In just four weeks, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will partially return with a series of pop-up exhibitions and live events that will put a different spin on the historic building for the Commonwealth Games and Birmingham Festival 2022. The partial reopening will have place while Birmingham City Council’s program of essential electrical works continues in other areas of the building.
The Round Room, Industrial Gallery, Edwardian Tearooms, Gallery 10 and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Shop will reopen seven days a week from April 28. The Bridge Gallery will also reopen to showcase a selection of gems from the civic collection and invite feedback on what people want to see from the museum when it fully reopens.
Areas reopened in April will close again in December to allow maintenance work to continue before the building fully reopens in 2024. This is the first time since October 2020 that visitors will be able to return to one of the attractions Birmingham’s most popular tourist attractions and marking the occasion, the galleries are handed over to some of the city’s most exciting designers who have responded to the ‘This Is Birmingham’ theme.
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The five exhibitions will bring together themes such as cultural identity, community and media, with new exhibits and live events, as well as a space for visitors to participate and contribute. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a program of live events including talks, performances and a series of Edwardian tearoom ‘Lates’ over the year.
Don’t Settle: We Are Birmingham is a new exhibition that will present a lively celebration of the city that Birmingham is now and aspirations of what the city could become. Birmingham Music Archive: In The Que is a sensory exhibition that will celebrate one of Birmingham’s greatest music venues – the Que Club.
Fierce: SaVĀge K’Lub: Vā TAMATEA brings together a New Zealand and Samoan collaboration to investigate topics such as European explorers as well as the meaning of savagery. Flatpack Projects: Wonderland explores how cinema has shaped the streets, social lives and dreams of Brummies over the past 125 years.
Kalaboration Arts: Blacklash: Racism and the Struggle for Self-Defense documented the struggles of Asian and African Caribbean communities against racism. Finally, Unprecedented Times is an additional exhibit that will invite visitors to take a moment to pause and reflect on all that has happened in Birmingham over the past two years of living with Covid-19.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the city’s first major art exhibition since the pandemic when the Gas Hall reopens on May 14 with an exhibition of the Arts Council’s collection curated by the Turner Prize-winning artist and internationally renowned Lubaina Himid CBE. Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City opens in Birmingham with a selection of local works before touring galleries and museums across the UK.
The partial reopening in April is the first chance to see the journey the museum will take to make it more representative of the people of the city with a new approach to galleries, exhibitions and exhibits, all piloted and curated with the people of the city. town.
Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, co-CEOs of the Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Having spoken to the creative teams behind the partner displays and watched their presentations take shape, we are delighted to be unboxing the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in just four weeks. . – for the Commonwealth Games and the Birmingham Festival 2022.
“The museum is going to feel very different this summer with a new approach to exhibits and how visitors experience the themes on display and the galleries that host them.
“While some spaces may look different there will always be a warm welcome and we want everyone to join us for a peek or a hot drink and lunch in the lovely Edwardian tea rooms.”
Martin Green CBE, Creative Director, Birmingham 2022, said: “Bringing together several creative businesses under one roof for this series of pop-up displays is really exciting. The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is a major cultural force in the city and this new direction and openness speaks volumes about Birmingham and the region.
For more information and a list of exhibitions, visit: birminghammuseums.org.uk
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