From January to April 2012, three commissions offered opportunities for local people to collaborate with artists to explore themes such as identity, association and change, and, in doing so, bring new life to Wood Street.
POP UP PICTURE PALACE
Artist Vic Lee, gathered local peoples’ memories, tales and secrets about Wood Street and the neighbourhood, and retold them with a cheeky twist, in a unique, playful portrait of the place. Tall Tales wrapped the hoardings alongside Wood Street Library with elaborate text and illustrations.
WHEN WOOD STREET DRAWS
Local artist Della Rees and art collective Artillery worked with a range of local traders and service providers to host a programme of playful public drawing games. Over 100 participants recorded their experiences of the neighbourhood and contributed to a charming book of drawings that explored the character and potential of Wood Street.
In March 2012 SHOPPORTUNITY pilot projects sought to improve high street frontages of two small independent businesses.
Illustration studio Animaux Circus partnered Limpopo Butchery and art and architecture practice PublicWorks collaborated with Second Nature Healthfoods, each with charming results.