Junction is a community arts project that took place between April and June 2019 on a stretch of waterways that runs through Digbeth in Birmingham.
The aim of the project was to promote access to the public spaces found along the canal and to see if we can collectively re-imagine this historic stretch of waterway. All around the canals the city is being re-made Junction provides an opportunity to reflect on the areas past whilst we move forward.
Junction embraced the way the natural way that the space has evolved and its visual landscape, so the project focused on the colourful street art and graffiti found on the canal between Belmont Row (Digbeth Branch Canal) and Bordesley (grand Union Canal).
Junction provided an electric mix of arts activities delivered collaboratively with our partners and local artists and included: art walks, films, graffiti workshop, photography and pop up gallery.
We also worked to enhance the local area by installing two new art installations on the cottage at Belmont Row and on the Warwick Barr adopted canal wall working with artist Lucy McLauchlan.
The project received funding from Arts Council England and HS2 Community Environment Fund.
Check out the project Instagram #junctionbrum
Stirchley High Street Stories was a community arts project that explored the visual environment and stories found in one of Birmingham's most unique and curious high streets.
The stories were collected by community volunteer photographers using street photography and by talking to local people we meet on the high street. The project provides a contemporary snapshot of Stirchley's high street including its shopfronts, signs and life.
We shared stories in the following ways:
Each of the community photographers worked on a photo essay that was printed in a special edition free newspaper and exhibited at our pop up in Artefact.
The project received support from National Lottery Community Fund.