Link + Shift Artists Walk – Call for Artists

Deadline: 9 February 2020


Artists Fee: £2,000

Production Budget up to £1,750

Application Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 9 February 2020

Project Dates: March – June 2020

Artists, poets and writers based in the West Midlands are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to develop an Artists Walk which takes people on a journey from Marston Green train station into Chelmsley Wood, uncovering new and unexpected stories, animating the area and encouraging residents and visitors to look at where they are from a different perspective.

The Artists Walk project aims to support communities to tell their own stories and collectively re-imagine the places in which they live. Taking ‘The Green Estate’ as a starting point, the selected artist will work in partnership with Eastside Projects and local host organisation The B37 Project who will connect them with local residents and groups who are interested in ecological and environmental concerns – environmental activists, allotment holders, bat lovers, tree counters, ornithologists, conservationists, Forest Schoolers, domestic gardeners and biologists (for example). In collaboration they will develop a participatory Artists Walk which can be shared locally and across the West Midlands Railway network.

The selected Artist will produce a guide or map which residents and visitors can use to navigate the area. As they will develop relationships and explore Chelmsley Wood through the lens of their own practice, the form this takes will be led by the artist, in conversation with Eastside Projects. The Artists Walk will be launched with a public event in June 2020.

A second Artists Walk for Chelmsley Wood is being devised in collaboration with Fordbridge Primary School.

For full project and application details download the information pack HERE