Longbridge Heritage Map Unveiling by Claire Farrell

Friday the 16th November saw the unveiling of the ‘Longbridge Heritage Map’ created by John Baker a former Longbridge worker and passionate archivist & historian of the factory. The map will stay in Longbridge permanently, John's aims were for it to celebrate, to remember and to inform the next generation about the incredible history that has come to pass in Longbridge.

"As an Austin Apprentice from 1958, Longbridge was my home for nearly 40 years. It was a very sad day for the community when the factory closed. I was passionate about reminding people how well the Austin served us both in war and peace time.” - John Baker.

2 other new permanent art works were also launched created by FAMED & Stephen Burke. FAMED have created a light text artwork located in front of The Cambridge pub titled 'We Resemble Our Times More Than We Resemble Our Parents'. Stephen Burke's work titled 'This is The Spot' is a digital site-specific museum, six red heritage plaques designed by the artist physically demarcate different areas of the former car factory. The plaques have QR codes embedded to enable access via smart devices to real time photographic archives of the area that the viewer is stood in.

For a PDF leaflet including a hand drawn map as a guide for the artworks that are dotted around Longbridge and we’re produced as part of LPAP click here.

Thanks again for all the support over the years to help the artists create work in response to the rich heritage of Longbridge.

Longbridge Public Art Project March Newsletter by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Public Art Project March Newsletter

Read about all of our upcoming events and exhibitions as part of LPAP here including:

The Kipper & The Corpse exhibition by Stuart Whipps
LPAP | SPACE, 9th March - 21st April, Thurs - Sat, 11am - 4pm 

Free family friendly workshops with Redhawk Logistica
LPAP | SPACE, 18th March, 11am - 4pm

Friends of Longbridge Train Station, Community Garden
Longbridge Train Station, 16th and 30th March, 10am - Noon

For more information visit www.LPAP.co.uk

The Kipper & The Corpse by Stuart Whipps, text by Anneka French by Claire Farrell

The Kipper & The Corpse by Stuart Whipps
Text by Anneka French

Stuart Whipps first made work in Longbridge in 2004 while he was studying for a degree in photography at the University of Wolverhampton. He graduated in 2005 and began comprehensively photographing the Longbridge plant following its closure and the loss of 6,500 jobs. His photographs were awarded the Observer Hodge Award in 2006 and this facilitated a trip to China to continue the work. The tools, tracks and intellectual property rights were purchased from Longbridge by the Chinese carmaker Nanjing Automotive and in 2007 Whipps travelled to the new factory in Nanjing to document the site, the workers and the first cars coming off the production line. A selection of photographs from Longbridge and Nanjing were exhibited and published in 2008.

Since 2014 Whipps has been an artist in residence with the Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP). During this time, the area has been developing from a brown field site into a new town centre with large scale retail, leisure and education facilities. His work for LPAP builds on the legacy of his earlier research through a number of different projects. Conversations with former plant employees and local residents have been vital to the research process and have resulted in a number of public events. These include an open day at Greenlands Select Social Club as well as public discussions about the history of the plant.

One of the largest projects Whipps has undertaken is the restoration of a 1275GT Mini made in Longbridge in 1979. This has been possible with the help of several ex-employees from the plant including Keith Woodfield. Many of the processes of stripping down and replacing or repairing the parts were initially viewable for twelve months in a glass-fronted cabin-come-workshop in the carpark of Bournville College. The car was also exhibited in various galleries across the country as part of Whipps’ participation in the touring British Art Show exhibition. The (dis)assembly of the Mini provides an echo of the changes experienced by Longbridge itself. The display of the car in various states of repair highlights the significance of this part of British manufacturing heritage to a wider audience. For instance, Whipps’ participation in the Staffordshire Mini Fair via an exhibition of the car’s shell has been a further catalyst to develop dialogue with different groups of people.

