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Turner Prize Winners Celebrated At IFB2016

AN artwork that is part of the Turner Prize winning Granby Four Streets project has been launched at the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016).

Granby Workshop, a collaboration between the residents of Granby Street in Toxteth and artists collective Assemble, will present a showcase of their work outside the Exhibition Centre Liverpool during the three-week festival in a new commission by Liverpool Biennial.

Granby Workshop is a social enterprise which makes experimental products for homes in the once dilapidated area of the city now thriving thanks to the Granby Four Streets project in Toxteth.

In 2015, the collaboration between the Granby Workshop and Assemble was awarded the coveted Turner Prize for its innovative regeneration of Granby Street in Toxteth.

Festival Director Ian McCarthy said: “The work done by the Granby residents and Assemble is a true display of the resilience of the people of Liverpool and their entrepreneurial spirit.

“Together they changed lives and their commitment was rewarded with one of the most respected awards in the art world. I am hugely proud to be able to say that a showcase of their achievement will be on display at IFB2016.

“I believe that the new artwork will resonate throughout the festival which will seek to transform lives all over this city and the world by connecting people with international businesses so they too may flourish.”

Jude Kelly CBE, Creative Director of IFB2016, said ” It’s exciting and satisfying to have helped make this important commission happen. Assemble ‘s groundbreaking ideas form part of the wider cultural programme of ideas and discussions in IFB2016, as we probe what kinds of futures we can propose and make happen when entrepreneurship, commerce and creativity join forces.”

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said “It’s great to be able to showcase the groundbreaking work Assemble and the Granby Four Streets community have been doing over the years to a new audience. We are delighted to partner up with IFB2016 on this project, which demonstrates how art and people working together can transform cities and communities.”

The resourceful, creative actions of a group of residents were fundamental to bringing their streets out of disrepair, which was caused by decades of neglect and false promises of regeneration.

The once bustling, multi-cultural community scattered and the remaining Granby Four Streets were left sparsely populated, filled with tinned up houses.

Spanning 20 years, the remaining residents cleared, planted, painted, and campaigned in order to reclaim their streets.

In 2011 they entered into an innovative form of community land ownership, the Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust (CLT), and securing ten empty houses for renovation as affordable homes.

As new occupants moved into freshly renovated terraces that had been empty for thirty years, Assemble set up Granby Workshop as a means of continuing to support the hands-on activity that has brought about immense change in the area.

The piece has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, which presents the largest contemporary arts festival in the UK from 9 July until 16 October, and supported by IFB2016.

From June 13 to July 1, more than over 30,000 business delegates are visiting the city to take part in the world’s biggest business festival, which is being delivered in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, the GREAT Britain Campaign and with the support of the UK Government.

Some of the biggest names in business, like festival sponsor Google, will be attending the festival and some 10,000 delegates are from abroad wanting to do business with UK SME’s, entrepreneurs and start-ups wanting to take their idea or products to the global stage.


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