Dines Green, Worcester, 2013-2014
Working in partnership with Worcester Housing Association and artists we were collectively based in Dines Green in for 18 months to develop a public engagement programme to support the development of a number of temporary and permanent public artworks on the estate while it underwent major redevelopment.Artists - General Public, Ian Richards, Cathy Wade, Hannah Hull, Luke Perry, Dan Newso, Jenny Peevers, Lucy McLauchlan, Laurence Roper, Stephen Burke, Simon Peplow, Leah Carless.
The project began with a 6-month research period, working with local people through a series of informal events to get to know the area and how people felt about living in Dines Green estate we identified four recurring themes
>Nothing ever happens here >PLAY (the kids need to play!) >Stigma >Identity
Claire Farrell Project Curator created an arts and play programme in response to the themes and conversations with local residents that took place over a 10-week period during the summer of 2014 in St Michaels Church hall, one of two community spaces on the estate.
The programme included a number of artist and community led activities to explore the key themes further and support the artists as they developed ephemeral site specific work including 'The People’s Museum' by Hannah Hull, 'Photographic Portraits' in an outdoor exhibition by Stephen Burke, 'Community Supper Clubs' by Jenny Peevers and multiple art interventions using tape, yarn and paint across several sites within the context of re-imagining the estate's physical landscape as a giant playground. The project culminated with the installation of a permanent public artwork titled 'This is Dines Green' at the entrance of the estate by artist Luke Perry and a new playground for the estate (the only playground) designed by Cathy Wade and Ian Richards.
The project was funded by Worcester Community Housing and supported by the following partners: Worcester City Council, Worcester City University, Worcester Community Trust and Worcester Play Council.
Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP)
Longbridge, Birmingham, 2012-2017
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?
These are the questions that the Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP), conceived by Claire Farrell Director & Curator of WERK, explored over a five year period (2012 - 2017) working closely with St. Modwen. Following the closure and demolition of the Longbridge car plant (1905-2005) and after a long fallow period, Longbridge underwent a massive (468-acre) and unique suburban regeneration scheme. The creation of a town centre for the very first time, the re-location of Bournville College and the construction of large-scale retail units are bringing jobs and footfall to the area – LPAP was a durational project that took place and responded to a place that was in flux, and a community that was coming to terms with an entirely new identity.
No single artist could hope to encapsulate one hundred years of history, let alone Longbridge’s current changes. Claire Farrell's commissioning approach was the creation of a long term artist in residence programme that provided openings for artists to embed themselves within the community over a much longer period of time than other public art projects might typically allow. Placing the public of Longbridge at the heart of the programme, and extended time for artists research and making work in Longbridge
Sculpture, collage, photography, drawing, and more performative walks and interventions were presented in public spaces, gallery exhibitions and as part of the Longbridge Light Festival a key platform for temporary work during LPAP (2014 & 2016) and opportunity for WERK to explore tactical urbanism within a large, live and rapid changing physical development.
Workshops, talks, events and discussions allowed for participation and the expansion of ideas. Collaborations between the WERK team, artists, community groups and Longbridge residents, including several key former plant employees who are involved with LPAP’s work on many levels, were nurtured. It was in this exchange that the huge value of Longbridge’s heritage was uncovered. LPAP influenced Longbridge’s future narrative too. In some cases this was taken in the form of artistic solutions to practical problems such as illuminating public walkways but as Longbridge is a place to which people have strong political and emotional connections, sensitivity was required at every step. This was living history.
The LPAP short and long term residency programme guided and shaped the development of 40 artist projects generating 97 individual works by long term artists-in-residence including 10 permanent public artworks. The public programme including two light and art festivals combined attracted over 11,000 visitors.
Funded by Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham City University, Bournville College, St. Modwen and Birmingham City Council.
Digbeth, Birmingham, 2008-2010
The Digbeth Project devised and produced by Claire Farrell was part of the redevelopment of Birmingham Coach Station. The project engaged local people within the artists' research and development phase through a series of unique participatory events held at various venues across Digbeth. The resulting site specific work 'Boundary' (Rob Colbourne & Stuart Mugridge) and 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes' (Dave Sherry) evolved from a grounded engagement process with the local community.
