16th Jul, 2019

Arts Council boost to help residents rediscover old Redditch town

Correspondent 2nd Apr, 2019

AN exciting sequel to a borough art project will be starting in May with opportunities for families and residents of all ages to get involved.

The Scour II project will run from May until November with various workshops, art walks and two video projection based events in Arrow Valley Countryside Park.

The project aims to encourage visitors to rediscover this part of the town and make connections between the history of the Abbey, needle industry and the structures of the New Town, as well as improving under-used areas.

Three years after the original Scour project in 2016, renowned artists Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford are returning to Redditch for “Scour II: The Museum in the Landscape” thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Redditch Borough Council, Arts in Redditch, Midcounties Co-op and The Elmley Foundation.

The project has just received £22,400 grant funding from Arts Council England.

Elizabeth said: “We are very excited to start the Scour II project and give even more residents and visitors the opportunity to get involved and be creative. Our workshops will cover everything from botanical drawing to spray painting and even some stitch/embroidery so there really is something for everyone to try.”

Keith added: “The grant funding from the Arts Council and our partners means that we can really celebrate the history of Redditch and the fantastic way the whole town combines old with new. The workshops will be a lot of fun but there is also an underlying educational element where families will get to learn new skills and investigate their home town.”

The previous Scour project produced sculpture, video, sound, drawing and photography. It welcomed over 905 visitors to exhibitions at Forge Mill and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, and involved 126 participants in creative workshops.

For more information about the artists and the project go to the council’s website.

Follow the progress of the project with the artists’ blog here: https://scourforgemill.wordpress.com/

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