The Baltic Triangle

Updated 22nd February,2013

Things are going well down in the Baltic area of Liverpool, around Jamaica Street. It’s taken a while.

Once an area of worn down warehouses and workshops it’s been enthusiastically talked up as the coming creative hub of the city for some years now. A relatively low rent area with non-listed, non-precious buildings where creative industries and artists would be free to experiment and create the future of their own enterprises and, indeed, the future of the city.

Well, it’s happening. Some critical mass point has been reached and today we felt like we were walking around in someone’s vision.

Down the hill from the Cathedral, the Baltic Triangle.

Down the hill from the Cathedral, the Baltic Triangle.

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The creative industries have indeed moved in.

We were so delighted to see it taking off it made us hungry. So we went for our lunch to a place we’d never noticed before, opened four months ago apparently.

Unit 51 Coffee Shop in Baltic Creative.

Unit 51 Coffee Shop in Baltic Creative.

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Simple, spacious, tasty, friendly - great.

Simple, spacious, tasty, friendly – great.

The room on the left was obviously some kind of meeting room and I was joking with Sarah about David Parrish being in there ‘running one of his creative enterprise days’ when out he came, doing exactly that!

With David Parrish, friend, adviser and author of T-Shirts & Suits.

With David Parrish, friend, adviser and author of T-Shirts & Suits.

We met other friends and Twitter acquaintances, Jayne MacNeil, Street Photographer and David Lloyd from Sevenstreets, and felt very much at home. So we had a nose around Baltic Creative.

Comfortable work and conversation places.

Comfortable work and conversation places.

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And sheds!

And sheds!

These are let out by Baltic Creative as low rent studios. And showing us and others around, the inhabitant of one of the studios, our friend and Liverpool artist and poet, Clare Campbell.Baltic17

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Anyone who knows Clare won’t be even slightly surprised to see what her studio looks like, now she’s been in there a few months.Baltic18 Baltic19 Baltic20 Baltic21

Magical, glittery, golden, female artist, Clare Campbell.

Magical, glittery, golden, female artist, Clare Campbell.

Yes, this and other lovely spaces like it could be just what your mobile, creative enterprise is looking for.

Yes, this and other lovely spaces like it could be just what your mobile, creative enterprise is looking for.

And no one paid me to say that, by the way. We were very impressed.

DSC04110Not all of the buildings in the Triangle lend themselves to such dramatic and, I’m guessing, relatively cheap transformation. But who knows what might be possible as the area gathers pace and possibilities now.

While we were down there though, we went to have a look at a rumour I’d picked up. That the lovely mural on the Picket, painted by real Belfast mural artists, had gone.

This lovely creation.

This lovely creation.

Has indeed been painted over this week.

Has indeed been painted over this week.

Only a bit of it left on the shutter door.

Only a bit of it left on the shutter door.

Tiny remnants under the black paint.

Tiny remnants under the black paint.

The Picket today.

The Picket today.

We asked around. People said there are still bands on in the evenings. And we saw a girl and her mother going in for a dance class. So we hope there’s still a future for the Picket. Especially now the whole area’s taking off.

Because these young skateboarders are going to need somewhere to play their first gig, when some of them form a band in the next couple of years.

Because these young skateboarders are going to need somewhere to play their first gig, when some of them form a band in the next couple of years.

Update

Jayne Casey, who is a Picket Board member, has now explained that the mural has been painted over as new fire doors are soon to be fitted and the mural was, in any case, only intended to be temporary.

“As part of its development The Picket will be used in the daytime as a base for city music promoters.

Jayne said the changes would secure the future of The Picket’s youth slots, held on a Friday and Saturday for young people.

She said: “We have 2,000 young people through the doors every month and that is what The Picket is all about.”

4 thoughts on “The Baltic Triangle

  1. Jackie O'Carroll

    Thanks Ronnie, another great piece. I have been going down to Jamaica street for a few months now. I don’t see anything about Camp & Furnace? if you didn’t visit – go, and enjoy the log fire

    Reply

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