Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival a China Plate project created in association with Birmingham Hippodrome

On Our Way

We're On Our Way to convert bus stops along the iconic 74 route into art galleries.

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A bus stop decorated with a repeated patterned vinyl. A young woman can be seen through the pattern standing at the bus stop.

"Many elements of art history document the changed landscapes around us. Our mini bus stop galleries are telling you all the stories we heard."

Nilupa Yasmin

A black slanted rectangle with the words 'On Our Way' in white inside.

On Our Way

By Nilupa Yasmin

We all have fond memories of taking the bus – from the after school bants, going to work, or into town to get a few bits. But throughout lockdown, buses ensured that hundreds of thousands of key workers were able to get to work. On Our Way celebrates how although the 74 route has barely changed, the people who use it and the buildings around it have. The pandemic experience is one episode in its long history. 

Working with community groups and organisations, Artist Curator, Nilupa Yasmin has converted bus stops along the iconic 74 bus route into galleries on Soho Road. This project was originally conceived by Aksana Khan. It’s a project which aims to celebrate the local residents who make up North Birmingham and their stories of what makes a community, a community.

Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Garfield Weston Foundation, Transport for West Midlands, National Express West Midlands and Soho Road BID.

Images © Ahsen Sayeed

Bus Stops

There’s a total of eight bus stop galleries on Soho Road. You’ll find half of them on the route to West Bromwich, and the other half on the 74 route into town.

If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with paul@chinaplatetheatre.com

If you’re curious, this project is called “On Our Way” because the bus stop galleries are literally on your way to Soho Road, as well as a reflection of its original inspiration – the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott. This boycott was a key moment in pushing towards the first ever legislation that explicitly outlawed racial discrimination, the Race Relations Act. Given recent discussions on racism, we are still “On Our Way” to fighting for justice.

You can find out more about this project on tothestreets.co.uk/on-our-way

On the number 74 route on Soho Road which goes into the city centre, you’ll find four bus stop galleries:

  • Soho Road Business Improvement District
  • Handsworth Association of Schools
  • Black Heritage Walks Network
  • BID Services at the Deaf Cultural Centre

Download our free family trail map of the bus stops here.

On the number 74 route on Soho Road which goes into West Bromwich, you’ll find four bus stop galleries:

  • The pilot bus stop gallery
  • Handsworth Library
  • South & City College Birmingham’s Handsworth Campus
  • Holyhead School

Download our free family trail map of the bus stops here.

A side view of a woman wearing a head scarf, sitting at a bus stop.

Nilupa Yasmin

Nilupa is an Artist and Educator who dabble with many mediums but mostly work with photography…

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  • Nilupa Yasmin | Artist Curator
  • Associate Producer | Aksana Khan
  • Created by | China Plate in association with Birmingham Hippodrome

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