HIGH STREET STORIES
Between January and March 2021, Multistory developed High Street Stories, a digital community engaged arts programme that was developed with, and for, Wednesbury residents working with local artists. High Street Stories is part of the Wednesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone Programme funded by Sandwell Council and Historic England.
The programme explored the past, present and future of the town through a series of free, artist-led workshops, and the work created is now presented online via this website and through We Are Wednesbury, an interactive community map that outlines hidden histories and stories of the local area, drawing lines from the past and exploring new, collectively imagined possibilities for the future. The map was launched as part of an online event that shared artistic research from the project and explored themes of community, collaborative practice and rootedness within place.
Twelve artists (including four from Wednesbury and six from Sandwell) collaborated with local residents in digital workshops to share their stories, memories, hopes and dreams for Wednesbury. The artists were: Iain Armstrong, Keaton Barton, Maurice Bartosch, Grace Dore, Brendan Hawthorne, Sophie Huckfield, Marta Kochanek, Claire Leggett, Jo Loki, Denise Maxwell, Serena Patel and Emily Warner.
Explore the map here.