We’ve made a selection of materials to share with you, which come from a variety of sources – from exhibition introductions, a learning pack, previously published articles or from writers on the topic of community engagement, some oral history and podcasts.
In September 2023, miaaw.net broadcast a discussion with Steve Trow (in the Black Country) and Chris Baldwin (in Bulgaria), hosted by Owen Kelly (in Helsinki). Due to a forest fire and loss of the internet Chris was not present for the first part of the conversation. Listen at: miaaw.net/961/ Chris and Steve continued their conversation after the broadcast. You can download a transcript of their continuing post-discussion here.
Jubilee Arts Archive Activity Pack 2023
Plenty of ideas for activities to try out with your group, whether young people or adults, inspired by working with archives and photography. We encourage you to take the opportunity to explore some of the amazing materials to be found in your local archives and collections, helping both students, individuals and groups from the wider community. Several artists worked with materials from the Jubilee Arts Archive; their examples shared in this document offer some practical suggestions for activity. Download and try them for yourselves.
Hipkiss & Graney Film
In 2023, artists Hipkiss and Graney undertook a short residency to make work in response to the archive. They explored the archival images and the green spaces around the Oak House Museum in West Bromwich, offering a series of open workshops to engage participants with the local ecology and its unique meadowland. This short film documents their final event.
A world that someone else owns, by Brendan Jackson
Black Country Echoes was a festival celebrating local post-war manufacturing history. It was held between September and December 2104, across the four boroughs of Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley. The Jubilee archive project held three pop up events as part of this. Brendan Jackson also contribute this essay to the catalogue published alongside the festival.
The Art of Participation, by François Matarasso, 2010
A short piece originally published in ‘Telling Stories: the arts and wellbeing in North Liverpool’, a booklet gives a snapshot of how the arts contribute to well-being in North Liverpool, based on approximately 30 interviews undertaken between June and October 2010 by François Matarasso and Gerri Moriarty.
Young People have the right to their own cultural expression, a right to define what The Arts are, by Sylvia King and Wes Webb, 1987
Originally published in Report, the newspaper of West Midlands Arts. Sylvia King was then Director of Jubilee and Wes Webb was the Education Officer for West Midlands Arts Council.
GASP Handbook, 1975
Jubilee picked up how-to-make-an-inflatable from the guys at GASP. That’s Group Art Spectatator Participation (we think). In this pdf you’ll find tips on things to do with cardboard, timber, paint, playschemes, murals, youth activities and media from back in the day. Fascinating!!!