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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fox Hollies Forum, Greenwood Avenue, Birmingham, UK

    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'.

  • 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 includes 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 will be installed/active in April 2021.

  • 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 & associated programme of creative activity. 
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  • Braithwaite Road, Birmingham, UK

    Digital trail featuring former playworker Geoff Gaisford. Installation of sign commemorating playground.

  • Birmingham B66 2PF

    Digitising Dave Swingle's extensive archive of 35mm slides, photos, super 8 footage & extensive journals relating to the adventure playground movement in Birmingham. Former playground sites include: Booth St Handsworth, Boulton Rd Small Heath, South Aston & Malvern St Balsall Heath. Creation of archive for Library of Birmingham.

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

    Digitising Dave Swingle's extensive archive of 35mm slides, photos, super 8 footage & extensive journals relating to the adventure playground movement in Birmingham. Former playground sites include: Booth St Handsworth, Boulton Rd Small Heath, South Aston & Malvern St Balsall Heath. Creation of archive for Library of Birmingham.

  • Tindal Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK

    Oral history training programme for school pupils & interviewing of former playworkers from Balsall Heath adventure playground.

  • Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1LF, UK

    Oral history training programme for school pupils & interviewing of former playworkers from Sparkbrook adventure playground.

  • 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.

  • 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 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, street parties.

  • The Mill Walk, Birmingham, UK

    LED cycle ride.

  • Soho House, Soho Avenue, Birmingham, UK

    Handsworth Coin Competition

  • 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.

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

    Working with CASBA users prior to the ‘Very Civil’ Rights March to develop banner / placards campaigning against cuts to the mental health service.

  • 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. 

  • University Of Birmingham School, 12 Weoley Park Rd, Birmingham B29 6LL, UK

    Research workshop based around totem pole building that assisted Prof Peter Kraftl with his research into plastic childhoods. 
    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/gees/kraftl-peter.aspx

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

Meriden Adventure Playground

Meriden Adventure Playground

Creative Takeaway – Winson Green

Creative Takeaway – Winson Green

Creative Takeaway – Kings Heath

Creative Takeaway – Kings Heath

Creative Takeaway – Ladywood

Creative Takeaway – Ladywood

Acocks Green – Commonwealth Games Feasibility Study

Acocks Green – Commonwealth Games Feasibility Study
Image credit: Dave Swingle. Easter Egg Cut-Outs, Acocks Green Village.

Pocket Park (Phase 2)

Pocket Park (Phase 2)

Pocket Park (Phase 1)

Pocket Park (Phase 1)

Sparkbrook Adventure Playground 1961-62

Sparkbrook Adventure Playground 1961-62

Handsworth (Booth Street) Adventure Playground 1970s

Handsworth (Booth Street) Adventure Playground 1970s

Balsall Heath (Malvern Street) Adventure Playground

Balsall Heath (Malvern Street) Adventure Playground

Oral Histories (Balsall Heath) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Balsall Heath) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Sparkbrook) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Sparkbrook) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Meriden) – Let Us Play

Oral Histories (Meriden) – Let Us Play

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

Cycle Ride

Cycle Ride

Handsworth Coin Competition

Handsworth Coin Competition

Wassail: Waking the Winter (workshops)

Wassail: Waking the Winter (workshops)

‘Very Civil’ Rights March – CASBA workshops

‘Very Civil’ Rights March – CASBA workshops

Urban Mummers Plays

Urban Mummers Plays

Plastic Childhoods

Plastic Childhoods

Apple Day – Blakesley Hall

Apple Day – Blakesley Hall

Surreal House Competition

Surreal House Competition

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!