Contact – an exhibition at Rhubarb East

We’ve been quiet on here. I admit it. I’ve even had emails about it…(thanks to those of you who got in touch!)

We’ve been putting all our energy recently into creating a new show in partnership with a very talented group of photographers from around the Midlands, called The Photography Collective.

We’re now at that stage where we want to talk about the exhibition. We’re actually very excited about it – given that it’s an associate show of the recent Rhubarb-Rhubarb International Photography and it’s another opportunity to show the wealth of talent we have in the Midlands, and prove again how much need and support there is for a permanent space for photography in Birmingham.

We have a new website for lots more details about the show, and a blog which talks a bit about our journey to get there. I’ll post more details on here in due course – but the new website is shiny, and you should go and have a look!

The exhibition was inspired by discussions within the group on the nature of contact, with each of the photographers creating work within their own practice exploring their thoughts on the theme. The variety of styles and formats challenges the viewer to consider how contact is made between objects both animate and inanimate, between the past and present, between analogue and digital and between photographer and subject.

The show is curated by Kathryn Klizsat, the accomplished curator at Light House – the centre for film, video, art and photography in Wolverhampton. Kathryn has put the show together from a larger body of work from emerging talent and established photographers from across the two groups. The result is a diverse and exciting new body of work seen for the first time here in Birmingham.

Come along – September 3rd to September 18th 2010 – 11am -5.30, Rhubarb East, Custard Factory, Birmingham.


Africa 50

One of the visitors to Contact exhibition this week has been Tom Pointon. Tom came along and told us about an exciting new exhibition to mark the 50 years since seventeen African Nations emerged from colonial rule. There’s an exhibition and installation running at Birmingham Central Library Art Gallery, Gallery 33/36 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during September.

From 20-28 November it moves to the Gathering Space in Wolverhampton, then during December you can see it at the Friary Gallery at Lichfield Library.