'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. 

Industrialheritagestronghold.com

'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

cathywade.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.

newso.co.uk

'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.

industryoftheordinary.com

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

SAVE THE DATE!

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'?

Volunteer:
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. 

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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.

Duties:

  • 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

PLATFORM

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"

Future Worn Out New One, catalogue by Sven Bergelt by Claire Farrell

Catalogue
Future Worn Out New One
Sven Bergelt
48 pages + 8 pages supplement
English
Copies: 96 numbered

Texts by Anneka French and an in-conversation between the architect Glenn Howells and Sven Bergelt.

The catalogue "Future Worn Out New One" is a documentation of a site-specific installation by Sven Bergelt. Created during his three month residency in Birmingham at Glenn Howells Architects. The residency was part of exchange@2015.le an artist exchange programme between the sister cities of Leipzig & Birmingham, as part of the 1000 year birthday of the city of Leipzig. The exchange programme was initiated by Leipzig based arts organisation Halle14 in partnership with Birmingham based arts organisation WERK & Glenn Howells Architects.

In ‘Future Worn Out New One’ Bergelt deals with the urban development and the visual image of Birmingham. His installation was exhibited in the office of Glenn Howells Architects. The catalogue is made up of photographic documentation of the work and is accompanied with an introduction by the art critic Anneka French, as well as an in-conversation between Bergelt and Glenn Howells. Furthermore a supplement in the book documented the second version of the work "Chapter II: Re-construction" that was presented in the Halle14 in Leipzig.

www.svenbergelt.de
www.halle14.org
www.glennhowells.co.uk
www.WERK.org.uk


12 Euro + shipping Order via mail: post@svenbergelt.de

Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS) Coordinator Role by Claire Farrell

Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS) Coordinator

Part time freelance contract
Based in Longbridge, Birmingham
April – 31st December 2016
2 days per month at £110 a day

An exciting opportunity has arisen within a pilot initiative to appoint a part time freelance coordinator to develop long-term procedures and processes that aim to enable and facilitate future events and activities to take place in Longbridge open spaces.

Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) and FLOS will support the coordinator with working experience of the area, and existing cross sector partners to assist in identifying processes and procedures that are required to enable a wide range of community and youth-led activities to take place all year round in Longbridge.

Previous experience within a similar role is required, for a full job description please email info@werk.org.uk

FLOS Background information
Friends of Longbridge Open Spaces (FLOS) aim to facilitate the utilisation of open spaces and venues. The FLOS group was established as part of LPAP long-term objectives to support the regeneration of the area through social, historical and cultural activity. FLOS is made up of representatives from Longbridge organisations and businesses to support community and youth-led activity to take place in the area.

Deadline for applications - Midday 23rd March 2016

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the 30th March 2016, with interviews taking place week commencing the 4th April 2016

The role will begin at the end of April 2016

www.LPAP.co.uk

Cathy Wade in progress Exhibition Opening by Claire Farrell

Cathy Wade in progress Exhibition Opening
26th Feb | 6pm - 8pm
LPAP | SPACE, Unit 5, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, B31 2TW


Please join us for the opening of LPAP artist-in-residence Cathy Wade’s in progress exhibition.

During her LPAP residency Cathy Wade has researched physical remnants of Longbridge’s heritage, ecology and lighting, and explored the potential for Longbridge to retain its industrial past as well as the creation of new gateways to the development, come and join us in the LPAP temporary project space to find out more and how you could get involved.

The opening will include a tour at 6.45pm led by the artist around Longbridge of the ‘Star Map’ installation and new lighting & planting scheme she has created with St Modwen for the town centre. Please wrap up warm and grab a bag of chips from Queen’s Fish & Chip shop for the walk!

As part of this on going in progress exhibition Cathy Wade will be launching the next phase of her LPAP work ‘Wild Longbridge’. This is in partnership with IncrEdible Longbridge by Northfield Ecocentre to collaboratively explore how planting, growing and eating can be a shared activity used to enhance the built and social environment.

This exhibition is open from 26th February – 10th April | Wednesday to Saturdays | 
11am - 4pm
Pop into the LPAP | SPACE to find out more!
For more information please email, info@werk.org.uk

As part of Longbridge Public Art Project by WERK for more information seewww.LPAP.co.uk

'Composition for a Trainstation' by Anna Schimkat by Claire Farrell

'Composition for a Trainstation', by Anna Schimkat

Leipzig based artist Anna Schimkat was commissioned as part of Longbridge Light Festival in 2014. The artist developed new work for the festival, meeting local people and exploring Birmingham’s cultural offering and art community. Anna spent her time observing the daily activity at Longbridge Train Station, becoming particularly focused on the rhythm of people moving through it. Her preoccupation with the experience and sensation of space lead her to create two site-specific sound works that capture the patterns of transient occupation that are so familiar in suburban train stations. She experimented with recording noise at the Train Station to create interactive soundscapes that were heard throughout the station on the night of the festival. 

