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  • Jubilee Drive, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2SU, UK

    General Public are running the Incredible Surplus Allotment in Handsworth. Working with volunteers to produce food that is distributed every Thursday through the ShareHouse in Winson Green.

  • Lee Gardens, Smethwick B67 7HP, UK

    General Public are running the Incredible Surplus Allotment in Londonderry Smethwick. Working with volunteers to produce food that is distributed every Thursday through the ShareHouse in Winson Green.

  • Balsall Heath City Farm, Malvern Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Outdoor exhibition installed at site of former Balsall Heath Adventure Playground site showcasing archival material & QR codes with oral histories.

  • Birmingham B37 5TB, UK

    Partner in the 'Let us Play' project. Oral history interviews were conduced by local children with playworkers & staff at Meriden adventure playground. Outdoor exhibition installed on site showcasing archival material & QR codes with oral histories.

  • St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5DP

    Oral history training programme for school pupils & interviewing of playworkers/volunteers from Meriden adventure playground.

  • Braithwaite Road, Birmingham, UK

    Oral history training programme for school pupils at Christchurch Primary School & interviewing of former playworkers from Sparkbrook adventure playground. Digitisation of Geoff Gaisfords archive. captured in the Let Us Play book, website & LoB archive.

  • Birmingham B66 2PF

    Digitising Dave Swingle's archive of 35mm slides, photos, super 8 footage & extensive journals relating to the adventure playground movement in Birmingham including extensive material relating to Booth Street Playground Handsworth. Creation of archive for Library of Birmingham. Captured in the Let us Play book.

  • Malvern Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 8NN, UK

    Oral history training programme for school pupils at Ark Tindal & interviewing of former playworkers from Balsall Heath adventure playground. Digitising Dave Swingle's extensive archive of 35mm slides, photos, super 8 footage & extensive journals relating to the adventure playground movement in Birmingham including Malvern St. Creation of archive for Library of Birmingham.

  • 58 Great Western Cl, Birmingham B18 4QF, UK

    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. This involves firing & glazing participants clay culinary utensils.

  • Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd,, Birmingham B14 7DB

    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. This involves firing & glazing participants clay culinary utensils.

  • Ladywood Health and Community Centre, St Vincent St W, Birmingham B16 8RP

    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. This involves firing & glazing participants clay culinary utensils.

  • Balsall Heath City Farm, Malvern Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Phase 2 of the Seven Street's Pocket Park project in partnership with The Active Well-Being Society. This included a Balsall Heath take on a Fairy Doors trail as public artwork (with entries from schools in close proximity to the park: Nelson Mandela, Clifton & Ark Tindal primary schools). The trail was active from August 2021 onwards.

  • Seven Streets Pocket Park, Clifton Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12, UK

    Developing project for The Active Well-Being Society that develops a park as a social space. Developing raised beds for growing, working with local residents & an associated programme of creative activity. 

  • Blakesley Hall, Blakesley Rd, Birmingham B25 8RN, UK

    Curation of an alternative Apple Day, featuring the Apple Store, Cherry-Minder & Black Butter making. 

  • Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QG, UK

    Wassail: Waking the Winter with a CLANG
    Saturday 18th January 2020, Highbury Orchard Community / Highbury Park, Kings Heath Birmingham
    New Interpretation of the Wassail featuring African drumming courtesy of the Green Man, some seasonal MC-ing, folk songs, Wassail drinking bowls made from local clay, the baby shark melody, Woga (Woodland Yoga) & two characters representing Summer & Winter.

  • Kings Heath Library, High Street, King's Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Pre-Wassail workshop at local library where people made props to enable them to take part in the Wassail performance.. The library formed the start of a parade that went through Highbury Park to the community orchard.

  • Handsworth Park, Holly Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2BY, UK

    Information: Playwright Liz Mytton was commissioned to write three new 'urban mummers plays' which were performed by a troupe of actors at Simmerdown Festival. 

  • Walsall Road Allotments, Birmingham, UK

    ‘Cherry minding’ is an old orchard practice that involves preventing birds from eating all the cherries before harvest time using ‘instruments’ made from recycled materials and rope fashioned into a one man band style noise-making system. The Pomology Project’s incarnation of the Cherry Minder drew upon this DIY approach to create a new pedal-powered sound sculpture. Touring around the city in 2019 visiting Simmerdown Festival, Walsall Road Allotments Open day 2019, Kharnival & Balsall Heath Carnival.

  • 25 Grantham Rd, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1LU, UK

    For The Pomology Project, a new Birmingham black butter recipe and cooking method was created by artist Jo Capper working with the Ashiana Community Centre.

