Liverpool’s Granby Workshop Creates Objects with Local Makers

The winner of the UK’s Turner Prize, awarded each year to a British artist under 50, won’t be announced until December 7. But the four shortlisted nominees are already winners, in a sense, receiving not only £5,000 but public recognition and a place in the Prize’s annual exhibition, currently on view at the Tramway art space in Glasgow. That’s where the London-based art and architecture collective Assemble has debuted the results of its new initiative the Granby Workshop, a crowdfunded product line aimed at fostering a “community-led rebuilding of a Liverpool neighborhood following years of dereliction.”

The workshop trains and employs locals from Granby to hand-fabricate the objects in its collection, while also making sure that each item has a process that allows for a bit of chance and creativity, giving its burgeoning artisans the opportunity to make their own mark on their work. Check out the Granby Workshop’s first series of housewares below, then support the project by pre-ordering them for delivery in the spring of 2016. And rooting for the Turner win, of course.
Granby Rock Bookend Granby Rock Table 2
Granby_Block printed fabric- Tile Print 2
Granby_Fired Furniture 2
Granby_Cut Out Tiles 2
Image copyright Assemble / Lewis Jones 2015
Granby_Block Printed Fabric Chair
Granby_Marbled Light shades 8 GW Granby Rock Lights1062

Granby Workshop @ Turner Prize Exhibition 2015
GW Workshop Furniture 12
Granby Rock Trivet 1