The Welsh Streets are a group of original Victorian terraced streets in the Toxteth area of central Liverpool. Since 2002 their future has been under threat. The Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI), a controversial government scheme, sought to demolish more than 400 homes in the area to make way for modern homes with a perceived greater value. The city council placed compulsory purchase orders on many of the houses, which led to the eviction of residents and empty streets. The Scheme lost government funding in 2011 leaving the area, like many others in the North of England, in a sate of dereliction-limbo. In 2015 Liverpool City Council’s bid to demolish and rebuild was blocked by the then secretary of state for communities, Erick Pickles. Since then some houses have been renovated and are set to be lived in once more however many homes still lie empty and neglected, casualties of the HMRI scheme.
I've spent the last week in Scotland dodging snow storms and collecting raw materials for a new project. Let's see where this goes.
Really excited to have won first prize at the Wrexham Open for my painting, Clwyd. The prize money will go straight back in to creating more work and developing new ideas. Thanks to all at Undegun for organising the show.