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Link + Shift

2018 – 2020

Link + Shift is an offsite programme curated by Eastside Projects in partnership with West Midlands Railway. Built around a series of Artists’ Residencies and Artist-Led Walks the programme aims to develop high quality arts opportunities and experiences for people and places along the West Midlands Railway network.

Activity is focussed in Chelmsley Wood which is served by Marston Green train station. Since 2017 we have been developing a partnership with B37 Project, a community led organisation which is building projects within the theme of the ‘Green Estate’, across arts, food and the environment in North Solihull.

Alongside supporting Eastside Projects’ wider discussion about artists’ contribution to communities and the built environment, the Link + Shift programme in Chelmsley Wood acts as a pilot for future programmes in other towns and cities. Future residencies might take place within the community and public realm where we could work with artists from a range of disciplines, supporting them to research, produce and thrive amongst an interconnected network of community partners who are working to reimagine their and neighbourhoods in relation to travel, sustainability and cultural activity.

The location, duration and form of the activity is being developed in response to context, with the aim of building a network of civic-minded projects and artworks, and culturally active citizens.

Projects Included

SOUNDWalk B37 – SOUNDkitchen in collaboration with B37 Project

Adventures Awake – Sarah taylor Silverwood in collaboration with Fordbridge Primary School

Link + Shift Artists Residency – Chris Alton in collaboration with Meridan Adventure Playground (MAPA)

Many Worlds Summer School, 2018