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Notes On The Black Path is a public artwork made by Foundation Press with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough, UK; an area surrounding the historical route known as the ‘Black Path’. 

The artwork features nearly  50 poster designs laid around a lyric by the South Bank-born songwriter Vin Garbutt. The lyric taken from the song 'Photographic Memory' reads: SO TAKE A LOOK NOW USE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY TO HELP YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR TOMORROWS'. 



Image courtesy of Eric Taylor

Content for the mural was collected through a local printing press set-up especially for the project – Black Path Press. 

Image courtesy of Patrick Mackin

As part of the project Foundation Press delivered 40 public workshops, making books with different groups and individuals. Our approaches to books and workshops included: transcribed conversations, unearthing archival content, object-based histories, creating collaboratively made patterns or typefaces, individual artist commissions, etc.

Newspaper images  © The British Library Board. All rights reserved.

Notes On The Black Path  was a Great Place Tees Valley project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England National Lottery Projects. The project was supported by a steering group featuring Elinor Morgan (MIMA), Lucy Chapman (Groundworks), Pat McCarthy, Pete McCarthy, Malcolm Armstrong (Redcar & Cleveland Council) and Mark Hickson.