, 15 - 21 Parr Street
Till 26th of October 2014
The Brink is currently housing ‘Matchbox City’, a collection
of dioramas created from basic materials that depict city scenes inhabited
by matchstick men. The exhibition is placed throughout the café,
the shelves being lined with the small cardboard buildings whilst some
sit tucked away in the rafters, and the wooden people can be spotted hidden
around the place. Some of them recreate the familiar cityscape of Liverpool,
the Liver Birds and the Radio City tower showing prominence, and others
show rows of well-known shops with the wooden people languishing in front
The project is from Connecting Threads, founded by artists Emily Hayes
and Becky Waite, who work creatively with people affected by homelessness
around the North West. They hope that through the exhibition they can
explore ideas concerning the current housing crisis and challenge us to
face our perceptions of what we call ‘home’. It is a continuing
work with pieces being added throughout its tenure at the Brink.
The exhibition is not just confined to The Brink. Some of the tiny matchstick
men can be seen around neighbouring Parr Street and Bold Street. There
are also similar exhibitions taking place in Rochdale and Manchester,
with dates open to the public to come along and contribute to the growing
city. As well as a depicting the cities coming to life.
The exhibition is part of the Independents Liverpool Biennial and will
be at The Brink until the 26th of October 2014.