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Port of Culture

“Liverpool is more than just 2008.”
Indeed, and local photographer and Bold Street Project contributor Pete Carr shows us how.

Pete contributed many amazing images of Bold Street to the Bold Street project - viewable on Flickr and at the time, in the exhibition at FACT. Now he’s got his own show “Port of Culture” on the Albert Dock (Unit 18, next to the Tate). Well worth the trip we reckon; Pete’s images are stunning!

In his own words:
Port of Culture is an extension of a project I have been running for over 3 years called Vanilla Days.  It’s a photographic site featuring a new image each day.  I have been using this site to document Liverpool over the past few years from key events to cityscapes to simple images of life on the street.  Port of Culture is a showcase of the best images featuring dramatic scenes from protests to classic local architecture.  I wanted to show people that Liverpool is more than just 2008. The idea behind the name is basically that Liverpool’s new import / export is culture.  The city was once a huge port and while that may have dwindled the city’s level of culture has grown.  2008, as the Capital of Culture, means that we’re now exporting everything that has made Liverpool great all over Europe.  Our music, architecture, art, and people are all being exported for people to see.  Liverpool is now a port of culture. The exhibition couldn’t have been held at a better location, the Albert Dock.  A once popular dock back in its day and now a great place for artists to exhibit and perform.  This exhibition is my contribution to 2008, my way of showing how great Liverpool is as the year starts. 

The exhibition runs till March 9th

Thank You Bold Street (by Stuart Ian Burns)


As per Laura’s recent post about Bold Street tales, it seems so many people have stories to tell about this famous Liverpool thoroughfare.  However, we now have a growing community of Liverpool writers (and story tellers) online and you can find local blogger Stuart Ian Burns either at Liverpool Blogs or at his personal blog Feeling Listless. We wanted to get a blogger’s opinion of Bold Street so we asked Stuart to tell us what he thought…

“It’s only recently I’ve considered how indispensable the Bold Street area has become, at least to me. At present, each Thursday, I have a routine. Before the weekly shop at the Tesco Metro, I get off the bus outside of St. Luke’s Church then stroll or rush down Bold Street depending upon how late I am. I’ll pass through Forbidden Planet looking for Joss Whedon written comic books and magazines about a certain timelord who travels in a police box; to Oxfam next in case they’ve something new about Shakespeare; on then to The Works to see if there’s a sale and to the shop formerly known as Home & Bargain to check if they have anything worth buying too; new arrival HMV perhaps on the rare occasion that a decent record that been released and possibly Waterstones if I’m looking for something to read and through to Church Street for WH Smiths and …

I also usually end up passing through too if there’s a special day to prepare for, a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter. It could be to find a card a Rennies or a bottle of red at Oddbins but sometimes I’ll be looking for something unusual which you simply can’t find anywhere else, in which case Utility is the place to go and when the recipient has told me what they want, there is Argos and the wait within for the opening of the hatch. But incredibly Bold Street also serves my entertainment and caffeine needs with the FACT Centre and its cinema and exhibition spaces and café and restaurant and further down the road Starbucks if I’m in a corporate coffee mood (with Costa Coffee opposite on the rare occasion when I want a change of place). I even booked my last holiday there, three days in Paris, at STA Travel.

I can’t remember when I first visited Bold Street, but I know I must have been young. I was brought up in Speke through the seventies and eighties and in those days a trip to the city centre was a special treat, let alone Bold Street. When you’re very young geography doesn’t mean much to you — there’s just shapes and colour and then toys and games. So whilst I remember visiting the Medici Gallery to buy a birthday card and the 50p shop for a colouring book or Star Wars toys it’s only now that I realise they were on Bold Street (especially since they’re both gone now). Something I definitely have memories of is Penny Lane Records, an outpost of a shop actually on the street from which is took its name; that was were I fanned the flames of many a teenage pop star crush but also discovered that Louis Armstrong recorded more than just ‘Wonderful World’.

But the time when I was most grateful for Bold Street just being there, was when I was working in the city centre and wanted somewhere to disappear to at lunch time. Even after all these years, the place has a strange mystique particularly at the ’top end’ — it’s really not like anywhere else in Liverpool which means that after you’ve passed the Rapid Hardware Furniture shop you could be anywhere, which in that empty daily hour helped to drag me out of the mess I was in even if it was for a few brief minutes and could pretend I was somewhere else, which was good therapy in the job I was doing in which I had to greet the people of my own city hard-on. Popping into Café Tabac for some soup, buying a sandwich in the Soul Café, a drink in that newsagents just down the way from Mattas or …

Thank you Bold Street. For everything, it turns out.”

