Our Human Library: Press Room

Our Human Library: Press Room
Our Human Library: Press Room

Venue: Our Human Library
Dates: 01/03/2019 - 30/03/2019
Times: All Day

Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips is inviting people from across the town to take part in Press Room, a participatory project using the daily newspapers and online sources, to make a day-by-day record of press coverage leading up to 29th March, the date set for Britain to exit Europe.

A dedicated room in the library will become a space for daily observations, cutting, pasting, scanning and copying a wide range of news material. Each day, a large, printed page will be created and displayed for visitors. For some sessions, Ciara will be joined by local artists who will contribute other perspectives on the process. By the end of March a hardbound book documenting the month of news ‘as-it-happened’ by the people involved will be printed as a record for Crosby Library.

This is an opportunity to record and witness the UK’s news coverage as the month progresses. If you are interested in politics, journalism, communications or art, design and typography, this could be a project for you.

Press Room will run throughout March (from 1st-30th) and open from Monday – Saturday. Each session is 3hrs, starting at 10am until 1pm. Please bring a pack lunch. Drinks will be provided.

We welcome people from all backgrounds, aged 16yrs+ to get involved. If you belong to a community group, club, college, university or an organisation in Crosby, we would love to hear from you. If you are a community group who can’t attend the hours specified, please contact us (details below) to arrange a better time.

You can sign up to as many sessions, depending on your availability.


You can also sign up by speaking to a librarian at Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0LQ either in person or by calling: 0151 257 6400.

For the library’s opening hours click here.
Please note: Crosby Library is closed on Sundays.

If you have any other questions, please contact Debbie Chan on email: pressroom@thehumanlibrary.co.uk

About the artist
Turner-Prize nominated artist Ciara Phillips produces expanded print projects often made in collaboration with groups on issues to do with the political self. Her exhibition Workshop (2010–ongoing), held at The Showroom, London (2013) created a studio within the gallery where she made prints every day, often working experimentally with community groups and other artists and designers. She has shown in the 21st Biennale of Sydney and Glasgow International 2018. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition at The Showroom, London.

Press Room is commissioned by The Human Library, a collaborative arts programme in two library settings: Bootle and Crosby, which serves the communities of Waterloo, Seaforth & Litherland. Founded by Producer and Curator Maria Brewster, the project’s philosophy is that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the hand and the head” to offer their community, based on John McKnight’s theories of asset-based community development.