Notes On The Black Path

Notes On The Black Path is a public artwork made by Foundation Press with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough; an area surrounding the historical route known as the ‘Black Path’.

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Year2019
CollaboratorsElinor Morgan (MIMA), Lucy Chapman (Groundworks NE), Pat McCarthy, Pete McCarthy, Malcolm Armstrong (Redcar & Cleveland Council), Mark Hickson, Open Format, Ian Watson
PartnersMIMA, Groundwork NE, Redcar & Cleveland Council, Great Place Tees Valley project, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England National Lottery Projects

Notes On The Black Path is a public artwork made by Foundation Press with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough; an area surrounding the historical route known as the ‘Black Path’. The artwork features nearly 50 poster designs placed around a lyric by the South Bank-born songwriter Vin Garbutt. The lyric taken from the song 'Photographic Memory' reads: SO TAKE A LOOK NOW USE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY TO HELP YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR TOMORROWS'. Content for the mural was collected via Black Path Press – a community press created especially for the project and based in Golden Boy Green Community Centre, South Bank.

As part of the project Foundation Press delivered 40 public workshops, making books with different groups and individuals. Approaches to books and workshops included: transcribed conversations, unearthing archival content, object-based histories, creating collaboratively made patterns or typefaces as well as individual artist commissions. Black Path Press continues to generate new content through a monthly article presented in MIMAZINA, a community journal Foundation Press developed with MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Contemporary Art).