What makes the heart of a city beat strong? Is it the people, the architecture, the history? A major new exhibition at the RBSA will consider all this and more…
Metropolis, sponsored by Maguire Jackson, features 98 works taking city living as the theme.
You’ll spot some familiar scenes from around Birmingham: the Bullring, Colmore Row, Digbeth High Street, Broad Street… tower blocks and train stations, and a host of local landmarks including Spaghetti Junction and the BT Tower.
But if you want to travel further afield you’ll also find works depicting Venice, Los Angeles, Lyon, Marseille, Hanoi and New York.
Reflections of cranes, bridges and girders; people going about their everyday lives; famous views and forgotten corners… there’s even two former poets laureate of Birmingham – a nice touch for our forthcoming poetry workshop with Mandy Ross.
Competition for coveted spaces at RBSA exhibitions is fierce. Works for Metropolis were assessed on whether they captured something unique about urban living.
Artist Steve Evans was one of the judges and said: ‘It’s been fascinating to see the rich diversity in terms of how artists approached the theme.
‘Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see many interpretations of city life, from a typical Birmingham family to relatively abstract impressions of buildings.
‘What I’ve particularly enjoyed as a judge is seeing fellow artist Sarah Stokes submit a scene of New York, which was accepted, and how being inspired to enter an exhibition can encourage you to branch out and do something a bit different.
‘It’s all about how imaginative you can be and how broad the theme is.’
Sarah Stokes, ‘Embracing the Chaos’
Many of the works at the exhibition are for sale, so why not come to our gallery in the Jewellery Quarter and take home a piece of the Metropolis for yourself?
Metropolis: Sponsored by Maguire Jackson opens on August 24. (Featured image at top of page, Simon Childs ‘Translucid 11a’)
Metropolis Screening: Friday 8 September 2017, 5.30 pm to 9pm
The RBSA gallery will be screening Fritz Lang’s classic dystopian sci-fi epic Metropolis in partnership with Flatpack: Assemble and Eureka. 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.
A poetry workshop with Mandy Ross also takes place at the Metropolis exhibition, 2-4pm on Monday 18 September. To book your free place, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 16 September.
Make sure you visit the RBSA soon to enjoy the full programme of exhibitions and workshops. Find us at 4 Brook St, B3 1SA.
By Louise Palfreyman, WMMD blogger-in-residence