Icons and Dreams
St. Luke’s Church, Berry Street
12th September 2009
On Saturday 12th September, St. Luke’s church (also known as the
bombed-out church) was transformed into a place full of people, music,
art and culture. This was an event called Icons and Dreams, a community
project created through the company Genie in the Gutter. This company
offers people who have alcohol or drug problems the chance to become involved
with various creative projects, ranging from art to film to theatre.
The day itself had a wide variety of activities and presentations on
offer, all linking in some way to the main theme of icons and dreams.
On the art side of things, there were artworks featuring sights around
Liverpool and famous iconic people, and in the vein of Antony Gormley
there was even a plinth on which people were able to have their own fifteen
minutes of fame.
There was even a small ‘Odeon’ cinema for everyone to enjoy,
which showed a short film of people in the project acting out various
theatre monologues and comedy sketches, showing the diverse talents some
of them have to offer.
There were not just the fascinating creations of others to look at though
as there was also the chance for visitors, young and old, to get involved
themselves. There was a place to make badges, create your own artwork,
try your hand at art therapy and - in the one activity there that kids
seemed to enjoy the most - make your own masks.
Local musicians and singers provided music for the day and attracted
a large crowd, who were all eager to sing along too. And poetry readings
which were written by people in the project and which were about their
own personal icons and dreams were beautiful and touching to listen to.
As you can see, there was a lot on offer that day in the church and there
was no shortage of activities for people to get involved with themselves,
especially children. The atmosphere was lively and friendly with everyone
eager to take part in something. It was also an event that showed just
how important community projects like this are for people who might be
struggling with their own personal issues.
So, hopefully, there will be more events in the future like this from
showcase more of the talents that the people in the group are eager to
use. Because as the company motto says: “We’re all in the
gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” (Oscar Wilde).