Longbridge art space opens to public

By Beth Sharp Friday 21 March 2014 Updated: 21/03 16:01

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Buy photos » Sarah Nokes, programme manager at EC Arts and Andrea Bolton, property manager at St. Modwen in the project space. (s)

THE DOORS of Longbridge’s first public arts space will open to the public tomorrow (Saturday).

During the day, arty residents will be able to take part in a large-scale creative collage being organised by one of EC Art’s artists, Redhawk Logistica.

The collage will be made up of both past and present photographs and images of the town - visitors have been invited to bring their own pictures to be photocopied and used.

A local resident and a historian, John Baker and Keith Woodfield, will also be leading a discussion on the history of Longbridge.

As well as this, visitors will get the chance to catch a glimpse of a large-scale architectural model of the old factory site in Longbridge.

The space for the project, which is next to Costa Coffee on the High Street, has been donated by St Modwen to be used by nine local artists.

It forms part of the larger ‘Longbridge Public Arts Project’ being led by EC Arts in partnership with Bournville College, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham City University and St Modwen.

Claire Farrell, EC Arts’ art director, said: “We are exploring who, what and where is Longbridge, to help create a sense of identity for the area and, through a number of different events, workshops and discussions, we hope to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.

“We would love people to share their stories about Longbridge, Northfield and the surrounding areas.

“The project space is open to all and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and talk with the artists,” she added.

Andrea Bolton, St Modwen’s property manager, said: “The project space is a great opportunity for local people to get involved with community art, ranging from craft projects such as the large-scale collage, to story-telling and delving into the local archives.”

The project space will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 6pm.

Visit www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk/life for more.

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