Artist Ciara Phillips is inviting people from across Liverpool 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 2019, the date set for Britain to exit Europe.
A dedicated room in Crosby Library has become a space for daily observations, cutting, pasting, scanning and copying a wide range of news material. For some sessions, Ciara is joined by Amber Akaunu, Fauziya Johnson and Mark Simmonds, who are contributing other perspectives on the process. A hardbound book documenting the month of news ‘as-it-happened’ by the people involved will be printed as a record for Crosby Library.
Press Room will run throughout March (from 1st-30th) and will be open to all interested members of the public from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
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.