Tagging Communities and Blind Veterans to Bradbury Fields

IMG_1491On the 12th of September The Bradbury Centre will host a central event called Technology for Life v2.0. It aims to bring people the latest in technologies for the partially sighted people with exhibitions from different companies. Bradbury Fields’ mission is to provide services to blind and visually impaired of the Merseyside Area and encourage their independence.

Some members of Blind Veterans UK have already worked with FACT’s Tagging Communities heritage project to master audio recordings for the Anfield and Everton section, and now we’re going to promote the app and the website during the Technology for Life v2.0 event.

Blind or partially sighted people are not always considered self-sufficient, but new technologies can really help to make them try something new and feel more confident and independent.

In promoting our Tagging Communities app on the 12th we’re focusing on accessibility and the way to use technology with suitable instruments for visually impaired. We want to encourage people to share their story and to make them feel they can do everything because they’re not alone.

Here’ s the link to the event and to Bradbury Fields’ website and Facebook page and if you want to pop round you’ll be very welcome!


Flowerful Fusion Concert: Friendship through flowers – and music!

On Wednesday 27th an event of music, friendship and integration took place: the Flowerful Fusion Concert.

I joined in this exciting multicultural experience with a few members of the Older People Digital History group.

The meeting point was the Pagoda Arts, where we took the bus to go to the concert in Carlton Street – it was a most mysterious tour, because the driver wasn’t so sure about the place, but we eventually arrived at the right place.

At the Invisible Wind Factory two orchestras were about to play: the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and the Everton Junior Philharmonic, and there was a guest musician too, Mikey Kenney.

Children from both groups alternated and played both new and traditional songs, but the best part was the moment when both orchestras played together the newest piece composed by themselves. The audience was thrilled and was involved in the performance too – someone even danced when traditional songs were played.

After the concert we took part in the picnic in Everton Park, among the wildflowers. The atmosphere was quiet, people sat on the grass and chatted friendly, and the beautiful weather made everything even more special.

Staff and Kenny of the Digital History Group taught me a lot of things about the city and were very patient with my English – one never stops learning, I suppose.


Tagging Communities at The Lost Tribe of Everton

Being involved in The Lost Tribe of Everton was an exciting experience. On Saturday 23rd I came to St. George’s Church in the morning and stopped to talk with a lot of people about the Tagging Communities. Many of them looked very interested because they all came from the neighborhoods and encouraged me to tell more about the project, to show them  how to use the app and how to share their memories on the website.

People sat in the church, where the benches were named like the old streets of Everton, so that everyone that had once lived in that road could meet again. In front of the benches there was a big table, where enlarged photos were displayed. The amazing pictures showed how things were in the past, and people went around to watch them, talk and share memories together. Some of them met again after a very long time, the atmosphere was friendly and cheerful.

Ken Rogers then showed illustrations and other pictures to the public, which participated to the discussion and laughed together.

Taking part to The Lost Tribe meant a lot to me, because I had the chance to meet a lot of interesting people who told me loads of things that I didn’t know about the local history. At the end of the event some really kind participants even invited me to go to the pub with them to have something to drink!


FACT in Crisis!

Working at FACT means meeting new people and being in touch with different organisations.

On Friday 22nd we joined Crisis’ staff to help to fit out the exhibition and the workshop tables in The Box – it was hardwork but it was worth it: the room was beautiful. We hung the wall with pictures and covered the tables with plenty of craft materials for the workshop in the afternoon.

Many people came to the alternative tour of Liverpool to explore new roads and go round buildings which were personal to Crisis’ members. During the tour we went past the Anglican Cathedral, St James Gardens, the Toxteth Library, and in all these places enjoyed wonderful performances, heard poems, letters songs, and we also had an unexpected break with a delicious ice-cream – very lucky, the weather was so warm!

In the afternoon people came to join the creative workshop, they sketched and drew places and monuments of the city, and there was music too.


