21 December 2006 – for immediate release
Aston University has recently been the subject of London artist Mary Yacoob’s latest project which was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BBC.
Mary was one of ten artists from around the country commissioned to carry out alternative art tours of cities around the UK. The brief was to explore and document different aspects of the cultural power of a city.
‘I was delighted to be asked to do the alternative art tour of Birmingham. This was my first visit to the city, and it was a great way to meet people and find out about places - staff at all the sites I visited were very helpful and supportive,’ explained Mary.
‘The idea behind my project was to install eight artworks in eight different sites. These artworks would then be linked together in a map that showed my route around Birmingham. You could say that the work exists as an invitation to other people to make their own alternative guide to a city – everyone would make different choices about points of interest,’ she continued.
The places she visited for her photographic project included Neurosciences at Aston University, the Electric Cinema, the Central Music Library, the Crescent Theatre and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
As an art student at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Mary’s project was a continuation of her art practice, which is about recording, mapping and charting the overlooked aspects of everyday life.
For more information on Mary’s project and to see how she transformed the Aston campus, visit: http://www.mary-yacoob.com/alt-guide/index.htm and http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/powerofart/
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