Help shape Knowsley’s programme for Borough of Culture 2022

Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum are part of Knowsley’s Culture Development & Events Service. Our team have asked that we share this important opportunity with you to get involved with our exciting plans for 2022, and the lead up to it…

Knowsley will be the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in 2022 which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and create. Throughout the year long programme we plan to have fantastic major events and moments.

We want our Knowsley communities to be a major part of shaping the vision and themes for our special year, which broadly focuses on storytelling. In Knowsley, you don’t have to stand at a bus stop or railway station for long before someone will tell you a story. And, of course, many creative and inspirational wordsmiths are from Knowsley and have created some of their most memorable works whilst based here, such as Phil Redmond, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale to name a few. Many other famous wordsmiths, such as Edward Lear and William Shakespeare have connections to Knowsley through the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall.

We’d now like to fire up the imagination of our towns, villages, communities, schools and organisations to help them to plan for a really exciting and meaningful year of celebration and to start their activities soon, building up to 2022.

We already held a series of Cultural Conversations in October-November 2019 at Halewood, Huyton, Cronton, Knowsley Village, Kirkby, Prescot and Whiston, and these were a very useful starting point to help shape our vision. We are now ready to continue with these conversations to update you on our proposals for 2022 and to hear more of your creative ideas.

Due to the current climate, this next phase of our Cultural Conversations will be taking place digitally over Zoom. We appreciate this might not be ideal for everyone so we will continue to explore other options to engage with community members.

To register a place on one of our digital Cultural Conversations, please click on the links below.

Huyton & Stockbridge Village – Monday 29 June 2020, 6:30-8pm
Cronton – Tuesday 30 June 2020, 6:30-8pm
Halewood – Wednesday 1 July 2020, 6:30-8pm
Knowsley Village – Thursday 2 July 2020, 6:30-8pm
Kirkby – Monday 13 July 2020, 6:30-8pm
Prescot – Wednesday 15 July 2020, 6:30-8pm
Whiston – Thursday 16 July 2020, 6:30-8pm

Tina will be part of the Kirkby Cultural Conversation on Monday 13 July, so there will be a familiar face from Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum if you join in with that session.

If you are unable to attend one of our Cultural Conversations but would like to be added to our mailing list, please click here.

For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch: / 0151 443 4918.

We want to hear from all aspects of our communities, so please spread the word to everyone you know.

Kirkby Gallery will be hosting a selection of ambitious and exciting exhibitions throughout 2022, linking art and literature.

We will celebrate the creative legacy of the local area and showcase the imaginative talents of Knowsley’s young people.

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do, uncovering the tales behind artworks – we can’t wait to share them with you!

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