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River Arrow will guide as Scour project gets set for a spectacular finale

Correspondent 31st Oct, 2019

VISITORS to Arrow Valley Country Park are invited to attend a special video event celebrating the industrial heritage of the borough.

Taking place under the Coventry Highway as it crosses over the park, the closing of the Scour II project will be an exciting, free, video projection event and any interested residents are invited to attend.

It’s on Saturday, November 16 and the concrete flyover crossing the Arrow will echo with the mechanical rhythms of the 19th century through video and sounds of mill machinery from Forge Mill, Redditch and Churchill Forge near Kidderminster.

Those interested in attending can book their free ticket for one of three time slots – 5pm, 6pm or 7pm – via Eventbrite.

Each visit will last approximately half an hour.

For the past six months, artists Keith Ashford and Elizabeth Turner have been delivering an ambitious art project across the Arrow valley in the heart of Redditch – a location rich in social and industrial history.

Combining four key artworks with a programme of creative public workshops, the project has drawn upon the impact of human intervention in a landscape that initially appears relatively untouched.

The artworks reconnect traces of industry from the Medieval past to the New Town we see today, with the journey of the River Arrow and its use as a source of power taking a central role.

“Whilst we are sad that the Scour II project is nearing the end for this year, we are very excited about this event,” said Elizabeth.

“It will be a feast for the senses and I know those who attend will appreciate the combining of old and new, weaving history into the here and now.”

Keith added: “We have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, art walks and creating the grass cut map over the summer.

“We’ve had lots of lovely feedback from attendees and passers-by who enjoyed the opportunity to get involved and be creative.

“The project is as educational as it is artistic so I’d encourage anyone interested in the history of the town to come along to the projection event.”

The Scour II project received £22,400 grant funding from Arts Council England.

This event is supported by: Arts Council England, The Elmley Foundation, Redditch Borough Council and Arts in Redditch.

To book tickets click : here.

Places are limited so please let the artists know if you need to cancel, contact: keith.sculpturelogic@gmail.com.

The meeting point will be at the corner of Marlfield Lane and Proctors Barn Lane. Attendees will be guided to the site; a walk of approximately two minutes along a tarmac path.

The event is wheelchair accessible and under the shelter of a road flyover in the park; there may however be some muddy ground so please wear appropriate shoes and warm clothing.

Roadside car parking will be available along Marlfield Lane, Proctors Barn Lane or the car parks at the end of Proctors Barn Lane, a ten minute walk from meeting point.

To find out more about the Scour II project click here

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