Every year the Birmingham Coach Station sees 1.6 million passengers enter the city through its gates.
The billboard is dead. Long live the billboard.
In April 2012, WERK utilised one hundred advertising billboards across Birmingham to exhibit work by 30 Birmingham, UK and internationally based artists. The project transformed the city of Birmingham into an urban gallery for four weeks.
Advertising free clusters of billboards were created, including many carefully selected triptych and pentaptych's. The clusters were mapped to create several cycling and walking routes to encourage people to navigate, explore, discover and rediscover their city with a different perspective.
Special thanks to 48Sheet Advisory Board members for supporting the commissioning, selecion and curatorial process of the project:
Professor Chris O'Neil | Executive Dean of Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
Jonathan Watkins | Director Ikon
Claire Farrell | Curator WERK
Glenn Howells | Director Glenn Howells Architects
Professor Jiehong Jiang | Director of Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (BIAD)
Sophia Tarr | Art Producer & Consultant
Made in Company | Shanghai
Raqs Media Collective | Delhi
Mary Mazziotti | Pittsburgh
Ben Long | London
Steve Rosenthal | London
Stephen Brandes | Cork
Elizabeth Rowe | Birmingham
Redhawk Logistica | Birmingham
Heavy Object | Birmingham
Tom Tebby | Birmingham
Candice Smith | Birmingham
Maurice Doherty | Berlin
Shail Belani | Mumbai
Lucy Mclauchlan | Birmingham
Matt Watkins | Birmingham
Lawrence Roper | Birmingham
Dan Burwood | Birmingham
Glenn Anderson | Birmingham
Harry Blackett & Robin Kirkham | Birmingham
Steve Parsons | Birmingham
Helen Sweeting | Birmingham
Faith Person | Birmingham
Mark Murphy & Craig Earp | Birmingham
Jim O'Raw | Birmingham
Gerard Hanson | Oxford
Baptist Coehlo | Mumbai
In partnership with JCDecaux, Glenn Howells Architects and Ikon Gallery.
Grant funded by Arts Council West Midlands
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 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 nighttime market in a redundant carpark animated with award-winning street food.
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.
Anita Roye | UK
Anna Schimkat | GER
Bobbie - Jane Gardner | UK
Cathy Wade | UK
Claire Hickey | UK
Click Click | UK
Dan Newso | UK
Emily Warner | UK
FAMED | GER
Fabularium | UK
General Public | UK
Gizzago | UK
Hannah Hull | UK
Ian Richards | UK
Industry of the
Ordinary | USA
InfuseDance | UK
Jess May Davies | UK
Joe Potter | UK
Juneau Projects | UK
Luke Perry | UK
Mark Murphy | UK
Mathew Beckett | UK
Matthew J Watkins | UK
PlayMids | ESP
Redhawk Logistica | UK
Ryan Funnell | UK
Samantha Williams | UK
Sarah Taylor Silverwood | UK
Stuart Whipps | UK
Squirm Dance | UK
Vamos Theatre | UK
Young Pilgrims | UK
Longbridge Light Festival 2014: Back to The Future
Longbridge Light Festival (LLF) was created as part of Longbridge Public Art Project by WERK.
5,500 visitors attended the inagurual festival in 2014
'...the atmosphere and positivity that could be felt in Longbridge town centre was amazing. Visitors were fully immersed in a journey of exploration across the site; an exploration of technology, interaction, imagination, regeneration and community, whilst never forgetting the physical, social and cultural history of the factory that once stood there. The perfect welcome back to Longbridge.' - Read a full review of Longbridge Light Festival by Rebekah Bainbridge here.
Over 25 West Midlands, UK and International artists participated in Longbridge Light Festival and the wider programme including Tran-si-tion International Conference. Tran-si-tion provided a platform for some of the leading UK and International keynote speakers to highlight best practice within regeneration schemes, urban design, strategic planning, technology innovation, placemaking and art within a social urban context.
