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Festival of young arts graduates returns to transform the city

  • Date: 16 July 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Lace on tree

Lace on tree. Credit: Amber Wakley

From 9 -13 September up to 20 temporary artworks by new graduates will be created, grow and transform the square around Birmingham Cathedral.

Initiated by Craftspace, the independent Birmingham based craft development organisation, In:Site, the graduate festival of creativity returns to the centre of Birmingham this September with an ambitious programme of craft ‘interventions’.

Each artist has just four hours to install their temporary artwork, turning the making process into a performance. Four artists each day will create works, beginning at hourly intervals from 11am. The ‘interventions’ are artworks which appear in a public place and respond to the environment.

The festival is in its third year and past ‘interventions’ have included a bench covered in crocheted flowers, ceramic leaves hanging from trees and a live machine embroidery documenting the activity of the churchyard during the day. Last year 1200 people engaged with the artists in the Square over the 5 day festival, while a further 1800 visited online. Countless more interacted during the evening and weekend. One maker form In:Site 2012 will have the opportunity to return and complete a paid residency during the week.

Samantha Wilson, 2012 exhibiting graduate said “The location for the In:Site festival was perfect, there were lots of people buzzing about, stopping to look at the work and ask questions. I had a lot of positive feedback. Taking part in In:Site has allowed me to build up my portfolio, taught me how to showcase my work in a public art setting  and has given me the confidence to consider projects like this in the future as I hadn’t even thought about it before now. It’s been both inspiring and enjoyable.” 

The project is supported by Colmore Business District, Birmingham Cathedral & VSM Ltd distributors of Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines.

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