Stirchley Baths’ final-stage bid for Lottery funding will be submitted on 17th June 2013. It’s a pivotal moment in the history of the project and of the building itself.
This moment was marked with a fantastic participatory arts event at the Baths on Saturday called ‘Sink Or Swim’, organised by Place Prospectors.
Local people came along to weigh in their support for the project (literally!) and transformed the word ‘Sink’ in balloons into ‘Swim’. Dozens and dozens of balloons were weighed down with a ‘thumbs up’ ceramic weight. Visitors to the event chose a balloon…
and had their ceramic hand weighed in.
A record of the weight was made in a special ledger, which they signed, and their balloon was added to the ‘Swim’ board.
Slowly, over the event, the word ‘Sink’ became ‘Swim’ – genius! – before all of the balloons were popped at the end!
The wonderful Stirchley Shakers cheerleaders added a celebratory feeling to the day…
and well over 200 people visited the event, many sitting on the old bowling green behind Stirchley Baths to have some food.
At the end of the event, the water area even became an impromptu paddling pool!
It was a really wonderful day! Huge thanks to Place Prospectors for creating such a fantastic way for local people to show their support for the Heritage Lottery Fund bid, and especially to everyone who came along on the day.
The HLF bid will be submitted on 17th June, with a decision expected in September…
To see lots more photos from the day click below