An arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing is being launched across Liverpool City Region.
Constellations Presents brings a different artist to Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral to present a work inspired by a specific constellation and its relationship to local stories.
It is the follow-on from the award winning ‘Lost Castles’ which saw six extraordinary cardboard box structures being built and then demolished by communities in locations across the six boroughs in 2018.
The project was instigated by Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, which will launch the season with a spectacular installation by Studio Joanie Lemercier in West Kirby between the 18-20 October.
The final project – in Knowsley – will see local artist Sam Wiehl reimagining local residents and community groups as stars in a disused shop in Huyton village centre between 21-23 November.
Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Libraries, said: “Constellations is set to build on the successes of last year’s incredible Lost Castles project, by sparking cultural engagement across the Liverpool City Region.
“In St Helens, we’re taking our Constellations experience “The Creation” to the skies with our brilliant Bonfire Night event, Spark in the Park. On the 5th November, a bespoke fireworks display in Sherdley Park will dazzle thousands across St Helens, conjuring images of the creation of the universe in the night sky, accompanied by musical soundscapes.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Lost Castles perfectly showed how art and culture can celebrate local identity, whilst also bringing us together under one idea. I am excited about Constellations Presents as it does exactly the same thing. It will shine a spotlight on six very different parts of our region at the same time as showing how connected we are. I really hope people take this chance to go to as many of the installations as they can and to discover great new places on their doorstep.”
The six commissions are:
Constellations Presents – Studio Joanie Lemercier
West Kirby Marine Lake, Wirral
18-20 October 2019
Constellations Presents – Cetus
Mann Island, Liverpool
1-9 November 2019
Constellations Presents – The Creation
Sherdley Park, St Helens
5 November 2019
Constellations Presents – Parabolic Lightcloud
Crosby Coastal Park, Sefton
8-10 November 2019
Constellations Presents – Nova
Victoria Park, Widnes, Halton
15-17 November 2019
Constellations Presents – The Garish Sun
Huyton Village Centre, Knowsley
21-23 November 2019
To find out more about the six works and what is happening near you, go to www.constellationslcr.co.uk