A newspaper article was published in The Midland Chronicle in 1979, based on a school essay Rob Hewitt wrote about his Great Grandmother, Sarah Jane Whitehouse, and her experience as a 13-year-old child servant at Sandwell Hall in 1899. Revisiting the experience of her time 'in service' catalysed this reflection on how legacies of cultural deference inform the continued exploitation of youth today.
Dozens of participants are brought together in Sandwell, waiting for a moment that releases them from a lifetime in service. Before an audience, the accepted order is shattered in a dramatic instant.
Rob’s commission is part of the Forge Artist Open Call Programme which invited 12 West Midlands artists and/or curators to make new bodies of work for the Blast! Festival and take part in a mentorship programme.
Redhawk Logistica was established in 2008 by artist and curator Rob Hewitt as a collaborative artistic vehicle that challenges notions of authorship, ownership and authenticity and gives a voice to the individual. Their work is made to be experienced in public spaces and designed to be seen as part of a city's culture, contributing to the living mythology of place. Past work has included the production of ephemeral artworks, large scale events, socially engaged projects and pop-up public space interventions, most of which have taken place outside traditional venues nationally and internationally.