Liverpool celebrates as Assemble wins Turner Prize for Granby 4 Streets project

The Assemble collective has won the internationally famous Turner Prize for its work with residents of Granby 4 Streets in Toxteth in Liverpool. The award was presented live on television in a Channel 4 show.

As reported in the Guardian newspaper, the judges' panel praised “a ground-up approach to regeneration, city planning and development in opposition to corporate gentrification”, adding that "They [Assemble] draw on long traditions of artistic and collective initiatives that experiment in art, design and architecture. In doing so they offer alternative models to how societies can work. The long-term collaboration between Granby Four Streets and Assemble shows the importance of artistic practice being able to drive and shape urgent issues.”

An earlier Guardian article on this year's prize had already identified the Assemble project as a worthy winner, against weak opposition.

The Granby 4 Streets success has received widespread coverage nationally, but the Liverpool Echo coverage best conveys local pride in the achievement, which after all was a collaborative process between the winning collective (based in London) and the residents.

Other stories in the Echo, highlighting the relationship between art, community arnd regeneration, include:

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Turner Prize “Winner” Granby CLT Highlights The Work Of Community Led Organisations Involved In Tackling Urban Dereliction.

 “The award of the Turner Prize to Assemble, the  artists’ collective, involved in the regeneration of housing in Liverpool 8” said Jon Fitzmaurice, “highlights the potential for working with local community led organisations, like Granby CLT, to promote street level regeneration  and tackle empty property ” 

“Granby CLT, was one of over 100 organisations that received funding from the Coalition’s  £50m Empty Homes Community Grants Programme to bring empty properties back into use. In many places across the north of England, such as, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford,  Hull, Middlesbrough and Stockton, there are many other success stories where properties that have lain empty for many years have been brought back into use through the efforts of small locally bases organisations, often creating employments for trainees and apprentices”

“The current round of funding came to an end before the election, but we have identified demand for a further Programme amounting to £52m and have called on the new government to step forward and put in place another Community Grants Programme to continue the work ”.       

                                                           

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The “£50m Empty Homes Community Grants Programme ( EHCGP) :  Ran from 2012-2015 and provided funding for around  100 community led organisations like Granby 4 Streets to buy/lease and renovate vacant street properties.   Other examples are:

-Giroscope in Hull acquired and improved 48 properties   http://www.giroscope.org.uk/

-Canopy  in Leeds  acquired and improve 16 properties http://www.canopyhousingproject.org/

-Latch in Leeds  acquired and improved 24  properties http://www.latch.org.uk/

-Community Campus  in Stockton acquired and improved 18 properties https://communitycampus87.com/Home

Self Help Housing.Org, in partnership with Hact, ran a development and capacity building programme for grant recipients for the duration of the EHCGP and continues to support a network of self-help housing organisations

For More information

Jon Fitzmaurice   Director Self-Help Housing 

07939 593 251      jnf@agents-for-change.co.uk