As part of Junction project we commissioned local artists Lucy McLauchlan to transform the front of the old empty cottage at Belmont Row near to the bridge that crosses the Digbeth Branch Canal. The cottage is locally listed and owned by Birmingham City University who granted permission for the installation.
The new installation helps to provide new meaning for the cottage connecting it to its contemporary environment and a previous art trail created by Lucy McLauchlan found along the canal. The cottage is the starting point for the new Junction graffiti and street art walking trail which ends in Digbeth.
The second art installation is on the Warwick Barr adopted wall accessed from the Minvera Works or view on the towpath accessed from Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham.
In partnership with IGers Birmingham we ran a month long photography competition in May 2019 where we invited submissions of photographs taken on the canal which explore the theme of canal art. People have been painting and writing curious messages down on the waterways for decades so we invited people to get creative and photograph the canal art in a way that reflect the character and spaces found on the waterways.
Just under 200 entries were submitted via Instagram using #igb_comp_canalart and ten images were selected by acclaimed documentary photographer Vanley Burke and featured in our pop-up photography exhibition at Centrala during the Junction Weekender 7-9 June 2019.
The winning photography was by Alexa Walker of a mural by Lucy McLaughlin found under Fazeley bridge.