3 Minute Heroes
We all know at least one of those special people. People in our neighbourhood who go the extra mile, the extraordinary characters hidden within the ordinary. 3 Minute Heroes seeks to celebrate these unsung heroes, to ensure that they are celebrated and remembered. Friction Arts are working with groups across the city to identify their ‘local heroes’, to find out more about them and to document their stories for all to see, through the magic of the internet. Artists will work with the groups to create three-minute stories, in sound, film or the written word, and then work together to upload them to a website dedicated to celebrating these special people.
On the 16th of April at the Edge we will launch ’3MH – The Exhibition’ where you will be able to see the stories and accompanying films and images, all housed in installations made in response to the material by digital visual artists. Projections, performances, sculpture and technology will collide in a rich visual feast to help to celebrate and reflect the extraordinary in the ordinary. Members of the public will get to rub shoulders with the heroes nominated in the project, the people that nominated them and will be able to leave tales of their own heroes. The exhibition will continue until the 22nd of April and will be open from 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday.
The artists have been working with Inclusion Connect, Blue River, Progressive Pathway Club, Naseby Girls Group, IWIC and people from the Highgate area. We are working with a vast range of ages and nationalities including a special needs youth group, an elderly Afro-Caribbean women’s group and a group of new arrivals working with translators. Using a wide variety of digital and analogue techniques, the artists have worked with the groups to create a series of films, recordings, animations and other artworks using an exploratory approach to visual language. The results have been funny, heartwarming and heart-breaking and have included ‘heroes’ famous and unknown, local and global.
3 Minute Heroes has been commissioned by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England as part of the Hello Digital Participatory Programme and is supported by Andy Sheppard and the Successful Neighbourhoods Fund.
If you’d like to get involved, or would like some more information, please contact Friction Arts, on 0121 7726160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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