Kinmos got involved in some floral fun in Summer 2022, creating blossoms as part of Number 11 Arts’ partnership project with the National Trust, ’10 to 11′.
During June and July, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival to welcome the Commonwealth Games to the city, Local Arts Forums hosted events and activities around the Number 11 bus route. It builds on the National Trust’s Blossom Together in Birmingham project, which will see a ‘ring of blossom’ planted around the city.
Art Works commissioned Kinmos to deliver a series of workshops with people who drop into their regular Tuesday sessions at Cambridge Road Methodist Church in Kings Heath. The group, for people with lived experience of mental illness, is a safe and welcoming environment where the group can express themselves creatively. This built on ‘My Doorstep, My Culture’ which saw Art Works deliver creative workshops in late 2021.
Rachael Hawkins, as Lead Artist for the project and Suzanne Hemming, the Service Manager raided Scrapstore Birmingham for material – lots of pinks and whites! Using foam, ribbon and fabric, the group worked hard together to created hundreds of individual flowers. These were attached to a woven willow heart, created by the group in later 2021 with artist ILdikó Nagy as part of ‘Our Doorstep, Our Culture’.
Members of the public joined Kinmos on Sunday 10th July at All Saints Church Square in Kings Heath, for an afternoon of floral fun. Passers-by of all ages decorated the wicker heart with beautiful blossoms, got their faces painted and joined in with live Karaoke!