More time to see Birmingham Seen

By on 04/01/2010 in News

The Birmingham Seen exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Gas Hall has been specially extended until the 31 January 2010 due to public popularity.

The free exhibition, which explores how artists and photographers have portrayed the people and changing landscapes, communities and fortunes of Birmingham since 1820, has so far attracted over 13,000 visitors, far exceeding initial expectations.

The show features works from the collections of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library as well as loans from individual artists and galleries, including many works that have not previously been on display.

Amongst the many rarely seen works on display in the show are the spectacular watercolours by Birmingham born Warren Blackham. His 'View of Deritend' (1870) shows the busy Birmingham livestock market in it's hey day. Other highlights include major works by the acclaimed local artist Frank Sidney Smith and powerful photographs of working class life by Bill Brandt, Nick Hedges and Vanley Burke.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “I am delighted that this wonderful exhibition has struck such a chord with both local people and visitors to Birmingham.  By extending the run, more people will get to see this entertaining show that brings almost 200 years of the city's history to life”

Further information about Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is available at or by calling 0121 303 2834.


Media contact: Jason Lewis – 0121 303 4266

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