Art Walk

An important part of the Scour project is a pair of “Art Walk” workshops in the Arrow Valley. These are led by artist, Andrew Howe. The first one took place on May 23rd and was a 2 hour gentle stroll through the area around Bordesley Abbey and Forge Mill.

We were very lucky to have Tony Green from Redditch Local History Society with us who talked about the history of the landscape we walked through, stopping at various places to point out the effects of man’s industry on the shape of the land. As we walked we thought about the landscape through sketching, listening and collecting things to take back to use in the afternoon art workshop back at the museum.

Participants made their own “map” artworks using their research material and Andrew will be using these to create a “Zine”, an informal printed magazine leaflet, as a record of the walk.

The 2nd Scour Art Walk will be on Friday 30th August at 11am. This time we will be exploring the South part of the Arrow Valley starting at Ipsley Mill. Watch this space for more details and look out for the posters!

Follow the River Workshops

Throughout June, Hanny has been working with a group at Forge Mill on the “Follow the River” workshops. Using traditional embroidery techniques such as couching and goldwork they have created artworks that “sample” the nature of the Arrow Valley. Inspired by the patterns of needle displays in the museum collection the group collected sticks and leaves etc from the landscape and sewed them onto canvas to create these beautiful artworks.

Scour has commissioned Hanny to develop a new artwork of her own in response to the needle collection, this will be exhibited together with all the artwork from the workshops at the Bertie Crewe gallery in the Palace Theatre, Redditch in November this year.

Five Tunnels grass cut map of the River Arrow


Artists Keith Ashford and Liz Turner are creating a map of the River Arrow in the grass at the Five Tunnels site in the Arrow Valley Park. This artwork shows historic and current manmade waterways and reflects how water flow was controlled to power the nineteenth century needle mills of the Arrow Valley. The changing water levels across the land will be echoed in the grass as it grows and is cut back. 

This project is taking place June – August 2019 with the grass being reshaped at regular intervals over this time. 

Come and chat on site to the artists and find out more:
Saturdays 2-4pm on 29th June and 3rd August



Scour 2 workshops begin with Follow the River

Artist Hanny Newton leads a workshop on stitching and embroidery. The group began by looking at the needle collection in Forge Mill museum focusing on the manufacturer’s display boards. They drew the patterns and designs of the needle arrangements and developed them into embroidery.

Workshops continue on Thursday 20th and 27th June, 2 to 4pm. All welcome booking through Forge Mill Museum.