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Alternator Studio: International Artists Translating the Street

Translating the Street
Oxton Road and Alternator Studio (Birkenhead)

Have you ever wondered about all the stories a small independent shopkeeper has to tell, especially one on the fringes of a big city?

Oxton Road is a great place to start because it is full of independent shops and small scale businesses, from model ships to parrot cages, from brooms and light fittings to exotic fruits, and from international hair studios to international food shops. It has so much to offer and so many stories to tell.

To look behind the shop front and reveal the stories, Alternator Studio (at the top end of Oxton Road) have invited three artists to work with shops to create new artworks. Liverpool-born writer Jeff Young, Ghanaian born British artist Harold Offeh and Iranian/Scottish artist Haleh Jamali will chat with regular shoppers and owners, gathering fun, personal and historical stories.

Spending a week with the shop owners, the artists will be taken into a world that is inspiring and new, learning about the latest cool haircuts, everything there is to know about fruit, tea and shoes. Where Oxton Road ends and Balls Road East begins is Alternator Studio, in the old bakery. The artists will work there to make works inspired by the Oxton the street in Spring 2016.

Translating the street will run from October 2015 until March 2016. The project is supported by Arts Council England and project partners are Williamson Art Gallery, Bluecoat Arts Centre, FACT and Tate Liverpool. The project is initiated by Alternator Studio, Birkenhead.

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