As you may have already heard, the Birmingham Big Art Project plans to commission a major new piece of public art for the entrance to Eastside Park, close to the main exit of the proposed HS2 terminal. The ten shortlisted artists have now been chosen, with an exhibition of their proposals planned for June/July 2016.
As part of the commissioning process, Eastside Projects are seeking support for the plan through a programme of public engagement that will include school and university projects as well as a series of talks and exhibitions. Among these is a project that will involve second-year BA (Hons) and postgraduate architecture students, together with others from Art and Design.
Last week, a group of fifteen architecture students came along to the Art & Design Archives here at Birmingham City University for an introduction to PACA's business archive. Over the next few weeks, they will research the archival holdings of the organization, which managed public art projects in both the UK and overseas between 1987 and 1999.
As part of this, they will investigate the structure of the archive with a view to developing ideas about how artists' proposals can be presented to the public. Later this term, the students will present their findings in a series of interpretive prints. In early 2016, these will be shared with students of art and design, who are making their own proposals for new public art works for Birmingham. They will collaborate with them in making proposals for a support structure to display the archival and student work (including the prints).
They will be writing group blogs on the development of their ideas, but we'll keep you posted about any major developments.