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This summer Eastside Projects and Roger Coward re-visit his 1975 Artist Placement Group project in Birmingham. Focusing on Small Heath as part of the Government’s Inner Area Study, the exhibition of original material includes the artist’s film ‘The Most Smallest Heath in the Spaghetti Junction’, plus a new artist’s book, a symposium ‘The Studio in Society’ (4 July), and a revival of two plays devised and performed in Digbeth in 1975.
The revival of these two plays is produced by Coward, and Directed by Frances Viner, who was part of the artist group and also acted in the original plays in 1975. The actors, stage manager and designer have been located through open auditions.
The first play ‘Happiness in the Homeland’ explores the reaction of a teenage daughter to her Irish mother's wish to marry a Guyanese immigrant. After improvisation by the group it was written by an 18 year old Small Heath shop assistant called Pauline Walton who, after a search by Eastside Projects, Coward recently made contact with again after a forty year gap.
The second play ‘There we were, and here we Go’ explores themes, which remain relevant in Birmingham today, of leadership, participation, organisation and authority.
By reimaging both plays now Coward aims to open up discussion and thought about these themes which still dominate politics today, and encourage debate about the wider issues that context based art projects generate.
Roger Coward's exhibition YOU AND ME HERE WE ARE is open to the public between 16 May - 11 July 2015.
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
Free entry, open Wednesday to Saturday, 12–5pm
Tel. 0121 771 1778 www.eastsideprojects.org @eprjcts
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Eastside Projects is an exhibition space in Digbeth, Birmingham. It is a free, public space that is being imagined and organised by artists. We commission and present experimental contemporary art exhibitions, and propose ways in which art may be useful to society.
For further information on Eastside Projects and our past exhibitions/events, please visit our website: www.eastsideprojects.org