  • Balsall Heath Library, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Heathland Festival
    2019 Summer Holidays
    (‘A children’s festival of ideas’)
    Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and Druids Heath community libraries

  • Kings Heath Library, High Street, King's Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Heathland Festival
    2019 Summer Holidays
    (‘A children’s festival of ideas’)
    Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and Druids Heath community libraries

  • Druids Heath Library, Idmiston Croft, Birmingham, UK

    Heathland Festival
    2019 Summer Holidays
    (‘A children’s festival of ideas’)
    Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and Druids Heath community libraries

  • Druids Heath Library, Idmiston Croft, Birmingham B14 5NJ, UK

    An ice cream van playing the ‘L’Internationnale’ – swap your poems for ice cream and enjoy the communism of the senses. Based on a concept by Robert Grose.
    Lolly is theft! Mind that Comrade!

  • Bangladesh Womens Association, Coventry Road, Birmingham, UK

    Ongoing collaboration with the Bangladeshi Women's Association in Small Heath, including: costumes designed for the Mummers Plays as part of The Pomology Project & commissioning writer
    Elizabeth Charis to work with the Bangladeshi Women’s Association as part of the Heathland Festival looking at how traditional Bangladeshi / Bengali stories can be retold within a contemporary Small Heath context (see Heathland Storybook).

  • Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, Deritend, Birmingham, UK

    Eastside Projects Exhibition (Birmingham) Summer 2018

    The Endless Village was a satirical sitcom set in Kingdom#3 of an imagined future post-Brexit Britain. Investigating life, localism and trade relations, the sitcom pilot (‘Banana Day’) presented a satirical meditation on future daily life in NFKATUK – the Nation Formerly Known As The UK. Filmed in Birmingham at Moseley Bog & Highbury Community Orchard.

  • St John's Church, Saint Johns Road, Birmingham, UK

    Series of oral history interviews with members of the Narthex Centre lunch club (elderly residents of Sparkbrook who emigrated to the UK from Ireland and West Indies in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s). The interviews were conducted by students from St Johns Primary School, Sparkhill, Birmingham & focused on the changing availability of food in the UK since WW2 & arriving in the UK from another country.

  • Balaams Wood Dr, Rubery, Birmingham B31 5HF, UK

    The Endless Village workshop programme occurred in Balaam's Wood, Frankley, South Birmingham during school holidays. Some of the results of this – objects, locally sourced River Rea Clay – can be seen in the film & exhibition.

  • Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK

    Exhibition at mac Birmingham for The Hop Project. This toured Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project used the historical migratory movements of hop pickers as the conceptual basis for a touring exhibition. Venues include The Hive (Worcester), The Courtyard Centre for the Arts (Hereford) and Midlands Arts Centre, (Birmingham).

  • Soho House, Soho Avenue, Birmingham, UK

    Creation of 3 new coins for Handsworth featuring local people. 4000 coins were produced and distributed across Handsworth, allowing access to Soho House Museum.

  • Grove Primary School, Dawson Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, UK

    The ‘Tails’ aspect of the Handsworth Currency Competition was co-ordinated through workshops in local schools. Three winners were selected whose designs went onto the 4000 new Handsworth coins. In May 2015, 2300 coins were distributed via school assemblies.Schools: Holyhead School, Grove Primary School, Future First School, St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth Girls School

  • Longbridge Town Centre, Birmingham, UK

    Protest Parade 2016: ‘Very Civil’ Rights March

    Commissioned by WERK to create a parade for the 2016 Longbridge Light Festival. Jumping on the 2016 global protest bandwagon, we decided to try and bring a touch of mild 1960s idealism to the festival with a protest orientated parade – a ‘very civil’ rights march featuring local community groups.

  • CASBA Advocacy, St Laurence Pastoral Centre,173 Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 2LX

    Working with groups across Longbridge & Northfield in the 6 months before the ‘Very Civil’ Rights March developing banners & placards (for example, CASBA users developed content campaigning against cuts to the mental health service).

  • Longbridge Town Centre, Birmingham, UK

    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.

  • The Mill Walk, Birmingham, UK

    Science fiction cycle ride as part of 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.

  • Runcorn Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    The public sculpture colouring in posters re-imagined the local area by digitally integrating three large public sculptures – by Juneau Projects, Andy Holden and Raqs Media Collective – into the Balsall Heath landscape.The Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan, developed under the 2011 Localism Act, contains a number of recommendations for public art to be sited at the seven entry points to Balsall Heath. The biennale public sculpture colouring in posters visualised what some of these pieces of public art might be and how they might look in Balsall Heath. 1000 public sculpture colouring in posters were distributed through local primary schools in Balsall Heath. Local children were invited to colour them in and put them up in their living room windows as part of an area wide competition in which over 200 houses entered.

  • Eastwood Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Hub of the Balsall Heath Biennale: street parties, Cat gallery, 58 Eastwood Road, Open House.

