Cleaned-up hous­ing es­tate in run­ning to win Turner Prize

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A RED-BRICK ter­raced hous­ing es­tate in in­ner-city Liver­pool has been short­listed for this year’s Turner Prize.

The fa­mous art prize, now in its 31st year, has a rep­u­ta­tion for con­tro­versy – with pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clud­ing Martin Creed’s light go­ing on and off and Grayson Perry’s pots tack­ling sub­jects like death and child abuse.

Now the work by a Lon­don-based col­lec­tive, As­sem­ble, to trans­form the run-down Tox­teth es­tate – Granby Four Streets – is in the run­ning for the an­nual award.

The houses, built around 1900, fell into dis­re­pair af­ter the lo­cal coun­cil snapped up many of the prop­er­ties fol­low­ing the Tox­teth ri­ots in 1981.

Res­i­dents fought plans for de­mo­li­tion and bat­tled to make the area “a place peo­ple ac­tu­ally want to live in”.

This in­volved clean­ing and plant­ing streets, paint­ing empty houses and set­ting up a monthly mar­ket.

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