Cathedral – Photography Exhibition

Riverside Group Photography Exhibition. 26 November to 1 December at the Anglican Cathedral, St James Road, then moves to City Exchange, Old Hall Street, from 4 to 18 December. 

Figures from the worlds of arts, sport and business will sit alongside refugees and the homeless in a photography exhibition that looks at Liverpool through the eyes of its migrants.

Social housing and regeneration organisation The Riverside Group commissioned Diverse City to mark its 80th anniversary in Merseyside and celebrate Liverpool’s status as European Capital of Culture.

Recognisable faces such as Alan Bleasdale and Mike McCartney join other prominent Liverpool figures like Chief of Merseyside Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe and Director of Tate Liverpool, Christoph Grunenberg as Diverse City subjects.

The exhibition, which starts on 26 November at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, also features words from the subjects about what the city really means to them. Students from Upton Hall School in Wirral carried out the interviews and six local photographers captured the subjects in their favourite locations.

Hugh Owen, Director of Policy and Communications for The Riverside Group, said: “When we started out in 1928 as Liverpool Improved Houses, Liverpool was a city in decline, blighted by slums. Over the last 80 years we have been working hard to transform lives and revitalise neighbourhoods. Now Liverpool is taking centre stage as European Capital of Culture.

“The exhibition looks at the transformation of Liverpool through the experiences of people who were born and bred in the city and have moved away, or those who have come to the city to change their lives and are contributing to this revitalisation.”

The poet Levi Tafari, who was born and bred in Liverpool, features in the exhibition. He said: “We use the term Scouse which is a stew, and Liverpool culturally is a stew because there’s people from all over the world living here. Everybody has contributed some of the flavours that make Liverpool the city it is.”

The exhibition is the last in a series of arts projects commissioned by The Riverside Group to celebrate its 80th birthday. Earlier this year the organisation commissioned Belfast Loyalist Mark Ervine and Republican Danny Devenny to paint a Beatles themed mural on the gable end of a Riverside property in Litherland.

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