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Over 300,000 engagements as a result of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes project

Illustrated Brum in partnership with mac birmingham’s Next Generation programme for young people, set out to achieve 100,000 welcomes as part of their ambitious arts project to showcase collected welcomes from Birmingham and beyond. The project aptly entitled: One Hundred Thousand Welcomes achieved this and much more, with almost 400,000 engagements with the public.

The figures speak for themselves, with over 18,000 online engagements, over 3,000 illustrated gifts, 18 associated events and over 370,000 visitors. Young people left welcomes in the form of prose, art, music and dance, while also enjoying an exhibition at mac, which evolved over time. Illustrated Brum also commissioned six artists with a connection to Birmingham to create additional artwork for the exhibition, as well as inviting submissions from the public and arts organisations.

‘Welcome’ aficionados mobilised themselves across the city, welcoming each other, their peers and strangers, engendering a feeling of positivity while highlighting the wealth of talent and cultural activity that exists within the city of Birmingham.

Welcomes at the launch event via social media came thick and fast and included:  

Via Twitter - Punch ‏@punchrecords  Feb 2

@mac_birmingham taking in the creative vibes. Smooth music, great art looking forward to see what @IllustratedBrum produce

Via TwitterBirmingham Opera Co ‏@BirminghamOpera  Feb 2

BOCO sending one of 100,000 welcomes to the Next Gen @mac_birmingham #BreakingTheIce #OHTWBrum

Recollections of personal welcomes and encounters included the following:

A gift from Susan Kruse: ‘I shared a table with Susan Kruse (The Library of Lost Books) at Eastside Projects’ Table Top Sale. It was great to connect with her, and we welcomed each other to our practice by exchanging handmade items.’ – Louise Byng

Sarah Fowler remembers her welcome from Craftspace:           

‘My first welcome to Craftspace was on Saturday the 4th December 2010 when I went to their event at the Custard Factory the day before my birthday. It involved free jacket potatoes and a xmas stocking kit, sugar craft, speed pom pom making, badge making, string art and a computer game involving an owl and an electric guitar! 

I still have the 2 badges I made; a geisha and a lizard, as well as photos of what else I made. I have been a member of the Craftspace Collective for over 3 years now and have gained a lot.’

More welcomes can be found here.

Louise Byng, Co-Director of Illustrated Brum and former Next Gen Associate Artist said: ‘Welcomes were found at events, given out as gifts, prizes and gestures, blogged, tweeted doodled, shouted and sung – leading to far more engagements than we bargained for.’

Sarah Isaacs, Co-Director of Illustrated Brum added: ‘Counting up the engagement total for the project has been rewarding because we set out to be generous and as open as possible. But, more than a number, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes was the perfect bridge, canopy and umbrella for a multitude of engagements and encounters within the cultural landscape of Birmingham.’

To find out more visit here.

‘Counting up the engagement total for the project has been rewarding because we set out to be generous and as open as possible. But, more than a number, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes was the perfect bridge, canopy and umbrella for a multitude of engagements and encounters within the cultural landscape of Birmingham.’

Sarah Isaacs, Co-Director of Illustrated Brum

‘My first welcome to Craftspace was on Saturday the 4th December 2010 when I went to their event at the Custard Factory the day before my birthday. It involved free jacket potatoes and a xmas stocking kit, sugar craft, speed pom pom making, badge making, string art and a computer game involving an owl and an electric guitar!'

Sarah Fowler - Visitor at One Hundred Thousand Welcomes event

‘I shared a table with Susan Kruse (The Library of Lost Books) at Eastside Projects’ Table Top Sale. It was great to connect with her, and we welcomed each other to our practice by exchanging handmade items.’

Louise Byng, Co-Director of Illustrated Brum and former Next Gen Associate Artist

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