8th Jul, 2020

Art workshops make the connection between old and new in Redditch

Correspondent 30th May, 2019 Updated: 30th May, 2019

ARROW Valley Country Park became a dynamic mechanical space when a VIP launch took place for the Scour II project.

Twenty invited guests attended the event held beneath the support pillars of the Coventry Highway.

The area was transformed with projections, 165 video clips and sounds of mill machinery from Forge Mill and other mill museums across the country.

Project Artist Elizabeth Turner said: “We decided to keep this event small to see how the projections would work in the park.

“It was a great success which everyone enjoyed and commented on how the sound and projections really transformed the area.

“It was the perfect start to the project and now we’re keen to get more residents and visitors involved in creating pieces of artwork with our workshops over the summer before ending with an even bigger and better public event in November.”

The event was the launch of Scour II, a community art project which aims to explore the connection between 18th Century industry and the New Town of the 1960s.

The event will be followed by a number of family friendly workshops for residents to get involved in:

Follow the River workshops

Work with embroidery artist Hanny Newton to create artworks inspired by the beautiful needle collection at Forge Mill Museum. Thursdays from May 23, 2-4pm

Five Tunnels grass cut map of the River Arrow

During June and July a map of the Arrow Valley river network will slowly appear in the grass at Five Tunnels.

Come and chat on site to the artists and find out more: Saturdays June 15 and 29, 2-4pm, Sat Aug 3 2-4pm

Hook and Line Stencil Trail

A stencil art trail around the Country Park, transforming fishing flies, hooks and

plants. Ideas for the trail will be developed during a series of art workshops in August. Dates to be confirmed.

Scour Project exhibition

Bertie Crewe Gallery at The Palace Theatre, Redditch

Oct 7 – Nov 2

The Machine in the Park II

A second video installation mapped across the concrete underpass of the Coventry Highway. Using new video and sound footage created during this project.

Saturday, November 16, 5-7pm

To book places on any of the workshops go to www.forgemill.org.uk or call 01527 62509.

For more project and site info: https://scourforgemill.wordpress.com

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