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Sounding the River

In 2012 we celebrate our 50th birthday. To mark this, we are commissioning Birmingham born Jony Easterby - whose first experience of the arts was as an 8 year old at mac - to create Sounding the River, a series of bespoke art works that explore the River Rea as a key connecting point for Birmingham.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (528979)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£7,745

Donations

16

    Category

  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

Location

  • When I lived in Birmingham, I often took my sons to mac and spent many happy hours there....a national beacon of excellence.

    — Sir Simon Rattle

  • I am proud to travel the world singing Birmingham‚Äôs praises and mac makes my job easy when it comes to showing off Birmingham‚Äôs excellence

    — Lord Jones of Birmingham

  • mac has offered so much to every age group in Birmingham. It's a place where you don‚Äôt need to be posh to join, anyone can come and everyone does.

    — Kay Alexander, BBC television presenter

  • When I lived in Birmingham, I often took my sons to mac and spent many happy hours there....a national beacon of excellence.

    — Sir Simon Rattle

  • I am proud to travel the world singing Birmingham’s praises and mac makes my job easy when it comes to showing off Birmingham’s excellence

    — Lord Jones of Birmingham

  • mac has offered so much to every age group in Birmingham. It's a place where you don’t need to be posh to join, anyone can come and everyone does.

    — Kay Alexander, BBC television presenter

Situation

The River Rea, which flows alongside mac birmingham, is amongst the 'top 10 most polluted rivers' in the UK. The impact of urban life is taking its toll on our immediate environment, with various unwanted pollutants from the ubiquitous shopping trolleys to more toxic substances. We want to highlight the fact that reversing this is within our grasp and help artists to work with local residents and community groups to create a solution to conserve flora and fauna along the river's path.

Solution

Working with a collective of artists & naturalists, we will run a series of practical & creative workshops to enable local residents to engage with the biodiversity of the Rea & help create habitat for riverside creatures. The project will culminate in an exciting night-time journey of sound, light & performance, flowing from mac into the further reaches of Cannon Hill Park. An innovative spectacle of discovery & adventure, the event will be suitable for people of all ages & backgrounds.