Project News March 2016

It’s been a busy time for the ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ as we move into the final 4 months of this 2 year-long project. Please read on below to find out what we have been up to.

Cradley Heath Celebratory Event
We have the Cradley Heath celebratory event coming up on the 6th April and it’s looking like we will have a full house judging by the local response we have had so far. Please come early to get a seat.

Artists Sharing Day
Last week we had the opportunity to get all the performers, writers, poets and visual artists together to share their work and ideas that have developed as part of the project. Many of them have been working with local groups and communities around Cradley Heath, Gornal and Oldbury to develop work around language, dialect and local identity.
During the sharing day we were treated to a preview of some of the new material that will be presented and performed at the upcoming celebratory events in the spring and summer of 2016.  We will also be working with all our practitioners and bursary artists to share this material through our website and the new book.

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Date and Venue Announced For Final Event
We are pleased to announce that our final event will be held at the Dudley Archives on the 2nd July 2016 from 1pm – 5pm. The celebratory event will feature: the launch of the new book, a project exhibition, the screening of all four commissioned films, and performances and readings from some of our project artists, writers and poets.
We are also delighted to announce that local poet Liz Berry will be joining us to share some of her work as part of the afternoon.
We will be sharing more details about the event soon, but please save the date in your diaries.

Website updates
We have been adding new material to the participants section of the website over the last couple of weeks from some of the many people who have volunteered to be recorded and photographed as part of the project. From Oldbury we have added Graham Walker, Lee Partridge and Jean Sweetland, and Yvonne Fletcher, and from Cradley Heath we have added Ron Moss.
You can see images and hear extracts from our recordings on each of their pages, some of which are featured in the upcoming Oldbury film.

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