General Public (artists Chris Poolman & Elizabeth Rowe) were commissioned by WERK to develop the artistic proposition & and co curate with Claire Farrell the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival 2014. The Festival theme devised by General Public, ‘Back to the Future’, used the metaphor of science fiction to explore the process of regeneration currently occurring in Longbridge. Over 6000 people attended the event on Saturday 25th October 2014.
Also included on the website is a shortened curatorial statement written by General Public prior to the festival.
The light festival also featured an international programme curated by WERK and work from LPAP (Longbridge Public Art Project) artist’s in residence.General Public commissioned Derek Horton to write an essay to position Longbridge historically and his semi-autobiographical essay ‘White Heat, Brown Fields and Manufactured Dreams‘ provides a context for the light festival and wider Longbridge Public Art Project initiated by WERK.
Funded and supported by Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham City University, Bournville College, St. Modwen, Birmingham City Council, Ballyhoo, Phil Jones Associates, London Midland and Network Rail.
Festival of Extreme Building
Claire Farrell (WERK) co curated and produced ‘The Festival of Xtreme Building’ (FXB) for, and on behalf of Sozo Collective.
FXB was an experimental arts and architecture project devised by Dave Pollard (Sozo Collective) that took place, occupied and transformed urban wasteland in Eastside, Birmingham in 2007.
Artist. 100 artists participated in FXB
Numerous artists and architects were commissioned to work together and produce experimental structures to be exhibited in landscaped redundant space. The festival evolved over a four month period into an organic open air gallery of architectural structures. FXB commissioned over 10 temporary structures, 22 events and exhibitions of multiple art forms including performance art. FXB installations and events occupied several sites and venues across the West Midlands, from Highgate brewery in Walsall, a public square in Brindley Place and Thinktank HQ Millennium Point.
FXB events and installations were designed to engage the general public with the built environment, providing opportunities to explore art, design and architecture.
FXB featured examples of the latest advances in building design and sculpture – the ‘Micro Compact Home’ (or m-ch) designed by Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee Architects (London) was habitable for the first time in the UK. Inspired by frequent flights on the business class, the m-ch applied the rules of aviation design and demonstrated how state of the art technology can be integrated into a lightweight transportable dwelling to produce an efficient, compact and desirable living space.
During FXB the m-ch installation reached 120 million people regionally, nationally and internationally through BBC World News, BBC 24 and through various other media.
FXB also featured structures the ‘T House’ by artist Colin Pearce and Architect Ranbir Lal a modular building made from one unit- a 3-4-5 triangle – where a Summer Solstice event was held during the festival and ‘The Viewfinder’ by William Schofield of Glenn Howells Architects an installation where the public could view their surroundings through a series of peep holes. One of FXB’s international commissions was ‘timepipe’ by Austrian artist Norman Brunner whose inflatable pipe installation provided an ‘interactive shopping experience’, a ‘Tribute to Mohammed Rafi Commission’ was created by artist Tasawar Bashir who created a shrine to celebrate the late Mohammed Rafi’s music.
Other installations included a ‘Mud House’ by Dave Pollard in partnership with Ramboll Whitbybird and Associated Architects a zero-carbon building produced for under £300 and made predominantly from soil; artist Peter Hadfield’s installation ‘Paper House’, a structure made entirely from recycled junk mail that had been posted through the Birmingham artist’s letterbox.
Austrian Art collective Pudelskern Space Agency brought their experimental ‘Calla’ chair concept to provide alternative city dwelling.
The project coincided with the arrival of the ‘X Nation’ who occupied the site during the festival. Before their arrival a mysterious ‘X’ projection appeared on the famous rotunda building, sponsored in kind by Urban Splash. The opening of FXB saw the arrival of a mysterious army uniformly dressed in black boiler suits throughout Birmingham, known as the ‘X Nation’.
