A night at the museum for the 4am Project

By on 01/04/2010 in Culture, News, Video News

Amateur photographers will enjoy a night at the museum this weekend thanks to Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid team.

The Birmingham Cultural Partnership has helped snappers from the acclaimed 4am Project gain access to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of the project's second anniversary celebrations.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, the 4am Project started in 2008 when Birmingham photographer Karen Strunks was driving through the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

Struck by the contrast between the deserted cityscape and the daytime traffic and noise she started taking photographs of Birmingham at 4am and posting them online.

Since then, likeminded photographers, amateur and professional, from more than 25 countries worldwide have joined the project and many will participate in a mass event on Easter Sunday at 4am.

And, thanks to the UK City of Culture bid, Karen and a group of Birmingham photographers will explore Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership, said: “The 4am Project brilliantly illustrates what a creative city we have. Karen Strunks had a vision that she has now turned into a global project - a global project that began on the streets of Birmingham.

“We know that creativity can be found across Birmingham and City of Culture status would help people from the many communities all over the city really make their mark.

“As we've said all along, this is Birmingham's bid and people like Karen epitomise what is so great and innovative about our city.”

Looking ahead to Sunday's event, Karen Strunks added: “It's great to have access to the museum and I'm sure the photographers will enjoy being inside a popular Birmingham landmark at 4am.

“This is a very creative city. A lot of my friends work in the creative sector - art, photography, websites - there's a great creative community in the city and it's something we should be very proud about.”

Click on the link below for more information about Birmingham's UK City of Culture bid.
Click on the link below for more information about the 4am Project
For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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