On Our Way
2022

 We are On Our Way to convert bus stops along the iconic 74 route, in handsworth,  into art galleries.

 

We all have fond memories of taking the bus. From the after school bants, going to work, or into town to get a few bits.

China Plate is working with Artist Curator, Nilupa Yasmin, to convert bus stops along the iconic 74 bus route into galleries on Soho Road. This project was originally conceived by Aksana Khan. It’s a reflection of how the 74 is a bus route that has barely changed, but the buildings and people who use it have. No matter where you go, the bus will always be on our way.

So to celebrate the local people who make up the area, each bus stop gallery will reflect the character and soul of its surroundings. All future bus stop galleries will be a collage reflecting the past and present of those who make up the local community, and designed with them too. We’re doing this to create joy together, and to celebrate North Birmingham’s reputation for migration and activism.

This project came out of the work to produce the Bus Boycott Block Party where the pilot bus stop gallery was debuted.

On Our Way is created by China Plate in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, supported by The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Transport for West Midlands, Garfield Weston Foundation, National Express West Midlands, Soho BIDand using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


This project is ran with China Plate Theatre

Installation images by Ahsen Sayeed