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 Layering historical references, maps and site plans, with snippets of conversation, and illustrated observations, they are inviting members of the public to engage physically in-situ.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.
Re:connections is an arts project taking place in the Lee Bank/Park Central area of Birmingham. Five artists (from sound, visual arts, photography and poetry) will explore residents emotional connections to where they live and produce art works that tell us something new about the area.
There will be a pop-up exhibition of art works on Saturday 15th July, 12 – 3pm (venue to be confirmed)
It’s free and all ages welcome
Details of all artists sessions and events will be posted here. Get in touch and get involved!