Approachable Joe // Matt Westbrook
Sat 28 Sep // 2 -5pm
Meet: Highbury Park Car Park, via Dads Lane entrance B13 8NZ
In association with the University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival, a journey from Victorian Statesman Joseph Chamberlain’s home at Highbury, Kings Heath to the University clock tower named in his honour.
Concluding the Still Walking festival programme for 2018-9, Matt has devised a route which frames the celebrated tower from a variety of elevated locations, showcasing what is perhaps Birmingham’s most overlooked landmark.
Zig-zagging through the side streets and waterways, the walk is at once a sight-seeing expedition and a refection on the nature of lines of sight, town planning, holiday itineraries and the Italian influence on the city.
This is a slightly longer expedition than usual and will break for rest and refreshments en route. The ticket price includes a free drink.
Matt Westbrook is an artist and educator based in Birmingham. He has been consistently involved with developing artist-led activity in the city and is a founding member of Grand Union Artist Studios and Gallery.
Matt has been researching pareidolia and themes of simulacra and display. He is currently developing a project that explores these themes in relation to Joseph Chamberlain’s love of orchids.
Footwear suitable for urban walking and weather-appropriate clothing essential.
The three hour walk will include a rest break