MINI enthusiasts can watch acclaimed photographer and artist Stuart Whipps restore a 1970s mini at St Modwen’s in Longbridge tomorrow (Saturday) – close to where the car was originally built.
Stuart, with the help of local residents and former MG workers, will be bringing the 1979 1275 Mini GT back to its former glory in a special studio set up on Longbridge Town Centre Car Park, opposite Bournville College and adjacent to Austin Park.
Stuart (pictured) is one of seven long term artists-in-residence commissioned as part of Longbridge Public Art Project by public art organisation WERK to create work in the area to support the transition of Longbridge from one of the largest car factories in Europe into a new town.
Stuart, who has been producing work connected to Longbridge since 2004, said he wanted to restore the 1979 1275 Mini GT, as it was a car which had become synonymous with British manufacturing and also represented a time when both MG Rover and the UK were hit by a wave of industrial action.
“Through community engagement and the incredible personal stories that people are sharing, this object will become an original piece of art which encapsulates the evolution of Longbridge.
“It provides the perfect metaphor, representing how Longbridge is moving forward, without forgetting about its past.”
Further open days where people will be able to watch the Mini restoration will take place on November 21 and December 12.