'Unemployment on Merseyside' painting at the People's Centre

6 August 2007 to August 2009

Painting featuring many scenes on the theme of unemployment, as described in the text

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Museum of Liverpool on the road

Part of the 'on the road' programme, which toured objects to different locations while the Museum of Liverpool was constructed. It is now on display in The People's Republic gallery at the museum.

Object: 'Unemployment on Merseyside – Campaigning for the Right to Work' by Mike Jones, 1993

Accession number MLL.2006.26

This painting depicts the effects of unemployment and the ways in which Liverpool people have actively campaigned for the right to work over time.

Hunger marches of the 1920s and the People’s Marches for Jobs in the 1980s are shown alongside the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployment Resource Centre, and training and employment initiatives like the Technology Centre for Women at Blackburn House and the Eldonian Garden Market.

In the foreground you can see young unemployed people, one who is burning papers about job losses and the recession.

The artist Mike Jones describes how:

“...the boy is gazing into the future, the smoke going up behind him transforming into a woman training at Blackburn House, giving a sense of optimism, which is supported by the figures of two children marching forward out of the picture from the Give Us a Future Campaign”.

People’s Centres funded by contributions from employed workers through initiatives such as the One Fund for All (OFFA) continue to work to combat unemployment, poverty and social exclusion today.

Former location: The People's Centre

50-54 Mount Pleasant , Liverpool, L3 5SD