I was commissioned to do a piece of sign-painting by Ampersand Projects for the exhibition part of their project Green Lungs at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre).
This was my first paid sign-painting commission on site. I didn't realise until I was two steps up a step ladder that I'm not good with heights - but I got there! It was good to get out of my comfort zone of painting in my living room and try out painting in front of a client up on a wall. I look forward to doing more, and getting better each time. Thanks for the trust Kate!
Building on the successful pilot project Green Lungs in 2016, Ampersand Projects developed a new programme for 2018 which commissioned two artists to co-produce new work with refugees and asylum seekers in green spaces in Birmingham during Spring and Summer. The project aimed to improve health and wellbeing by promoting long-term access to these spaces. The project included a series of creative participatory workshops at Cannon Hill Park, MAC and Wildlife Trust Centre of the Earth in Winson Green and two exhibitions at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) of participant work, documentation and newly commissioned artist works.
The exhibition is on at MAC until the end of August. For more about Ampersand Projects and their project Green Lungs, visit their website.