Toxteth Reservoir to become art gallery

Posted on 9 November 2017
By Alexander Marshall
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FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been awarded £250,000 by the Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund for the site-specific project Rewire.

Working with Culture Liverpool, Dingle 2000 and Leeds based interactive art studio, Invisible Flock, the abandoned grade II listed High Park Street Reservoir will become a canvas for interactive art.

The event ‘will explore the power and effect of individual agency in the connected digital and physical world.’

With the use of cutting edge technology, digital landscapes will be created beneath Toxteth and play out across the Liverpool sky.

A network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software and network connectivity which connect and exchange data will be used to create a unique, interactive spectacular.

Rewire will be part of Liverpool 2018, a year long programme of cultural projects to mark the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being European Capital of Culture.

Mike Stubbs, CEO, FACT said “FACT isn’t about being a venue which is a cathedral for art, it is about creating new spaces for genuine encounter.”

Mr. Stubbs believes that with the help of the people of Liverpool the project will undoubtedly create a legacy for years to come.

Jane Beardsworth, Director North, Arts Council England is delighted to be supporting the Project. Ms. Beardsworth said “Rewire is an exciting project bringing large scale physical and digital experiences in unexpected places to audiences in a diverse part of Liverpool.”

It is great news for Toxteth, and for Liverpool, proving once again that the city can be at the forefront of modern, current artistic ideas.

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture, Culture Liverpool said: “Rewire is wonderfully ambitious and we are excited about it transforming Toxteth Reservoir. This project is an embodiment of the scale of creativity and ambition which we will be presenting throughout Liverpool 2018.”