25 May 2011

Rarely seen photos from the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo archive will be displayed at FACT on Friday 27 May in Gallery 2. The photos will form a daylong audio and visual installation during The Week of Culture and Regeneration as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition.

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The images, which have been curated by Daily Post Arts Editor Laura Davis, contrast the bleak landscape of 1980s Liverpool with the artists and musicians of the day and poses the question: “does adversity breed creativity?”

Images on display include dramatic scenes of the Toxteth riots, which took place 30 years ago this July, picket lines and decaying housing estates as well as more positive photographs showing playwrights Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale at the Liverpool Playhouse and the city's thriving music scene.

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Accompanying the images are audio interviews with local people who are using creativity to send a political message today – playwright Lawrence Wilson (Tiny Volcanos, Lost Monsters), Fabian Devlin and Richard Fisher of punk band We Came Out Like Tigers and artist Dan Simpkins.

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We asked curator, Laura Davis, to tell us a bit more about the installation…

“It is a real privilege to take part in Knowledge Lives Everywhere and share some of the fascinating images from our extensive photographic archive with FACT visitors. While we are in a challenging time for the arts in this country, I have been struck by the positivity of many organisations who are determined to continue using culture to inspire their audiences and to raise aspirations.  When times are tough we often turn to the arts to give us a voice and it is this idea that I wanted to explore in this display.”