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word on the street

Word on the Street worked with pupils from Chorlton High School and Chorlton Park Primary School to explore their local environs and capture something of the essence of the area today.

The children and young people worked with a poet to compose words about sites which they had identified as important through a process of creative exploration and walking tours of the area.

These poems were subsequently filmed by the young people themselves at the specific locations that each was written about. This resulted in the creation of a range of video vignettes demonstrating the range of locations identified.

A series of temporary markers were created and placed at each site for the duration of Chorlton Arts Festival. Each marker contained a web address and QR code which directed visitors to an online repository containing the films and which could be accessed via smartphone at the locations in which they were recorded.

A supporting microwebsite encouraged visitors to find the other markers and explore the trail of poems.

For those without a smart device, a phone number on the markers allowed visitors to call an answering service and hear the poems read aloud.

Following the festival, the temporary markers were replaced with permanent enammelled steel versions, installed in perpetuity and containing key elements of the text that was written, and links to online content.

As well as providing a permanent record of the young participants’ work, the markers will be used as a foundation of further participative waymarking projects.

Poetry workshops were run by Mike Garry. Exploration and presentation was led by Scott Farlow and BREAD art. t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

We create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

We are artists, makers and creative thinkers, with strong social focus, inspired by spaces and the public realm. We use light, sound and interactive technologies to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging works - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual, audible and interactive elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites.

Our work ranges from community consultation and design and build for the public realm to bespoke creative technology development for private projects. Clients include local authorities, arts organisations, national museums and international companies.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029