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Exhibition to celebrate ten years of the ‘Iron Men’

An organisation which helped bring Sir Antony Gormley’s Iron Men to Crosby beach is to mount a special exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of the installation.

Regenerus formerly South Sefton Development Trust, is to stage the free ‘Ten Years of Another Place’ event at Crosby Lakeside Activity centre on Cambridge Road in Waterloo from Monday, September 7 to Sunday, November 1.

The exhibition is one of a number of arts activities in south Sefton marking the ten year milestone which are being organised with the help of funding from the Arts Council.

Regenerus will also be helping the community group in Another Place to produce more of its ‘Qwerkies’ – cardboard figures inspired by the Iron Men which celebrate diversity.  These are currently sited in shop windows all over Crosby and Waterloo.

Bootle-based social enterprise Safe Productions will be working with local residents to create a mosaic celebrating what the sculptures have meant to locals and visitors alike.

The aim for this to be installed permanently by the lakeside park.

And award-winning local film maker Marc Jennings has been commissioned to produce a film on the theme of a day in the life of one of the Iron Men, which will be widely distributed in the area.

Regenerus chief executive, Cate Murphy, says the Another Place exhibition will tell the story of why Antony Gormley chose Crosby as the location of the artwork, and also include many little-known facts about the installation.

It will feature many atmospheric images of the Iron Men taken by acclaimed Crosby-based photographer, Ron Davies.

Ms Murphy said “We were very keen that both local residents and visitors could get involved in celebrating the tenth anniversary of these iconic sculptures.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Arts Council, we will be able to stage an exhibition telling the definitive story of Another Place in Crosby, and also support the creation of further public art reminders of the huge impact the piece has had in the area.”

Ten Years of Another Place will be open daily at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre from 9am to 5pm.