The Coventry Arts Organisation Bringing History to Life

Coventry based arts organisation, Mercurial Arts, in partnership with Yardley primary school, Oasis Academy Hobmoor, have launched a brand new digital app, that will share Yardley’s local heritage through the stories and memories of its children, residents and wider communities.

The App, ‘Histories at Hobmoor’ is the culmination of a two-year-long project that saw schoolchildren, and local residents participate in a series of poetry and heritage workshops during a programme of holiday and afterschool sessions. They have been working with professional artists to create the work before uploading the media for app users to enjoy.

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Darren King, Principal of Oasis Academy Hobmoor, said; “It has been fantastic to be part of this exciting project with Mercurial Arts, the engagement by our local community and pupils of Oasis Academy Hobmoor has been amazing. I can’t wait to see the developments of the App over the coming months with community members adding even more of their own memories from across Yardley.”

Mercurial Arts Artistic Director Oliver Scott said: “This project has been a delightful journey over the last two years. Yardley has fantastic local community members and creative children. It has been a real joy running the workshops and connecting the participants with our artists and heritage workers. We are now launching our app, as an experience for people to get out and about in Yardley hear the memories in locations and share their own stories. The website is where people can upload and share their memories of the area and will continue as a local history resource”

As well as learning about those who have walked the Hobmoor trail before them, there is also an opportunity for members of the public to upload their own stories, memories and photographs from the local area.

A celebratory launch event was held earlier in the month at Oasis Academy Hobmoor. The free app was available for guests to download and the users taken on the Histories at Hobmoor tour.

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The app will be an ongoing resource that people from Yardley and beyond can continue to connect with and use well into the future to find out more about Yardley and the history of its community. Available to download now from the Google Play Store and Apple App store when searching for Histories at Hobmoor.

The project has been funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Oasis Academy Hobmoor.

The Art of Empty Spaces live art online dialogue

Coventry Artspace’s ‘The Art of Empty Spaces’ live art online conversation kicked off last night. Artist, lecturer and Artspace trustee John Hammersley is leading a discussion on the topic of space and it’s preoccupation for artists, every evening 8-9pm until Thursday 18th October. This is part of the innovative The Art of Coventry Programme – a professional development programme of trainings and events.

See how you can join the conversation here.

John welcomed Alan Denyer, property developer and the man behind the CET Building (the old Coventry Telegraph Building) as the special guest. Last night’s conversation reflected on the legacy of the CET, and how it’s closure has highlighted the issue of space as a concern for both artists and arts organisations in the city.

Lots of interesting points were made including how certain artworks exhibited in unconventional settings enable viewers to understand art in a completely different context than the gallery settings they were initially created for. Sam Belinfante’s “Accordian” installation is a perfect example.

Image by Tara Rutledge.

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The CET has encouraged artists to consider what alternative spaces lie within the city that could receive artworks. You can join in and follow the conversation here, and see what else was discussed.

Here’s a cracking video created by Coventry-based artists Alan Van Wijgerden and Mary Courtney as a wonderful tribute to the CET – this also was featured in the Spon Spun Festival Arts Trail back in September:

We were sad to see it close it’s doors back in June, but intrigued and excited about the legacy it has left. We’re looking forward to continuing with the The Art of Empty Spaces discussion, each evening until the 18th Oct, and hearing from forthcoming guests including Executive Director of Axisweb Mark Smith, Dr Marsha Bradfield of Artfield Projects, artist Dr Simon Pope and Dr Andy Webster of Coventry University.

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