Artists in lockdown interviews – Summer 2020
I’ve been chatting to artists about their practice and their experiences of lockdown. The aim of this series is to explore ways of working and the challenges of working as a freelance artist at this time, as well as providing food for thought and inspiration.
This work has been possible thank you to support from Arts Council England and National Lottery Players through Arts Council’s Emergency Fund. You can read the interviews via my Blog.
The Represent project – project evaluator
‘Represent’ is a heritage project using creative ways of engagement to explore the impact and legacy in Birmingham of the ‘Representation of the People Act’ of 1918. It looks at the radical impact this has had on political representation, campaigning and the development of civic life in the city. The project was created by the People’s Heritage Cooperative to address a missing area of community history and they have worked with two community groups, in Edgbaston and Handsworth using historical materials and creative processes to trigger discussion and debate about the past and the present.
The team are using a reflective approach that is participatory, inclusive and responsive to discover the best ways to uncover the experiences and views of local people. Represent is a National Lottery Heritage Fund project, examining these questions through archival research, co-learning and creative responses with community participants. It is supported by The Active Wellbeing Society and the Library of Birmingham’s Archives and Collections service. You can find out more via their website.
The Boundary Way Project – funding award Summer 2020
The Boundary Way Project has received emergency funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to sustain our project during the coming months. We’ll be consulting with site users, long time supporters and new audiences to plan and develop projects to sustain our future. For more information about the project click here. For the latest news follow the project blog here.
Magnifying Mushrooms at Boundary Way 2019
Magnifying Mushrooms explored the importance of and beauty of fungi with support from funding from Grow Wild and an Open Access Award from Creative Black Country. The Boundary Way Project worked with artists, makers, scientists and plant experts to learn more about fungi species, interrelationships in nature and the Wood Wide Web. A programme of art and nature activities included nature connection sessions with herbalist Maria Billington, textiles inspired by the Wood Wide Web with Elise Stewart, fungi inspired folklore with Anne Marie Lagram and much more. The project was delivered in conjunction with community partners including West Park Primary School, Penn Fields Special School and the Wolverhampton branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild. It’s led to an ongoing exploration of fungi at Boundary Way and beyond.