When you sleep, what do you dream of? What do you dream of being? Who would you follow in the footsteps of? What dreams do you have of the future? What dreams will you pass on to your children or grandchildren, the next generation?
These questions were asked of Liverpool and Wirral based school children, young people, and community groups, our dream catchers, as part of Culture Liverpool’s education and engagement programme accompanying the third and final visit of the Giants fromworld’s leading street theatre company, Royal De Luxe. The title and story of the four-day performance, Liverpool’s Dream has been written by the company, in response to the spirit and the character of Liverpool.
Curators Maria Hann and Vari Kenny have incorporated local schools and community groups artwork into an installation exploring the components of dreams and how these are formed during our resting moments. At the centre of ‘Sleeping Whirlwind’ is our tornado which sweeps together our dreams, aspirations and experiences. Lie in bed and gaze up into the eye of the storm whilst listening out for the breeze that carries the dreams of our local school children.
The Leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Phil Davies, said of the workshops involved with creating the installation:
“The Giant visit to New Brighton is going to be an absolute highlight of our Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas. Participation is at the heart of our creative programme and this is a fantastic opportunity for our local schoolchildren to play a part in a spectacular event which will be seen around the world. We can’t wait to see what children and young people on both sides of the river produce.”
We are delighted that the Priory can be part of the GIANT event with this installation in the refectory throughout October. Many thanks to Millfields Primary School, Foxfield School, Woodlands Primary, Woodslee Primary, Hillside Primary School, South Wirral High School, St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Raeburn Primary School, Bidston Avenue Primary School, The Hive Youth Zone, St James Centre (North Birkenhead Development Trust), Mount Primary School, St Albans R C Aided Primary School, New Brighton Primary, St Georges Primary School (St George’s Road), Somerville Primary School, Weatherhead High School, Kollectiv (shop), Wirral Methodist Housing Association and other groups, Wirral Festival of Firsts and WBC Targeted Youth Support for their contributions to the exhibition. There is a sister exhibition to this one, featuring the work of the Liverpool participants, for more information on this and the event, please go to www.giantspectacular.com