LIVERPOOL 800 ANIMATION PROJECT: The Making of Liverpool
The Singh Twins, two Liverpool based artists have recently received an Arts council England, North West grant to create a new multi arts project around one of their paintings which will become a lasting legacy to Liverpool’s 800th birthday in 2007 and offer a unique element to Liverpool European Capital of Culture Celebrations in 2008.
The Singh Twins worked closely with Liverpool’s Sparkle Media who created the animated sequences and with the well-known Liverpool born actor Mark McGann who did the narration. The animation also features a new song about Liverpool, written, composed and performed by established Wirral based singer songwriter Steve Mason. Although written independently, the song, compliments perfectly, both the Singh Twins’ painting and the poem they wrote for the animation narrative.
Especially commissioned by The Singh Twins, the animation, together with the poem written for its narration and the new song are inspired by their painting ‘Liverpool 800: The Changing Face of Liverpool’ which is now permanently on display at Liverpool St George’s Hall Heritage Centre after its official unveiling to Prince Charles last year and is the first of two works commissioned from The Singh Twins to mark wider celebrations of Liverpool European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The project is currently under production with an expected completion date for May 2008. The animation, titled: ‘The Making of Liverpool’ has already received interest for screenings at various venues in Liverpool throughout 2008 and for film festivals in USA and Canada from September to November 2008. The project marks a new direction in The Singh Twin’s artistic career and fulfills a long-standing interest to develop their creativity and the issues explored in their paintings through what they describe as the much more widely accessible and all encompassing medium of moving film. Included in the details of history depicted through the animated sequences of the painting are references to the impact of Indian culture on Liverpool’s vibrant multicultural heritage and its contribution to Britain’s contemporary Art scene.