Culture Shifts. This project is a great opportunity to bring the community together and share their experiences of Kirkby. I hope everyone enjoys their involvement with the project and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished art work.”