Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The art of regeneration

Turner Prize winners are very often lambasted as peddlers of worthless, pretentious art that bears no relevance or relation to reality whatsoever. So, regardless of whether their work should have qualified at all, it's good to see Assemble recognised for their creative, artistic and architectural endeavours beyond the confines of the gallery - endeavours that are making a real difference to people's lives.

The collective of twentysomethings caught the attention of the judges by virtue of their project to renovate houses on a run-down street in Liverpool, reusing materials in innovative ways to return the properties to a condition that was not only habitable but positively desirable.

In keeping with the bottom-up community focus of the regeneration project, they've used the platform given to them by the Turner nomination to set up a social enterprise, Granby Workshop - and, with the prize now tucked under their belts, it'll be fascinating to see how large an impact their inspirational ideas and ethos might have.

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