Cleaned-up housing estate in running to win Turner Prize
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.