The Hop Project is a contemporary art project that is touring Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s … read more
The Hop Project is a contemporary art project that is touring Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project uses 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).
Hop, Hop, Hopping
The touring exhibition doesn’t seek to present a factual, social history of hops; rather it offers an interpretation from a number of different angles and perspectives. It uses the verb ‘hopping’ as a working method to explore a number of different ideas connected to the history of hop growing. These include work related migration, the politics of geographical boundaries, representations/myths of the countryside, employment rights, the effects of mechanisation within agriculture and the relationship between the city and countryside. Work within the exhibition includes hip-hop about hop picking, watercolours inspired by inner city graffiti, quilted beer label designs for fictional feminist ales and documentation of ‘agricultural sculpture’.
The hop project has number of other elements alongside the touring exhibition. These include a travelling billboard and printing station. Please check the project website for more information, news and updates.
The Hop Project is funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Ernest Cook Trust, Worcester City Council and Birmingham City Council.