3 July 2007

Jayne Casey from loveliverpool and FACT's Director Mike Stubbs officially opened Here and Your Here, new film commissions from London artist Anna Lucas and The Bold Street Project, a work by Liverpool artist Michelle Wren and Katie Lips inspired by Bold Street.

Some of the shops of the iconic street - including Caribbean restaurant Quynny's Quisine, Chinese buffet Yums, new café The Italian Club, women's health centre WHISC, aspirational store Microzine and alternative bookstore News from Nowhere - brought a flavour of their produce ahead of the event, hosting a series of market stalls on Ropewalks Square. Dynamic Liverpool drummers Urban Strawberry Lunch provided the entertainment.

Inside the centre, nearly 400 people viewed Anna Lucas' exhibition spread across Gallery 1 & 2 while The Bold Street Project encouraged almost 420 people to view the films, stills and music within the Media Lounge - a record-breaking figure to visit the space during a Private View at FACT.

Director of FACT Mike Stubbs said, "It was a fabulous evening and a great introduction to the communities of FACT. The exhibitions show the diversity of interests and people FACT engages with. I have to say the highlights of the evening we re the positive responses from our international guests and John McGuirk (tenantspin) playing the spoons later on when we finally got to eat. I would like to take this opportunity to that all those who contributed to making it such a great evening, including the local traders who helped with the street market and music as part of the launch."

Celebrating Bold Street's culture, history and rich diversity, the new exhibition from FACT and tenantspin includes new films featuring Alex Cox, Chris Bernard, Pete Wylie and Jeff Young. It also features interviews with people who worked, lived, shopped and visited the street sharing their memories of one of Liverpool's most famous thoroughfares.