In July 2016 we delivered workshops for the Outer Circle project. The project connected young creatives from the rural Midlands with those in Birmingham, inviting them to share their skills and experiences and explore how their urban or rural backgrounds affects their creative practice. The workshop looked at how exploring sense of place affects artistic practice. The practical session was broken down into two parts:
1. Finding treasure - discovering place through research and collaboration
2. Creating with and for communities
The participants worked in groups to research specific places in Birmingham, noting the landscape, sociological make up and demographics, history and heritage and cultural landscape.
The group used arts and craft materials and collaborated on ideas for work based on the research in session 1.
It was great working with Ampersand Projects, Kate really understood the themes of the project which was reflected in the workshop. It was really engaging and I would love to work with them again.
- Rosie Clements, Outer Circle Producer