Ever wondered what happens on the periphery of the local High Street? What goes on in those small shops, hair salons, and cobblers that serve the community and survive against the fierce competition of national and international megastores?
Oxton Road is one such periphery. It connects the homogenous High Street and indoor Shopping Arcades of Birkenhead with the lush heights of Oxton Village. Alternator Studio, located at the top end of Oxton Road, considers this street as a great place to start thinking about issues around site and identity. Oxton Road is full of independent shops and small-scale businesses and artefacts, from model ships to parrot cages, from brooms and light fittings to exotic fruits, and from international hair studios to world food shops.
Over the past few months, three international artists, Haleh Jamali, Harold Offeh and Jeff Young, have been the guests of three independent shops on Oxton Road and the adjacent Borough Road.
They have been listening, filming, photographing and traveling with their hosts into the personal and professional lives of the shop owners and their clients. They collected stories about all the mended shoes that were never picked up, the roasted chestnuts, the riots and Audrey Hepburn and have translated these creatively into new artworks that will be presented in the shops on Saturday 5th March 2016, 10.30am- 5.00pm.