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We’ve been lucky to have artist Nina Edge in the studio with us recently, working on Contravision, her installation as part of the Liverpool Biennial Fringe.

Contravision is an in-the-window exhibition, which effectively tins up Nina’s house in Kelvin Grove, Liverpool 8.

Nina lives in the Welsh Streets, surrounded by houses that have been sealed up for 12 years. Throughout that period, Nina has been campaigning and producing art work as a part of a successful protest against the controversial Welsh Streets demolitions threatened by regeneration scheme called Housing Market Renewal which aimed to tackle what the authorities said was a ‘failing housing market’.  After a long campaign to reduce the amount of demolition building plans have been revised and the majority of Welsh Streets houses will survive to be refurbished and re-occupied.

The graphics in the windows recall themes from the legacy of work that Nina has created over this time and pays homage to iconic treasures such as the British Museum’s Tipu’s Tiger, and William Morris’ Strawberry thief.

Nina has exhibited the installation as part of Biennial Fringe, and as Art in Liverpool puts it in their unofficial Biennial public realm tour ‘recalls all the ideas of the biennial and could easily trick you into thinking it has been planned from their offices’.

We’re pleased to have been able to support Nina in the first phase of a project that she plans to develop further, and highly recommend that you take a trip to see Contravision soon.

Find it at:

40 Kelvin Grove
Liverpool
L8 3UE

Photographs courtesy of Ronnie Hughes