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.

About Matt:

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.

  • Accessible route

  • The three hour walk will include a rest break