Culture Liverpool are facilitating community engagement and consultation around St Mary’s Road in Garston Village. By working with local services and community groups alongside South Liverpool Homes, Groundwork and local stakeholders, the creative engagement focuses on the green space on the corner of St Mary’s Road and James Street – creating a long-term vision for this communal area, the community and their relationship with this space.
Artists, writer Faye Draper and photographer Miriam Flüchter have been commissioned with Open Eye Gallery to facilitate workshops, meet with local people, and gather stories on the themes of nature and heritage. The result will be a visioning document containing creative feedback and ideas about the future of Garston High Street.
Raising awareness of what’s on the high street has led to Garston Library being used as a creative space to bring people together, with free-family performances taking place. In December 2022 local theatre company Altru Drama performed Charlotte’s Web, with free reading and activity books supplied by the library team.
“I didn’t know our library was even open. I loved bringing the kids here before lockdown, so this was a nice reason to come back” – Isobel, Audience Member
These interventions are funded by High Streets and Next Generation Neighbourhoods.