  • Longmore Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Mobile tourist information centre offering information on an area not renowned for it’s tourism industry. Postcard range featured a series of local ‘heritage’ sites and landmarks, such as Zaffs kebab house and Apna Ghar Asian OAP home.

  • 568-570 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Talks programme across Balsall Heath as part of the Balsall Heath Biennale in unusual locations. For example, in the wedding suite above the Hillac Somalian restaurant and at Balsall Heath Church Centre.

  • Eastwood Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Balsall Heath Biennale hub: Open exhibition at our home in Balsall Heath / Cat Gallery.

  • Cannon Hill Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9NW, UK

    Balsall Heath has an unlikely history of Surrealism, with English surrealist Conroy Maddox living in the area during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The ‘Decorate Your House Competition: Surreal Theme’ was open to anyone in Balsall Heath and judged by Dr Stephen Forcer, a specialist in Surrealism from Birmingham University. The winning entries formed a surreal house trail across the local area as part of the biennale.

Incredible Allotment Handsworth Jubilee

Incredible Allotment Handsworth Jubilee

Incredible Allotment Londonderry

Incredible Allotment Londonderry

Let Us Play Exhibition – Balsall Heath City Farm

Let Us Play Exhibition – Balsall Heath City Farm

Let Us Play Exhibition – Meriden Adventure Playground

Let Us Play Exhibition – Meriden Adventure Playground

Oral Histories (Meriden) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Meriden) – Let Us Play

Sparkbrook Adventure Playground 1961-62: archive & oral histories

Sparkbrook Adventure Playground 1961-62: archive & oral histories

Handsworth (Booth Street) Adventure Playground 1970s

Handsworth (Booth Street) Adventure Playground 1970s

Balsall Heath (Malvern Street) Adventure Playground: archive & oral histories

Balsall Heath (Malvern Street) Adventure Playground: archive & oral histories

Creative Takeaway – Winson Green

Creative Takeaway – Winson Green

Creative Takeaway – Kings Heath

Creative Takeaway – Kings Heath

Creative Takeaway – Ladywood

Creative Takeaway – Ladywood

Pocket Park: Balsall Heath Fairy Doors Trail

Pocket Park: Balsall Heath Fairy Doors Trail

Pocket Park (Phase 1)

Pocket Park (Phase 1)

Apple Day – Blakesley Hall

Apple Day – Blakesley Hall

Wassail: Waking the Winter

Wassail: Waking the Winter

Wassail: Waking the Winter (workshops)

Wassail: Waking the Winter (workshops)

Urban Mummers Plays

Urban Mummers Plays

The Cherry-Minder

The Cherry-Minder

Ashiana Centre: Collaboration

Ashiana Centre: Collaboration

Heathland festival: Balsall Heath Library

Heathland festival: Balsall Heath Library

Heathland Festival: Kings Heath Library

Heathland Festival: Kings Heath Library

Heathland Festival: Druids Heath Library

Heathland Festival: Druids Heath Library

L’Internationnale Ice Cream Van

L’Internationnale Ice Cream Van
An ice cream van playing the ‘L’Internationnale’ – swap your poems for ice cream and enjoy the communism of the senses. Based on a concept by Robert Grose.
Lolly is theft! Mind that Comrade!

Bangladeshi Women’s Association: Collaboration

Bangladeshi Women’s Association: Collaboration

The Endless Village Exhibition

The Endless Village Exhibition

The Narthex Centre: We Have No Banana’s Today

The Narthex Centre: We Have No Banana’s Today

The Endless Village – Frankley Programme

The Endless Village – Frankley Programme

Mac exhibition – The Hop Project

Mac exhibition – The Hop Project

Handsworth Currency Competition: Soho House

Handsworth Currency Competition: Soho House

Handsworth Currency Competition: Handsworth Schools

Handsworth Currency Competition: Handsworth Schools

Protest Parade 2016: ‘Very Civil’ Rights March

Protest Parade 2016: ‘Very Civil’ Rights March

‘Very Civil’ Rights March – workshops

‘Very Civil’ Rights March – workshops

Longbridge Light Festival 2014

Longbridge Light Festival 2014

Sci-Fi Cycle Ride

Sci-Fi Cycle Ride

Public sculpture colouring in posters trail

Public sculpture colouring in posters trail

Eastwood Road

Eastwood Road

Balsall Heath Tourist Information Centre

Balsall Heath Tourist Information Centre

Talks Programme: Balsall Heath Biennale

Talks Programme: Balsall Heath Biennale

58 Eastwood Road / Cat Gallery / Open House

58 Eastwood Road / Cat Gallery / Open House

Surreal House Competition

Surreal House Competition