Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story

A Department Story is a multi-faceted project based around the photographs of Lewis’s Fifth Floor by Liverpool based artist Stephen King. 

The fifth floor closed to the public in the 1980s but still houses a 1950s restaurant and a 1970s hair salon. Although in a state of disrepair the rooms are as they were.

Neutral Spoon has developed the project with partners Vergo Retail, Liverpool University Press, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and National Museums Liverpool.

This project aims to:
-	Produce high quality commissions, 
-	Support artist development, 
-	Encourage community engagement
-	Create a platform for historical and locally significant subject matter,
-	Encourage partnership working between organisations in Liverpool.

King has produced a series of still lives of the fifth floor of Lewis’s Department Store, and a series of portraits of employees and ex-employees of the fifth floor. 

Neutral Spoon commissioned artist Jackie Passmore to create a film that documents the life of the fifth floor from early 1950’s to present day, working with the ex-employees and current employees of the store. Jackie worked alongside Stephen King and Radio Merseyside presenter Claire Hamilton to create the film. 

A project website is being developed by project partner FACT and will serve as a platform to tell stories related to Lewis’s and allow the wider public to engage and participate in sharing these memories. 

A newly commissioned photography publication developed as part of this project and will be launched by Liverpool University Press at the end of 2009.

The photographs, film and website will be exhibited as a full collection at the National Conservation Centre from February 2010 to August 2010. 

Image (C) Stephen King