The Big Hoot Community Projects

Birmingham is a super-diverse city and Birmingham City Council Culture Commissioning Service, with match-funding by businesses and grants, has supported 10 community projects to enable members of all communities to participate in this special event.

In the heart of Birmingham’s neighbourhoods, teams of residents – from local children and young people to adults of all ages – have worked together with professional artists to explore, celebrate and share the cultural heritage of the city’s residents. Their fabulous designs have been transferred onto 10 sculptures for you to enjoy as part of the trail:

  • Poddy by Fozia Malik working with Our Community CIC
  • Papa Winson by Colin Gabbidon working with Ladywood Arts Forum
  • Showldon by Milan Topalovic working with St Thomas’ Church & Community Group
  • Fitcap Wisey by Mr the Beef (Inkygoodness) working with FITCAP
  • Saltley Stories by Martin McNally & Sharonjeet Galsinh working with Reel Access & Norton Hall
  • Oliver by Sophie Handy & Claire Witcomb working with Nechells POD
  • The Birchfield Sable by Jane Anderson working with Black Voices UK
  • Octavia by Faith Pearson working with Octavius Learning & Development Partnership
  • Handsworth Park Owl and the Pussycat by Scylla Magda working Handsworth Park Association
  • Perry Chocobow Swanet by Lawrence Roper working with Witton Lodge Community Association

Birmingham’s 10 districts are represented: Yardley and North Yardley, Nechells, Soho Finger, Winson Green, Lozells, Bordesley Green, Birchfield, Ward End and Erdington.

Some projects have focused on local history, others looked to the future, or explored the more recent past – such as the inspiring consequences of the demolishment of Perry Common in the late 1980s/early 90s. One team worked with award-winning a cappella group, Black Voices, while another took inspiration from Soho House, once the home of influential industrialist, Matthew Boulton, and a meeting place for some of the greatest minds of the 18th century. There are lots of interesting facts to discover, including Charlie Chaplin’s connection to the city!