Hidden Liverpool

Hidden Liverpool is inviting entries for its ‘People’s City’ photography competition and is looking for people to submit stunning images that portray people’s relationship with Liverpool’s empty buildings.

The competition is the first major event of Hidden Liverpool – a yearlong project which asks people to share memories of empty buildings in Liverpool before thinking how they could be reused. The ‘People’s City’ competition, which is open to everyone, aims to get people looking around the city and thinking about what its heritage means to them.

Project Officer Carolyn Murray explains “The competition isn’t just about taking great shots of empty buildings; we want to see the human element too. So we’re asking people to explore through photography what Liverpool’s built heritage means to them and their communities.”

Photograph entries will be judged by a panel with representatives from Open Eye, Liverpool Vision, Seven Streets and PLACED. The panel will choose a Winner and Highly Commended image for each category. These will be displayed alongside some of the best entries in the ‘People’s City’ exhibition in late November, to be held in the old Royal Blind School on Hope Street. During the exhibition there will also be an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice image.

 Jo Harrop, Director of PLACED, the organisation delivering Hidden Liverpool, reveals: “We’re delighted that our pop-up exhibition will be held in the old Royal Blind School on Hope Street. Hidden Liverpool explores how empty spaces can be reused so we are passionate about opening up empty buildings. It can be challenging to find a suitable disused space for events so we are thrilled that owner Dave Brewitt of Hope St Hotel has agreed to get involved, allowing people to not only see the exhibition but also get inside a building that is currently closed to the public.”

Hidden Liverpool is a yearlong project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which focuses on collecting memories and stories of some of the fantastic buildings that have played a part in the history of the city but are currently lying empty. The aim of the project is to provide an accessible way for everyone to share and learn about what lies behind Liverpool’s closed doors, unlocking the city’s history in a new and exciting way before thinking creatively at how empty buildings could be reused.

The project includes a year of community focussed activities including exhibitions, design workshops a conversation series, and a schools programme. The ‘People’s City’ photography competition and exhibition will be the first major event in this ambitious programme, and is the first of a series of exhibitions, with the other two taking place in spring 2014.

To enter visit the website and download the entry details and entry form http://www.hiddenliverpool.org.uk/news/42-people-s-city-photography-competition-launched

There are three categories; professional, amateur and under 18’s. Hurry – the competition closes at 6pm on Sunday 3rd November.