28 September 2015

Loads going on in South Brum as Longbridge Public Arts Project returns

THIS AUTUMN, Longbridge Public Art Project returns with a programme full of events, exhibitions and workshops.

One of the upcoming events is the Longbridge Alternative History Walk on Wednesday (September 30) which takes place between 1pm and 2pm. Participants need to meet outside Sainsbury’s in Longbridge and Mike Hodder and Steve Wright will take them back in time through 1,000 years of Longbridge history. This alternative history tour will provide new facts about Longbridge and what the area was like before it becane Longbridge. Residents should e-mail stephen@WERK.org.uk to book a free place.

Then on October 3, HERE AND NOW takes place from 11am to 4pm at St John’s Church. This will feature historical research by artists and local residents being shown and art work being produced by residents for Longbridge. On the day there will be free events and activities for children and adults, as well as information about Longbridge Light Festival 2016. Those who go along will be able to find out more about the project and how they can get involved. For more information e-mail info@WERK.org.uk

The exhibition, Women of Longbridge, takes place at the LPAP SPACE in Longbridge on October 8 from 6pm to 9pm, featuring a series of interviews and photographic portraits of ex-workers of the Longbridge car factory by artists Hannah Hull and Stephen Burke.The interviews document the changing attitudes towards women who worked in what was a male-dominated environment. They cover several eras and also offer insight into the changing approach to labour throughout the factory’s life. This exhibition showcases the overlooked stories of the Women of Longbridge, and aims to provide strong female role models for the next generation. The exhibition continues until November 7 and will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Then on October 17, there will be a 1275GT Mini Restoration Open Day from 1pm to 5pm at The Cabin, Longbridge.

Artist Stuart Whipps is restoring a 1275GT mini that was made at Longbridge in 1979. He is working with ex workers from the factory and comprehensively photographing all parts of the car and the process.

Members of the public are welcome to drop by when restoration works is taking place and further public open days are scheduled for November 14 and December 12. The Cabin is situated in the Car Park in Longbridge town centre opposite Bournville College and adjacent to Austin Park.

For more information on how you can get involved with the project please email stephen@WERK.org.uk

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard