14 February 2012

John McGuirk had been a member of tenantspin since 2003 and was brought to FACT by his dear friend Dolly Lloyd. He was auditioning to be on a CD that tenantspin were putting together and he was really involved with the city's music scene. Alan Dunn, project manager for tenantspin at the time simply remembers him sitting down and playing his spoons which amazed everybody there. Spoon playing was a theme with John, and this continued over his arts career earning him a place in the hearts of the people he met on many projects across Europe and America - and a place with the Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

His contribution to the city's arts scene was legendary. He was a brilliant presenter, a great speaker, political, sociable and with unbending beliefs. He believed avidly in ghosts and the paranormal and worked on innumerable projects including travelling to Dublin, Copenhagen, New York, Rotterdam and Dresden to represent the project.

On behalf of all of us who worked with him in FACT, tenantspin and beyond, thank you John. You are and were one in a million. May you rest in peace.

You can see some of John's digital stories here.