Fresh greens – and all other colours here at Birmingham’s Bull Ring markets. The markets form a vibrant heart of the city – and they’ve been in the same spot for over 800 years.
This has been a fantastically rich intergenerational project. We have worked with community groups at St Luke’s Community Centre, sixthformers from Birmingham Metropolitan College, and with parents and children at St Thomas Children’s Centre, Attwood Green. We visited the Bull Ring Markets to gather record sounds, sights and smells, and we made all sorts of creative art in response – a textile artwork and collage album now on show at the National Trust Back to Back Houses, audio recordings of memories, sights and stories at the markets, songs and a performance piece… not to mention a shopping list pad to show off all the art we’ve made.
Our project was funded by BCC’s Culture on Your Doorstep programme, and we worked with partners St Lukes, Attwood Green, Woodview Futures, Optima, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Midland Mencap and the National Trust Back to Backs.
Here’s a visual timeline of the project