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One Day, an Expedition Arrived at a New Place….

Very pleased to have heard that we have some very welcome Arts Council support offered for our epic 25 year project, Prospection - a multi-disciplinary survey of the evolution of a new place and community from 'Year 0'.
A prototype of what we're doing was first shown at Kettles Yard in Cambridge last year and we are hoping the survey will take place annually at North West Cambridge - where our residency in archaeology that inspired the project was - for the next 25 years.

Picture by Andreas Lang

Mobile Garden City for Chobham Manor

We're very busy at the mo working with public works (who we've worked with before in various guises from the wondrous Egremont Folk Float to the Abbey Gardens Honesty Stall). We've been appointed 'Design Champions' (Yes, we wondered that too :-)) working with gardening charity Groundwork London, to design a temporary 5-yr garden that will move twice - yes TWICE - in its life.

The rather windswept site (pictured) is our canvas, but in reality it has a great view of the velodrome, some rather smart flats nearby, a nice cafe / play area and of course the brilliant expanse of the Queen Elizabeth Park (former Olympic Park) right beside it. The growing space will be comparable to our nearby 2009 garden project What Will the Harvest Be? at Abbey Gardens and ground pollution means raised bed growing again. We're having a lot of fun looking at English garden city design principles in the early 20th century and coming up with ideas around the paradoxical concept of a moveable garden....watch this space as the project unfolds!

Birmingham on my mind

I was once a very young lecturer in Fine Art at what was University of Central England (i think it's now Birmingham City University?) in the late 1990's until 2003. My colleagues (some of the most fondly remembered died too young - Mike Holland, Pete Lloyd Lewis...) and students made lasting impressions on me, and the city of Birmingham itself was unrecognisable from what's there today - I still remember the fantastic basement diners where we had to get lunch - smoke-filled places where food was cheap and fast and greasy. Pret a Manger was still nearly a decade off.

So I'm very pleased to be showing in the city for the first time, and with former students (incl. the unforgettable 'you did what with the rabbit!?' Reuben Henry) and also former colleagues (David Burrows).

So, to see the faded glamour of our beautiful vintage Bata awning in this forthcoming show:

Eastside Projects / 86 Heath Mill Lane / Birmingham B9 4AR

31 January to 11 April 2015 (Public Preview - 30 January 2015/ 6–8pm)

Tel. 0121 771 1778
www.eastsideprojects.org

Wednesday to Saturday 12–5pm - Free entry

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