Thank you indeed Bold Street, and thank you Stuart!

- Oh, and thanks also to Pete Carr for this amazing Bold Street image recently uploaded to the Bold Street Flickr Group!

Flickr on Friday


Last Friday was the Flickr Friday meetup - a meetup for Liverpool photographers in conjunction with the Bold Street Project. A quick look at the lively Bold Street Exhibition was followed by a talk by Patrick Henry, the Open Eye Gallery’s director about the gallery, and its history on Bold Street. More history followed with guided tours of the E. Chambre Hardman house and photographic studio on Rodney Street. On a very rainy day we were pleased with the turnout - I think around 15 of us did the tour! A good time was had by all - but where are all your photos everyone?

Flickr Friday: A Liverpool Photography Tour

Katie Lips and the Bold Street Project presents Flickr Friday: a Flickr meetup with a difference; next Friday 20th July.

Join us for a Liverpool Photography tour taking in the Open Eye Gallery and the fabulous E. Chambre Hardman Photographic Studio on Rodney Street. We’re pleased to announce we’ll get a unique special tour of both the Open Eye and the Hardman Photographic Studio. It’s for anyone in Liverpool interested in Photography, Liverpool Photography, and Flickr!

The Schedule (20th July)

4.30 Bold Street Project Tour (Media Lounge, FACT, 88 Wood Street)

Katie Lips, Laura Yates and Patrick Fox will offer a guided tour of the Bold Street Project.

Then we’ll take a short walk to the Open Eye Gallery.

5.00 Open Eye Gallery Tour (28-32 Wood Street)
Take a look at the Open Eye’s ‘Clinic’ an exhibition that explores the aesthetics of the medical universe through contemporary photography.

Then we’ll take another quick walk to Hardman Street.

5.45 A guided tour of Mr Chambré Hardman’s Home and Photographic Studio (59 Rodney Street)
Sarah-Jane Langley, the Custodian of the house will give us a special tour of the house and its history.

Following that inspiring 2 hours we’ll finish up with a drink or two at Parr Street’s most creative venue: Parr Street 3345 from around 6.30.

The Bold Street Project and The Flickr Group: Background

The Bold Street project has been uncovering, filming and photographing Bold Street Liverpool, its social, cultural and economic history, from the perspective of its traders, residents and community; and from the perspective of many Liverpool based Flickr members and photographers. has played an enormous part in the project; enabling us to show the Bold Street images online as well as in the Media Lounge Exhibit. The Liverpool photographer community has been instrumental in helping us create a unique, diverse and significant collaborative work. New photographs of Bold Street and its people, contributed by Flickr members is now displayed in the Bold Street project exhibition at FACT, Liverpool.

As a thank you to the Flickr community, and so that we can meet even more of you, we have arranged this unique photography tour event as a Flickr Meetup,

We hope to see you there! Please sign up on Upcoming:

We Love Technology….


… so much that the Bold Street Project will be ‘appearing’ at the We Love Technology conference in Huddersfield tomorrow. I will be talking about the Bold Street Project, and this blog as the catalyst of all the online work we’ve been doing to put Bold Street in the online limelight.

We Love Technology is organised by the fabulous Lisa Roberts from Blink Media and compered by Matt Locke; Commissioning Editor, New Media and Education at Channel 4.

“Led by pioneering technologists and artists working in areas such as interactive architecture, sound and games, WLT07 presents the latest adventures in the creative use and misuse of technology.”

The line up looks wonderful and I can’t wait to share all the Bold Street stories!

Independence Day (Tomorrow!)

Tomorrow is Independence Day at FACT! Join the lovely Jayne Casey (loveliverpool) who’s chairing a keynote webcast discussion on the past, present and future of Bold Street. Join in in The Box, FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool 2.00-3.00pm

As one of the most important and historical streets in the city – once known as The Bond Street of The North - Bold Street has a rich story to tell. With its future uncertain as Liverpool City Centre changes beyond recognition, we examine its lifeblood, sounds, economy, policing, flavours and sense of community. Guests include Matthew Biagetti, Development Manager at Liverpool Vision, and representatives from News From Nowhere and Utility.

