As the 16-17 season draws to a close we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to look back at some of the highlights from the past year.
Parkside Gallery’s fourth season was a celebration of culture and design in the midlands as exhibitions explored the region’s central role in British culture.
Michael Balcon: Birmingham’s Film Knight
The season started with Sir Michael Balcon: Birmingham’s Film Knight, curated by Roger Shannon, which celebrated one of the city’s biggest contributions to British cinema. Through black and white photos and posters from cinema’s golden era, the exhibition took the audience on a journey through Balcon’s life and his outstanding contribution to film making.
Richard Snell’s Midlands Modern followed, showcasing some of the most striking modern products designed and manufactured in the region.
This was beautifully complimented by Craftspace’s Made in the Middle which came to Parkside Gallery in March. Made in the Middle showcased the best contemporary craft being produced in the Midlands and introduced audiences to a whole spectrum of craft-based art.
Cabinets of Costume
Cabinets of Costume continued our Midland craft theme. One of our most ambitious projects to date, Cabinets of Costume immersed audiences into a world of theatre and costume.
All Because of You bought some Northern Soul to the gallery as curator Sarah Raine explored the relationship between the pop movement and Birmingham through photographs and iconic memorabilia.
Later in the season, curator Theodora Pangos intrigued audiences with her archival exhibition, Cold Type: Paste-Up Graphics, which gave narrative to the decline of manual printing processes.
While Parkside Gallery was celebrating craft, art and culture from the last century, over at the School of Jewellery they were looking towards the future.
Vittoria Street Gallery
Vittoria Street Gallery opened in November 2016: a space at the School of Jewellery dedicated to exhibiting the best of contemporary jewellery. Its first exhibition, In the Loupe, was recognised nationally and Vittoria Street Gallery has become one of the most recognisable contemporary jewellery galleries in the UK.
With increasingly ambitious exhibitions, the 16-17 season has been one of our most successful years to date.
The 17-18 season promises to be busy and challenging as we host seven unique exhibitions. With a packed programme of exhibitions, events, talks, performances and screenings we are excited for our biggest year yet.