FXB opened in spectacular style with Kindle Theatre leading a grand procession of a wonderfully diverse selection of Birmingham’s performing arts talent as ‘X – Nation’ arriving to the site; the procession animated the site with music and dance led by Bollywood ‘Dance Masters’ Hina & Co.
The project received the highest figure of media coverage for an arts project in Birmingham to date, generating £750,000 worth of regional, national and international coverage. Marketing Birmingham commissioned internationally renowned PR agency McCann Erikson on behalf of Birmingham City Council to liaise with BBC 24, World News, GMTV, Guardian, Observer. Journalist Gareth Rubin from the BBC who spent the night in the micro compact home and reported is experience to the nation.
Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, The Birmingham Alliance, Travel West Midlands, Arts Council England, Bank’s, Lawlors, Armoury Group, Interlux Rohm, E-on Energy Services, Urban Splash, A&B, Made, Business Link, Artsites Birmingham, Sampad, Vivid, Architecture Week 2007, Fierce Ten, Scott Wilson, ISIS Waterside Regeneration, Legrand, Isg, Solus Ceramics Limited, Carillion, Severn Trent Water, Highgate, Chord, Muji, Matthew Boulton College, Adp, ERDF.
Artists > Ian Richards. Lucy McLauchlan. Harry Blackett. Robin Kirkham. Elizabeth Rowe.
48Sheet pilot explored the opportunity for artists' to present their work on equal terms with the advertising messages that dominate and visually pollute our cities. The pilot project was a pre cursor for the potential of a larger scale project that would transform the city into an urban gallery to encourage people to meander across the city.
The four billboards were chosen for their specific locations and close proximity to each other to encourage viewers to meander.Grant funded by Arts Council West Midlands.
English Accent Irish Soul
Digbeth, Birminghm, 2012
WERK supported the Irish Welfare (Birmingham) by developing their Anglo Irish visual and oral history project in 2012 into an exhibition that was co curated by Claire Farrell (WERK) and Ian Richards.
'The project explored Irish history in the city during the last 50 years through the personal experience of Irish immigrants to the city.The final exhibition also featured work by Birmingham based photographic artist Helen Sweeting, Gary Wood with a 'pop & crisps' installation by Claire Farrell.
In partnership with The Irish Welfare funded by the Heritage Lottery.
Future Worn Out New One
Birmingham (UK), Leipzig (GER) & Lyon (FRA) 2015Future Worn Out New One by Sven Bergelt was an exhibition that questioned Birmingham's perpetual rebirth and identity crisis through the demolition in 2015 of John Maden's brutalist Central Library as a catalyst. The work was developed through a three month residency with Glenn Howells Architects and WERK, as part of WERK's partnership exchange programme between three European sister cities of Leipzig HALLE14, Birmingham | WERK and Lyon | École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. The project was created by Leipzig based arts organisation HALLE 14 - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst to celebrate the 1000 year birthday of the city of Leipzig.
Leipzig based artist Sven Bergelt was selected through a panel review prcess to spend 3 months in Birmingham, and Birmingham based artist Ian Richards was selected to spend 3 months in Leipzig.
Exchange@2015.le resulted in a group show 'Manifestations of a Far Nearness' at the Spinnerei Gallery in Leipzig.
Read a review of Sven Bergelt's work by Anneka French here
Read a review of Ian Richards work by Cathy Wade here
Funded by Leipzig Municipality, Glenn Howells Architects, Argent, Zahoot Print and WERK.
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.
Juneau Projects are Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth. They 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. The artists 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.
Highcross, Leicester, 2013
Working in partnership with Hammersons and De Montfort University WERK occupied a former hair salon over a six month period creating opportunities for cross disciplinary students to work with professional artists to create a ‘studio’ environment, collaborative practice, informal mentoring, crits, research and development within the context of creating site-specific work for a public exhibition.
The fine art, graphic, curatorial and drama students created site-specific work and events in response to the building using and repurposing found objects in the salon. Artist’s Hannah Hull and Ian Richards mentored the students during this period including group critiques and co curating the final group shows open to the public.
