Hello world. Long time no see.
I have been a bit busy the last few months... and gratefully so. It isn't often I am asked to work on art projects, so I was surprised and honoured to be invited by Kings Heath Action for Refugees to collaborate with Jane Thakoordin and Margaret Murray on a project with the theme #LoveYourNeighbour. I asked my artist partner in crime Madeline Norris to help with the project as well... and I believe we came up with goods. It is definitely a project I am proud to be part of.
Last week our efforts were hung in the mac for all to see, and we called it Not Of This Place.
It has been a very long time since I took any photographs for anything other than Instagram... and now there are portraits I took hanging on the wall! it's a wonderful feeling.
Madeline created a wonderful sound scape consisting of recordings that we took asking people how they are connected to the city of Birmingham. It is lovely to listen to while looking at the photographs and the dress made of neck ties.
The dress is a project that Jane and Margaret facilitated called The Ties That Bind. The neck ties have hand sewn messages of solidarity with refugees on them. It is a beautiful piece.
On the night of the opening, we asked visitors to the exhibition to fill out tags asking them to answer the same question, what connects you to the city of Birmingham? We have hung the tags as part of the exhibition, which grows with every answer. A constant collaboration with the citizens of this patchwork city.
I had such a wonderful time working with these inspiring women. We met some amazing people and hopefully created something that really captures a unique aspect of the Hall Green community.
This project, along with 3 others, commissioned by Art Works Hall Green and the mac will be shown until the end of this week first week in May. If you haven't had a chance to visit... it will hopefully be back up in August for a time.