I’ve had the Suez site user induction at the Halifax transfer site which is mostly common sense with a bit of jargon thrown in for good measure. There was a test at the end! Which has inspired me to maybe incorporate a little rubbish quiz into the end of my festival talk/performance.
The induction talked a lot about being aware of your environment: top (weather), middle (equipment/machinery), bottom (terrain) and the importance of safety workwear. I’m kitted out in steel toe cap boots and have got a hi vis vest printed.
My official start date on site is 6th September.
Thursday 11th October, 1-2pm
Brighouse Household Waste Recycling Centre, Atlas Mill Road, Brighouse
Alice Bradshaw is Brighouse Arts Festival 2018’s artist in residence and will be based at Brighouse Tip researching & undertaking Rubbish Conversations, culminating in a public performance on site on Thursday 11th October at 1pm.
The Guided Tour will be a performative walking tour of the Brighouse Household Waste Recycling Centre on Atlas Mill Road in Brighouse. Free to attend, booking recommended but not essential.
The tour will start at 1pm, please be prompt as safety is important on site. Audience will be at own risk.
Alice will also hold an exhibition at (venue tbc) for the duration of the festival.
I had my initial meeting with the team at Brighouse Recycling Centre yesterday and bought a giant fibreglass yellow pepper for 50p from the on site ‘Revive’ shop at the recycling centre which intercepts items destined for the skips.
The initial meeting covered the basics about dates, access, health and safety and GDPR. I talked about my research to date and my intentions for the residency. We talked about perceptions and value, categorisation systems, materials, processes, the patterns of behaviour. They’ve been really welcoming and have offered me access to the processing facility in Leeds and the offices to view the waste stream documents. The guys there are great – I’m going to love this residency!
Whilst I was there I had a chat with a customer in the Revive charity shop who, like me, had never been before and was astounded at the quality and quantity of stuff there that people had throw away. On my tour round the skips with the team there was a women throwing away two candelabra light fittings that she said she’d bought off ebay as ‘good working condition’ but didn’t work. “Straight int’t’tip they go,” she said.
There was lots of ‘art’ there too. Some readymade sculptures. I think I’ll be taking a loot of photographs of the stuff that exists already as opposed to making new sculptures out of rubbish – maybe both.