Journeys Crewe 2021

21-22 August 2021

Image Credit: Copyright © Shaun Armstrong Photography

Journeys Crewe SpareParts

SpareParts returned to Crewe for 2021 with Journeys a 2-day outdoor family art trail in the town on 21 & 22 August commissioned by Crewe Town Council.

Location: Crewe Town Centre, Victoria Street, Market Square & Christchurch Gardens.

The trail offered audiences the chance to experience the different sites featured in the art trail. Curated into three districts within the town; each offering a creative, interactive and immersive journey, exploring in some way the environment and our relationship with it.

Gallery

District 1

Corner of Victoria St./Queensway

Infinite Drawing

The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing

The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing by Elly Oldman. Following an accident in 2017, the French Illustrator embarked on the creation of an endless drawing on Instagram. The result is a 15m outdoor artwork for families, telling a magical fable, with an ecological and environmental focus. 

DMPC Pandoras Boombox Crewe Spareparts

Pandoras Boombox

This district will also include live pop-up performance from local male performance company DMPC, on Saturday, inspired by Pandora’s Box.

DMPC present their first breakthrough piece of Hip-Hop Theatre!

The story of Pandora’s box as you’ve never seen before, a Greek Myth full of dance, rap, graffiti & more! Join Zeus & the other Greek Gods at Club Olympus as they set Pandora on his journey to earth full of wonder & curiosity. The only thing standing in the way is a wonderful gift bestowed upon him by Zeus, a Boombox full of forbidden music.

Commissioned by Cheshire Dance & Now Northwich, Funded by Arts Council England & supported by Crewe Lyceum Theatre

District 2

Market Square

Breathing Room - SpareParts

Breathing Room

Step inside and let the magic of Breathing Room enfold you with its soft light and the creaking and whirring sound of 28,000 cones slowly breathing in … and out … and in … and out …

Breathing Room by UK artist Anna Berry is a walk-in, kinetic light installation that beautifully combines organic and machine elements into a unique sensory experience.
Its mechanical exterior skeleton contrasts sharply with the organic interior, which creates a sense of the uncanny. Every element of the structure is bespoke and hand-made.

Whether you prefer immersing yourself in its otherworldly interior, or enjoy exploring the construction mechanics, the transformative power of Breathing Room will keep you transfixed.

Anna Berry is an artist who usually works with installation and photography. Her work is frequently shown in non-gallery environments. Anna works in a variety of media, but paper forms a large part of her sculptural vocabulary because of its fragile and ephemeral nature. She is based in Milton Keynes, England.

District 3

Christ Church Gardens

Sit, Stop

Sit, Stop by Sally Hogarth  includes nine structures people are invited to sit on, pause and notice the nature and heritage around them. Art packs will be available to encourage visitors to respond to their surroundings through creative activities. 

Taking Flight

An exciting, thought-provoking & spectacular outdoor dance show inspired by Movema’s experiences of migration & informed by refugee and asylum seeker communities with whom we work.

Using the concept of 4 symbolic birds to represent futuristic cyborgs, whose bodies are part aircraft, part bird, part human; the Fenghuang (also known as Phoenix) from Chinese culture, the Peacock from Indian culture, the Sankofa bird from Ghanaian culture and the Liver bird to representing British & Irish culture.

Costumes have been created by The Lantern Company inspired by these birds and by humans’ desire for freedom & flight & the role of modern aeronautics to enable this. The work explores themes of migration, human relationship with technology, citizenship & belonging alongside Movema’s signature playful & engaging world dance.

Commissioned by Dance Consortia North West & Cheshire Dance, Spareparts Festival and Now Northwich & funded by Arts Council England.

Phoenix

Based on the ‘Fenghuang’ a mythical creature from China and stealth bomber aircraft.

Liver Bird

Based on the mythical Liverbird which looks out over Liverpool and across the seas to Ireland and beyond and fighter jet airplanes.

Peacock

Inspired by the Peacock, the national symbol of India and early aviation and propeller-based aircraft..

Sankofa Bird

Based on the Sankofa bird of traditional Ghanaian Adrinka symbols and vintage passenger aircraft.

COME & WORK WITH US!

Spareparts have x6 paid opportunities for 18+ creative’s, makers or enthusiastic and ready-to-learn adults to work with us on an installation of an artwork in Crewe town centre.  The role will be assisting the build, clear instructions given and no previous experience needed.

DETAILS:

WHEN: 18, 19, 20, 23 August 

TIME: 9am-6pm

FEE: £100 per day 

APPLY: email CV to claire@sparepartsfestival.co.uk 

SUPPORT SPAREPARTS!

We are pleased to be returning to Crewe on 21 & 22 August, with an Art Trail and pop-up performance.  Our team now need your support!  We are looking for 18+ volunteers to assist us in welcoming audience back to the town, direct audience to the Art Trail, share the experience in a friendly manner and have the chance to see the inner workings of event management.

Sound like you?  

DETAILS:

WHEN: 21 & 22 August

TIME: 10am – 5pm

APPLY: send expression of interest to claire@sparepartsfestival.co.uk

Artists

Movema

Taking Flight

Movema Movema have been creating commissioned works for outdoor spaces for 10 years. We specialise in highly engaging, joyful work which conveys a strong message

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Crewe Artists

Crewe Artists / Participants Mel Daniels – designed the creative writing family art pack Mel Daniels lives in West Yorkshire and is a freelance writer,

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Sue Guildford Spareparts Crewe

Sue Gilford

Sue Guilford SpareParts and Minerva Arts are creating participatory opportunities for audiences to engage with the bird, freedom and flight themes by contributing to a

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Jodie Gibson – Crewe

Jodie Gibson – Journeys,Crewe Jodie is Artistic Director for SpareParts and the Creative Producer for Journeys,Crewe A 2-Day Family Art Trail & adventure21-22 Aug 2021

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