Birmingham Heritage Week: a great choice of events at the RBSA

Birmingham Heritage Week is coming this September, and the RBSA has three great events lined up as the city opens its doors.

The third annual Birmingham Heritage Week offers you the chance to see many of Birmingham’s best historic venues and hidden gems during special Heritage Open Day events between September 7 – 17.

Many events are free, offering a brilliant opportunity to discover new places to visit and things to do.

Visitors to Heritage Week events will learn more about the history of Birmingham, and the influence of art and the impact of migration, diversity and culture on the city.

The theme is broadened at the RBSA with the screening of a classic silent film, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and a Meet the Artist session with established artist Angela Dooley, whose work is included in the RBSA’s forthcoming Metropolis exhibition.

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Supriya Pandit, ‘Monochrome’

Metropolis Screening: SOLD OUT Friday 8 September 2017, 5.30 pm to 9pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA

The RBSA gallery will be screening Fritz Lang’s classic dystopian sci-fi epic Metropolis in partnership with Flatpack: Assemble and Eureka.

Flatpack is a critically-acclaimed Birmingham film festival with a new BFI Film Audience Network project to bring cinema to new places.

Metropolis was originally released in 1927. It is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows Freda and Maria on their journey to overcome the ‘vast gulf between the wealthy and poor classes within their city.’ 

It’s one of the last of the classics of silent movies, and you will be able to see it in the unique setting of our gallery in the Jewellery Quarter.

The screening coincides with the 90th anniversary of the film, and the RBSA’s Metropolis exhibition, sponsored by Maguire Jackson, which opens on August 24.

Last Train Arrivals

Margaret Fairhead, ‘Last Train Arrivals’

Meet the Artist: Saturday 9 September, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA. Free. No booking required. 

Come and discover how Margaret creates her detailed embroideries of local urban scenes. Margaret has three pieces in the current Metropolis exhibition with a focus on train travel:

Last Train Arrivals

Old Curzon Street Terminal

The Chiltern Line

She says: ‘My three pieces are the first in a series of works entitled ‘Seen (scenes) from the train’.

‘I travel frequently from Birmingham to mid-Wales and the series starts with these urban conurbations, eventually continuing through to countryside views and then river, estuary and seas.

The works follow on from the storytelling aspect of my series of canal pictures along the towpath from Snow Hill to the NIA building in central Birmingham.’

Margaret will share the various techniques and design development involved in creating these intricate and intriguing works as part of Heritage Open Days.

Angela Dooley, ‘Invasion of the Cranes’

Meet the Artist: Saturday 16 September, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook St, B3 1SA. Free. No booking required. 

Angela Dooley, Member of the RBSA, will speak about the inspiration and processes behind her paintings on display at the Metropolis exhibition.

Angela is an established artist who works mainly in watercolour and acrylics. She describes her inspiration as ‘trying to capture and develop studies of atmospheric light, shade and spatial depth in land and cityscapes.

‘Images created by trees, water and the modern city landscape have all been a source of inspiration.’  

Much of Angela’s work in Metropolis features reflected images caught in the plate glass of office buildings, offering a unique perspective on city life and building projects.

You can drop in and ask Angela about her work and anything else you’d like to know about the life of an artist.

If you want to experience some great art featuring cities from around the world, then visit the Metropolis exhibition, sponsored by Maguire Jackson, which opens on August 24 and runs until 30 September.

By Deborah Broomfield, ART BLOG volunteer

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