Photography exhibition comes to an end

The FINDINGS exhibitions have now come to a close in Birmingham. The exhibitions in Church Street Square and St Paul’s Square, which featured 50 pictures made in Birmingham by artist Tom Hunter, were shot using a pinhole camera in early 2013.  

The feedback and comments have been extremely positive.

Here is just a sample of some of the feedback we received via social media:

Sarahsilverwood

Enjoyed seeing @Findingsbham photography exhibition in St Paul’s square. Spotted my old studio at the School of Art!pic.twitter.com/atLBwn11yQ

 

aajhiggs
@JQNF @Findingsbham really nice, checked it out this morning. Great to glimpse inside some places you’d normally never see inside…

 

GraceAWills
Great to see @TomHunterArt talk about @Findingsbham Inspiring to hear someone talk so honestly about their work. No jargon just passion.


campbeld
Great images of Brum @Findingsbham@TomHunterArt exhibition in Church St Sq & St Paul’s Sq ow.ly/kujwIpic.twitter.com/OBFLFHQIFo

 

During the course of the exhibition we received fantastic press coverage included double page spreads in The Sunday Times Magazine, Birmingham Post, Edge Magazine and Area Magazine, an interview on BBC WM and other articles in publications such as The Express & Star, Creative Times and Amateur Photographer.

 

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Over the coming weeks we will be asking for your further thoughts on the exhibition and how we can ensure future exhibitions are made as accessible to the general public as FINDINGS.

We would like to thank all of the partners involved in the project including GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham, Colmore Business District, Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, Arts Council England, Birmingham City University and Metro Imaging. 

If you’d like information about future exhibitions and photography projects, please visit www.grainphotographyhub.co.uk.

Further information about the Library of Birmingham and its opening on 3rd September can be found at www.libraryofbirmingham.com

FINDINGS comes to a close in the Jewellery Quarter

As FINDINGS draws to a close, the exhibition located in St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter will be taken down a week earlier than planned due to unforseen circumstances, closing on the 13th July.

The exhibition in Church Street Square shall remain on site however for the entirety of the exhibition before closing on the 19th July 2013.


Feedback for FINDINGS has been incredibly positive, with many people sharing their thoughts on Tom Hunter’s work via Facebook and Twitter. The outdoor exhibition aimed to take photography out to new audiences within public spaces. The Library of Birmingham and its partners will endeavor to continue to fulfill this objective with future projects.

Following the close of the exhibitions we look forward to sharing some of the successes with you.


Information about future exhibitions and photography projects can be found at www.grainphotographyhub.co.uk
Further information about the Library of Birmingham, opening on the 3rd September, can be found at http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com/

Location: The Lost & Found, Bennetts Hill

The FINDINGS exhibition features 50 places and spaces from across Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and Jewellery Quarter. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each of the 50 locations photographed by Tom Hunter in detail.

 

This week’s location is The Lost and Found, Bennetts Hill.

 

The beautiful, Grade II listed building was formally the National Provincial Bank.

 

The interior of Lost and Found takes inspiration from the Victorian explorer, Hettie G. Watson who travelled the world, bringing samples of the plants and flowers she collected back to her secret hideaway. When you step into the restaurant and bar, you step into Hettie’s whimsical world.

 

The beautiful, 19th century architecture is perfectly complemented with quirky props throughout the building such as old, abandoned typewriters, overgrown with vines and cocktails served in jam jars and teacups. Immerse yourself in Hettie’s world and try her signature drink, Hettie’s Pom Pom, underneath the lantern-lit, botanical canapé.

 

For a special occasion or meeting, you can hire out the secret Boardroom that is accessible via a fake bookshelf.

 

Images from the location can be found on Units 1 & 2 at St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter. 

The Lost and Found

 

8 Bennetts Hill

 

Birmingham


 

B2 5RS

Location: Council House, Victoria Square

The FINDINGS exhibition features 50 places and spaces from across Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and Jewellery Quarter. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each of the 50 locations photographed by Tom Hunter in detail.

This week’s location is The Council House, Victoria Square.

Situated in Victoria Square, the Grade II listed building is one of the most iconic buildings in Birmingham.

The striking building surrounds the Town Hall and the Birmingham Museum & Art gallery. A statue of Queen Victoria also stands outside the building. The Square was initially called ‘Council House Square’ but was renamed following the death of Queen Victoria.

With the front facing Victoria Square, commuters, shoppers and other passers by in the city centre can see the Council house.

Opposite the Council House is another Birmingham landmark- the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ the nickname given to the statue in the fountain.

The Victorian building is home to the Birmingham City Council.

