Liverpool Front House - Face of the City


Liverpool was European Capital of Culture 2008

The individuals, companies and organizations listed in this section, were all participants in the 2008 Face of the City - Creative Partners arts project.

Their artworks and exhibitions was on display at their own workplaces throughout the Liverpool city region as part of Liverpool's 2008 European Capital of Culture Celebrations.

Artists and their sponsors decided the starting date and duration of their contributions.


Please scroll down to find details of the 2008 Face the City Events.


FACE OF THE cITY: mfrs exhibition tour: at lIVERPOOL cITY cENTRE COMMUNITY FIRE STATION: sat 20TH & SUN 21ST December. 10AM - 4PM BOTH DAYS. FREE.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service invited you to visit their participating Community Fire Stations in 2008.

Liverpool City Centre Community Fire Station. Sat 20th & Sun 21st Dec 08.

Firefighters are Face of the City 

The Fire Service at work has formed the basis of a new exhibition through the Face of the City project. 

Chris Phillips has taken photos for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for 11 years and a selection of his images taken at fire scenes has been put together for a special display for Capital of Culture Year. The photos are accompanied by poetry that has been written by Syd Webster, who was a serving firefighter for 30 years and is now a School Fire Liaison Officer. Syd was awarded the MBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for “Fire Education with Children”. 

The display is now ready to go on tour – stopping off at a fire station in each of the five districts of Merseyside.  

Syd said: “It’s about MF&RS over the years. I looked at the pictures and thought about the reason why they had been taken, each is inspirational in its own right. I think it’s really representative of the Brigade.” 

The poet, who is still involved with the Fire Service as a School Fire Liaison Officer at St Ambrose Barlow and St Wilfreds Schools, spent just two-and-a-half weeks completing the poetry. “With the images I had, the words came easily,” he explained. “There’s one of two lads dancing on stage and I thought the world is a stage and when firefighters go out doing their job, it’s like being on stage as people are watching them. There’s another one of a firefighter on the telephone, and I wondered who he was speaking to. I thought about the Control Room, and the wonderful people there that people never really see. 

“I was proud to be asked and even considered to write the poetry for the photos. It was very important to get it right. It shows the different jobs and different aspects of the Fire Service in a lot of different lights.” 

Now the public will be able to view the exhibition as it goes on a tour of fire stations. Ten generic pieces of art and another five pieces that are bespoke to the particular district will be on display. 

Check dates below when contributing Fire Stations will be open for people to view the artwork. Participating Fire Stations open from10am until approx 4pm Saturday & Sunday. check venue/date.
22nd & 23rd Nov – St Helens Fire Station (St Helens District);
29th & 30th Nov – Huyton Fire Station (Knowsley District);
6th & 7th Dec – Southport Fire Station (Sefton District);
13th & 14th Dec – Birkenhead Fire Station (Wirral District); &
20th & 21st Dec – City Centre Fire Station (Liverpool District)

Sat 20th & Sun 21st December

Liverpool City Centre Community Fire Station.. St.Anne Street, Liverpool. L3 3DS.


Artists: Chris Phillips- Photography - Syd Webster - Poetry


logo of Aintree University Hospital



Dr Huw Lewis -Jones talking to staff and visitors about his artwork which is displayed on the hospitals waiting room walls

Wed 10th Dec 2008

Opening of Aintree University Hospitals Face of the City exhibition

Dr Huw Lewis-Jones Consultant Radiologist gave the opening speech standing in front of his impressive artworks, exhibited in the waiting room of the hospitals X-ray department. Paula O'Malley Arts Coordinator at Aintree University Hospital acted as exhibition tour guide as press and visitors followed Staff/artists to their own respective exhibitions which are on display in the public corridors. At each stop the artists talked about their artwork and their creative inspirations. The NHS Trusts CEO James Birrell is pictured below with some of the Staff/artists who were available to attend the opening event. Left - to - Right : Ian Lovet , Chaplaincy Team Leader.- Gemma Puplett, Administration Occupational Health.- James Birrell, Aintree NHS Trust CEO.- --------Dr Huw Lewis-Jones, Consultant Radiologist. - Ian.P.Knowles, Student Physiotherapist. - Patricia Harvey, Hospital Chaplain. Group photo of some of the staff artists at aintree hospital taking part in Face of the City









The staff/artists who are participating in the Face of the City exhibition at Aintree University Hospital are: Lynne Poll, Radiographer. --------Phil Kitts, Energy Manager.---- Maureen Ashkar, Administration Theatres - Alan Murrow, Technical Officer in Radiology.

For press releases and artist interviews, contact Paula O'Malley.

Paula O'Malley
Arts CoOrdinator /Fundraiser
Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Aintree House
University Hospital Aintree
Longmoor Lane
Liverpool L9 7AL
phone 0151-529 8480
email Paula.o'
To find out more about what PARTIA do please click on the link below

PARTIA ( Promoting Art In Aintree )



Liverpool Neuro Support Centre

Norton Street, adjacent - The National Express Coach Station

Face of the City - Event 2008

Neurosupport Headquarters The Neurosupport Centre

On the 9th December 2008 Neurosupport took part - in Face of the City and had photographs, artwork and other sundry artistic happenings in their wonderful building, all made by the volunteers and staff of Neurosupport. 

