AFTER several months of hard work, an exhibition inspired by the history of Forge Mill and the medieval landscape of nearby Bordesley Abbey, is set to open.
‘Scour: The Hidden Landscape of Forge Mill’ will be at the museum from June 10 to July 3 before moving to the Palace Theatre on September 6.
The work explores the legacy of needle making and the ancient waterways that fed the mill through sculpture, video and drawing.
The project is made up of an art residency, exhibition and public art workshops by artists Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford.
“We’ve tried to capture and interpret the amazing contrast between the museum’s delicate needle displays and the heavy, moving machinery which produced them through this work and we hope visitors will enjoy it too,” said Elizabeth.
Keith added: “The whole exhibition is based on the industrial history of the Mill and its place in the surrounding landscape. As well as interesting pieces of art, there is also a great educational and interactive element to the exhibition which we hope everyone will enjoy.”
The exhibition is suitable for all ages and as part of the project there will be a number of workshops to get involved in during June and July including ‘Little Explorers’, print embossing and sculpture.
Huw Moseley, arts and events officer, said: “We are really excited about the project and so far the workshops have gone down really well with visitors. It is a pleasure to be working with Keith and Elizabeth and we are privileged that they have decided to use this historic site not only as inspiration but also to display the collection of artwork.”
The project is being supported by a £15,000 investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additional funding is also being provided by Redditch Borough Council and Redditch School of Art Trust via Redditch Arts Council.