Virtually unseen for 40 years, these black and white photographs by Tricia Porter paint a vivid picture of everyday life in Toxteth/Liverpool 8 and the surrounding area at a time when it was undergoing significant development and the break up of its tight knit communities.
Taken together, the series Bedford Street, Liverpool 8 (1972) and Some Liverpool Kids (1974) offer an affectionate portrait of this multicultural area and its people, from children playing on Windsor Street to families at home and drinkers in the pubs. It was, says the artist, ‘an attempt to make a photo documentary which would be a positive and meaningful statement about my neighbours who had all too often been treated as statistical fodder and sociological phenomena.’
The exhibition is complemented by an illustrated publication.
The exhibition continues until Sunday 5 July, 2015. More info on the Bluecoat website.
Galleries open Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm. Free entry.
Financially supported by L8 Legacy Projects.
Exhibition related events:
Sat 16 May 2pm
The Bluecoat’s Artistic Director, Bryan Biggs, leads this tour.
Free, just turn up
Sat 16 May 5.30pm
The Ethics of Portrait Photography
Tricia Porter and Othello De’Souza-Hartley (L8 Unseen, Museum of Liverpool, 8 Apr – 6 Sept) discuss their experiences of documenting Toxeth / Liverpool 8 via portraits of individuals and groups.
Free, booking required
Thur 18 June 6-8pm
L8 Revisited with Tricia Porter
An informal evening with the artist talking about her photographs, followed by refreshments and a discussion with people from Liverpool 8, some of them featured in the images. If you would like to share your memories of living in the area in the 1970s, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your details at Tickets & Information.
Free, booking recommended