Longbridge Light Festival: 2014 & 16

Overview

Longbridge Light Festival 2014: General Public  were commissioned by public art organisation WERK to develop the artistic proposition & curate the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival … read more

Longbridge Light Festival 2014: General Public  were commissioned by public art organisation WERK to develop the artistic proposition & curate the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival 2014. The Festival theme, ‘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.

Longbridge Light Festival 2016: General Public organised a protest parade / ‘Very Civil’ Rights March (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter)

Previously the site of one of the largest car factories in the world, Longbridge is now home to a £1 billion regeneration scheme by private developers St Modwen.

We 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.

Also included on the website is some text written by General Public for a publication about our involvement in the two festivals. In particular, this introduces some themes and ideas that underpinned the commissioning process and festival theme in 2104.

Commissioned Artists 2014: Juneau Projects, Ruth Claxton, Joanne Masding, Ailie Rutherford, Institute for Boundary Interactions, One Five West, Matthew J Watkins, Austin Houldsworth, BAZ, MortonUnderwood, Flatpack

As well as curating the 2014 festival, General Public collaborated with Matthew J Watkins on the projection ‘Close Encounters of the Longbridge Kind’. Chris Poolman also produced ‘The Quartic Rides Again’ with BAZ.

Notes:

1. WERK is an independent not-for-profit public art organisation established in 2006 by Claire Farrell, Director, Curator and Producer. WERK conceive public art strategies and projects across a range of commissioning contexts – from regeneration and social housing to large-scale experiential interventions.

2. The light festival also featured an international programme curated by WERK and work from LPAP (Longbridge Public Art Project) artist’s in residence.

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