Get involved in the Granby Gardening club as part of Liverpool Biennial

Every two years, the largest festival of contemporary, visual art in the UK takes over Liverpool - Liverpool Biennial.

Across Liverpool there’ll be large scale installations in busy places and intimate creations in lesser known spaces. These artworks are all topical, designed to provoke thought, inspire, bring people together and perhaps unintentionally, but successfully, divide opinion.

In the past, the Biennial has been behind some of Liverpool’s most famous artistic creations, From Another Place at Crosby Beach to the Dazzle Ferry. Public art is all over Liverpool all year round, but this Summer there’ll be a lot more.

We're particularly excited about the Community Garden project in the heart of Toxteth. The new garden will be a space for resilience, which is a relative metaphor for the area of which the garden will be situated; a space on Granby Street, just around the corner from the infamous Welsh Streets.

The Artist Behind the Idea

LB2018 Snapshot: Mohamed Bourouissa from Liverpool Biennial on Vimeo.

Mohamed Bourouissa is an artist, originally from Algeria whose work is deeply rooted in social reality. He is now based in Paris, after graduating from the Sorbonne in 2014.

A lot of Bourouissa's work is around representations of the contemporary urban environment. Interested in geographical and social spaces, that are usually represented by stereotypes, it is a relevant fit for inner-city Toxteth.

Bourouissa has previously taken part in biennials such as Berlin Biennial, the Architecture and Photography Biennial of La Cambre in Brussels and the Algiers Biennial of Contemporary Art.

The inspiration behind the idea

The idea for this project is inspired by a garden in Blida, Algeria where Bourouissa originally comes from. This garden in Algeria was made by a patient of Frantz Fanon - a writer and psychoanalyst. The patient underwent occupational therapy through gardening, which allowed him to reflect on his organisation of mental space through the structure of the garden.

Bourouissa is creating a similar garden and is working together with Kingsley Community School, Granby Four Streets CLT and the local community to create the colourful space.

How to get involved

Liverpool Biennial and Mohamed Bourouissa are inviting people from the community - families and green-fingered enthusiasts to work together on the garden at the Granby Gardening Club on the below dates.

5, 12, 19, 26 May 2018

16, 23, 30 June 2018

7, 14 July 2018

Find out more on their website. 


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