PROJECT OVERVIEW

 

Robert Tressell / Robert P. Noonan

 (17 April 1870 – 3 February 1911) is buried in the cemetery at Rice Lane Farm, Liverpool. He is famous for his novel “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” which has been seen as an important document in the development of socialism in the UK, describing the predicament of ordinary working people in England at the start of the twentieth century.

 

 

The starting point of this research is to trace the historical path of Tressell and collect elements from his world, journeying though time and space -  from local archives and historical documents.. These elements will inform a series of art works and films. The art will explore events that reveal time and place relevant to  his life and work as writer, tradesman, painter/decorator, father, trade-union representative, designer.