Today, Sarah and I have started work on a new, and very exciting project for us. Counterplay is a 3 month pilot project based on Piccadilly, Hanley. We are taking up residence in 4 shops and businesses to create a series of site specific mini projects, happenings or artistic interventions. The aim of this is to apply our practice to a set of problems faced by the CQ today:
Its peripheral location means that there is low footfall, exacerbated by loss of trade to online shopping and off-putting public realm works. Despite having several high quality cultural destinations, the CQ lacks a strong cultural identity and isn’t particularly seen as a cultural destination.
As non building based artists, we see an opportunity for people working in the creative industries to inject some energy and excitement into the area. With this project we’re making it our job to identify ways that this can happen for the benefit of practitioners, businesses, the public and the CQ as a whole.
Residency 1 is in 74-78 Piccadilly A.K.A The Panasonic Store. Call by and say hi. Mark, the store manager is accommodating us, showing us round and making us cups of tea.