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A Shared History, A Shared Future: Changing Faces

Shared History Shared Future
A Shared History, A Shared Futurecelebrates 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade.
Community based groups have been exploring the ways in which slavery in all its forms throughout history has operated, and how it relates to our lives in Birmingham.

Changing Faces

A project with Kings Heath Community Centre


Kings Heath Playscheme and Kings Heath African Caribbean Group built on the project Fair Play, to explore issues of identity, where we have come from, and what Birmingham means to us now.

The African Caribbean Group explored poetry of the Caribbean, and in particular John Agard's Limbo Dancer at Immigration. It is a poem about the poet's experiences of coming to England, comparing it with the experiences of slavery. Everyone read a line of the poem recorded on video, and these clips were then edited together. On the last workshop, participants were able to play with the clips using video performance, placing them in different orders, backwards and forwards, with visual effects, and different backgrounds.

Kings Heath Primary Playscheme created their own montage of faces using video, exploring the different and changing faces of Birmingham.

Every participant worked to record a series of video clips. They were also able to play with them, as the African Caribbean Group had, using video performance.

The two groups came together for a public event at Kings Heath Community Centre, attended by over 200 people. Artists John Hill-Daniel and Tom Holness then worked with all participants to produce a live video performance from the material they had collected.


Find out more about the other projects under the A Shared History, A Shared Future banner.


A Shared History, A Shared Future
Breaking the Chains 2007