Alternator Studio have announced a new season of Translating The Street international micro-residencies in Birkenhead featuring photographer Casey Orr, sculptor Chris Dobrowolski and artist Kwong Lee.
Alternator sits on the junction with Oxton Road and from this base, artist and studio founder Brigitte Jurack has discovered a range of independent businesses, bookended by the new Hive Youth Zone and the grand Birkenhead Central Library, that all serve a culturally diverse community. But how to unlock this treasure-trove of stories, cultures and customs?
The first round of Translating The Street micro-residencies in 2016 invited Jeff Young, Harold Offeh and Haleh Jamali to Alternator to spend time with Frank Cavanagh Shoe Repairs, All Nations 4 Hair and K&K Fruit & Vegetables.
Some artworks produced went on to re-connect Birkenhead to the world with Jeff’s soundwork A522 Hex presented at PROTOHOME (Newcastle) and Haleh’s video Frontier touring to Argentina, Nepal, Ethiopia, Brazil and Cuba. Three years later, Alternator has invited Casey to spend time with The Hive Youth Zone, Chris with Kitstop Model Shop and Polski Sklep European Delicatessen and Kwong with Birkenhead Central Library, from January 2019 onwards, to develop new artworks that translate specific stories from the Oxton Road corridor.
There will be an opportunity to meet the artists in Birkenhead on Saturday 23 rd February, please contact curator Brigitte Jurack on firstname.lastname@example.org and 07789 123735. The main public launch event will take place across all host venues on Saturday 13 th April:
12noon-1pm Birkenhead Central Library
1-2pm Kitstop Model Shop and Polski Sklep European Delicatessen
2-4pm The Hive Youth Zone
4-5pm Birkenhead Central Library
5-6pm Alternator Studio
See http://brigittejurack.de/translate.html and find Alternator Studio on
Facebook. Translating The Street is supported by Arts Council England.