Liverpool Front House - Face of the City



Front Cover of Gordon Millwards Book of poetry

Gordon milward 2010

New Poetry Book by - Gordon.W.Milward.

Gordon is a Volunteer at Liverpool Neuro Support Centre, Norton Street, Liverpool.

This inspirational book is on SALE at the Centres information desk, priced just £3:00.

Norton Street, adjacent - The National Express Coach Station.


How each of us will cope in the face of adversity is difficult to predict. We are fortunate if in the face of an illness we find an inner strength and sense of humour. Gordon’s poems vividly describe the variability in day to day life with a chronic disease and its impact on those who share it with him. The frustration in not being able to perform the simple things is plain to see. Yet his sense of humour and modesty brings light and optimism to those who share Gordon’s experiences.

I read the anthology after the end of a busy day. Somehow I felt much the better for so doing. I’m sure you will too. 

                                         Dr. Malcolm Steiger MBBS,MD,FRCP

                                                                       Consultant Neurologist



My name is Gordon after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a part of my brain is closing down and a creative part has opened up and I am now writing poetry which I never did before.This illness I describe as a parasite the constant battle to keep the mind and brain working.We must never give in we may win the battle but not the war. OUR INDEPENDANCE IS THE LAST VESTAGE OF OUR RIGHTS TO SURVIVE.

You will be amazed by his poetic verse and their depth of meaning. For more information on GORDON MILWARDS please visit his blog:

Gordon Milward

Photograph of Gordon Milward with his Poetry displayed at the Nuero Support Centre as part of their "2008 Face Of The City" arts project Exhibition.



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




Opened Wed10th Dec 2008.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 other 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 )


Face of the City On Tour continuing in 2009.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service invite you to visit their participating Community Fire Stations.

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 going 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. Ten generic pieces of art and another five pieces that are bespoke to the particular district will be on display. 

Participating Fire Stations were open from10am until approx 4pm Saturday & Sunday on dates listed below.

Dates & Venues of the 2008 Tour.
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, Liverpool, L3 3DS.


Chris Phillips- Photography - Syd Webster - Poetry
For a FREE Home Fire Safety Check, including FREE smoke alarms, call FREEPHONE 0800 731 5958.



Liverpool Neuro Support Centre

Norton Street, adjacent - The National Express Coach Station

Face of the City - Event

Neurosupport Headquarters The Neurosupport Centre

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

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) From 10am—4pm All welcome! For more details contact Danny Start at 0151 298 3281 and For more information on Neurosupport go to and www.neurowords.tumblr.




Aintree University Hospital - creative and caring"Face of the City"

Staff Exhibitions from 10th December 2008

The unveiling of the hospitals preview exhibition took place on Monday 6th October 2008. Accomplished artist Lynne Poll a Radiographer, who has worked for the 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 at Aintree University Hospital is encouraging STAFF to submit their contributions to her, for inclusion in "Face of the City" by December 1st , artwork will be on display at the Hospital from 10th December 2008.

Paula O'Malley
Arts Co-Ordinator /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 )





"Face of the City"


Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service



MFRS displayed thirty five photographic/poetry artworks at Liverpool Echo Arena,Kings Dock. - Bank Holiday Monday 25th August until Tuesday 2nd September 2008.

The exhibition is an artistic presentation of Merseyside Fire Fighters at work and is MSFR's contribution to Face of the City. The exhibition will eventually go on display at local community fire stations throughout Merseyside.

MSFR Photographer - Chris Phillips & Poet - Syd Websters combined 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 Leukemia 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 Leukemia Research.

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

Admission to "Let It Be Liverpool" was FREE.

To see David's photography visit -


"Farewell my Liverpool Home".

Wirral based Youth Theatre Company" High Horizons" run by Brookside actresses Mary Ann Davies and Suzanne Collins performed "Farewell my Liverpool Home" at Merseyside Maritime

Museum, Albert Dock. Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August 2008.

Performances were at 2pm & 3pm both days.

The period performance took place in the emigration exhibition, which is in the basement of the Museum.Visitors walked down Liverpool's Old Dock Road and encounted emigrants waiting to travel to a New World. Visit "High Horizons" website


Face of the City - Showcase Event - 17th May 2008

Merseyside Maritime Museum. Albert Dock.

Cultural "Faces of the City", singers, poets, storytellers and artists helped showcase the Face of the City arts project at Merseyside Maritime Museum on Saturday 17th May 08.

The event started with "Toby Saunders" an employee of National Museums Liverpool displaying his acrylic painting of Steven Gerrard, alongside the "Chimp Creative" team "Gareth Shuttleworth and John Woods" exhibiting their original and distinctive designs on canvas and T-shirts.

Liverpool author "Mike Kelly" held the audiences attention with the story of Liverpool artists James and Henry Carling. James created illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's "RAVEN". A selection of prints and reproductions of both brothers can be seen at the Carling Gallery, above the Maggie May cafe, Bold Street, Liverpool.

