In 2011 Take to The Streets was produced and delivered as an exhibition in the public realm in Birmingham city centre in collaboration with Magnum Photos. 2011 was unquestionably the year of street photography with a number of exhibitions and festivals exploring the genre taking place in cities across the UK. The large scale exhibition showcased over 100 images by seven of Magnum Photos most prolific photographers. The exhibition was also produced as part of Format International Photography Festival.
In 2010, a major retrospective of Brian Griffin’s work was curated and produced by the Library of Birmingham. The works were exhibited across three sites in the city for three months.
Face to Face was a large-scale outdoor retrospective showcased Griffin’s portraiture over 38 years, including many of his most prominent portraits of leading musicians, politicians and celebrities. Two accompanying indoor exhibitions featured Griffin’s award-winning series’ Team and The Water People.
In 2010, inspired by the Cultural Olympiad, artist Babis Alexiadis created new work outside the gallery environment to celebrate a spectacular site specific performance. From an 18 month participatory and collaborative project, comprising of a series of dance and animation workshops, the project culminated in a large scale night time performance and screening event in Birmingham.
New Art Birmingham was a forerunner to the art market development research and initiatives taking place in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The event preceded ‘Sewing the Seeds’, Cultivate and Art of Ideas and sought to stimulate art market activity and dialogue. Jeremy Deller, Idris Khan, Chris Hammond, Kenny Schacter, David Gryn, Anders Petterson, Matt Price were amongst the personalities engaged in the programme as curators and panelists.
The event took place during 2005 and 2007 and developed new audiences and sales for artists taking part. Exhibiting artists included Faye Claridge, Dan Burwood, Staurt Whipps, Chris Keenan Indre Serpytyte, Yoke and Zoom and The Outcrowd.