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.
JEFF YOUNG (click here to access Jeff’s blog)
Jeff Young has written 35 radio dramas, essays and drama documentaries and more than 40 pieces for the stage, including most recently ‘Bright Phoenix’ for Liverpool Everyman’s 50th year. His site-specific and installation collaborations have been performed in spaces such as a submarine dock, a cobbler’s shop, an abandoned power station, Swan Hunter shipyard, beaches, a train station, lantern carnivals, ruins and derelict houses. His sound art and spoken word work in collaboration with the artist Alan Dunn and composer Martin Heslop has been broadcast internationally. He has worked with ex-coal miners, pensioners groups, prisoners, retired seafarers, children and the homeless, creating visual and sound artwork. Recent work includes five Radio 3 Essays on the subject of the Muse. His memoir Ghost Town will be published by Little Toller Books in February 2020.
Jeff is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.
LAURA SPARK (click here to access Laura’s website)
Laura Spark is a visual artist working in stop motion animation, film and performance. After graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2017 with an MA in Animation, Laura returned to her spiritual home of Liverpool where she works making visuals for theatre, music videos, and with local community projects. In 2018 Laura was commissioned to create a visual performance, The Untuning of the Sky with Laura Cannell for York Mediale and participated in Flat pack Film Festivals artist development programme, Waveform, funded by Jerwood Arts. Her short films have played in international festivals including Frightfest 2018, and London Short Film Festival 2019 in the UK, to Stoptrik 2017, Slovenia; and Women in Horror 2018, USA.
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