A group of artists based in Birmingham will be creating new and exciting interventions at an international arts festival happening this June on the Kent coast. Folkestone’s Triennial Festival entitled this year; A Million Miles from Home will see its streets, beaches and historic buildings taken over by art, interventions, installations and performances.
All of the artists have recently participated in the professional development programme British Summertime II jointly delivered by The New Art Gallery Walsall and mac Birmingham. They have each been developing their individual practices in response to the festival’s themes of diversity and displacement.
Blood, Sweat and Tears, is an artist-led project that discreetly responds to ideas of conflict, revolution and dislocation. During the opening weekend of the festival, the artists will share their experiences of temporarily relocating to the south coast through a series of installations, performances and interventions which each address issues of identity, visibility, dislocation and transience. Audiences will be invited to engage with installations at a local arts centre, explore sculpture and photography, draw their view on the windows of a local shopping centre, witness night time illuminations on trees at the University Centre, learn to hopscotch, and experience dance performances and interventions on the local beach.
Locations include The Cube, University Centre Folkestone, Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and the beach front.
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All of the artists have recently participated in the professional development programme British Summertime II jointly delivered by The New Art Gallery Walsall and mac birmingham. The Arts Council England funded programme commenced in February 2011 and was designed to demystify the relationship between artists and curators and establish how artists broker relationships with arts organisations. Two complimentary programmes were delivered by each venue led by project managers Tasawar Bashir and Indra Khanna, and the artists spent time networking with other arts professionals across the country including Pavel Buchler, Hales Gallery, Haunch of Venison, InIVA, Angela Kingston, Dinu Li, Hew Locke, Riflemaker Gallery, Andrea Schlieker and Whitworth Art Gallery. A week-long residency at mac birmingham enabled the artists to explore and test out new ideas with an audience.
BSTII participating artists: Shaheen Ahmed, Dan Auluk, Pauline Bailey, Dilwara Begum, Rubina Bibi, Saranjit Birdi, Mark Carroll, José Forrest-Tennant, Karen McLean.
British Summertime II is a professional development programme for West Midlands-based artists who explore diversity within their work. It is an Arts Council England initiative delivered in collaboration with mac birmingham and The New Art Gallery Walsall.