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LOCAL ART: Some Liverpool locations are getting new artistic additions thanks to an inspiring cultural campaign

LOCAL ART: Some Liverpool locations are getting new artistic additions thanks to an inspiring cultural campaign

And These Birds Can Sing installation in St Nicholas Gardens © Image: Amy Heycock

Very Public Art will see a series of brand new art commissions land across the city which will showcase the local creative community and give the creators the chance to tell stories through their work.

Each individual project will pop up over the next couple of months starting with And These Birds Can Sing located in the gardens of St Nicholas Parish Church. This magical sound, art and nature trail of bird houses is a celebration of women’s voices and encourages visitors to reflect, remember and be inspired.

Created by The Birdcage Stage CIC, each brightly coloured birdbox is constructed from wood salvaged from Strawberry Fields and has a unique theme inspired by nature and wildlife. The beautiful soundtrack has been supplied by We Want Women, Hope Street Harmonies and Singing Mamas Choir.

‘And These Birds Can Sing’ will be in place until Sunday 15 August.

There will be a further series of individual artworks arriving in the city throughout July, August and September.

Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle, said: “The last 18 months have changed the way we think about the places in which we live. The pandemic and the lockdowns we have all experienced have given us a different lens through which to look at our homes, our streets, our parks and the city as a whole.

“For some people, they may never have felt more connected to the place they live as they do now. For others, they may be a bit bored and uninspired about seeing the same old landmarks.

“Very Public Art is all about bringing a new energy to the familiar, and giving everyone a reason to get out and explore the city’s streets again.”

Director of The Birdcage Stage CIC, Katy-Anne Bellis, said: “It's been an amazing experience curating And These Birds Can Sing for the gardens of St. Nicholas's Church, all under the watchful eyes of the Liver Birds!

“It's been a difficult couple of years for the arts and especially for choirs and the music industry, as many choirs have been unable to sing together in groups due to restrictions.

“Creating this exhibition has been moving, and joyful in equal measure as female singers from all over the city have submitted or recorded their voices, poems, stories and songs to be included within the beautiful setting of the birdboxes, finding new ways to bring our voices together and share them with audiences.

“Singing together in groups has always been such a joy and it feels quite poignant to hear all of these voices coming together from the tiny houses, like a reflection on the last year. I hope that people will enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of the birdsong and leave feeling their spirits lifted by some of the incredibly talented birds in our city!"

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