Archival research has been crucial to Whipps’ working practice. With a desire to understand some of the reasons for the closure of the plant, Whipps began collecting material connected to the factory from 1979, the same year he was born. That year was also a pivotal time for the UK and for Longbridge. Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister in May 1979 and in November came the sacking of the talismanic communist union convener Derrick (red Robbo) Robinson at Longbridge. Whipps has photographed some of the car parts from the Mini with newspaper cartoons about British Leyland in the background. In 1979 alone there were nineteen cartoons in the national press that referenced British Leyland. Looking back now, they serve as a shocking reminder of the negative depiction of workers in the national media in the 1970s. The intention in representing them here at Longbridge in 2017 is to think about the nuanced way that political and social ideologies are formed and the real-world consequences these have. In many ways a newspaper cartoon can tell us more about society than a front page headline.

The title of the exhibition, The Kipper and the Corpse, comes from a Fawlty Towers episode first broadcast in 1979. Amongst the usual calamitous affairs of Basil Fawlty comes a rant in response to a strike at British Leyland. His words continue to resonate with labour conditions in the UK and in many other places. Fawlty attempts to wake a dead man for breakfast in his hotel room and says:

Another car strike. Marvelous, isn't it? The taxpayers pay them millions each year, they get the money, go on strike. It's called socialism. I mean if they don't like making cars, why don't they get themselves another bloody job - designing cathedrals or composing viola concertos? The British Leyland Concerto – in four movements, all of them slow, with a four-hour tea-break in between. I'll tell you why, 'cos they're not interested in anything except lounging about on conveyor belts stuffing themselves with my money.

Whipps describes the photographing of individual car parts as a kind of ‘forensic examination’ of the car. The coloured backdrops to some of the photographs are informed by a research effort to identify the name of every paint colour that has been produced at Longbridge. For the 2016 Longbridge Light Festival, Whipps used this research to make an audio installation ‘Longbridge Colours: Sound’. This listed the colour names in voices local to the area within the tunnel of the A38 bridge. The tunnel is the future location for a number of permanently-sited artworks Whipps has designed that will enhance this new public gateway for pedestrians and cyclists in Longbridge’s town centre. Whipps’ designs will incorporate elements of Longbridge’s past in permanent public artworks close to the site of the glass cabin and these will be installed and opened later in 2017.

Longbridge Mass Observation by Sarah Taylor Silverwood, Text by Anneka French by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Mass Observation
by Sarah Taylor Silverwood, text by Anneka French

Sarah Taylor Silverwood, LPAP artist in residence, began her ‘Longbridge Mass Observation’ project through observing and recording the everyday comings and goings of Longbridge. Drawings, texts, songs and other pieces of information recorded by both Sarah and a diverse range of local residents now make up what might be called a living archive of and for Longbridge.

While Sarah’s project is a snapshot of this moment in time, ‘Longbridge Mass Observation’ directly references Mass Observation (MO), a social research organisation established in Britain in the 1930s. The organisation carried out a pioneering study of the everyday lives of people using original techniques and collected data via categories such as ‘the private lives of midwives’ and ‘shouts and gestures of motorists’. Its recorders were ordinary citizens who volunteered, empowered by the permission to study and sometimes be critical of their own communities. The study was democratic. Its inherent subjectivity made the data highly valuable but it was inconsistent and difficult to analyse. Sarah was interested in this aspect of MO, so aimed to focus on the importance of process and collaboration rather than creating something that could be used for data mining.

Sarah has taken a number of key themes from the original MO and has developed a blueprint for data collection in Longbridge in the shape of a paper worksheet on which people can collect personal observations across twenty-four categories. These include ‘cooking’, ‘fearing’, ‘working’, ‘politics’ and ‘happiness’ which have elicited a range of fascinating and creative responses. She has utilised a variety of other data collection methodologies, gathering opinions, reflections, ideas and facts from members of the public, Turves Green Girls’ School pupils, users of Frankley Plus Children’s Centre and students from Longbridge College among others. These have been facilitated by questions and invitations positioned in newspapers, on beer mats, on social media, on portable wooden structures at Longbridge Light Festival, other community events and a host of other sites. One day diary entries have been produced with young people and children in particular, opening out possibilities for considering the personal experience of recording thoughts with pen and paper for community members more familiar with digital correspondence. These methodologies have been means to begin conversations about Longbridge with its own residents.

