Belvedere Academy's Silly Thoughts of Slumber
4 April 2012
The redevelopment in a former 19th century convent on
Belvidere Road into the UK's first eco-friendly homeless hostel is
near completion. To coincide with the opening,
FACT commissioned year nine students from The Belvedere
Academy to work with artist Nicola McGovern and Liverpool Mutual
Homes to create an artwork that would connect the Family Centre to
the local area and its residents. Project facilitator Jonathan
Browing told us more...
We kicked off the Golden Slumbers project by
visiting the Belvedere Academy and carrying out some introductory
sessions. We were able to work with a a group of year nine 'Gifted
and Talented' students selected by their teachers for their passion
for Art and English.
The team set about generating ideas and the girls were
encouraged to think about local history and the areas surrounding
Princes Park, Belvidere Road, Park Road and Aigburth. The girls
began to think the importance of having the Family Centre in the
area, and how the school, local residents and local businesses
could help welcome new families to the area.
Local artist Nicola McGovern was brought on board by the
team to develop the Golden Slumbers project which
uses dreams as a starting point and explores how they shape our
daily thoughts. Nicola gave the girls Dream Journals so they could
capture their dreams by making a log of them. We thought this would
give the girls a good starting point for the project. At Nicola's
first session she read the girls part of her own Dream Journal from
when she was 17 and still at school. This helped demonstrate how
dreams can manifest themselves in very strange and undefinable
Discussions, photography tours and interviews ensued as the team explored the local places places made famous by well-known figures and celebrities. Did you know Ringo Starr, Courtney Love and entrepreneur Ethel Austin all lived in the area at some point in their lives!?
The final outcome from the project is a charming chalkboard animation called Silly Thoughts of Slumber, which pulls together all the research that the students carried out as well as some more surreal elements from their dreams. It even features the girl's themselves 'magically' appearing in and out fromt the board.
Watch Silly Thoughts of Slumber on artplayer.tv or on the related media section.
For more information about this project, or FACT's Schools and Learning programme contact