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
Artworks were exhibited at the AHRA International Architecture Conference: Architecture and the City, Birmingham City University
An event took place in Moonlit Park on 15thJuly where the artists shared artworks with residents and users of the park. Artworks were created in response to the artists conversations with residents about their connections to the area.
Justin Wiggan is a sound artist. He will be talking to residents about the sounds they remember from the past, sounds they notice in the area now, and sounds they would like to hear more of. He will then create a sound piece that will be installed around Sunset and Moonlit Parks on 15th July 2017. We will keep you updated!
Jess May Davies is interested in using creative writing as a platform to provide power and insight into the viewpoints of other people. The UK’s spoken word scene is constantly evolving and making room for more voices, with it’s consistently growing community. She will be spending time in the Lee Bank, getting to know the residents there and providing the foundations for them to say what it is that they themselves actually want to say about the area.
Jess will be engaging young families at St. Thomas’s Children’s Centre and groups at Edgbaston Community Centre.
We are Birmingham based artists Claire Hickey and Emily Warner, who work in collaboration to produce self and site responsive artworks using performance, film, collections and multiples, printed media, and sculptural objects. We work across diverse public platforms, creating live spaces and performative sites for public interaction. Using socially engaged practice and action-research methods that fuse historical, social and cultural references, we establish alternative narratives about people and place. Make/Shift/Space is our recent venture supported by Arts Council England and mac Birmingham. The mobile structure acts as a studio, workshop and gallery space; connecting the mechanics of everyday space with the process of artistic production, giving visibility to the work that artists do.
For Re:Connections H&W are turning the MSS structure into a live feed, which will act as a tangible collection of material generated from their interactions with the LEEBANK site. Layering historical references, maps and site plans, with snippets of conversation, and illustrated observations, they are inviting members of the public to engage physically in-situ. For the first half of their time spent on the LEEBANK site, they will be collating material using hand-drawn illustrations, manipulated clay objects and information updates on social media platforms. This will form the basis of the design of further small-scale structures that will invite participants to deposit further layers of responses in a sculptural site-specific way.
The artist duo Hickey+Warner will be in Moonlit Park with their portable structure Make/Shift/Space on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June, from 11 – 3pm.