Golden Slumbers

An old mansion on Belvidere Road in Toxteth is being converted into a modern social housing building to be opened in Spring 2012. In regards to this, FACT's School and Learning programme collaborated with a group of Year 9 students from the Belvedere Academy, also on Belvidere Road. The students decided to develop a creative response to celebrate people, past or present, that they felt contributed to the rich cultural heritage of the Belvidere Road area. They developed dream-like narratives to link people together, transcending historical timeline accuracy and physical gravity and the final results included animation and digital footage. 

Over the course of a month the students discussed and debated many issues regarding the social history of the area and also what ideas they had towards a physical art project. They decided to develop a creative response to celebrate people, past or present, that they felt contributed to the rich cultural heritage of the Belvidere Road area. The people to be celebrated did not have to be famous, just people who students felt were important to them.

Using the metaphor of a dream as a means of storytelling, the students developed dream-like narratives to link people together, transcending historical timeline accuracy and physical gravity. They took on the role of a production team to create final results from the narratives which included animation and digital footage. 

Visit the Belvidere Road Family Centre Development interactive documentary to keep up to date with the project.

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