In typical Liverpudlian style the group "Three Girls and a Mike" had everyone clapping and singing along to Liverpool themed songs. One particular favorite was their own 08 version of "In my Liverpool home" "Sue Grainger" one of the groups four singers is a regular on the Linda McDermott, BBC Radio Merseyside, Friday night show.

Liverpool University Creative Writing Society members performed their own songs, stories and poetry . One Norwegian visitor was amazed to discover original poetry being read by the writers themselves. The performers were- "Eileen Kyriacou (poetry)- Cath Bore (short story)- Suzanne Flynne (poet / singer / guitarist)- Linda Walters (poetry) Phil Leeson (short story)- Pam Philburn (poetry)- Sybil Hannon (poetry)- Ann McDermott (poetry)- Tommy McBride (poetry / singer).

The artists and performers who took part in this showcase event were a credit to the city, and proved if proof was needed, just how talented Liverpool city regions grass roots creative community really are.

All the above groups and individuals will be taking part in future "Face of the City" events, dates and times will be posted on this page and in the local media. BBC Radio Merseyside and Trinity Mirror Group are committed to supporting and promoting the project.

EDGE 08 is a creative partnership with Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire and Face of the City.

This project EDGE 08 ATTACK was a live art event produced by students
from the design for performance degree. Edge Hill currently only runs a
second year design course but is re-launching the course in the summer
of 08 after a re-validation this winter.

On Thursday the 14th Feb the students ‘attacked’ the Antony Gormley sculptures. The students made a live size replica of a costume chosen from a painting from the Walker Gallery in Liverpool.
The ‘attack’ was the finale to the costume construction work the
students undertook with costume designer Monica Aslanian. It was a live art event on Crosby beach in which the students dressed the sculptures in a biodegradable version of the costume they had studied with Monica. The attack lasted from 9.30 - 14.00 - by 2pm the tide took over the event.

The less biodegradable versions of the costumes will be exhibited later in the semester in the foyer to the studio theatre at Rose theatre, Edge Hill University.

The day started at 9.30 and finished at 14.30 giving way to the
tide. The event took place at Crosby Beach (just down from Crosby Leisure Centre).

This event was an EDGE 08 ATTACK. It was the first in a series of ‘attacks’ on Liverpool the 08 city of culture, by the Performing Arts department at Edge Hill University.
The project is launched in partnership with Face of the City .

BBC Radio Merseyside Hanover Street Studio - "Face of the City" Drop in Days

Every Monday in November 2007- 5th/12th/19th/26th - 10am - 5pm

The October Drop-in-Day was a great success, so much so that the Face of the City project team will continue promoting the project at BBC Radio Merseysides Hanover St.studios, every Monday throughout November. Starting the 5th then 12th, 19th and 26th Nov.

The project team will be available 10am-5pm.

BBC Radio Merseyside Hanover Street Studio - "Face of the City" Drop in Days

31st October 2007 - 10am - 5pm


Liverpool Front House and BBC Radio Merseyside are inviting

people to call into Radio Merseysides Hanover Street Studios,

to find out more about the city's 2008 working community arts project.

The Face of the City project team will be available 10am - 5pm,

on Wednesday 31st October to answer all your questions.

Thumbnail detail of event at St Georges Hall13/09/07 - The Big History Show - 14th/15th/16th September 2007

Liverpool Front House Charitable Trust were at St.Georges Hall throughout the three day event, promoting the Face of the City arts project.

The public and other exhibitors at the Big History Show responded well to the project, many left contact details, many more said they would spread the word to friends and colleagues. One man wrote in the LFH comment book," You've made me feel so proud of being a Liverpudlian".

You can help the project reach it's full potential, by spreading the word and asking your friends and colleagues to visit our website Thank you.

Thumbnail detail of Dare to Dream exhibition participants08/04/06 - Dare to Dream Exhibition

Dare to Dream is an independent exhibition, designed for Liverpool’s prestigious 2006 Poetry in the City (PIC) festival, which is co-ordinated by various Liverpool based organizations.

This exhibition brings together fourteen artists and covers a wide range of influences, inspirations and techniques. The artists are past and present staff of National Museums Liverpool. They were invited by Liverpool Front House to create individual artworks inspired or responding to poetry.

Thumbnail detail of Pauk Miller at Dare to Dream exhibition00/04/06 - Interview with Paul Miller

BBC Radio Merseyside broadcast Presenter Roger Phillips interviews Paul Miller LFH trustee, about the "Dare to Dream" exhibition and Face of the City arts project.

Click this link to read the BBC feature on Face of the City and listen to Paul Coslett's interview with Paul Miller.

Liverpool this village, this city on English shore, this capital of creativity, this place I adore.


  Paul Miller.