I’m part of a peer-to-peer sharing/learning network of artists/performers who meet in the North West, known as the Sunday School Network. In March we were hosted by Mary Pearson, whilst she is in residency at Metal’s space on Edge Hill station in Liverpool. Mary, Tim Jeeves and I each contributed an element to the late afternoon programme.
My contribution was an exploration of the train station itself, and the locality it sits within, through a set of planning and regeneration policy documents. Firstly I took the group on a sound-place walk, around the station. Then I asked the group to improvise and explore making movement/performance material by taking text extracts from Liverpool’s Local Plan and Picton Ward’s Economic Briefing paper.
Following discussion post the workshop, it was identified that although in some ways the policy material was challenging to work with, however the taking of a sound-place walk – which as well as focusing on sound, paid attention to the materiality of the train station itself, and the embodied performative possibilities of the space – enabled the participants to mentally inhabit the physical as well as policy space. And has encouraged me that it is possible to use to analyse planning policy through creative means, as well as use policy as a stimulus for creative outputs.
Artists taking part in the workshop were: Dani Abulhawa, Matt Dennison, Tim Jeeves, Mary Pearson, Sarah Spies, Amy Voris and myself.