Scouse Soul Stew was developed in response to a brief which asked ‘in life, what ingredients are important to us all, what do we need to enrich our lives and nourish our souls?’. This brief was designed to interrogate the relationship between healthcare providers with the communities they serve and to develop ideas around the role artists could have as communicators and enablers in healthcare.
UHC collaborated with arts organisations Metal and culturepool to facilitate community events in six Liverpool neighbourhoods.
Each event was documented by illustrator Gareth Brew. His work was applied to the fabrication of sixteen cloth banners depicting ‘ingredients for a healthy community’. UHC also worked with a group of participants to create a recipe book which included images of the banners, portraits of participants and ingredients for an enriched, soulful life. The book was distributed to all participants including health care staff.
The project concluded with a series of public weaving workshops, where the banners were woven into a large wall hanging. The banner was subsequently displayed at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
Commissioned by Liverpool Primary Care Trust