The loop project is developing ideas for the canalside scheme in Ladywood by consulting with residents and young people. There are lots of ways to get involved from meeting the artists to listening to podcasts produced by pupils from local schools about the project. Check out the designs section to see some of the fantastic ideas.

The project is funded by Urban Living and supported by Birmingham City Council Housing Department. Our workshop programme is taking place throughout January and February with a final exhibition in mid March 2008. We're working with Barford Primary school, St Patricks RC Primary school, City Road Primary school, Summerfield Primary school and St Johns C of E Primary school.


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Have a listen to the first loop radio podcast. Find out all about the schools workshops and the artists' vision for the sculpture.

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The canalside area will be changing a great deal in the next few years. We are proposing a stunning mobile sculpture in polished stainless steel which will incorporate digital banners designed by pupils involved in the scheme. The sculpture will tour the area and be photographed at different locations.

Icknield Port Loop is just one mile from Birmingham city centre and about ten minutes walk from Brindleyplace. It was built by the engineer James Brindley in 1772 and was part of his contour canal which ran from Staffordshire to Birmingham. The Loop became isolated in 1829 and soon afterwards a canal workshop, stables and boatyard and repair depot were built at the furthest point of the loop. By the late nineteenth century, a number of workshops including a chemical and varnish factory, a saw mill, a charcoal mill, a glassworks and tube works were built along the loop. The Icknield Port Loop area to this day is relatively unchanged since the industrial revolution and has many vacant and underused buildings and large warehouses used for car parking and general storage. All this will change as part of the Loop re-development in the next few years.

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