Working with Millfield communities...
Millfield is a vibrant area of the city, and home to a diverse community in which over 120 languages are spoken. Our Millfield programme will focus on people and stories: in finding creative ways to draw out and share the experiences of people who have lived, and continue to live in the area. You can read more about our artistic ambition for Millfield here.
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT MILLFIELD
THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT
There are so many active community groups representing all kinds of faiths, cultures, and interests that we’ve lost count! It is really inspiring to see so many individuals coming together to do great work in Millfield, such as PARCA, Community First, Gladstone Connect, The Allama Iqbal Centre, Millfield Community Fridge, ReSpace, and many more. We’ve been overwhelmed by their friendly dedication and support, especially in helping us create Millfield Festival each year. Our festival planning meetings are well attended (there’s always room for more and you are welcome to join us - check our What’s On page to find out when the next planning meeting is), and the buzz on the festival day itself is absolutely infectious! If you’re part of a community group in Millfield we’ve not had the chance to meet yet, please get in touch with the team via our Contact Us page.
We think Millfield is naturally one of the most colourful parts of the city, made even more vibrant by flashes of street art murals around the areas along Lincoln Road, in the underpasses, and the 50 year old mural on the side of a house on Link Road. In 2017, we paid for a new piece of street art on the side of Ghousia Foods on St Martin’s Street, working with artists Paper Rhino on the project which was called ‘Our Lincoln Road’. Paper Rhino were particularly interested in stories of notable local residents, of words and phrases that resonated with the community. Before designing the mural they went round the local independent shops and spoke to businesses, and held sessions at the Iqbal Centre where residents were invited to share their thoughts about the people of Lincoln Road. The greengrocers is opposite a chai café which has a cityscape painted on to the wall; together these two pieces of work create a gateway to the heart of Lincoln Road.
Forget the city centre high street, Millfield is where it’s at for all your shopping and fine dining needs! Shops along Lincoln Road and the surrounding area are brimming with a variety of needs, from groceries to hair cuts to shisha, and even a mini aquarium. We’re particularly fond of The Lounge, the naan shop, and Chai Walla. In 2018 we hosted a photo walk with Chris Porsz in which we led budding photographers around Millfield taking pictures, inviting them to notice their neighbourhood in different ways from behind the lens. We then invited people on social media to vote for their favourite photos to be part of an exhibition we held in Queensgate. Hot spots for snaps included Madina Grill, Abbas & Shokat, and Euromix Food Store. You can see the full album on our Facebook page.