De Montfort students & local Leicester artists participating: Chloe Hall, Damon Smith, Ellie Powell, Emma Hardy, Emma Powell, Joanne Bailey, Khush Nubian, Leah Alexander, Leila Houston, Luke Phillips, Maureen Anderson, Paul Wright, Richard Howford, Rikke Digerud, Ruth Singer, Sarah Glover aka Kate Glove, Sarah Holt, Sheena Allen, Tom Morgan, Tugce Karapinar and William Wright.
With thanks to visiting artists Matt Watkins (Birmingham), Paul Wright (Paris) for participating in the final show.
Photographer & Filmmaker Craig Bush.
Tamperine project by Birmingham-based music charity Sound It Out (SIO charity) was a ‘virtual’ fundraising idea to raise money for the charity. SIO approached numerous celebrities to support the charity by signing or illustrating tambourines to auction on ebay. More than 45 celebrities spanning the film, TV and sporting arenas had supported the Tamperine project.
SIO commissioned Claire Farrell, WERK to curate an exhibition in May 2012. WERK invited Birmingham based artists to support the project by creating tambourine art.
Claire Farrell (WERK) suspended 97 tambourines from the ceiling; varying height and distance to allude en masse floatation, allow gentle movement, sound, and to enable people to move in between the tambourines viewing them from different perspectives.
We would like to thank the following artists for their kind support and for creating some incredible work: Craig Earp, Lawrence Roper, Lee Crutchley, Lucy McLauchlan, Lewes Herriot, Si Peplow, Ben Javens, Newtasty, Stef Grindley, Cathy Wade, Faith Pearson, Tom Tebby, Ian Richards, Redhawk Logistica (Rob Hewitt), Steve Parsons, Candice Smith, Pye Parr, Jason Dennis, Nathan Jordan.
In partnership with The Mailbox and Sound It Out.
The whistle chandelier concept and installation by Claire Farrell, WERK and exhibited as part of Birmingham Made Me EXPO in June 2012.
The chandelier of approximately 450 policeman and ACME Thunderer whistles took 48 hours to install. Individual whistles were tied by hand to form clusters and concentric layers to create the chandelier. The installation won an award for Most Creative Exhibit.
“The Whistle Chandelier is rather like the Olympic Torch. It is about producing something remarkable in the form of an installation, providing ‘ordinary objects’ with a respect and status that elevates them to the exceptional.” - William McGrath, Chief Executive, AGA Rangemaster plc.
Todo es Posible
Artist. Lucy McLauchlan
Birds ‘perch’ on the former much loved Brutalist-style Birmingham Central Library – which was a huge inverted concrete ziggurat built in 1974, designed by Architect John Madin.
An intervention by WERK supported in kind by The Central Library and Birmingham City Council
Artist Lucy McLauchlan is from Birmingham and works all over the world exhibiting her work in galleries and the public realm. Lucy has recently been published in ‘Beyond the Street – the 100 leading figures in Urban Art”.
Sponsors and partners: Central Signs and Birmingham City Council.
Found in Ladywood
Ladywood, Birmingham, 2010
'We've just witnessed History'
A project by WERK in partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Artists - The Leo String Quartet (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Composer Duncan Chapman.
Written and produced by Claire Farrell WERK, Found in Ladywood was a site specific performance and community based project.
A contemporary urban performance within a working engine room of a fire station in Ladywood, a suburb of Birmingham on the 9th October 2010.
The Leo String Quartet (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) took their renowned classical repertoire out of traditional settings and into a working engine room of Ladywood Fire Station for an autumnal performance of Shostakovich Quartet No 8 and original site specific urban composition.
The score was created by Composer and Music Animateur Duncan Chapman and inspired by a series of walks with residents to record the sounds of their environment. The Composer notated the music working with Ladywood residents in a series of artistic workshops, which included collaboration with the Leo Quartet to produce the piece for the engine room performance.
Claire Farrell, WERK was inspired to write the project for the community by ‘Lost in Ladywood’ a 2007 project by artist Simon Whitehead, commissioned by MADE.
