A group of young people from the Greenhouse Project in Toxteth have created artwork for Tate Liverpool
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Toxteth young people create artwork at Tate Liverpool
A group of young people from the Greenhouse Project on Lodge Lane, L8 neighbourhood, have worked with artists, including Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, to create a newly commissioned audio-visual artwork, Future Forecast, for Tate Liverpool which will be shown at the RIBA North gallery. The audio-visual installation envisions how the impact of the climate crisis might look and sound for future generations and runs from 15 January.
Originally created for a one-off event before the Albert Dock venue closed, due to its popularity, the gallery is bringing it back for an extended run.
The Greenhouse Project Young Event’s Producers worked with Mark Leckey, composer and sound producer Silv-o, and artist Roy Claire Potter on script support and vocal sound production. The artwork also features found and recorded footage taken by the group and video edited by Silv-o.
Future Forecast is set in an imagined a vision of the future, where extreme weather conditions have changed the landscape of Toxteth, and the rest of the world. The group were inspired by the global events of the last 12 months to look to an undetermined future where climate catastrophe, extreme weather and technology have changed the world.
Mark Leckey is one of the most influential artists working today. Since the late 1990s, his work has looked at the relationship between popular culture and technology as well as exploring the subjects of youth, class and nostalgia. He won the 2008 Turner Prize. Leckey, who was born in Birkenhead, met with the group in person and online a number of times to inspire, and guide the group of 12 young people, aged 14-18, as they developed their ideas.
The group also worked with: Roy Claire Potter, who works between performance and experimental art writing; Silv-o who is a DJ, producer and sound design artist; and artists Alexandria Animba and Ella Monnerat.
Tate Liverpool has been working with the Greenhouse Project for 18 months, with the young people learning from professionals including communications, retail, curatorial but with a main focus on event production. The scheme is designed to give children and young people in communities local to gallery the opportunity to increase their creative potential and grow their life chances.
The group have previously presented Future Forecast at Late at Tate, and created a film and showcased it at a community event in the gallery, which included a Q&A and a performance by Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter Ni Maxine. They also contributed to the Late at Tate for the Turner Prize, working on an installation with empathy artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala.