I am currently embarking on a new funded project with my artist collaborator Emily Warner. Make/Shift/Space is a 6 month research and development project by Hickey+Warner, in partnership with mac birmingham and supported by Arts Council England, that will design and fabricate a mobile art studio and gallery alongside a programme of action research and socially engaged micro-residencies in the public realm. Four artists (including myself) will use the changeable structure across three different localities of Birmingham, working with the public and workshop groups to produce site-responsive art work that is displayed in-situ. The project will culminate in an artist lab day and art showcase at a regional cultural event in the city.

We have so far undertook a period of intensive action research and live tests to find out how the structure could operate; it is currently being designed and built by Juneau Projects. Progress so far can be viewed at makeshiftspace and on twitter @makeshiftspace. The public facing residencies and community engagement activity will take place as follows:

Part One: 02/05 – 01/07 A series of live residencies, showcased across temporary public locations in Digbeth, Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook (Birmingham).

Shift 1: Claire Hickey 02/05 – 19/05
Digbeth > Sparkbrook

Shift 2: Laura Burns 20/05 – 24/05

Shift 3: Sarah Taylor-Silverwood 25/05 – 08/06
Balsall Heath

Shift 4: Emily Warner 09/06 – 26/06
Balsall Heath > Digbeth

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