Rice Lane Urban Farm was established in 1978 during a period of similar economic disturbance.  It contributed to a movement seeking to reconnect urban lives to the environment, and for the enjoyment and benefit of working class communities.   It is located in Walton, north Liverpool, which suffers from high economic deprivation and yet the site is rich in so many other ways.  It is the final resting place of Robert Tressell author of The Ragged Legged Philanthropist, the book responsible for kickstarting the socialist movement in England.  The unique topography also contains a Grade II listed former church and is bordered by a hospital and HMP Liverpool.  There is a long history of community activism and a passion for empowering local residents.  Bringing artists’ to explore the multi-layered history of the site, and the contemporary social, political and environmental issues is a common goal of the partnership.


The remaining artist is selected via open call out via an, ixia and arts jobs.  We also use desk-based research e.g. Axis and use our professional contacts to identify potential artists.  Andrea Hawkins, Patricia Mackinnon Day and Maria Hornsby will appoint the artist using the artists’ brief as criteria. The process is designed to develop Rice Lane Farm’s arts sector knowledge and experience in commissioning artists for the future.