The Machine in the Park video

In March this year we were able to screen our video installation “The Machine in the Park” in the Arrow Valley just before the first lock-down happened. As part of the Scour collaboration with Heart of Worcestershire college students Olivia Jenkins-Handy and Mollie Dale made this documentary film about the event: click on this link to have a look at their brilliant work!

HoW student documentary of Machine in the Park event.

Machine in the Park 2!

The Machine in the Park video projection took place on Saturday 7th March in the Arrow Valley.

20200307_201420120 people came and enjoyed seeing the incredible machines of Forge Mill and Churchill Forge working across the concrete pillars of the flyover.

20200307_202151We loved playing around with the video and sounds in this cathedral-like space!


To see a documentary video made on the night by Redditch videographer John James click here:

We can’t believe that it’s nearly the end of the Scour project, and are excited to see all the artwork together in the exhibition at the Kingfisher Centre.Scour poster-page-001

Visiting Andy Mckeown’s studio

In preparation for our Machine in the Park 2 Event, we’ve been working at Andy Mckeown’s studio in Shrewsbury. We had a wonderful time editing videos and creating a test studio projection of a whole series of images which we “mapped” onto a mock layout screen of the underpass area!

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We were also lucky enough to be joined by Kate Allan, who wrote songs inspired by the landscapes of the Arrow Valley last year during our Scour Art Walks with Andrew Howe. Kate has been recording two new songs which will be played as part of the Machine in the Park 2!


We’re really looking forward to the Machine in the Park event on 7th March. Here’s hoping we stay dry and perhaps a little warmer than it was in November!

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New date for Machine in the Park 2!

Unfortunately, our video event scheduled for 16th November had to be postponed owing to flooding!74893738_1273443899522554_9202521611310202880_n.jpg

This was obviously a huge disappointment as the projections were to be the culmination of all the work on the project to date.

BUT we can now say that the new date will be 7th March 2020!

Tickets can be booked here.

Once again, there are three time slots available to choose from and the viewing will last roughly 30 minutes. Please be aware of the slightly later times (now 6pm, 7pm and 8pm) owing to the event no longer taking place in the middle of winter!


The sounds of 19th century mill machinery will once again echo through Redditch!

“Follow the River”: an exhibition exploring nature and heritage in the Arrow Valley Country Park, 5th – 30th November

Throughout June this year, embroidery artist, Hanny Newton, ran a series of art
workshops at Forge Mill Needle Museum and “Your Ideas” Youth Group. Using traditional embroidery techniques such as couching and goldwork, the group created artworks which “sample” the nature of the Arrow Valley. Inspired by the patterns of needle displays in the museum collection the group collected natural objects from the landscape and sewed them onto canvas to create these beautiful artworks.

Hanny has herself created new artworks inspired by the needle collection and these are exhibited in The Bertie Crewe Gallery at The Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch. They will be on display 5th November – 30th November.

Bertie Crewe pic

Scour II ends 2019 with “The Machine in the Park”

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.”DSC_0639

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.”

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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: . Each visit will last approx. half an hour. Places are limitedso please let the artists know if you need to cancel, contact: .

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).

test video projection
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.

Art walk and workshop in the Arrow Valley

We had a successful art walk and workshop on Friday 30th August with everyone greatly enjoying themselves and the good weather! We walked from the southern tip of the Arrow Valley lake to the site of Ipsley Mill, then followed the mill race to the river and back up to Ipsley Church.
This was a walk with a different feel to our previous Bordesley Abbey walk but it still took in the old waterway engineering.
The afternoon then saw some great creative reflections in the workshop, including a song being written! Thank you to everyone who took part.