Amber Cooper-Green

In:Site Festival returns to Birmingham city centre for a ninth year from 5-7 September 2019. Over three days recent graduates will work with the public to transform the outdoor space around Birmingham Cathedral, creating craft interventions inspired by the space, architecture, people and heritage.

During the festival each maker is allocated time to create and install their temporary artwork on a specific day, turning the making process into a performance. The passing public can watch or join in with the creation of many of the artworks and learn different techniques. This year activities will include creating mini objects using local clay, learning macramé, taking time to stitch or collaborating with a designer to make furniture from scrap wood.

The festival showcases new graduate talent, but also helps to develop emerging craft businesses. It provides graduates with a professional commission and profile for their CV. Benefits to artists include being able to: enhance skills, test the viability of ideas, respond to a public art brief and a specific site and engage with the public at first hand. It also presents contemporary craft for all to encounter and experience in an unconventional public setting.

The festival is curated and produced by Craftspace, a Birmingham-based charity creating opportunities to see, make and be curious about contemporary craft. It is free with everyone welcome to watch and take part. By the end of the festival Cathedral Square will be adorned with new art works.

In:Site Festival takes place in Birmingham Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham. B3 2QB
5 – 7 September 2019, 11am-5.30pm (Work is on display until Sunday 8 September.) Free and open to all.

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