Buddleia is a new commissioning agency for art and public space, based in Manchester, England. Named after the persistent purple shrub that takes root in any urban setting, Buddleia, is interested in artist-led enquiry into urban environments and creating space for conversations to happen between artists and different communities. Buddleia, is run by the independent Curator, Kerenza McClarnan.
Buddlleia’s inaugural programme is set in the area of Cheetham Hill, North Manchester. Central to Buddleia’s approach is establishing long term projects to allow for artist enquiry to be formed by specific locations, whom they meet and engage with. Through the Cheetham Hill Project, it is the intention of Buddleia, to locate and identify itself closely with the area of North Manchester to begin to develop relationships with the local communities and agencies and invite artists to do the same.
The Cheetham Hill Project is an initial six month research project. Four artists have been invited to spend an extended period of time to explore what is going on in the area. As part of the project a programme of events, activities and workshops will be held over April, May June to engage with local residents and pilot potential future projects.
The expertise of Buddleia is developing projects with professional artists within community and local settings. Buddleia’s interests lie with encouraging people to take an active role in engaging with their local surroundings.