We are delighted to share that we have been awarded Offsite 9 funding to create an immersive outdoor exhibition at Boundary Way Community Garden in conjunction with the British Art Show 9. The funding is from Creative Black Country and is to create an event that will add value and compliment British Art Show 9, a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates recent art made in Britain, when it runs in Wolverhampton during Spring 2022.
Offsite 9 at Boundary Way will provide a further opportunity for Boundary Way Project to highlight the creativity that is happening on the allotment site, ranging from school groups visiting the site as part of their curriculum, the site as a source of inspiration for local artists and writers and a place where we can learn more about local biodiversity and how we can preserve it. The show will highlight the role of allotments as creative community hubs and ecological arts practice that imagines hopeful new futures during a climate and environmental emergency.
We hope that the exhibition will encourage community connection following the difficult years we have faced and be a chance to celebrate the creativity that Boundary Way has inspired and the importance of allotments in communities.
The exhibition will highlight how the climate and ecological crisis impacts on us all and help to illustrate actions that we can all take to make a difference. Additionally, the show will reflect on the importance of local green spaces for nature and biodiversity to local communities. By examining the changes in artists practice that are needed in a new greener future, the exhibition looks at the important role of the arts in helping us cope with what is to come.
We are excited that the exhibition will combine film, artwork poetry and installation from artists based in Wolverhampton and across the region. Work by local school pupils, including Pennfields Special School and Highfields School that are adjacent to our site, will also be showcased and we can’t wait to share what they have created with you.
But that’s not all! The exhibition will be the place that we highlight work created by two groups that have developed online during lockdown; Boundary Way Writer’s Group is a monthly online meet up where we create and share nature inspired poetry and the botanical INKollective is a group of artists exploring plant inks who connect online to work on projects via postal exchange.
We’re so pleased to be involved in the Offsite 9 programme and can’t wait to share our exhibition with you! There may be a few additional activities too, so watch this space for lots of excitement in 2022.
This project is supported by Creative Black Country as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places scheme and Paycare.