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Continuing The Journey – Oral History Training

The residents at Steve Biko have been trained in recording  oral history interviews and been interviewing each other to begin our archive of experiences of racism, with some members interested in contributing their full life histories.  The oral histories so far are powerful and poignant,…

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Continuing The Journey – Professor Tunde Zack-Williams

Professor Tunde Zack-Williams gave an insightful presentation to members of Steve Biko that generated discussion about experiences within education and the workplace – as well as moving to the UK as a young man – resulting in reflection and debate.  Kindly supported by Heritage Lottery…

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Continuing The Journey – Racism and Health in the Community

Dorcas’ presentation and workshop examined racism and its effects on health and caused much discussion and debate about personal and collective experiences and possible strategies to help deal with racism.  A positive platform for ideas was created and the time went by too quickly,  all…

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Sense of Space – Reaping Rewards

We all love harvesting our food and then getting our chef to help us cook some great dishes like ratatouille ! We also sometimes just want to eat our food straight away … and our favourites are chives, tomatoes and strawberries! So we’ve planted extra chives…

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Continuing The Journey – Dorcas Akeju OBE

“There is little hope for us until we become tough minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice and half-truths” (Scott-King-2005). This was well said by Martin Luther King’s sister.  Health and Equality and diversity expert  Dorcas Akeju OBE will be examining Racism…

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Continuing The Journey – Maria O’Reilly

Maria’s role in the Black community was inspired at 15 years of age by her first experience of a demonstration led by Black people outside the American Embassy for Angela Davies, a member of America’s Black Panther Movement.  Angela had been arrested for being a…

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Continuing The Journey – Peter Ogunsiji

Peter, born in Liverpool in1954, is a recognised visual artist and scriptwriter who has produced many creative works which he shared with participants at Steve Biko, causing much discussion about the role art has as a powerful medium of self expression and social change.  Using…

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Continuing The Journey – Sonia Bassey-Williams

Sonia Bassey-Williams was born in Liverpool 8 and has a passion for art and communities, most recently developing and producing the Toxteth Riots – 30 Years On Project a major exhibition with Merseyside Black History Month, National Museums Liverpool and Writing on the Wall.  Having…

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Continuing The Journey – Eric Lynch

Eric Lynch, left school at the age of 14 unable to read or write, having been ‘educated’ in city schools which regarded such skills as unnecessary for black children (and, it follows, black adults). Within a few years however, he had taught himself literacy skills, partly…

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Continuing The Journey – introductions

Continuing The Journey examines Liverpool’s struggle with racial harmony from post war Britain to the Toxteth riots through a range of activities.  Participants attending Steve Biko Housing Association celebrated the achievements of key community figures such as Paul Robeson, Mrs Agnes Brew and Cathy Tyson…

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Ticket To Ride – last stop approaching

The work with Mencap participants is continuing as the exhibition deadline fast approaches.  I’ve been getting final images to interpret 3 learning disabled adults perceptions of using public transport, and as I write film maker Paul McCann is testing the work he’s edited together in…

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Sense of Space – Our Lovely Rockery

Recently we have built a rockery garden with the wonderful Bernie and Johnny. They are helping with our garden project. The rockery garden is made up of various shapes of stones, with the Sun in the centre as a couple of large stones. The rays…

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Sense of Space – Our Mosaics

With our garden project we had a friendly artist called Ticky who did some wonderful mosaics with us! First we drew our designs and made the mosaics with glass tiles that came in all different colours. Secondly we stuck the tiles down to some Hessian….

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Sense Of Space- Our Weekly Rota

 We take it in turns each week to maintain our herb garden.  We  spray the leaves with fairy liquid and water so the insects can’t eat the plants every week.  The reason I like spraying the plants is because it is just fun :). Every…

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Ticket To Ride

Been busy taking photographs of  Mencap service users to develop a multi media installation that explores bus journeys from a learning disabled adults perspective.  The images will be integrated with sound and video to  form the installation ‘Ticket To Ride’ which will be exhibited at…

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Sense of Space – planting

We’ve been planting plugs into our vertical garden containers and so have moistened the roots of the plugs first so they are nice and soft when they go into their new home.  We’ve used multi purpose compost in each of the planters and flattened it…

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Sense of Space – sowing

Our young gardeners have been busy sowing seeds for their garden of plants they would love to eat including some of their favourite herbs and vegetables,  – chives, onions and carrots.  Some of the easiest herbs to grow from seed are mint, chives, dill and…

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Sense Of Space – preparations

The Stray Cat Team and our kind volunteers have been busy prepping the land at Alder Park to create a herb garden area with patients who attend Dewi Jones Unit.  As you can see from the images the area is currently disused waste land and…

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Sensory Stories Retold Seminar

 The day’s seminar showcased the first year of this 3 year research project, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project brings together artists, technologists and researchers to examine how to make museum interpretation more accessible to learning disabled audiences and we are looking…

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Wall Of Women

The Stray Cats and visitors to the Museum Of Liverpool helped build a wall of women as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations. Visitors learnt about inspiring women and had their photograph taken to become part of our mixed media montage.  There will also…

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