COoL Projects

COoL work on a variety of collaborative projects and are open to collaborate with other organisations.  GET IN TOUCH TO DISCUSS A COLLABORATION!


Shift Liverpool is a sustainability network for cultural organisations in the Liverpool City Region, convened by Metal Liverpool.

Since 2021, Shift has been working to; engage arts organisations in driving down the sector’s carbon emissions, promote environmentally friendly practices in operations and programmes, and to raise awareness about broader climate issues for everyone who takes part in culture. It is a network of over 60 arts and culture organisations that convene regularly to exchange knowledge, share practice and invite experts from various sectors to talk about their environmental work. We collectively share the aim of Liverpool City Region reaching Net Zero by 2040.

COoL Creates- International Youth Day

The first COoL Creates public showcase day took place in August 2018, in Liverpool ONE for International Youth Day. Four COoL members; dot art, Open Culture, The Windows Project and Hope Street Ltd teamed together to showcase unique projects they had been working on with young people across the city in poetry, art, music and street theatre, a fantastic celebration of talented young people.

COoL- 1919 Race Riots

A COoL collaborative project with First Take, Writing on the Wall, Tmesis Theatre and Pagoda Arts for Black History Month that explored Liverpool’s 1919 Race Riots and the tragic death of Charles Wotten.

We worked together to create a series of films for an AR trail across the city and then created live performance for an animated Walking Tour that brought the tragic events to life at the locations where it took place across the city.

COoL Black History Month Festival

Five COoL organisations worked together successfully in partnership to deliver a Black History Month Festival for 2019 to mark the centenary of the 1919 Liverpool Race Riots.

The organisation involved were: Writing on the Wall, First Take, Tmesis Theatre, Pagoda Arts and the Liverpool Irish Festival.

The festival managed to provide audiences with a range of activities that considered the history and heritage of black communities nationally but particularly in Liverpool and their legacy within the city.

We did this through a number of collaborative events:

  • Curated by LIF, a day of 3 story-releasing sessions led by Black, Chinese and Irish leaders reaching 64 participants.
  • Animated Walking tours from WoW with performance from Tmesis Theatre, bringing the history of the 1919 Race Riots in Liverpool to life, following the tragic journey of Charles Wotten.
  • An AR trail created by First Take with soundtrack from pagoda Arts: A poignant and moving retelling of the 1919 Race Riots in Liverpool, on the streets where it took place. Audience could visit the Augmented Reality (AR) trail and find the signs on the streets that were brought to life using a mobile device
  • A series of talks and events curated by Writing on the Wall including:
    • BlackFest Celebration
    • Rioting – A Class Act? the Guardian Editor-at-Large journalist and broadcaster, Gary Younge investigated the nature of riots.

Watch the festival highlights here

COoL Creates- Building Blocks to Freedom

Building Blocks to Freedom (2018) explored messages of togetherness, hope and inclusivity by building stories and experiences around the thoughts, ideas and hopes of our communities for the society and identity they wish to build for themselves and each other.

It culminated in a day of performance, by the ‘Wall’ from COoL members Writing on the Wall, Luma Creations and Tmesis Theatre in Liverpool City Centre.