The project, developed from an initial micro-residency last summer, has since gathered incredible momentum and has grown into what Sarah describes as an expanded archive. It is currently available to access publicly both online at LMO2016.tumblr.com and via a temporary exhibition in the LPAP | Space. The physical exhibition comprises six black archive boxes of the collected documents, an index and a live soundtrack of songs that visitors can customise by selecting their favourite record, digital file, CD or cassette tape to play to activate the archive of music. These elements of the archive are accompanied by stools and tablecloths that display the symbols used as starting points for the categorisation of information, a series of small framed drawings of people in Longbridge by made by Sarah and larger wall drawings of pedestrians that return the subjects almost to their original human-scale. The exhibition is marked by Sarah’s distinctive, clean and precise drawing aesthetic, using her handwriting as well as printed texts to pull out key aspects of the project’s development and outcomes. ‘Longbridge Mass Observation’ considers what Longbridge might be at this present moment.

Text by Anneka French

Longbridge Public Art Project (2012-2017) is a project by WERK

Longbridge Public Art Project February Newsletter by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Public Art Project February Newsletter

Read all about upcoming exhibitions, workshops and events happening as part of the Longbridge Public Art Project here

Key dates
Longbridge Mass Observation 2017, Exhibition by Sarah Taylor Silverwood
2nd February until 25th February 2017 | Open Thursdays to Saturday | 11am - 4pm | LPAP SPACE

Remembering Longbridge Workshop
13th & 20th February | 11am - 12.30pm | Longbridge Extra Care, Austin Avenue Longbridge, Birmingham, B45 8TD

Longbridge Train Station Friends Group, Community Meeting
18th February 11:30am - 3pm | LPAP SPACE, College Street, Longbridge, Birmingham, B31 2US

Longbridge Public Art Project 2016 Newsletter by Claire Farrell

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from WERK!

We would like to thank everyone for supporting, participating and inspiring Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) and the artists throughout 2016!
We are delighted with the success of the second and final Longbridge Light Festival attracting 6000 visitors as part of the long-term Longbridge Public Art Project. Longbridge Town Centre was transformed by over 35 artists, through temporary and permanent light and art works, performances, pop up theatre, making workshops and a nighttime market.
The project is drawing to a close in 2017 with three new permanent public artworks due to be completed and installed that have been created to celebrate the past, present and future of Longbridge. We also have a a jam packed winter-spring programme beginning in January that will include a number of exciting exhibitions, events, talks and workshops taking place at the LPAP SPACE. In addition to this work at Longbridge train station will culminate with a temporary artwork by artist Cathy Wade in the New Year, and more public meetings with the ambition to establish an adopt a station group to continue planting and community activities at the station in the future. 

We are delighted with the success of the recent community led events taking place in Longbridge Town Centre by LPAP’s initiative Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS). FLOS consists of representatives from the community and Longbridge businesses, it was set up in early 2016 to work closely in partnership with St. Modwen to explore how community led events could take place in the town centre post LPAP and the Longbridge Light Festivals. Watch this space for more FLOS news in 2017!

We hope that you have a happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events in 2017! 

To read the full newsletter please click here.

'Longbridge Street Signs' permanent art work by Luke Perry by Claire Farrell

'Longbridge Street Signs' permanent art work by Luke Perry

Longbridge Public Art Project artist-in-residence Luke Perry developed and installed a series of steel road signs within the Longbridge area for LPAP. The words on each sign are phrases taken from conversations with numerous former plant workers. The street signs reflect the thoughts, experiences and emotions of how people feel about Longbridge. One sign reads ‘I slept to the sound of the hammers’ – a particularly evocative statement about the audible and emotional reach of the plant. The signs are currently being re-made and will be launched as part of LLF. In a subversion of typical informative and factual street signs, they offer a more personal and reflective approach to orienting oneself around Longbridge.

