An arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing is being launched across Liverpool City Region.
Constellations Presents brings a different artist to Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral to present a work inspired by a specific constellation and its relationship to local stories.
It is the follow-on from the award winning ‘Lost Castles’ which saw six extraordinary cardboard box structures being built and then demolished by communities in locations across the six boroughs in 2018.
The project was instigated by Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, which will launch the season with a spectacular installation by Studio Joanie Lemercier in West Kirby between the 18-20 October.
The final project – in Knowsley – will see local artist Sam Wiehl reimagining local residents and community groups as stars in a disused shop in Huyton village centre between 21-23 November.
The six commissions are:
Constellations Presents – Studio Joanie Lemercier West Kirby Marine Lake, Wirral 18-20 October 2019
Constellations Presents – Cetus Mann Island, Liverpool 1-9 November 2019
Constellations Presents – The Creation Sherdley Park, St Helens 5 November 2019
Constellations Presents – Parabolic Lightcloud Crosby Coastal Park, Sefton 8-10 November 2019
Constellations Presents – Nova Victoria Park, Widnes, Halton 15-17 November 2019
Constellations Presents – The Garish Sun Huyton Village Centre, Knowsley 21-23 November 2019
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Lost Castles perfectly showed how art and culture can celebrate local identity, whilst also bringing us together under one idea.
“I am excited about Constellations Presents as it does exactly the same thing. It will shine a spotlight on six very different parts of our region at the same time as showing how connected we are. I really hope people take this chance to go to as many of the installations as they can and to discover great new places on their doorstep.”
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This is another great event as part of Liverpool’s cultural programme and it is fabulous to be teaming up with other local authorities across the city region on something with a common theme.
“It is really important that we showcase the whole region to visitors and allow people to access culture on their own doorstep.”