residency

Brownfields by Lucy

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Last week I started my residency at Airspace Gallery exploring certain brownfield sites of Stoke on Trent, where much of the ceramics industry has closed leaving empty sites. This is part of an ongoing project at Airspace’s Brownfield Research Centre in order to open up new conversations regarding brownfields across the UK.

The impact of brownfield sites hold negative and positive responses; from the absurdity of vacant space, to the unveiling on closer inspection that these spaces are teaming with valued life.

Perhaps we need to change the current perspective, maybe we are blind to brownfield sites since these fenced off areas are such a consistent sight in our towns and cities.

What has come from my week was that although I personally find these sites a place of wonder and seclusion to paint in and explore, there are others who seemingly do not even question that there is potential without the developers, for themselves or others. When we look closely it is however clear that they provide sanctuary for man and creature, with a thriving ecosystem and possibly simply serve as a breathing space.

Whilst we leave the squares of concrete and asbestos, silently the full force of nature is infiltrating and breaking down what we have chosen to ignore.

Whilst we leave the squares of concrete and asbestos, silently the full force of nature is infiltrating and breaking down what we have chosen to ignore.

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Centrala Residency - ‘Birmingham By Pass’  by Lucy

Within my ongoing ‘investigation’ into some of Birmingham’s more unapparent areas, ‘Birmingham By Pass’  features new works referencing my time spent along the canals and waterways of Digbeth. Culminating in an installation at the intimate gallery space located just off the canal within Centrala.

Over the next month this residency shall see murals painted along the Grand Union canal. As they appear and disappear the process will be documented and finally presented as a zine. Centrala will host weekly updates as the month progresses, providing an insight into this journey - one which is not revealed when you simply look at the murals or view them online - for it is not the finished mural that is the driving force, but the process of painting and the full absorption of those surroundings. In those hours you witness things often missed when passing by, meet and hear many people’s stories and from up high on the ladder gain new vantage points.

Residency runs from 9th June to 8th July.
Closing event 7th July.