Art in Crisis 2016

Describe your project

Art in Crisis is for two weeks, presenting work by Crisis members. The festival shows how art can help people to relate to others, places etc…

How did Tagging communities come to be involved?

Tagging communities came to Crisis to share their experience of a similar project they worked on. We experimented using IPads, explored the website and asked lots of questions.

What can members of the public expect from the event on the 22 July?

The alternative your is led by Crisis members. It includes stories, poems, music and memories of the city by Crisis members.

Are there any other events happening?

There is also Stories of the City on 22nd July at FACT from 1.30 – 5pm. The John Moores painting prize tour on the 26th July at the Walker Art Gallery from 1pm – 2pm.

The Francis Bacon Tour on 27th July at the Tate Liverpool from 11am – 12noon.


written by Rose Hannah Heathfield

To find out more about Art in Crisis please visit http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/art-in-crisis-merseyside.html

Crisis Charity Heritage event with help from Tagging Communities, comes to FACT

Art in Crisis
Art in Crisis Merseyside
For two weeks this July, Art in Crisis presents compelling, original projects from Crisis Skylight clients. Their work has been developed as part of our national programme of public events. Together they open a window onto the work of artists experiencing homelessness. Art in Crisis reveals how art can help us all relate to others and seek our place in the world.

22 July – The Alternative Tour of Liverpool 12.30 – 2.30pm
Meet 12.15pm at FACT, Wood Street, L1 4DQ
Take an alternative tour of Liverpool, taking in sights, sounds and stories not usually encountered. Crisis Skylight Merseyside clients have created a personal insight into this city we know and love.
Please book your free ticket. Places are limited.

22 July – Stories of the City 1.30 – 5pm
FACT, Wood Street, L1 4DQ
Crisis clients and special guests are presenting an afternoon of creative workshops at FACT. The session is open to everyone, exploring the idea of the city and its hidden corners. There will be also be a fantastic display of work on show.

26 July – John Moores Painting Prize Tour 1 – 2pm
Meet at the entrance to the exhibition Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street L3 8EL.
First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK’s best-known painting competition. Following on from last year’s successful tour at the Walker, Crisis clients are back to give their perspective on this year’s John Moores Painting Prize.

27 July – Francis Bacon Tour 11am–12pm
Meet in the TATE foyer TATE Liverpool, Albert Dock, L3 4BB.
Come and experience with Crisis, the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England. Our clients will give a personal insight into one of Britain’s modern masters as they take you on a unique tour of the exhibition.
Please reserve your tickets through Tate Liverpool’s website.

More information

When Tagging Communities met Crisis

Last month Veterans in Practice member and Digital History group member Alan and Andy met with Service users from the Merseyside strand of Charity, Crisis , to pass on their heritage words of wisdom and showcase a selection of their Tagging Communities video content. Crisis are a national charity working to support single homeless people across the UK.

The session was delivered last month, in preparation for Crisis’ own heritage event Art in Crisis, working with members of their local Skylight artist group to explore the potential creative and alternative platforms for sharing social history with the wider public.

One of the reason’s FACT’s Tagging Communities project was so excited to partner with Crisis on this programme, is because of the similar approach both projects focused on capturing local stories. Similarly to Tagging Communities, the Art in Crisis project offers an alternative and personal set of stories about Liverpool, and offers a unique way to experience and reflect upon our heritage, our city and our place within it today.

For Art in Crisis, their local art programme Crisis Skylight Merseyside presents compelling, original projects from Crisis Skylight clients which will be presented for a live event on Friday 22 July here at FACT.

Together their stories open a window onto the work of artists experiencing homelessness. Art in Crisis reveals how art can help us all relate to others and seek our place in the world.

The day will also be another opportunity to reflect & celebrate our own Tagging Communities heritage project, including a chance to try out the app itself and re-visit the videos, animation and soundscapes produced as part of the project.

To find out more about the final event day, plus its associated two week festival you can visit their site here