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Information:

General Public is the collaborative platform of artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman. Broadly speaking, they devise large scale public art projects that incorporate elements of fiction, myth-making, local history re-invention and heritage rebooting.  Often this process involves re-working or inverting an established model or institutional structure. Their approach is interdisciplinary and collaborative: they produce artworks (writing, film, print), devise collaborative frameworks, organise events, curate / commission other artists.

Previous projects have included a re-interpretation of the biennale concept in inner-city Birmingham (Balsall Heath Biennale 2011  2013), a science fiction themed light festival exploring the politics of regeneration (Longbridge Light Festival, 2014), a community competition resulting in 4000 new coins for an inner city area of Birmingham (Handsworth Currency Competition 2014 -15) and an 18-month strategic touring exhibition that uses the migratory movements of hop-pickers as the conceptual basis for a tour (The Hop Project 2016-17). In 2017/18, they conceived & produced The Endless Village, an apocalyptic sitcom that investigates life in an imagined post-Brexit Britain of the future. This was presented as exhibitions at Eastside Projects and Aspex Portsmouth. Over the 2018 summer holidays they delivered the ‘Heathland Festival, a ‘children’s festival of ideas’ that occurred at Birmingham Community libraries. During 2019/20, they were artists in residence at the University of Birmingham where they developed ‘The Pomology Project’ (a reimagining of British orchard traditions in an urban context). Their current project Let Us Play explores the history of the Adventure Playground movement in Birmingham. The oral histories and archive material generated through the project will be presented in 2021 as part of a series of exhibitions, events and a publication.

News: February 2021

Creative Takeaway


Partnering with  ‘Incredible Surplus‘ Birmingham to test out a series of ‘creative takeaway’ boxes that are available from their 3 food collection points in the city. Framed by the theme of ‘food’ we are working with commissioned artists to design sets of materials, tools and instructions that respond to seasonal cycles in nature.
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Acocks Green: Commonwealth Games Feasibility Study

Supported by the city council, we are undertaking a ‘feasibility’ study in Acocks Green between November 2020 & April 2021 to develop a proposal that might feature as part of the Commonwealth Games 2022 arts programme. This is provisionally entitled ‘The Acocks Green Games’.
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The Allotment Project

ACE are funding the development of a new project called ‘The Allotment Project’ that explores relationships between culture, food, community & ritual in urban environments. It takes as its starting point the history & current context of allotments in Birmingham.
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Seven Street’s Pocket Park – Second stage of a commission by The Active Well-Being Society to continue developing the physical/social fabric of a park in Balsall Heath. Phase 2 involves an unusual ‘Balsall Heath Fairy Doors’ trail as public artwork.
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Pomology Project – Online ExhibitionAn online exhibition of The Pomology Project is now online (unfortunately we had to suspend the two planned exhibitions). Including new films of the Wassail, Apple Day & Urban Mummers Plays.

Contact:

generalpublicprojects@gmail.com
07769530557 / 07792736125
generalpublic.org.uk


Company Information: 

General Public is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (company number 07875557).

Non Executive Directors:

Dr Saskia Warren
Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Ian Malhorta
Dr. Lisa Metherell

Dr Saskia Warren

I joined Manchester in 2015 as a Lecturer in Human Geography and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019. My research engages with voices excluded or marginalised in discourse, policy and practice in the cultural and creative economies. In particular my work attends to geographies of creativity and difference, with especial interest in matters of faith and religion, issues of gender, ‘race’ and culture, and spaces of education and labour.

Bobbie-Jane Gardner

Bobbie-Jane Gardner is a composer, pianist, arranger, producer and music leader. She’s been commissioned and worked for various arts organisations including Uchenna Dance Co., Vocab Dance Co., mac arts, Punch Records, Vivid Projects, Longbridge Public Art Project, LSO Discovery, Sound and Music, Fierce Festival, Grand Union and Heart n Soul. Giving back to the community is an important part of Bobbie’s practice and she often works in socially engaged creative projects. Her most ambitious project to date was for-Wards; a city-wide music programme she directed where Birmingham’s 10 constituencies inspired the creation of 10 pieces of music by 10 Brummie composers.

Ian Malhorta

Ian Malhotra is a British artist born in Birmingham and working in London, having graduated from Manchester School of Art with a BA in Fine Art and the Royal College of Art with an MA in Print. As an artist, Ian is interested in the reproduction and translation of imagery, both contemporary and historical, and works across drawing, printmaking, video and sound. He has exhibited in group exhibitions across the UK, most recently at Southwark Park Galleries, South London Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. As an art educator, Ian has worked in a variety of roles within galleries, schools and as a workshop leader for education companies in the UK, Canada and Spain. He currently works as the Art Technician for Sutton High School and as a Learning Facilitator for the V&A Museum.