Perry’s long family history of skilled industrial manufacture can be discerned in all the work he makes. Perry’s primary research concern is not in the cars produced in Longbridge during the existence of the plant, but its working population – a community entirely dominated by the factory, that has the factory in its very being. 


'Star Map' and 'Lighting and Planting Scheme' permanent art works by Cathy Wade by Claire Farrell

'Star Map' and 'Lighting and Plating Scheme' permanent art works by Cathy Wade

Cathy Wade has been a Longbridge Public Art Project artist-in-residence since 2013. Wade’s ‘Star Map’ is a visualisation of the night sky over Longbridge at the time of Lord Austin’s visit to select the site for the car plant. Constructed from stainless steel, with constellations cut through to reveal points of light, this is a monument to an auspicious moment. ‘Star Map’ echoes the flux, energy and power of machinery within the sky above us. 

Working closely with St. Modwen the artist has created a permanent lighting and planting scheme that has transformed a hard-landscaped space into one that can be explored. This is a work of art with a practical and social function that will subtly alter according to season. It is not a fixed monument but one with the capacity to mature, adapt and literally take root in its selected ground. The work is part of the artists ongoing LPAP residency, for more information please visit www.lpap.co.uk


'The Wall', Permanent art work by Dan Newso and Turves Green Girls School by Claire Farrell

'The Wall', Permanent art work by Dan Newso and Turves Green Girls School

'The Wall' is a Turves Green Girls School public art project supported by WERK as part of Longbridge Public Art Project. The mural was designed by artist Dan Newso in collaboration with students and is inspired by Longbridge’s rich industrial past and ideas of its bright future. Images of mechanical parts taken from car engines, are used to show that every person plays a part in keeping this community going and each person is as important as the next. It is hoped that this is the first instalment of three, completing the length of the wall in 2017.

Projects such as Dan Newso’s are key to WERK's ongoing collaborations with local individuals, organisations and groups, enabling them to make, learn and develop projects within their community alongside artists.


'Thousand Trades' permanent art work by Industry of The Ordinary for Greenlands Select Social Club by Claire Farrell

'Thousand Trades' permanent art work by Industry of The Ordinary for Greenlands Select Social Club

Chicago based artists Industry of The Ordinary were invited by WERK in March 2016 to develop a permanent artwork for Greenlands Select Social Club in Longbridge.  

The artists worked with the committee and club members at the club develop a permanent art work titled ‘Thousand Trades’. This title comes from the central role Birmingham played in the Industrial Revolution and the plethora of trades that were once present in the city. Greenlands represents a living monument to the history of the region in this regard, as many tradespeople have passed through its doors over the decades.

The artist's researched nearly 3,000 club member’s names that have been engraved on two new doors that, replacing the old entrance and exit doors at the club.

This work pays tribute to the concept of social club members, the camaraderie, unions and unity of a wealth of skills, craftsmanship and tenacity that enabled the clubs independent existence. This is a story that is echoed across the UK, social clubs have been significant contributors to the fabric of society for decades, some are declining, but all are defiant. 

As part of the artists research they undertook a series of recorded interviews with members of the club you can listen to the recordings here.


Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces by Claire Farrell

Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces

The Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS) project has been facilitated by WERK as part of Longbridge Public Art Project and supported by St. Modwen the the developers of Longbridge.

FLOS has been developed to help support the ongoing programming of events and activities taking place in Longbridge Town Centre, providing a platform for community groups to create and put on their own events.

If you would like to find out more information about FLOS please email info@WERK.org.uk

Longbridge Light Festival 2016, The shadow Factory by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Light Festival 2016, The Shadow Factory

2016's Longbridge Light Festival attracted an audience of 6,000 people, attending the one night event to explore temporary and permanent artworks illuminating the outdoor spaces and unusual venues across Longbridge Town Centre. 

