This spring Ampersand Projects, in partnership with MAC, present Green Lungs, a project that introduces recently settled refugees to the city’s green spaces through creative activity. The exhibition presents new work created collaboratively by participants and artists which explores their experiences in the landscape. Visitors can discover the project through sound, video, photography, and participant's written words in this exhibition.
Green Lungs builds meaningful and prolonged connections between refugees and Birmingham's urban green spaces that will last beyond this project, creating a legacy that participants can share with their family, friends and community. The project aims to improve health and wellbeing by promoting long-term access to these spaces.
The project has commissioned new work by the following artists:
Sam Underwood is a sound artist and musical instrument designer. His work in musical instrument design focuses on the development of new musical instruments. These range from commissioned pieces, such as large-scale sub- bass instruments, to simple but playable instruments designed to be built by others in workshop settings. Deep listening is something he encourages in others through sound walks and listening workshops.
Malgorzata Adamowska is a visual artist whose practice explores cultural hybridisation, migration and settling. She creates interactive installations both in the gallery space and outdoor environments both in the UK and internationally. Her installation 'Front Room' at Ort Gallery was a life size installation of a traditional British front room found which invited visitors to experience it first hand. The work commented on the variety of cultures living in modern day Britain and sought to bring to light the subject of assimilation, ways of settling and inclusion of migrants.
The Green Lungs project has worked in partnership with MAC, St Chad's Sanctuary and Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust.