Location: The verge next to the junction of Hunts Road and Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley, B30 2PP.
Time: 1pm – 6pm
Date: Saturday 23 March 2013
Venture down to the end of Hazelwell Lane this Saturday and you will find an installation created by Tom Cahill-Jones of Stirchley Happenings. Constructed from scrap materials reclaimed from local streets over the past two years, a hide has been created that provides a vantage point from which to consider the nature of the proposed supermarket redevelopment site. A once bustling part of Stirchley – which included residents, the Co-operative Education Centre, Bate’s Toolmakers and Eccles Caravans – the area now lies unloved and seemingly in stasis, awaiting a new future as a 600-space carpark. Only TASCOS Social Club and one lone householder, provide flickering evidence of a time now passed.
The hide itself will be positioned on the site of Number 65 of a row of prefabs which used to run along the River Rea. Inside the structure will be an old map of the area, information on the latest planning developments and a short audio presentation relaying people’s memories of activities which used to take place before the dereliction took hold, alongside thoughts about the current situation. There will also be the opportunity for people to contribute their own comments, for inclusion in an expanded audio component, to be presented later this year.
Hinterland is an ongoing project, which will be moved round different sites within Stirchley over the coming months. We would be interested to hear from anyone who has ideas regarding possible future locations. Saturday’s edition has been kindly supported by Arts Forum Selly Oak and is featured as part of the Art Soak 2013 Festival.
To find out more about Art Soak you can visit the Arts Forum Selly Oak website – click here – and follow them on Twitter @artsforumsellyo.
You can also follow Tom on Twitter @TTTTTTTTTTTTTCJ.
Stirchley Happenings tweet as well @ StirchleyHaps.
Special thanks to Sabra, Sandra, Ian, Martin and Joe.