- Lead Artist: Jo Peel
- Artist / Facilitator: Cathy Cross
- Collaborators: Local businesses, shopkeepers and residents
- Producers: Anna Kronenburg, Rhyannon Parry
Welcome Home is inspired by the ongoing evolution of Huyton Village, and the growth and journeys of its residents. The village is a place to meet and connect, a place where generations of families have passed down their businesses, passions and stories.
Over the years, the village has been affected by the changing face of the high street with the emergence of big shopping centres, internet shopping and convenience culture.
But one thing that has always remained the same: people’s desire to meet in collective spaces; to shop, to eat, to get a haircut, to have a natter.
Over the past two months, we’ve connected with local businesses, shopkeepers and residents through a series of drop in sessions and consultations. The stories, hopes and dreams they generously shared with us are woven into this artwork.
The mural depicts familiar buildings stacked together, symbolising the ways the community support one another. Trees rise through the buildings symbolising new growth. Also depicted is the River Alt, which rises in Huyton and is the second largest river on Merseyside.
Wrapped around the branches of the trees are ribbons from the family-run haberdashery, telling stories of multiple generations working together towards a shared goal. Meanwhile, tomato plants and vines grow from window boxes, representing the newer residents of Huyton, who have laid down roots and brought with them customs from their homelands.
Thanks to all the individuals who generously shared their stories and memories and hopes for Huyton Village with us.
About the artist
Supported by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme and Knowsley Council. A Borough of Culture Legacy project: Huyton Village tells its story.