Everyman panorama - By Laurie Stocks-Moore
In 2012 we invited people to take part in a photography project to create a Portrait Wall on the front of the new Everyman. Designed by architect Steve Tompkins, this large-scale artwork is a powerful expression of the fact that the Everyman is and always will be for everyone. Photo sessions were held at venues across the city and many hundreds came along to take part.
Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz: “The variety of wonderful people who came along to take part really blew us away and it was great to hear everyone’s stories about themselves and their connection to the Everyman. They ranged from young children to theatre-going veterans, jugglers, cricketers, expectant mothers and whole families from all walks of life who took part in the fun.”
Now, from thousands of photographs, photographer Dan Kenyon, architect Steve and Gemma have selected the final composition of 105 images that will form the Portrait Wall. Their task was to find the 105 portraits that complement each other in the overall make-up of the wall, and also create a visual signature for the spirit of the Everyman that suggests the broadest range of people to represent the whole of the city.
Steve said: “It has been terribly difficult to whittle these wonderful portraits down to just 105. But the main driver for this project is an aesthetic one and so final selection was based on how the individual images related to others in the makeup of the shutters and the overall composition of the wall”.
The people who will feature on the 105 shutters range from babies to grandparents and come from across Liverpool as well as North Wales, Cheshire and Warrington. We have organised an event later this month to get everyone together for the first time now that they make up a special group of people forever connected to the Everyman on Hope Street.
Liverpool film company Handstand Productions are making a film about the Portrait Wall project and will be following several people through the process as their shutters are produced and the Wall created. Stephen Nze, 47, from Toxteth, is one of the people on the wall who is taking part in the film. He said: “Hearing that I was chosen as one of the 105 was amazing news and makes me very proud as in my late teens I performed at the Everyman with our then drama group Catalyst. I no longer act but hold those days very close so now to hear that I will be part of this piece of art that makes up the front of the new Everyman is just amazing, just can’t wait to see it and also for my family and friends to see it and one day hopefully, god willing, my grandchildren.”
David Stuckey, Stephen Nze, Paula Frew, Norman Gorst & Lauren Fitzpatrick
The Portrait Wall will encapsulate the spirit of a building that truly will be an Everyman for Everyone.
The images are currently being cut from aluminum plates using pioneering water jet technology. A full size shutter is approx 800mm wide x 1900mm high.
Photographer Dan said: “This has been a really exciting project for me as a photographer. To draw out people’s personalities but also fulfill the technical and compositional requirements of the manufacturing process for each individual shutter. I can’t wait to see the wall.”
The 105 shutters that make up the Portrait Wall include photographs of the following people (in alphabetical order): Yasmin Al Shabazz, Prenton, Jamal Al Shabazz, Prenton, Malique Al Shabazz, Prenton, Munazza Amjad, Toxteth, Natasha Arbia, L1, Philip Ashbury, Waterloo, Ian Ashcroft, Anfield, Alan Barnes, Kirkdale, Amy Bedford, Woolton, John Bird, Liverpool, Rebecca Bowman, Aigburth, Leslie Burns, Irby, Adam Byrne, Everton, James Cavanagh, West Derby, Neil Connolly, Runcorn, Jane Corbett, Everton, Harriet Davies, Mossley Hill, Sarah Dixon, North Wales, Poppy Duckworth, Toxteth, Han Duijvendak, L1, Pauline Duncan, Aigburth, Mark Edwardson, Cheshire, Donna Ellison, Everton, Anthony Ellison, Everton, Ezra Fairclough, Mossley Hill, Laurence Fenlon, Widnes, Margaret Ferguson, Huyton, Daniel Fitzgerald, Kensington, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Warrington, Christopher Foley, L1, Kevin Foott, Aigburth, Paula Frew, Toxteth, Andrew Gebbett, Aigburth, Norman Gorst, Kensington, Jean Grant, Toxteth, Mike Gray, Hunts Cross, Nasra Guleid, Wavertree, Imaan Guleid, Wavertree, Ian Hall, Bootle, Sylvia Hebden, Toxteth, Stephen Higginson, Childwall, Paul Holmes, Anfield, Jean Hope, Crosby, Anthony Howe, Aigburth, Laura Anne Hurst, Crosby, Earl Jenkins, Toxteth, Sean Jhooty, Wavertree, James Johnston-Lynch, Toxteth, Jacquie Johnston-Lynch, Toxteth, Stephanie Jones, Dingle, Paula Kearns, Aintree, Rosie Kearns, Everton, Elizabeth Keating, Everton, Georgina Kenyon, Crosby, Vince Killen, Crosby, Paul Kincade, Allerton, Hayli Kincade, Allerton, Leane Kinsella, Aintree, Rona Kirwan, Oldham, Evelyn Lea, West Kirby, Jacky Liu, Old Swan, Julie Lomax, Mossley Hill, Mark Loudon, Everton, Annie MacLean, Toxteth, Joanne Marsden, Liverpool, Philip McGuinness, Kirkby, Matt McLean, Kirkdale, Taylor Melia, Everton, Sarah Milner, Wavertree, Gerard Muldoon, Everton, Rayanne Mussa, Toxteth, Stephen Nze, Toxteth, Katie O’Callaghan, Toxteth, Sarah Ogle, Aigburth, Lee Parris, Toxteth, Maureen Peeney, Everton, Richard Popplewell, Kensington, Mark Powell, Orrell Park, Cy Powell, Southport, Akbar Qureshy, Toxteth, Nicola Ramsay, Kirkby, Aaron Ramsell, Rochdale, Rachel Raynes, Aigburth, Terry Roach, Anfield, Nathan Rooney, Seaforth, Rebecca Ross-Williams, Waterloo, Pauline Rowlands, Woolton, Fatima Sahed, Toxteth, Samsam Salah, Wavertree, Polly Scott, Toxteth, Fionuala Seddon, Crosby, Ted Singleton, Liverpool, Cherise Smith, Toxteth, Kathleen Stocks, Woolton, David Stuckey, Ormskirk, Marie Thompson, Toxteth, Janet Tobin, Toxteth, Victoria Walker, Toxteth, Mary Weaver, Toxteth, David Whiteley, Liverpool, Tom Whittaker, West Derby, Huw Williams, Childwall, N Wright, Waterloo, Irene Wynne, Huyton, Cathy Yu, Fazakerley.
Handstand Productions Ltd have created this documentary which tells the story behind the creation of the Portrait Wall, told by the people who helped make it and, most importantly, by the people who make it what it is: the 105.
A short 3 minute film showing the fascinating first steps to creating the Portrait Wall from photo sessions to the wall coming together for the first time.
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