Residency on Dines Green Housing Estate, Worcester

EC Arts, with artists' Hannah Hull, Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman, are working closely with the residents of Dines Green in Worcester and partners to produce a public art strategy for Worcester Community Housing (WCH). The project will take place over the next two years.

Phase 1 outcomes by Hannah Hull...

 

Dines Green People's Museum and Archives

The Dines Green People's Museum and Archive is playful way to support meaningful reflection on the value of residents' experiences and lives on Dines Green. The aim is to create new ways of understanding and articulating local, historical and cultural value. 

[Full Flickr set here]

 

Residents are invited to submit items for display in the mobile archive. This could include personal letters and diaries, photos of ornamental flower pots or well-tended gardens, items from personal collections such as Grandma's old teddy or Uncle's vintage tools, and so on. 

Categories within the archive have evolved – and will continue to evolve – organically, through artistic observations and dialogue with residents. These include: 

Artwork – unique artwork and creative hobbies undertaken by people on the estate, such as painting garden ornaments
Collections – residents unusual collections, such as bisque dolls
Gardens – documentation of the passion for well-kept gardens found on the estate
General – general images taken of the estate, such as the design of the local bins
Graffiti – photos of the various approaches to graffiti in the area, from poetic to puerile
Old Dines Green – artefacts communicating the past life of the estate
Pets – well-groomed or eccentric, fluffy or scaly, the residents have varied pet preferences
Signs – from 'Meco Alley' to 'Free Contraception', looking at text found around Dines Green
Signs of Change – the new building work or the contrast between the original cement houses and their refurbished neighbours, Dines Green is full of signs of change, both past and present

 

Dines Green Story Map 

A 'vernacular' map of Dines Green.

 

A 'vernacular map' contains stories and place names that relate to the oral tradition – rather than the geographical facts – of an area. These are combined with little-known historical stories, specifically related to Dines Green, uncovered through archaeological research. The value of developing this kind of map is that it invests in the way in which local people choose to describe their environment and history, and unearths ancient stories that contribute to a sense of place. Rather than focusing on the type of facts and histories popular narrative suggests are important, it allows a more nuanced and individual sense of place to become visible. 

 

Research and Development Photos 

[Research and Development Flickr sets here and here