A look back at Birmingham Galleries Night


Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery.


A highly anticipated event unique in its approach, a date on the calendar worthy of being highlighted extensively, and a culmination of intriguing conversations and likeminded individuals embracing both people and art of all varieties. Galleries Night.

The art lovers

The annual occasion where six of Birmingham’s best art venues open their doors to all culture lovers in a city-wide celebration of all things arty has finished for another year. The evening of October 30th saw hundreds of art enthusiasts from all over the world circulating around the city with the help of the designated ‘Art Bus’, chauffeuring guests to the doorstep of each gallery for free.

People of all ages and nationalities mingled around the galleries at their own leisure, accompanied by the odd complementary glass of wine and a handful of nachos. Their love of art being the one thing that undoubtedly united them all.

Something for everybody

Exhibitions, paintings and traditional sculptures in all shapes and sizes were but a few of the varieties available for viewing, whether it was Parkside Gallery’s ‘Punk Rock! So What?’ exhibition full of attitude, controversial images and punk artefacts spanning over the past 40 years, or a glimpse into 17th-century Dutch Portraiture from one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Galleries Night really did have something for everybody.

Let’s get social

The evening sparked conversations widely across social media, with various local bloggers and groups including ‘Instagrammers of Birmingham’ in attendance. One of its members made an extra special effort by dressing up as a skeleton, putting a Halloween twist on proceedings.

Here’s to next year

So now we look to next year, and anticipate another truly encompassing and diverse evening. If you didn’t make it this time, make sure you pencil October 30th 2016 in your diary, it will be worth it.

For more information on Birmingham Galleries Night follow us on social media at @parksidegallery or visit #BrumHour.

Reminiscing over Reich …


After months of preparation and organisation, it is time to say fair well to the Reich exhibition! To celebrate the exhibition that has been displayed in the Parkside Gallery for the last few weeks, we have captured some of our favourite Reich pieces  for those of you that missed the terrific exhibition:

DSC_0595editDSC_0657edit (1)DSC_0610edit DSC_0613edit FullSizeRender (1)The Parkside Gallery hopes you enjoyed the exhibition as much as we did, but we are just as excited about the BCU in Pictures exhibition coming to the University on the 8 June 2015!

For more photos, follow us on Instagram: @parksidegallery or contact sara-anne.mills-bricknell@bcu.ac.uk for more information on our upcoming exhibitions.


Supersonic Festival 2015

Supersonic festival is partnering with internationally renowned Moog Sound Lab and Birmingham City University, to create a four-week artist residency programme based at The Parkside building from 1 June 2015.

Dr Robert Moog (pronounced like ‘vogue’) first introduced the world to the ‘Moog Modular Synthesiser’ a new type of instrument just over fifty years ago.


Although Moog himself was not musically talented his instrument has gone on to become an influential and fundamental element, with regards to changing music history and becoming a key fixture within experimental and rock compositions.

Audiencefalcons will famously recognise the use of the Moog Sound in the majority of Kraftwerk’s seminal 1974 album Autobahn, the guns in the newest Star Trek movies and the taking off sound of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.

The Moog Sound Lab continuously moves to different venues and was previously pioneered at Rough Trade NYC. The lab becomes a temporary residential space offering a unique opportunity for artists to explore and create. There will be a number of academics and students from Birmingham City University that will be able to experiment and compose with the iconic instruments, but the festival will also feature the following artists:

4 June 2015 – Sarah Angliss: Award winning composer, roboticist and historian of sound.

9 June 2015 – Free School: A Birmingham retro-futurist, mask-donning disco duo, exploring a unique fusion of electro house, Balearic and Kosmiche.

11 June 2015 – Gazelle Twin: Twisted Cronenberg-inspired persona of producer, composer and artist – Elizabeth Bernholz.

As part of the Supersonic Festival, the All Ears exhibition will be at Millennium Point for two weeks from 1 June 2015 and will display a collection of archaic music boxes alongside a selection of new works, in response to the innovation of early technology and programmable music machines. Owl Project, Sarah Angliss, Morton Underwood and Paul Gittens are some of the artists who have contributed their fascinating pieces.

All ear

Admission for the All Ears festival is FREE, but do not hesitate to contact parkside.gallery@bcu.ac.uk for more information on any of the activities and opportunities regarding the festival.

Parkside Gallery’s Tibor Reich Exhibition Makes Family Proud

When launching the exhibition that celebrates Tibor Reich’s work at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery, many were excited about the pieces that were about to be unveiled at the first stop of the ‘Tibor’ tour.

The private viewing of the exhibition that took place on the 21 April 2015, welcomed the general public and special guests such as Sam Reich; the person behind the 2016 re-launch of the brand ‘Tibor’ and also grandson of the former textile designer. Amongst the crowd were also three of Reich’s children, including the second from youngest Linda Fraser.

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[Sam Reich giving a speech at the private view]

Travelling from London to see the exhibition for the first time proved to be an insightful experience for Linda, as she had never seen a majority of the drawings – simply because of the volume in the collection.

“I was completely blown away by the exhibition, I thought the exhibition was very well chosen and displayed the work beautifully.

“It made me feel incredibly proud, I just love being with people who adore my Dad’s work, it gives me a real kick!”


Reich is described by his children as creating a ‘wonderful and creative atmosphere at home’ that infused and inspired them all as individuals. “As children we were always drawing and there were always ‘fans’ of my father’s work visiting; including celebrities like John Boynton Priestley, Roy Dotrice, Sam Wanamaker and Dave Allen.

“My father also had a lot of creative family friends who would help him branch out his ideas to other media products.”

One memorable visitor who made an appearance at the Stratford family home and caused quite a stir amongst the street – was a Lotus Car designer. The designer wanted Reich to design the seating material for one of his new models and therefore, turned up in a prototype of the car he had designed.

The Parkside exhibition has a variety of Reich’s work on display but a favourite of Reich’s daughter Linda, were the architectural drawings.

“I loved the drawings of what he wanted our house in Stratford to look like, as they were so true to what it did end up looking like.”

The exhibition has received a lot of attention across Instagram, with a lot of admiration for the work selected.


“Seeing how much people love and admire my fathers work makes us as his children, honoured and enthusiastic about the plans for ‘Tibor.’ The aim is to share with the public, creative or not, Dad’s vision and work and hopefully inspire even more people.”