The event is also listed on Upcoming, if you’re an Upcoming Fan!

Bold Street iMix


Over the course of this project, Laura, Alan, Patrick and I have all come across a lot of music related facts relating to Bold Street. We began compiling a ‘playlist’ some time back to keep a record of Bold Street songs. Some are about Bold Street (such as 3am on Bold Street), some were performed on Bold Street (I am the Sun), some have historical links to Bold Street (anything on the His Master’s Voice label) and some just remind us of Bold Street (Celebrity Skin). The playlist is below, but you can also view this as an iMix in iTunes (which gives you links to hear and download all the songs if you like).

“Now that’s what I call Bold Street” Volume 1
His Master’s Voice - The National Jazz Ensemble
Black Lights - Jonas Thomassen & Jt Scam
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
Perambulator - The Icicle Works
C’mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
I Am the Sun - Swans
Seven Minutes to Midnite (Live) - The Mighty Wah!
3 AM In Bold Street - Jegsy Dodd & The Original Sinners
Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Hey Mersh! - Moe Tucker
Celebrity Skin - Hole

And if we get enough new suggestions, we’ll compile a Volume 2!

Bold Street Events: KIN


It seems Bold Street is buzzing at the moment with creative and arts initiatives. On Wednesday Bold Street fashion favorite Microzine played host to a KIN networking evening. KIN is the network that connects creative people on Merseyside; and there are a lot of them it seems. The networking event attracted around 100 businesses in PR, media, film, fashion and design and other creative industries all gathering in the store enjoying drinks and bites before hearing Radio City’s Simon Ross interview James Barton, the founder of Cream. The event was hosted by Merseyside ACME who have funded and developed Kin.

Now at this point I have to reveal that while I fully intended attending, my hectic schedule last Wednesday in the middle of the install prevented me from doing so. (I also missed geekup and the Peter Blake opening at the Tate). However, I do know that several of my creative colleagues who did go had a great time and tell me it was well worth the visit. Looks like a great event, and hopefully we’ll see more of this in Bold Street.

Photo courtesy of Atmosferik Photography.

Finished! (And this is just the beginning)


We uploaded a new set of images to Flickr. Not the best photography but hopefully some sneak preview/ behind the scenes / work in progress shots of pulling together an exhibtion in install week. The install week shots and a few of the best from the Private View (which we all thoroughly enjoyed) are on Flickr. We’d love to see your shots there too!

So after months of preparation The Bold Street Project is live and ready for visitors. Initial feedback was great - and I think Laura will be writing more about that soon. If you’ve seen it, please share you thoughts here on the blog and your photos online and help us make it even better.

Help create 800 poems for Liverpool


Liverpool Poem800 is a new creative space for anyone to enjoy and create poems inspired by Liverpool. Created by Roger Cliffe-Thompson will collect 800 poems for Liverpool’s birthday.  I particularly like “Liverpool… in the sixties” by Ian Hunter.  Of course if you feel inspired to write a Bold Street poem, we’d love to see it here too!

20 Years On


“20 Years On” is an audio tour created by local anthropologist Mary Wallace. Mary takes us on a tour of Bold Street, reminiscing about happy times 20 years ago as the ‘Smiths Girl of Liverpool’. The tour takes the route from Central Station up Bold Street and ends in the Swan Inn. (And she swanned out again!) Click image to play.

Matta’s Interviews

Interviews with Mr Matta from Matta’s on Bold Street are now available on the Bold Street Video Podcast AND on YouTube!

Pete and Jeff in the alleys of Bold Street


Filmmaker Olivia Greenberg has recently completed a new film commission working with writer Jeff Young (tenantspin & SuperBlock) and musician Pete Wylie. Olivia has created a unique new cut and paste flickbook short in the doorways and alleys of Bold Street.  


More images on Flickr. The film will soon be available via the blog.



Dawn French takes a trip to Liverpool circa 1985 to present an episode of SWANK for Channel 4. SWANK offers a suave view of the world, from pavement art, to experimental fashions, avant guard music and culture, all filmed in Liverpool. SWANK, Produced for Channel 4 by Veronyka Bodnarec is now available on Google Video.

Thank you Flickr!


My last Flickr related post was singing the praises of Flickr the photosharing website. But it is so much more than that. On Flickr we have found a community of local photographers all taking amazing photos of Liverpool. We set up a group and invited some of them. Word soon spread and more people joined our group and more and more submitted photos. The photography is so good we wanted to include the images submitted by Flickr users to the exhibition and have them playing in the exhibit.

