Assessors and responders collaborated to create artwork which addressed accessibility, resources and opportunities for people with disabilities in St Helens.
Open the Door was a project in collaboration with the Citi-Dis-Arts group, artists and collaborators Michelle Wren, Naoise Martin, Ann Whitehurst and Jude Woods.
All pariticpants were divided in to two groups; assessors and responders. Each week the assessors visited St Helens Town Center to assess and document places with good or bad access, bringing back their findings to share with all the collaborators. The responders would create artistic reponses using varying techniques and mediums.
The project responded to issues of employment opportunities for disabled people in the town, accessibility and planned suggestions for improvements such as creating sensory rooms in stadia.
The group then made a number of art drops around the town, taking large copies of the artworks created in workshops and personalised letters for businesses and venues. The artworks depicted the positive and negative access qualities and the letters gave friendly suggestions or praise with hazard signs and trophies handed out. With each art drop an invitation to an end-of-project showcase event was included where artworks and further conversation around access were shared.
The art response group is made up of Chris Coffey, Peter Freeman, Angela Friar, Rachel Friar, Sue Norris, Graham Rudge, Richard Smith, Geoff Tinsley and Ken Wallace.