Beautiful Northfield

A friend of Birmingham Photospace, Jane Baker emailed us this week to let us know about an interesting community photography project that the Northfield Eco Centre are running.

There’s an open photography competition (with some pretty heavyweight judges on board) and some workshops and even an exhibition.

If you live, work or travel to Northfield you’re welcome to enter your images of the neighbourhood. But hurry! You’ve got ’till the end of May to take your photo.


Invite to an Artist Talk at Rhubarb Rhubarb

We at Birmingham Photospace very much admire everything Rhubarb Rhubarb do for international photography (and Birmingham!) so we were very excited to be invited to the Artist Talk of their first exhibition in their new premises. We’re going to go along to see the Jackson Twins talk about their work – and we’re very much looking forward to immersing themselves in their art for a couple of hours.

It takes place on Saturday 5th June between 2 and 4pm – do come along with us?

About the Artists:
The Jackson Twins won a Rhubarb Bursary last year and showed their portfolio at the promenade at the 2009 International Review. Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for photography, one of the Rhubarb Reviewers, immediately offered them a show in Sydney…..
They were the stars of the week 4 Portfolio Review at Fotofest 2010 and are now being asked to show their work throughout the world.

About the Exhibition:
Rhubarb say: The Uses of Enchantment’, the first show at Rhubarb-East, brings together two series of work by The Jackson Twins, from the West Midlands, with Vee Speers from Paris. Both inspired by fables and fairy stories, nostalgia and psychology, they propose, at first, two seemingly playful series of portraits, featuring a birthday party for children and some double trouble using costume, disguise and female allure… Yet beyond the first enchantment, are troubled stories of war, power, intrigue and dark, magical and potent forces…

The Jackson Twins have just returned from the opening of their exhibition in Sydney, Australia, as a result of winning a Rhubarb/Arts Council Bursary last year. Vee Speers is a regular visitor to the Rhubarb International Review and is collected by museums and individuals throughout the world – including DZ Bank, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Michael Wilson and Elton John. She will shortly be showing with Annie Liebovitiz and Joel Peter Witkin in the premiere show at Fotografiska – the new phototography Museum in Stockholm.

Rhonda Wilson, Creative Director of Rhubarb-Rhubarb, says, “ For years we have watched while the sometimes extraordinary talent emerging from our programme of support and mentoring schemes, has been shown by other people, both in the UK and in international spaces. Now we have the pleasure of showing the results of our efforts, in collaboration with some of the world’s most interesting image makers. The first show is just fantastic and we have created a whole environment for the photographs. If you are into Alice in Wonderland, or even if you’re not – you will love to fall down this particular visual rabbit hole.

See you there?

Rhubarb East Gallery
Rhubarb Building
25 Heathmill Lane, Digbeth
Birmingham B9 4AE


I’m a photographer, not a terrorist.

Another show in Birmingham next Friday – 25th June 2010 – the C&G 7512 Diploma in Professional Photo Imaging – Adult learners end of year show.

For one night only, it seems, the Masonic Halls (next to the Mailbox) will be turned into an exhibition celebrating the work of the graduates of this diploma – one of the only courses of this type for adult learners in the city.

The exhibition, entitled “I am a photographer, not a terrorist” is based on the students’ experiences and reactions from trying to take images in public places and the effects on their work of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

With a print auction offering the chance to own some great work by talented professional photographers, and a raffle with some prizes on offer it’s set to be more entertaining than your average private view!


Make contact…

So, you all know about the exhibition, right? Starts on Friday (Matt and Ian spent the day hanging it today). Even if I do say so myself (and it’s fine that I do, I’m not one of the artists) it looks fab. Eclectic. Thought provoking. Fun. Beautiful. The image above is from one of a series by Matt Murtagh. See more of the amazing unofficial city twinning portraits he’s made in the show.

Have you decided yet when you’re coming down? A really good day to do that would be on Thursday 9th September, about 6.30pm.. That’s the night we’re having our Artists Talk – there’ll be wine, photography, friendly artists and good conversation. I’m looking forward to hearing some more of the stories behind people’s work -and I know they’re looking forward to telling them.

No need to RSVP, just come along. We look forward to seeing you there.

Rhubarb East Gallery,
25 Heath Mill Lane
B9 4AE


Birmingham’s People at We Are Birmingham

So, Birmingham’s People has a new home!

It’s a natural home for the exhibition – it’s now gracing the downstairs gallery at the newly-opened We Are Birmingham shop, the new independent arts and crafts shop in the city centre.

We love working in partnership with organisations who support creativity in the city. We Are Birmingham is a great collective of folk (and we’re not just saying that because one of our own (Matt Murtagh) is Artistic Director there). We respect and admire their hard work, energy and enthusiasm in helping photographers and other artists find a route to market.

We went in today to check out the finished shop, having been in a few times in the run-up to opening. It’s terrific. Really. There’s a great mix of stock – ranging from items under a pound, to some exquisite jewelry with corresponding prices!

Very well to all the team involved – thank you for hosting our exhibition – and we’re looking forward to working together in the future!