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Statues Redressed took gold in last night’s Broadcast Digital Awards in the Best Content Partnership or AFP category, pipping the likes of ITV’s Cooking With The Stars, Channel 4’s Cook Clever Waste Less and BT’s FA Disability Cup coverage to the title.
The Liverpool project saw Culture Liverpool join forces with Sky Arts and production company Northern Town in a campaign which brought together 20 artists to challenge and celebrate the role of the city’s statues in modern times. This formed part of the ongoing debate around who and what should be immortalised as public monuments.
Some of the artists’ interventions ranged from the celebratory to the confrontational, with the statues gradually revealed to the public throughout the summer of 2021. Those artists involved included heavyweights in the public art scene, as well as rising stars, local artists and designers.
“It’s incredibly rare that a local authority scoops a national broadcast award and I’m delighted our unique collaboration with Sky Arts has received this recognition.
“The debate around statues and their relevance in today’s society has really come to the fore over recent years, and Liverpool joined this debate with humour, style and personality.
“We’re a city renowned for pushing cultural boundaries and when we launched this initiative people certainly had an opinion and that was great to hear – we wanted to stimulate conversation and dig into the complexities that arise when we consider who and what the statues in our city represent.
“I’d like to send a huge congratulations to the Culture Liverpool team for this brilliant piece of work which challenged such a prolific topic.”
“Statues – and their place in our cities today – has been a hotly debated topic since Black Lives Matter movement and we wanted to explore what our statues mean to us now.
“Like so many of these big challenging questions, we turned to artists to offer a different perspective.
“Through their incredible work we questioned both the new piece of art, as well as considering the original work depicting a particular individual and what they did and believed in.
“It was powerful and symbolic and as well as learning from history, we were able to celebrate how far we have come as a society which will continue to define us in the future.
“This was a brilliant partnership between a broadcaster, a city and an independent production company and we want to thank Sky and Northern Town for all of their incredible creativity, commitment and courage.”
As a legacy of the project, the Columbus and Captain Cook redressed statues have become a permanent fixture of Sefton Park. The hats which were made for the Beatles statue are also on display in the British Music Experience.
The judging panel described Statues Redressed as “a brave and topical documentary highlighting many unknown complexities in our town.”
The two-hour documentary was broadcast on Sky Arts last October.
The win comes just weeks after another Culture Liverpool project – Liverpool Together won Gold for ‘Best Coverage of an Event’ at the ARIAS. This project marked the first anniversary of the first lockdown which remembered those who lost their lives but also celebrated the incredible community spirit and resilience shown by the people of Liverpool.
For more information about the project, head to www.statuesredressed.com
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