Sunday, 20 March 2016

About urbansuburban

I am pleased to be working on the project ‘urbansuburban’ as part of the programme of art works for Westgate Oxford curated by Modus Operandi.

In urbansuburban, I will explore the relationships within the area of St Ebbes in recent history (within living memory) in the context of the new Westgate Oxford. This activity will principally be through reminiscence work with local groups, working closely with Oxford City Council, and will draw together material ranging from objects, sound, photographic and archival images and drawings. 

When St Ebbes was re-developed in the 1960s many of the residents of the area were moved to new developments at the edge of Oxford. So although the area has changed from being a densely populated area of the City, there are many people living at Blackbird Leys, Barton, Rose Hill and Cutteslowe who originated from St Ebbes. I have called this project 'urbansuburban' to reflect the way St Ebbes' significance extends far beyond the small area that it occupies in Oxford. 

I will be documenting the project on this blog as it progresses, sharing images, stories and archival material.

If you would like to get involved you can attend a reminiscence session on Tuesday 12th April, 2.00 - 3.30 at the Museum of Oxford. This is an open session. No booking necessary. For more information click here

Exploring Oxford through the comprehensive collection of photos at the Oxfordshire History Centre