Assembling Dialogues. March/April 2019


Arabic coffee   (Assembling Dialogues photo credits, unless otherwise stated: Kia Aria)


Assembling Dialogues was a multisensory installation curated by Claire Hickey and Emily Warner in collaboration with artist Kaye Winwood (taste) and Dr Jieling Xiao (smell) with sound by Will Taylor and Remi Andrews. The installation layered and assembled images, tactile objects, taste, smells and the sounds of conversations between the artists and residents, and the background environment. These multisensory materials were gathered, made, documented and recorded during the walks with residents led by Claire Hickey and Emily Warner in October, or were in response to the conversations that took place during the walks (part of the ‘Dialogues’ phase).

Assembling Dialogue events took place in March at Edgbaston Community Centre and St Thomas Nursery Centre in March where residents explored and interacted with the installation.

At the previous ‘Dialogues’ session with parents at St Thomas Nursery Centre, food, drink and hospitality was talked about as a celebration of cultural heritage and was integral to their experience of living in Lee Bank. The parents shared their coffees, teas and light snacks as part of the Assembling Dialogues event.

In April, Presenting Dialogues brought artists, housing professionals, planners and sustainability and public health professionals together to experience Assembling Dialogues and discuss how the project could contribute to wider regeneration practice and policy. The event took place at STEAMhouse, Birmingham.


Fries and ketchup
Toast and rose petal jam.
Eritrean Coffee
Thick banana milkshake

image credit: Kia Aria
Re:connections – Presenting Dialogues April 2019 at STEAMhouse (photo credit: Jenny Peevers)

Re:connections : Assembling Dialogues

Re:connections : Assembling Dialogues

Residents of Lee Bank/Park Central are invited to:

Re:connections : Assembling Dialogues

Assembling Dialogues is a multitude of multi-sensory connections to Lee Bank assembled in one room gathered from a series of artist-led walks that took place with residents.

25th March 1- 3pm at:
Edgbaston Community Centre, Woodview Drive, B15 2HU

29th March 9.30 – 11.30am at:
St Thomas’s Children’s Centre, Bell Barn Road, B15 2AF

To book a place contact Jenny Peevers:

(places are limited)

Oct ’18 – March ’19 – Re:connections (part II)

We are delighted to be back in the Lee Bank/Park Central area for Re:connections (part II), our creative place-making project exploring how dialogical arts can be a way of capturing our sensory connections with where we live.

The project is supported by Birmingham City Council through Culture On Our Doorstep funding, and we are grateful to Edgbaston Community Centre for their amazing support

Activities will start with a series of artist led walks around the Lee Bank/Park Central area