Anna will be returning for Longbridge Light Festival 2016 and is collaborating with Bobbie Gardiner to create new work, more exciting news to follow!

www.annaschimkat.de
www.bobbiejanegardner.com

Stuart Whipps Mini restoration film by Claire Farrell

Stuart Whipps mini restoration project

The mini restoration project is part of Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) by WERK.

LPAP is a five-year contemporary site specific art project that includes a long term artist residency and community engagement programme at it's core, and is embedded within one of the largest regeneration schemes (St. Modwen) in the UK.

The project is generously supported by The William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust, and is exhibited as part of British Art Show 8.
With special thanks to the following residents, ex workers and key contributors for supporting the artist:
Keith Woodfield
John Baker
Gillian Bardsley

For more information about the project please visit lpap.co.uk

Unedited | edited: Undetectable | Unforgettable (2015) by Ian Richards by Claire Farrell

Ian Richards Unedited | edited: Undetectable | Unforgettable (2015)

Performed by Teachers Choir of Leipzig 16 January 2016 at Halle 14 - Centre of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany This performance was part of the exhibition 'Manifestations of A Far Nearness' 27 November 2105 to 27 February 2016 Halle 14 - Centre of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany Sven Bergelt (DE), Tom Castinel (FR), Pâle Mâle (FR) Peggy Pehl (DE), Ian Richards (GB)

The Film is made by Robert Beske | shrine productions.

Stuart Whipps LPAP residency, upcoming exhibition 13th March by Claire Farrell

Stuart Whipps, 'In Progress' exhibition, 13th March, Greenlands Select Social Club

Stuart Whipps has a long history of working with the Longbridge site. Since 2004 he has been making photographic works that have probed its changing physical, social and political nature and his work as artist in residence at LPAP continues this research.

In one of his most ambitious projects to date, Whipps is restoring a 1275GT Mini made at the plant in 1979 with the help of several ex-employees including Keith Woodfield, whose time and insight is proving invaluable. Many of the processes of stripping down and replacing or repairing the parts can be seen in a glass-fronted cabin-come-workshop in the carpark of Bournville College, as well as various galleries across the country as part of Whipps’ participation in the touring British Art Show exhibition. The (dis)assembly of the Mini provides a parallel to the cyclical changes experienced by Longbridge itself, for, after a long period of demolition and emptiness, new opportunities and facilities are emerging. The display of the car in various states of repair showcases the significance of this particular part of British manufacturing heritage to a wider audience.

Individual car parts have been photographed upon removal from the chassis, in a kind of ‘forensic examination’ of the car, as Whipps describes it. Supporting these parts, in the background of the photographs, are what appear to be ordinary sheets of newspaper. In fact, these pages depict political cartoons from the national press in the watershed year of 1979. In this year Longbridge trade unionist Derek Robinson, known as ‘Red Robbo’, was dismissed after almost forty years at the plant, shortly after Margaret Thatcher came into political power. She described Robinson as a 'notorious agitator’. These political threads run throughout Whipps’ work for LPAP. Indeed, his project is titled ‘The Kipper and the Corpse’, a line that makes reference to 1979 episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’ in which Basil Fawlty jokes about strikes at Longbridge.

Near to the workshop where Whipps has been working will soon be a pedestrian tunnel under the A38. The artist has designed a number of permanently-sited artworks that will enhance this new public walkway. Like Wade’s permanent works, Whipps’ designs will incorporate elements of Longbridge’s past. A chronological presentation of every body work paint colour produced at the plant will appear on steel barriers that will separate the tunnel archways from the River Rea, combined with an enlarged, distinctive hounds-tooth pattern used in the interior upholstery of cars manufactured at the plant. This will be a timeline of changing taste and aesthetics, manufactured with contemporary technologies and materials. A lighting system designed by Whipps within the tunnel will provide a practical function while illuminating various key features of the Grade 2 Listed tunnel structure.

Text by Anneka French

Stuart Whipps will be holding an 'In Progress' exhibition of his work created as part of LPAP on the 13th March at Greenlands Select Social Club, Longbridge. The exhibition will be made up of photographs, films, research material and of course the shell of the 1979GT Mini that the artist has been restoring with the help of former employees of the Longbridge Car Factory.

Stuart will also be exhibiting the shell of the car as part of the 'Mini Fair 2016' on the 31st January at Bingley Hall in Staffordshire organised by The Mini Club magazine.

For more information please go to www.LPAP.co.uk