Liverpool-based photographer Mark Loudon presents What It’s All About, an exhibition documenting three community arts projects across the city.
Here’s what Mark has to say about the project:
Working in various community projects over the years I noticed people using a phrase to describe the reason they were involved in volunteering their time and energy to community projects.
I’ve heard both old and young people use this phrase which carries with it the implication that no more needs to be said on the matter. “It’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?” they would say.
During the last decade, a time of economic hardship, the fundamental structures of support for those who need it within our society have been systematically removed or sold for profit.
Small businesses and high street social hubs such as pubs, youth clubs and churches have massively declined. Some areas of the city were literally laid to waste.
These photographs are from three of the projects I have documented during this decade, projects where small diverse groups from the grass roots have come together to build things.
Artists, community activists, gardeners, chefs, bakers, musicians, business people, architects, people of all ages and walks of life have contributed to projects like Homebaked, Squash and the Northern Flowerhouse.
These projects are far from alone, these are just the ones I have been closest to for a number of years. To me they are more than just symbols of hope in dark times, they are what it’s all about.
The exhibition will be held in the Unity Theatre bar.