The festival included a community parade with over 150 people taking part, pop up theatre, performances by young people, community groups and participatory workshops and activities for all ages, as well as a market full of award-winning street food and crafts stalls! 

Artists based in Birmingham, London, Liverpool, America, Spain and Germany created and presented a series of light and art installations across the town centre in response to Longbridge and the festival theme 'Shadow Factory'. This theme was a historical reference to the nationwide Shadow Factory Scheme developed to aid production for the Second World War. Part of the Longbridge Car Factory was said to have been painted to resemble terraced houses and streetscapes from the air by local artists, and the scheme was led by Lord Austin, founder of the Austin Motor Company.

For more information about the festival visit www.LongbridgeLightFestival.co.uk

Longbridge Light Festival, Shadow Factory, Save the Date! 22nd October 2016 by Claire Farrell


Longbridge Light Festival, Shadow Factory
22nd October 2016, 6pm-10pm

On Saturday the 22nd October Longbridge town centre will be transformed through temporary and permanent outdoor light & art installations for visitors to explore including a jam packed fringe festival programme of music, performance, pop-up theatre, free family workshops, outdoor play, street food and even a glow in the dark roller disco!

The festival theme ‘Shadow Factory’ relates to the history of Longbridge, exploring and interpreting multiple social, physical and political narratives embedded within the past, present and future of the site.

How to get involved?

In the lead-up to the festival, artists will be collaborating with schools, community groups, local businesses and residents to create work, would you like to get involved or volunteer?

Take part in The Parade:
Artists General Public are creating a large scale parade and would love you to be involved! Are you a community group, individual, musician or band? And would like to take part in the 'big parade'?

Would you like to be a festival maker? Volunteers are integral to making the festival an exciting, welcoming environment for visitors, would you like to be part of this team to help make the festival happen?

Market Stalls:
Do you make and sell your own products? Would you like to have a stall at the festival?

Please get in touch info@werk.org.uk

(*please note we have limited stalls, we would like to programme a wide range of stalls in terms of products, please get in touch a.s.a.p as stalls will be given out on a first come first served basis)

More exciting programme news and updates to follow soon!

In the meantime, have a look at the short film from the 2014 light festival here, or for regular news about the project, festival and wider area events like the LPAP Facebook page or follow @LPAP2016 on Twitter.

Part of Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP).

Issue One, LPAP Transforming the Future Past, text by Anneka French design by Heavy Object by Claire Farrell

Issue One, LPAP Transforming the Future Past, text by Anneka French design by Heavy Object

'How do you make sense of a place that has been transformed beyond almost all recognition in physical, economic, social and emotional terms?

And what if it is still transforming before your eyes? How might a place move forward towards its future while holding sight of its past?...'

In this new publication the work created by the LPAP artists-in-residence is explored by writer, critic and curator Anneka French. Following a series of interviews, the publication examines the works of individual artists within the project.

Design by Heavy Object.


Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) Summer School by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Public Art Project Summer School

We are offering recent graduates in art, design or media related subjects the opportunity to further their artistic practice and career.

During a two month Summer School programme as part of Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP), participants will have opportunities to learn new skills, attend talks by LPAP artists-in-residence, national & international artists, develop site specific work that responds to Longbridge independently or collaboratively, support the LPAP programme of activities, manage the project space and work closely with the WERK team.

The LPAP Summer School will start week beginning 20 June and run until the end of August 2016 with activities scheduled to take place on a weekly basis, with some evenings and weekends.

More information on how to apply please email info@WERK.org.uk  Deadline: 5pm, Friday 10 June 2016.

Sarah Taylor Silverwood Longbridge Public Art Porject residency by Claire Farrell

Sarah Taylor Silverwood Longbridge Public Art Porject Residency

Artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood has been undertaking a residency as part of Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP). The artist has developed 'Longbridge Mass Observation', a 6 week project investigating the 'everyday' in Longbridge. Using a range of evolving methodologies, Sarah will research the idiosyncrasies of the area. The original Mass Observation Project took place in Britain in 1937, and was a pioneering study of everyday lives using original techniques. The topics covered were unique, including things like 'shouts and gestures of motorists', 'kissing' and 'the private lives of midwifes'. It aimed to bridge the gap between media representation and what people actually thought.

