Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath

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Last year, during the 50th anniversary celebrations for Birmingham University’s cultural studies department, the amazing photographs of Janet Mendelsohn were unearthed. Taken between 1967 and 1968, they are a snapshot of the streets and bomb-sites of Balsall Heath and Highgate on the brink of great change. In advance of an exhibition at Ikon in 2016, … [Read more…]

My Route exhibition trail

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From Saturday until 10 July, the free My Route exhibition trail aims to paint a picture of what it is to live and work on Stratford Road, giving an insight into the rich social history of the area. Stratford Road has long been an arrival point for new migrants arriving in Birmingham, many of whom … [Read more…]

Preview – Green Fingered at BOM

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Tonight is the opening of Gemma Marmalade’s new exhibition Green Fingered at Birmingham Open Media, in partnership with Birmingham Pride. Green Fingered includes a new series of specially commissioned works exploring the possibility that those of homosexual persuasion are more likely to have a visceral impact on the cultivation of plants. Thursday 14th May, 6-8pm The exhibition continues until 29 … [Read more…]

Birmingham Camera Obscura

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Jenny and Pete are building a portable Camera Obscura for Birmingham and need your help to make it happen AMAZING. There are camera obscuras all around the world but not in Birmingham – the second biggest city in the UK. We want to fix that. We have a five-year plan to build lots of camera obscuras in the … [Read more…]

My Route – Sampad’s Community Heritage Project

My Route is Sampad’s HLF-funded community heritage project documenting the post-war history of the area along the Stratford Road. Working with local residents between Sparkbrook and Hall Green, My Route is identifying how the population, landscape and culture has changed and developed over the years, with the settlement and migration of new communities along the road. … [Read more…]

Let it Bleed: the art of tattooing

Let It Bleed: A photography exhibition showcasing the art of tattooing and the culture that surrounds it. On 6th November 2014, Let It Bleed will showcase a series of photography which explores the traditional art of tattooing. Let It Bleed concentrates its gaze on the subculture of tattoos and the accompanying lifestyle, to create an event … [Read more…]