Mosaics created by local community groups will be exhibited in Croxteth Hall between 30 March and 10 April.
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, will open the exhibition in an event with participants and partners.
The nine large mosaics feature themes of flora, fauna and local history and were developed and designed in collaboration with 10 local organisations and groups of all ages and abilities. A short film about the project and interviews with participants will accompany the exhibition. From April onwards, following the exhibition, the artworks will be permanently installed along a pathway at Alt Meadows, the new public greenspace created as part of the River Alt Restoration Project.
Groups who participated in the project include primary schools, secondary schools, youth clubs, residential and nursing home residents, residents groups and community groups. The mosaics were designed through a series of workshops and events where residents of all ages were encouraged to come up with ideas and themes celebrating the area and the new habitats created during the River Alt Restoration Project.
The Start Creative team then worked the ideas up into designs for mosaics which the community then helped put together, piece by piece. Mike Walker, head of Start Creative and lead artist on the project said: “This project is very significant for me, having lived 100m from Alt Meadows, where the artworks will be permanently installed, for most of my childhood”.
The Paths for People project is a collaboration between Cass Foundation, Start Creative, and the Croxteth Community. The project was funded by Arts Council England and Cobalt Housing Trust. Cass Foundation, who delivered the River Alt Restoration Project, is a Liverpool-based charity, committed to working to improve people’s health by improving their environment. Start Creative is an artist-led Community Interest Company delivering participatory art projects nationwide.
Helen Rawlinson, Project Manager for the Cass Foundation says: “The Paths For People project was aimed at creating a permanent legacy in the new park. Local people have designed and created these mosaics that celebrate the landscape, the river, the nature and the heritage of their area.”
Croxteth Hall Exhibition, free entry: open daily, 11am – 3pm, 31 March to 10 April
Alt Meadows has been shortlisted for a Liverpool Echo Environment Award, Neighbourhood Improvement Award, with winners due to be announced in late April.