During Sarah's residency she will use the original Mass Observation Project as a starting point, researching their methods and outcomes and how they could translate to Longbridge, in a very different, digital age. There will be lots of different way to get involved in the project, please get in touch to find out how. There is a full archive of the project visit www.lmo2016.tumblr.com

Please email hello@sarahsilverwood.com if you'd like to get involved. 

More images on instagram

Longbridge Light Festival Coordinator Role by Claire Farrell

‘We-Currency’  Austin Houldsworth , photography by Stephen Burke, Longbridge Light Festival 2014

‘We-Currency’ Austin Houldsworth, photography by Stephen Burke, Longbridge Light Festival 2014

Longbridge Light Festival Coordinator

WERK Freelance Opportunity
Contract is for 50 days between June and 31st Oct 2016 (part-time).

Fee: £120/day inclusive of travel and all expenses for a total of £6,000 (fixed price freelance contract)

Description: On Saturday 22nd Oct, Longbridge Light Festival 2016 will transform the town centre of Longbridge into a spectacle of light, art, music, and activities for all ages, street performance, food, drink and celebration. As Festival Coordinator, you will work closely with the Festival Producer and LPAP team to help coordinate both the festival itself and the lead-in work that makes it possible.


  • Liaising with contractors providing festival facilities

  • Managing relationships with local residents and businesses participating in the festival

  • Coordinating evaluation of festival events

  • Working with LPAP team to publicise and promote the festival locally

  • Assisting the Festival Producer in the development and implementation of a wide range tasks within the festival production, delivery, de rig, evaluation

  • Working with the Festival Producer to work with artists and stakeholders

    Skills/qualities required:

  • Strong organisational and administration skills • Highly adaptable

  • Works well under pressure

  • Happy to work as part of a team

  • Must be able to demonstrate relevant previous experience

  • Proactive, using initiative and self motivated

  • Experience of events management would be an advantage

  • Personable

    Would be ideal for someone with an interest or experience in:

  • Visual and participative art

  • Public art and community engagement

  • Festival and event management

    The contract will be issued on a freelance basis, payable by monthly invoice - as such, you will be responsible for your own tax and national insurance arrangements. The fee quoted above is inclusive of travel costs and all other expenses. The number of days the contract runs for is based on part-time working throughout July, August and September with full time hours in the immediate lead up to the festival itself. Work will usually take place on weekdays, although flexibility to work on evenings and weekends will be required when needed.

    Application details:
    Deadline 6th June 2016
    Interviews taking place on the 9th June 2016

    Please apply by sending:

  • CV

  • Covering letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in the role.

    Please send documents by email to: info@werk.org.uk with the subject line "LLF Coordinator." If you have any questions or wish to discuss the role further, please get in touch with Festival Producer Joel Stickley: longbridgelightfestival@gmail.com

Juneau Projects, PLATFORM commission, in partnership with Centro by Claire Farrell


Part of the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham. Snow Hill – via Bull Street and Corporation Street to Stephenson Street, Birmingham 2016

Centro, in partnership with WERK, sought expressions of interest from West Midlands based artists to create public artwork for four large cabinets situated near tram stops, in locations along the new Metro Birmingham City Centre Extension.

Juneau Projects were selected by Centro & WERK for the commission. The artists have made work looking at the very early history of the Birmingham area, taking influence from the stone age, bronze age and Anglo-Saxon period. The work is interactive, allowing visitors to see a series of animations that bring the paintings to life when viewed through an augmented reality app on a phone or tablet.

