Rising from the Rubble: ‘Reference Works’ at Birmingham Library

Part II: Rising from the Rubble: Lacon and Whipps For Part I, see ‘Viewing the Building Site.' The second part of discussion at ‘Building the Archive’ was led by two photographers, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps.  They both partook in the Reference Works Project, and both discussed their contributions to Birmingham’s evolving photographic collection. The … Continue reading Rising from the Rubble: ‘Reference Works’ at Birmingham Library

Building the Archive: An Archive of Our Own?

Here, in true Archival fashion, I wish to offer up a record of the ‘Building the Archive’ Symposium – a day, in response to Birmingham Library’s ‘Reference Works Photography Project’.   This was a set of commissioned photographic reactions to the transformation of Birmingham’s 1970s building, into its present, ‘modern’ form.   The photographs would, after public … Continue reading Building the Archive: An Archive of Our Own?

New Art in the West Midlands: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Last Thursday saw the opening of ‘New Art West Midlands’ exhibition, showcasing new work from the best graduates across the area.  It was designed as a celebration of innovation, embracing the spectrum of artistic media and presentation, providing a platform for emerging, and recently graduated artists.  Themes of class, gender, identity, site-specific responses, urban spaces … Continue reading New Art in the West Midlands: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Co-Producing the City: Social Activism through Gardening!

ESP Trade Talks: AAA Do you feel part of the economy? Do you feel part of the city? These are the two questions which drive architects Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou.  At last night’s talk, they introduced a Birmingham audience to ‘Eco-Box’ and ‘R-Urban’; two Parisian architectural and social projects designed as ‘bottom-up urban development … Continue reading Co-Producing the City: Social Activism through Gardening!

Make, Share, Mobilise! – Turning Point West Midlands

Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands This Monday saw the thoroughly enjoyable, thought provoking and inspiring symposium, ‘Midwest to Midville’ held at Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, co-hosted by ‘Turning Point West Midlands’.  It was an especially encouraging day and unusually for a large event, there was a real community, collaborative atmosphere.  It … Continue reading Make, Share, Mobilise! – Turning Point West Midlands