6 June 2011

tenantspin is FACT and Arena Housing’s 12 year-old ground breaking community arts and media project and we are thrilled that they have won a Plus Dane Partnership Award for their recent project, This is Anfield. The award was a brilliant achievement for tenantspin as it recognises the fantastic work they have been striving at now for 12 years…. art for people and by the people.

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We asked Laura Yates, Inclusion and Participation for tenantspin, for a bit of background about tenantspin’s involvement with This is Anfield and is this what she said:

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“In 2010, we were approached by Plus Dane Housing Group and partner organisations including Anfield Detached, Merseyside Youth Development Services, Merseyside Youth Association and Liverpool City Council to take part in a new film for the Anfield Area. The project would be working with an intergenerational group from across Anfield on a new narrative for the district, something that would incorporate elements from the past, present and future of this changing neighbourhood. Part of tenantspin’s work focuses on the Anfield/Breckfield area and so it was fantastic for us to be involved.

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As part of the project Alex Harrison, a long-term collaborator with tenantspin and former FACT Young Persons Programme graduate was brought in to fill the role of lead artist and filmmaker. Along with Chris and Peter from MYDAS, Sue from Anfield Detached and Lisa and Julie from Plus Dane, tenantspin engaged with a group of young and older people from the area and began to develop ideas for the film.

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The film premiered at FACT on the 24 March and has been playing in the Anfield Pavillion, in Gallery 1 as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition.

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The award was a brilliant coup for us and was presented in part for our role in This is Anfield but it also recognises the fantastic work tenantspin through FACT and Arena Housing has been striving at now for coming on 12 years, art for people and by people.”

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If you want see the now award-winning, This is Anfleld, it is playing on a loop in the Anfield Pavilion in Gallery 1 as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition. Be quick though, as this exhibition finishes on 12 June to make way for Semiconductor: Worlds in the Making, which is opening on 01 July.