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 alongside a programme of creative public workshops, this unique collaborative 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 energy taking a central role in the artists’ exploration.
The project is now coming to an end, but an exciting, free, video projection event celebrating the industrial heritage of the borough will take place on 16th November. In Arrow Valley Country Park, the concrete flyover of the New Town 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.
Elizabeth said: “Whilst we are sad that the Scour II project is nearing the end for this year, we are very excited about this event. It will be a feast for the senses and I know that 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 passersby 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 final projection event.”
Residents or visitors who are interested in attending the event can book their free ticket for one of three time slots – 5pm, 6pm and 7pm – via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-machine-in-the-park-2-video-projection-tickets-73833045627 . Each visit will last approx. half an hour. Places are limitedso please let the artists know if you need to cancel, contact: email@example.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 approx. 2 mins 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 Public Car Parks at the end of Proctors Barn Lane (5-10 min walk from meeting point).
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.