Focus on hidden gems

Hidden Liverpool is  opening the doors of its first major event, the ‘People’s City’ photography exhibition.

It contains fantastic images themed around the connection between people and buildings within Liverpool, and explores how buildings reflect people’s heritage within the city.

The images on display are taken from a citywide competition and have been selected by a panel of professionals’ including The Open Eye, Liverpool Vision, Seven Streets and PLACED. It contains entries from Under 18’s, amateur photographers and professionals.

Carolyn Murray, Project officer of Hidden Liverpool said – “Hidden Liverpool was really thrilled with the quality and variety of the competition entrants. The overall standard was very high and judging all categories was very difficult.”

The ‘Peoples City’ exhibition will  until the 1 December. The exhibition will be held in the old Royal School for the Blind situated on the Corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street. The building was founded by Edward Rushton in 1791 and used as a blind school from 1851. It later became the Merseyside police Headquarters and then the Trade Union Centre until it closed. The building was recently purchased by The Hope Street Hotel founder Dave Brewitt.

There will be disabled access via a ramp at the entrance. Opening times can be seen below.

Hidden Liverpool is a yea rlong project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by PLACED, a community interest company that raises awareness of and engages young people in the built environment and architecture, through creative workshops delivered by a volunteer team.Hidden Liverpool winners

The Hidden Liverpool project focuses on collecting memories and stories of some of the fantastic buildings that have played a part in the history of the city but are currently lying empty, and includes a yearlong programme of events. The aim of the project is to provide an accessible way for everyone to share and learn about what lies behind Liverpool’s closed doors, unlocking the city’s history in a new and exciting way before thinking creatively at how empty buildings could be reused.

Open Daily 11am – 5pm (Thursday 28th November 11am – 9pm; Saturday 30th November 11am – 7pm)

Pictured: (above) Brian Sayle’s portrait of the Port of Livepool Building  and (right) competition winners