Here at the School of Art we have the great privilege of working with some fantastic partners in the city. Here are just a few examples of what we have been up to recently:
Selfridges Live + Loud was an exciting festival held from 1st – 4th October 2015. The event celebrated the very best of Birmingham. As part of this event, Birmingham School of Art presented an exciting programme of performances, installations and research projects for the city, centred on a pop-up ‘creative podium’, which was designed as a multi-purpose work and learning space by Art and Design students who study in the School of Art. The podium was curated by myself and colleagues and aimed to display and celebrate the richness, diversity, and quality of the various activities of the School of Art, both internal and with their external partner organisations.
Read more about the activities and what some of the participants had to say about it in the Live + Loud Evaluation (pdf).
And we even brought King Kong back to Birmingham in an offsite installation developed by The Gorilla Collective.
Prior to that Selfridges approached us at the School to launch the Imagnarium as part of their national project on the role of imagination in society across London and Manchester. We launched “The Imaginarium” as part of Selfridges “The Festival of Imagination” on the 4th February in Birmingham.
The Imaginarium was a FREE magical, playful space that celebrated curiosity and accomplishment. The projects aim was to draw on regional talent to showcase the imagination across science, art, culture, technology, design and commercial enterprise.
Over 3 weeks, The Imaginarium, hosted interactive workshops, talks, performances, music, demonstration’s screenings, and events for both children and adults. It was a unique creative hub where imaginative workshops and inspiring talks by renowned designers, artists and academics communicated to audiences their imaginative projects, processes and products. Audiences encountered their imaginative processes, from a very personal perspective, as well as accessing the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that guides, ignites and inspires the FOI participant’s thoughts and actions. The Festival explored the power of imagination to drive the process of innovation and inform the shape of our future.
Our students were also involved with the Longbridge Light Festival which is s part of a larger project by WERK designed to support the regeneration of the Longbridge area of Birmingham. Students were also involved in Tran-si-tion, a one-day International Conference which took place on the 24th October 2014. Tran-si-tion provided a platform for some of the leading UK and International keynote speakers to highlight best practice within regeneration schemes, urban design, strategic planning, technology innovation, placemaking and art within a social urban context.”
We also worked with students at the Conservatoire to create an interactive installation (Beth Derbyshire and Andy Ingamelis) and exhibition entitled SCORE: TRACE THAT SOUND which was the UK’s largest ever exhibition of graphic musical notation, co curated by myself and Jo Scarf. It was housed in the spotlight exhibition area of the Library of Birmingham and included work by 35 different artists from around the world, ranging from Ancient Egyptian Colour Music to seminal works by John Cage and lecturers and students from Birmingham Conservatoire. SCORE was presented as the center piece of Frontiers Festival held in Birmingham 22 March-5 April & 2-8 June 2014.