A selection of images from work undertaken on the Longbridge Public Art Project.
2013 – 2016
The Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) was conceived and set up in September 2012 by Claire Farrell, Director and Curator of WERK in response to the changing nature of Longbridge, a suburb of south-west Birmingham.
Once the site of a thriving motor factory (1905-2005), Longbridge was at that time in the midst of massive regeneration after a seemingly long fallow period. While some of its existing communities were still making sense of the site’s industrial loss, the creation of a town centre for the very first time, the re-location of Bournville College and the construction of large-scale retail units were designed to bring new jobs and footfall to Longbridge. WERK believed that contemporary public art and socially-engaged practice should be at the heart of such a unique and complex development.
Photographs by Stephen Burke