Following a series of activities for the local community at The POD, the local Craft and Chatter group designed a patchwork quilt depicting what Nechells means to them. Local children have also taken part in craft activities and particularly enjoyed participating in making a mosaic. After much discussion with the local community, we opted for a patchwork design in mosaic to represent what living in Nechells means to local residents.

Artist: Sophie Handy and Claire Witcomb working with Nechells POD

Sophie Handy met with numerous POD users to get ideas and to support them in developing their designs.  The artists ran workshops with residents of all ages to generate and capture ideas and they also sent templates into local schools so that pupils could provide their thoughts on living in Nechells. 

Claire and Sophie ran an activity day (which included a community lunch, provided by FareShare) during which, many residents worked with them to transfer the designs into mosaic. This was a real celebration of what living in Nechells is all about.  The artists then took ‘Oliver’ away to finish the mosaic.


Funded by: Birmingham City Council and Nechells POD

Birmingham City Council Culture Commissioning Service has supported ten community arts projects to enable residents’ involvement in the Big Hoot.

Located in the heart of Birmingham’s neighbourhoods, these community projects gave residents the chance to explore, celebrate and share their cultural heritage through the decoration of Big Hoot owl sculptures.