WERK engaged community members in Ladywood within all aspects of the project; within the creative process and cultural planning and production by providing opportunities for residents to learn new skills as part of the production team to produce a classical performance on their doorstep. The event was produced on a small budget, utilising resources that were accessible to the community with the aspiration that events could continue in the area post performance.
The engine room in Ladywood Fire Station had never been used in this way before; it provided a venue offer in terms of a unique performance space, providing great acoustics and a key location within the heart of the community.
Eight years on (2018) and the fire station engine room is still being used by the community as a performance space today..
Sponsored by Birmingham City Council Working Neighbourhood Fund, with special thanks to the West Midlands Fire Service and Birmingham Solihull Mental Health Trust Foundation for supporting the project.
Moseley Road Hoardings
WERK commissioned artist Lucy McLauchlan to create a temporary intervention on hoardings surrounding a large-scale brownfield on Moseley Road, Birmingham.
The project transformed longstanding hoardings from a halted development which at that time was all too common across Birmingham and many cities in the UK as a result of the economic downturn.
Volunteers, WERK and service users of IWIC (engaging socially isolated Irish people across Birmingham) participated within the preparation of the hoardings, cleaning the area and cheerfully painting them on a very cold day.
Sponsored by Birmingham Joinery, and supported by Irish Welfare Information Centre & Birmingham Irish Community Forum With special thanks to Micky Rice, Michelle Aucott and Jake Genockey.
T5 2012 /
Heathrow, London, 2012
WERK were commissioned by National Express to create a concept for a permanent enhancement to Heathrow Terminal 5.
Artist. Heavy Object.
The UK’s busiest bus and coach station, located at the heart of the world’s busiest international airport, in 2004 Birmingham based D5 Architects were commissioned by National Express to take charge of the structure which most notably features a 1100 m² air inflated, translucent roof. The inflatable roof structure, designed in conjunction with well known balloonist Per Lindstrand, enabled the creation of a column free, triple storey internal space that will contribute to a safe, open and comfortable environment for its users. The self supporting canopy is also transparent, allowing the space to be naturally lit during daylight hours.
WERK commissioned artist and designer Ian Richards to develop an installation concept for the interior of the terminal following a number of site visits with the intention to create a sense of arrival in a space with five exits.
Filmmaker Craig Bush was commissioned to document the process.
In partnership with National Express.
Artist. Associate artists from Birmingham Music Hub
Birmingham Music Hub were awarded a high profile national music partnership award in 2009. The Department for Children Schools and Families (now DFE) supported five Music Partnership Projects (MPP) in 2009-2010. Claire Farrell, WERK developed and produced Banded About on behalf of the CBSO and Birmingham Music Hub. Other national awards went to music partnerships across the UK including the Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra. The Hub comprises Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham Jazz, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sound it Out Community Music and Town Hall Symphony Hall, supported by Birmingham Music Service and Ex-Cathedra.
‘Banded About’ was an ambitious music education project created by the Hub with each partner working with a cluster of 3 primary schools and 1 secondary school. The project’s objectives were to deliver in and out of school workshops to children and young people aged between 9 and 13, to teach and enhance pupil’s skills within the context of creative music ensembles. The project also aimed to provide live music experiences and sharing performance days at the prestigious CBSO Centre and Town Hall Birmingham for the participants. Simultaneously, the project provided learning opportunities for teachers and professional musicians, sharing best practice.
Sponsors. Department of Education. Arts Council England. Birmingham City Council
Swarf & All by Claire Farrell
Birmingham Made Me, Birmingham, 2013
The installation was inspired by, and pays tribute to the craftsmen and women of Morgan; the people and process of industry and manufacturing. The work encouraged people to look beyond the finished form, and to think about the process; swarf and all.
Claire Farrell created the BMM transparent letters following a short 3 week residency Morgan Cars (Malvern, Herefordshire) in collaboration with Bowden & Dolphin Signs (Saltley) with the intention to reveal and re-present the design, materials and componements within the manufacturing process.