The Lively Project – Material Objects on the Journey of Life

The idea for The Lively Project came after reading ‘Ammonites and leaping fish: a life in time’, by Penelope Lively. In that book, Penelope Lively highlights six treasured possession which reflect who she is and where she has been. We are running a pilot project in Northern Ireland based on these ideas.  Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the project ran from July 2016 to January 2017.


Livelybook Six participants were asked to:


  • have a face-to-face conversation with a researcher about the objects which mean most to them;
  • take part in a one-day workshop with visual artist Gemma Hodge, to photograph, draw or make a cast of one of the objects;
  • participate in an exhibition of the participants’ and the artist’s work.

The Lively team are:


The exhibition took place in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast and the launch event was held on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

For more information, visit the Lively Project WordPress site.