The Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) space in Longbridge Town Centre is now open to the public and a series of events over coming weeks hope to bring together the community to share, experience and create.
And this Saturday (22nd March) sees the first community art event taking place at the space.
Between 12-5pm, you can visit the space and join Redhawk Logistica in creating a large-scale collaborative collage reflecting different aspects of Longbridge, it’s social history and the car factory – one of a number created at workshops locally which will soon be on display in the public art space. Redhawk Logistica also invite you to bring along your own photos, clippings and memorabilia to be scanned or copied – they may become part of the art!
In addition, between 11am-3pm, local residents and historians John Baker and Keith Woodfield will be talking to visitors about the history of Longbridge.
There will also be a chance to view a large scale architectural model of the old factory site in Longbridge.
Supported by St Modwen, LPAP|Space has been set up in a retail unit next to Costa Coffee on the High Street and is expected to evolve as it is used by the nine resident artists on the project and the community as part of LPAP.
Birmingham based EC Arts are leading the LPAP project over the next few months, in partnership with Bournville College, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University and St. Modwen
Claire Farrell, Art Director at EC Arts, said: “The project space is open to all and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and talk with the artists. We would love
people to share their stories about Longbridge, Northfield and the surrounding areas.
“We are exploring who, what and where is Longbridge, to help create a sense of identity for the area and, through a number of different events, workshops and discussions we hope to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.”
Andrea Bolton, Property Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are delighted to be working with EC Arts. The project space is a great opportunity for local people to get involved with community art, ranging from craft projects such as the large-scale collage, to story-telling and delving into the local archives.
“As the developer behind the regeneration of Longbridge town centre, we will be working with the nine artists in residence to assist us with our own placemaking efforts, helping to create a sense of identity for the area.”
The project space is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 6pm. For more information and news on upcoming events visit www.lpap.co.uk or www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk/life. Alternatively, join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook (@longbridgelife / Longbridge Life).
There are a number of ways you can be a part of the project: from volunteering, to sharing your stories, old photos, memories, attending workshops, photo walks, guided tours, and supper clubs.
Visit the LPAP|Space, 20 High Street, Longbridge B31 2TW Open Weds-Sat 10.30am – 6pm
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