Link & Shift
2018 – 2026
Chelmsley Wood, Solihull
Link & Shift is a new offsite programme curated by Eastside Projects in partnership with West Midlands Trains/Abellio. 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 Midlands Trains route.
The first iteration of this long-term programme will happen in summer 2018 within 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 the arts, food and the environment in North Solihull. Link & Shift activity will be complimented by a series of family workshops and ‘Many Worlds’ a summer school which will connect local young people with practising artists and designers in order to open doors to creative careers.
Alongside supporting Eastside Projects’ wider discussion about artists’ contribution to the communities and the built environment, the Link & Shift programme in Chelmsley Wood acts as a pilot for future programmes across the city. Future residencies might take place within community sites near to stations or within stations, depots, waiting rooms and other spaces or land owned by the rail network. We anticipate working with artists from a range of disciplines supporting them to research, produce and thrive and 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 residency will migrate and adapt across the WMT/Abellio network, and be developed in response to context, with the aim of building a network of civic-minded projects and artworks, and culturally active citizens.
Watch this space for more information!