Images from the Council House can be found on Units 3 & 4 at St Paul’s Square and Unit 4 at Church Street Square.

Council House

Victoria Square

Birmingham

B1 1BB

Location: Yorks Bakery Cafe, Newhall Street

The FINDINGS exhibition features 50 places and spaces from across Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and Jewellery Quarter. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each of the 50 locations photographed by Tom Hunter in detail.

This week’s location is York’s Bakery Café.

One of the newest independent coffee shops to open in Birmingham, York’s Bakery focuses on hot drink and food. Situated in the Colmore Business District this is a chilled yet stylish café which is accessible to commuters, shoppers and professionals a like.

Open from 7.30am (weekdays) the café is an ideal spot for some breakfast to see you through a busy day. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi on your visit- very handy!

You can have a look at the York Bakery Café image on Unit 2 at St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.

 

York’s Bakery Café

1-3 Newhall Street

Colmore Business District

Birmingham

B3 3NH

Tom Hunter on film

Artist and award winning filmmaker Chris Keenan (also known as Prime Objective) has been out filming Tom Hunter at the Birmingham + Midland Institute.  The film, which will comprise mainly of an interview with the artist, will be a unique insight into Tom’s approach to the project in Birmingham and a personal reflection on his career and accolades to date.

In the interviews Tom talked about his family connections with Birmingham, his passion for civic and public spaces as spaces for the people and his interest in heritage, architecture and culture.   

The film will be provide a lasting legacy of Tom’s time in the city.

Location: The Pen Museum, Frederick Street

As you are aware, the FINDINGS exhibition features 50 places and spaces from across Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and Jewellery Quarter. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each of the 50 locations photographed by Tom Hunter in detail.

Our next location to be featured is the Pen Museum.

The Pen Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of the steel pen trade- another famous industry of Birmingham. Situated in the Jewellery Quarter, the museum is one of Birmingham’s great attractions. 

A former pen factory, the Pen Museum is located in a Grade II Listed Building. It’s the only museum in the UK, which is devoted to the history of the pen making industry.

Admission to the museum is free but donations are welcome.

You can have a look at the Pen Museum photograph on Unit 4 in Church Street Square, in the Colmore Business District.

 

The Pen Museum

Unit 3 The Argent Centre

60 Frederick Street

Birmingham

West Midlands

B1 3HS

Location: Jekyll & Hyde, Steelhouse Lane

As you are aware, the FINDINGS exhibition features 50 places and spaces from across Birmingham’s Colmore Business District and Jewellery Quarter. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at each of the 50 locations photographed by Tom Hunter in detail.

First up on the blog is The Jekyll & Hyde.

The Jekyll & Hyde, on Steelhouse Lane is a pub restaurant tucked away in the Colmore Business District. But this is no ordinary pub. Upstairs in the Jekyll & Hyde is a Victorian inspired gin parlour with a vast selection of gins.

This is a quirky alternative to the other bars and restaurants in the CBD with Alice in Wonderland artwork on the walls. As well as food and drink, the venue regularly hosts events such as retro quiz nights and classic film screenings.

Have a look at the Jekyll & Hyde FINDINGS photograph on Unit 3, St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.

The Jekyll & Hyde bar and restaurant can be found on:

28 Steelhouse Lane,
Colmore Business District,
Birmingham
B4 6BJ

Photography Exhibition FINDINGS launches

It’s here!

Today sees the launch of the FINDINGS photography exhibition, a series of photographs taken by artist Tom Hunter around the Jewellery Quarter & Colmore Business District. As we’ve mentioned previously, all photographs displayed have been taken on a pinhole camera.

Installation of the exhibition took place over the past week around Church Street Square and St Paul’s Square.

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All 50 photographs are now up around Birmingham. Stan’s Café Theatre Company (JQ) and the Grand Hotel Birmingham (CBD) are just some of the buildings that have been featured. We’ll be going into more details on all the subjects over the next few months on the website.

If you’re in the Jewellery Quarter or the Colmore Business District, make sure you take a couple of minutes to stop and have a look at the exhibition.

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Have you seen the installations around Birmingham yet?

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One week to go

This time next week, our FINDINGS exhibition will have launched in Birmingham City Centre. Photographs taken on a pinhole camera by Internationally acclaimed artist Tom Hunter will be situated on St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter and Church Street Square, in the Colmore Business District.

 

The exhibition will be open 24 hours a day until the 19th July and free to the general public and will feature 50 photographs taken around the two areas such as the Grade II listed Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works on Fleet Street and the Birmingham & Midland Institute on Margaret Street.

What buildings are you looking forward to seeing at the exhibition? Let us know via our Facebook or Twitter