Artist Bryan Hancox, photography by Ian Stenson
Artist Bryan Hancox, photography by Ian Stenson

The M5 Mile

We worked with MADE and Infamous Arts to help transform a neglected strip of land under the M5 motorway into a buzzing hive of creativity.  The objective was to give a flavour of what a place could look like when it was ‘taken-over’ by creative communities.

The project, which was funded by Creative Black Country, saw six diverse local artists undertake a day long commission with a simple brief to respond to the site. They were hand-picked to provide a rich and varied programme of activities and arts forms alongside the canal and in the shadow of the iconic seven storey Chance Brothers Glassworks building.

"Being part of the M5 mile was an amazing opportunity and something very different to what we normally do,  as dancers it made us explore movements in different ways and become more creative when adapting to our Surroundings." 
Chelsea Cartwright, Fusion Dance Academy

"I really enjoyed spending the day with Team Fusion and all the other artists at the M5 Mile event! It was great to create dance material based on the canal environment and see what the other artists created too, as it was a really different experience, and one that I won't forget!"
Hayley Aldridge, Fusion Dance Academy

Before the event the site sat empty, save for the odd cyclist and dog walker. On the day of the event it was brought spectacularly to life by Danny Griffin-Hayes, Nita Newman, Bryan Hancox, Jayne Murray, Samuel Rodgers and Fusion Dance Academy who between them provided a vibrant transformative mix of urban art, animation, sound and dance.