Littlewoods Heritage Project: Inside the Dream Factory
The Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, Liverpool, is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the City’. However, in spite of its prominence as a striking landmark, many are unaware of its amazing history. Beneath the bricks and mortar, the building reveals a fascinating tale about working life in the 20th Century. Completed in 1938, the site was originally used to house the Littlewoods Pools. The Moores Brothers were ahead of their time employing a workforce of mainly women, with over 30,000 employees working for the company at its peak. The building was commandeered during World War II to make barrage balloons and Halifax bombers and Littlewoods were one of the first companies in the UK to introduce IBM computers.
In partnership with LJMU’s Screen School, and with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Metal will be developing a new project that will respond to and explore the unique history of Littlewoods, together with local people. As part of the renovation process led by Capital&Centric, the project will be working with artists and local community groups to create a new artwork that will reflect the amazing history of this iconic building.
On Thursday 4 July, 6-8pm, we will be launching the project at an event at LJMU Screen School, Redmond Building, Brownlow Hill,
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As part of the National Lottery Funded project, Littlewoods Heritage: Inside the Dream Factory, Metal and Liverpool Screen School (LJMU) seek an artist/filmmaker to create a new work that responds to and celebrates this iconic building’s history with local people.
We want an artist/artists collective who can create a visual montage of the stories and memories of the people that once occupied the building. They will collaborate with a spoken word artist and a team of oral historians to tell the story of Littlewoods to a new generation, before the building begins its new life as Littlewoods Studios.
Littlewoods held important connections to the community of Liverpool and beyond, not just in terms of employment, but also in terms of civic and community life. Staff activities included company choirs, beauty pageants and sports teams. In particular, the Moores brothers were held in high regard by the city, as they owned Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs.
Alongside the sharing of the heritage of the building there is also an aspiration to address issues of educational inequality through the project through a series of targeted workshops in local schools and youth centres, content from which could be incorporated into the final film.
The film will need to be broadcast quality with the possibility of incorporating the building’s architecture into its presentation at the launch of the new Littlewoods Studios. There is also additional budget available to submit the film to festivals following the initial local premier.
Dates and Budget
The project will run for 14 months.
Aug 2019 Artist(s) recruited
Sept- Dec 2019 Project design
Jan 2020 Community workshops begin
Apr- Jun 2020 Production
Jul-Sept 2020 Post-production
Oct 2020 Project launch
A total of £8000 (inc VAT) is available to cover artistic fees. Additional budget is available to cover film production costs, to be negotiated upon receipt of project proposal.
A separate budget of £1000 is available to cover travel and accommodation which Metal/LJMU will manage.
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Deadline: Midday Monday 22 July 2019
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