From earliest evidence of human activity in the stone age, through the bronze age and the Anglo Saxon era, objects were made by the people who inhabited the land that the city of Birmingham now occupies. Juneau Projects are interested in the human impulse to make things that improve our lives and surroundings, whether they are artworks or tools or a combination of both. The hand painted animations that appear via augmented reality on the platform cabinets will depict scenes of artefacts being made in the three time periods, from stone tools and bronze objects to Anglo-Saxon artefacts like those found in the Staffordshire Hoard.

The artists feel that the relationship between the very earliest goods and artefacts, made during these three time periods have a relationship with Birmingham's industrial heritage and celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of the region, both in the past and today.

Juneau Projects are Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth. Who have worked together since 2001 and are based in Birmingham. Their work involves the use of a variety of media including painting, sculpture, music, animation and installation, often in collaborative and site specific ways. They have exhibited nationally and internationally with institutions such as PS1, New York; Eichigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan; Tate Britain, London; and British Art Show 6.

For more information about the artists please visit http://www.juneauprojects.co.uk/

WERK and Centro would like to thank everyone for submitting proposals for Platform 3, it was a difficult decision for the panel and we hope to create more opportunities for artists in the future.

WERK shortlisted five artists for the panel below:

Geoff Inskip CEO, Centro

Paul Griffiths Director, Centro

James Aspinall Director, Centro

Stuart Evans Metro Project Director, Centro

Chris Haworth, Metro Project Manager

Andrew Wayro, Planning & Regeneration Birmingham City Council

Councillor Kath Hartley

Councillor Roger Horton

Susan Bridges Public Relations, Centro

WERK would like to thank Ross Whatmore (Zahoot) for being part of and supporting the shortlisting process, and we are looking forward to working with Zahoot Design & Print again!

Longbridge Light Festival 2016, Open Call by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Light Festival (#LLF16) 22nd October 2016, Open Call!

WERK are seeking to commission exciting and innovative temporary work responding to this year’s Longbridge Light Festival (#LLF16) theme "Shadow Factory."

Celebrating Longbridge’s unique spirit, past, present and future #LLF16 aims to bring the new emerging town and outdoor spaces to life with an artistic programme of visual arts, light installations, film, workshops, events, walks and talks and much much more!

We have an array of exciting artist opportunities within three areas of LLF16; the deadline for submissions is midnight 29th April. For a full artist brief for any of the below opportunities please email info@werk.org.uk

1. Site-specific temporary work for Austin Park

2. Exploring, imagining and creating 'play' in open space

3. Fringe Festival Events - are you a performer? (see below for more information)

We invite proposals for work within the three areas of the festival listed below, which are visually exciting, artistically compelling, accessible and or potentially interactive.

1. Site-specific temporary work for Austin Park

Austin Park is a recently developed 3-acre green and open space within the heart of the new Longbridge town centre. It includes footpaths, and a 255-meter stretch of river (River Rea) and a pedestrian footbridge. Animating this space in a visually exciting and artistically compelling way will be a key component of Longbridge Light Festival. For more information about this brief please email info@WERK.org.uk with the subject line "LLF Austin Park"

2. Exploring, imagining and creating 'play' in open space

The creation of LLF16 outdoor ‘PlayZone’ by utilising a large pedestrian area adjacent to Bournville College with the sole purpose to encourage ‘play’ through the creation of artworks, and or activities that are interactive, imaginative, engaging, resourceful, and fun! For more information about this brief please email info@WERK.org.uk with the subject line "LLF PlayZone"

3. Fringe Festival Programme - are you a performer? talks, walks and much much more!

Longbridge town centre will be transformed by outdoor light, sound and art installations as we celebrate the return of LLF in October 2016. Alongside the outdoor light/art installations there will be a fringe programme of events, talks, walks and unique encounters in both inside & outdoor spaces we would like to offer our audience a vibrant and varied array of fringe performances. Music, comedy, live literature, street performance, circus skills, carnival arts, dance - whatever you can bring to the festival programme, we would love to hear about it! For more information about this brief please email info@WERK.org.uk with the subject line "#LLF16 Fringe Programme"