We now have many images in our photo sections which have been contributed by Flickr users. This is a great example of online communities in action - having a direct impact on creative practice; helping to create an exhibition. We’d like to thank:  The Badger Revolution, Andy O’Hare, transvox, Dradny, Philip G Mayer, Andy Sunley, David J Colbran,  Alyn Smith, James West, Maddie Digital, Pixel Fixer, New Folder, Liverpool Suburbia

City Walks

“City Walks” by Andrew Taylor

Vernon Street stands large in memory.
Hidden behind screens, until the
move upstairs, where light poured in
framed by blind-less windows. Tom’s
studio, city model floored with Dave
working delicately. Faces familiar by
daily routine and shortcuts to
Tithebarn Street, somehow becoming
a part of it all. Captured in journal entries
and stored on the camera’s disks.

Town Hall on the lip of the hill. Sensing
the river at the foot of Water Street. While
Castle Street’s windows stand decorated
for Christmas, we gather at the entrance,
security check Billy’s, Stu’s and my
credentials. Nicki walks straight through!
Wonder at the chandeliers as the Mayor’s
chains rattle through wine soaked laughter.
Balcony waving, think of the Beatles standing
here 100,000 crowded below.
Continue reading ‘City Walks’

Beautiful “La Bussola”

A story submitted by Julia, a Bold Street Blog reader….

“Back in 1970 I travelled up and down Bold Street every day, being a young Lecturer in Art at the ‘College of Crafts and Catering’ in Colquitt Street, round the corner.

Bold Street had an air of individuality and excitement about it, leading uphill from the underground and the cafe at the bottom of the street, where the waitresses wore a uniform of black dress with white apron and cap, rather quaint even then but delightfully so. They also had tablecloths and hat stands and served tea in shiny metal teapots with hot water as well all on a silver tray, and sugar cubes with tongs to help yourself.

The rest of the street always seemed to me to be terribly smart, a little bit like London!! It just had that air about it. There were shops, I seem to remember a shoe shop, and at least one had a very fancy ‘old fashioned’ curved glass window.

Travelling uphill, on the right hand side and adding to the cosmopolitan feel of the street was the Italian restaurant ‘La Bussola’. This restaurant for me was a delight and for me it is the part of Bold Street I remember the most, holding many happy memories!  It was a far cry from the pizza parlours that abound nowadays and was a very special place to dine.

You went down some steps at the entrance and once inside you could sit in a small bar area before going to your table. I remember my favourite dish was veal a la marsala, followed by zabaglione. I was lucky enough to be taken there several times and probably chose menu this every time! It was always exquisite!

There was music, and next to the dining area was a small and intimate dance floor and this was a new phenomenon to me, being so young. It was wonderful!

Bold Street in the 1970s was for me a very special place, in a very special city!”

The Team

A lot of our images show our work in progress over the course of the past several months. During that time, many many people have worked on the Bold Street project at FACT and at tenantspin, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. Also we want all our readers to appreciate that whilst a few of us are doing a lot of blogging and talking about the project, there’s a lot more people behind the scenes. The Bold Street project is brought to you by….
Alan Dunn, Patrick Fox, Laura Yates, Ed Pink, Ciara Moloney, John McGuirk, Emily Voelker, Mark Jones, Ross Dalziel, Paul Stringer, Laura Sillars, Paul Luckraft, Sara Smith, Nick Lawrenson, Katie Lips, Michelle Wren and the tenantspinners: Dolly, Vera, Kath, Mark H, Mark D, Warren, Steve, Steve and Mavis.

Blacklers’ Girls


Over the course of our research we have found a few amazing gems; this being one of them. The image is of staff who worked at Blacklers Department  Store on Bold Street in 1951.

Famous Fullers Cakes

Laura recently received this fascinating letter from a ‘Doreen of Huyton’, who describes her time working on Bold Street in Fullers.

“Dear Laura,
My memories began December 1944 I was 14yrs old and about to leave school. I was called in by my Head Mistress and asked if I would be interested in going for an interview to Fullers Cafe in Bold Street as they were wanting a cashier I went for the interview and was accepted for the situation. In the years I was there I have many happy memories.
Continue reading ‘Famous Fullers Cakes’

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