This blog set out the final published itinerary for the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB) study tour to northern England in October 2010. The UK programme was organised by Liverpool Biennial in collaboration with Atoll for Fonds BKVB. Check out the 5-day itinerary by clicking on the page links above.

Day 5 Liverpool Departure

Wednesday 13th October

Theme: What is the future for our shrinking cities?

The north of England has had its share of shrinking cities: Liverpool's population fell from 768,000 in 1951 to 439,000 in 2001 (Manchester shrank at the same rate, from 692,000 to 393,000). And Liverpool is still transforming areas of abandoned housing and deprived wards, such as in Anfield in Liverpool - part of the New Heartlands programme.

City Guide - Jeanne Van Heeswijk

09.45 Meet - Assemble in Premier Inn Hotel lobby after breakfast and check-out for briefing. Note we will not be returning to the Hotel.

10.00 - 10.15 Coach Tour - led by Jeanne Van Heeswijk with Paul Kelly and Franny George to see the On The Street project (working title). Possible video Features enroute.

Ed Purver - On the Street sketches from Liverpool Biennial on Vimeo.

10.15 - 10.30 Liverpool Panorama - stop off and viewing of elevated view of Liverpool at Everton Brow.  

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10.30 - 11.30 Artist Introduction - An introduction by Jeanne Van Heeswijk to introduce the proposal for the art project in Anfield. This will now take place at the Anfield Breckside Community Council (ABCC) with tea and coffee and access to their flat screen to show images. There will also chance to hear a brief introduction to ABCC by their Community Development Manager Ruth Little, as well as to meet youth workers, young people, resident reps and volunteers.

On the Street is a project, dealing head-on with issues prevalent in the Anfield and Breckfield regeneration zones of North Liverpool. It aims to engage young people, age between 11 and 17, not currently engaged in education, employment or training, through a series of artist/architect interventions to develop an alternative, young persons ‘masterplan’ for the area. The project will also aspire to tackle social cohesion issues, re-connecting the young people with their community and engaging them in productive discussions about the future of the area where they live, ultimately, improving the urban environment and future thinking.

The work produced will result in a high profile and visible intervention within Anfield and Breckfield, temporarily making creative use of redundant buildings and land within the neighbourhood. To date, international artists selected to work with the group include Ed Purver from Brooklyn, New York and Jeanne Van Heeswijk from Amsterdam. Both have been selected for their ability to produce new, exciting and innovative works within local communities and with locally based artists.

11.30 - 12.30 On the Street - A short walk with local residents around Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNENC) - or a bus ride if wet/late.

12.30 - 14.00 lunch - Buffet lunch provided at the Sandon with residents and invited guests.

14.00 Depart - Departure by coach from the Sandon straight to Manchester Airport - Note: precise departure to suit estimated flight time.

16.55 Flight - to Bilbao.