Aphotograph of some of the volunteers & staff who took part in the exhibtion.

Some of the Volunteers & Staff who organised and took part in the Face of the City exhibition, standing in front of Malcolm Hawkins(pictured below) fantastic photographs. From left to right: Danny Start - Coordinator. Alan Rimmer - Photography. Chris Wall - Photography. David Johnson - Paintings. Alan Clark -Photography and FOTC champion. And last but by no means least : Gordon Millward - Poetry. We will be featuring more photographs of the event shortly, with images of the people, paintings, poetry and photography from the Open Day..

Malcolm Hawkins standing in font of his photographs with another volunteer

For more information contact Danny Start at or telephone 0151 298 3281 or visit

For full details of the Centre visit:

- Neurosupport Presents… Open Day (Information on Neurosupport and it’s work) Face of the City Exhibition (An exhibition of Art, Photography, Poetry and Music made by Neurosupport Volunteers) Launch of Working Life/NeuroLife Service (Employment support and advice for people with neurological conditions)For more details contact Danny Start at 0151 298 3281 and For more information on Neurosupport go to and




LYNNE POLL , Creative and Caring "Face of the City"

. Accomplished artist Lynne Poll a Radiographer, who has worked for the NHS Trust at both Aintree and Walton for more than 26 years is leading the way by exhibiting an extensive collection of her artwork on the walls of the Phase two Corridor. (corridor leading to main restaurant). Lynne Poll : "I'm really excited to be able to take part in this fantastic project in the hope that it will encourage other members of staff to dust off their paint brushes and get in touch with their artistic side. If your a budding Van Gough,Reynolds or Hurst accept the challenge and submit a piece of art for display - if I can do it so can you - help us to capture the spirit of Liverpool 08 at Aintree. Between us we can fill the bare walls and dull corridors with colour, improve our environment and promote art at Aintree.

Paula O'Malley
Arts CoOrdinator /Fundraiser
Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Aintree House
University Hospital Aintree
Longmoor Lane
Liverpool L9 7AL
phone 0151-529 8480
email Paula.o'
To find out more about what PARTIA do please click on the link below

PARTIA ( Promoting Art In Aintree )

CEO James Birrell and Partia Arts Co-ordinator Paula O'Malley with Artist/Radiographer Lynne Poll.



"Face of the City"




MSFR displayed thirtyfive photograph/poetry artworks at Liverpool Echo Arena. From Bank Holiday Monday 25th August until Tuesday 2nd September 2008.

MSFR Photographer - Chris Phillips & Poet - Syd Websters artwork was viewed by Firefighters and spectators from across the globe, as they enter the Echo Arena to participate and witness the spectacle of the 2008 World Fire Fighters Games.

For full details of the" 08 World Fire Fighter Games",held at the Echo Arena and throughout Merseyside, please visit:

Visit "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services" extensive website at they really are "An Excellent Authority".


Face of the City -Dave Lydiates "Let It Be Liverpool"

Central Library, William Brown St, Liverpool City Centre.

Friday 1st August to Saturday 30th August 2008.

David Lydiates "Let it be Liverpool" is an expansive collection of his photographic work since 1992. As well as displaying his work, David is keen to raise awareness and money for Leukaemia Research, a charity close to his heart. His photo's of Liverpool, offer a great display of his talent and are well worth visiting to both see some inspiring work whilst supporting a worthy cause .All profits from sales of exhibition photographs will go to Leukaemia Research.

Contact: Central Library for opening times: 0151-233-5829

Admission to "Let It Be Liverpool" is FREE.

To see Davids photography visit -


This page will be up dated as artists give details of their exhibitions.

Merseyside Fire Service will be having exhibitions at one Fire Station in each Merseyside borough. A main exhibition will be held during the World Fighter Games at the Echo Arena, Aug 08.

David Lydiate will be displaying his own photographs at Liverpool's Picton Library, William Brown St. City centre,throughout August 08. David has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis since 2001. He was diagnosed with Myeloid Leukemia in 2004 and again in 2007, he would like to give something back..

The" Chimp Creative" team Gareth Shuttleworth and John Wood are developing displays and exhibitions throughout Liverpool. They're currently working on a large Mural on the side of the shop STOKED in Smithdown Road, and busy putting together an exhibition of their artwork, which will be displayed in the Bold St shop, RESURECTION.

Terry and Dan work at Lloyds No1 Bar the Lime Kiln, Fleet St, Liverpool city centre. You'll be amazed at the creative talent that's working behind this bar. Exhibition details will follow shortly, or call in and ask them yourself.

The "High Horizons" duo Ann Marie Davies and Suzanne Collins are working with their older students, developing a performance/play, which draws it's inspiration from the Emigration Exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The museums Learning department are working closely with High Horizons. Their performance will be at the Maritime Museum,8th & 9th August 08. National Museums Liverpool will promote this event in their events guides and on their web site.

Details of other contributors events will follow shortly.

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.


This is an exciting and innovative project that really captures the spirit of the 2008 celebrations.

Flo Cluclas