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Published 22nd Aug 2018

people's planning office with artist michelle wren in centre square

Come along to Centre Square and Orange Pip Market on Saturday 25 August to see artist Michelle Wren’s amazing installation bring Boro to life in cardboard.

Middlesbrough Town Hall has been hosting an artist in residence in August, Michelle Wren, who has been running workshops across the town asking residents what building projects they would like to see in their town in the future.

Michelle has set up The People’s Planning Office in the Town Hall Crypt and has been running community workshops where people could come along to have their say and design their future town.

As part of the FutureBoro project Michelle has asked residents to take on the role of the Town Planner and decide what they would build, save and demolish and to mark their observations and improvements for the town on a large map. Michelle has been asking people to come up with ideas, from the huge and impossible to the tiny and probable, which she is transforming into fantastic cardboard installations to be shown in Centre Square and at Orange Pip Market on Saturday 25 August from 11am until 4pm.

Michelle Wren is a self-taught artist from St Helens whose main interest is people and their stories. She works across the North of England and beyond always trying to keep a connection to the people and places she has worked in. She works in many mediums mostly with recycled and affordable materials to keep the work sustainable, accessible and inspiring. For the same reason she works outside of the gallery and in the world.

Michelle Wren commented:

“The people of Middlesbrough have spoken and have made their designs for a Future Boro! They want everything from robot bands to children’s allotments. Pop in to Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt this week to have your say and then see the people’s designs brought to life on Saturday 25 August in Centre Square and at Orange Pip Market”



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