New showcase for young Birmingham artists

By on 20/12/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham's newest and smallest 'art gallery' opens its doors this week in a bid to showcase the work of talented young people from across the city.

And the mini exhibition, in Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney's Council House office, signals the launch of a drive to take young people's artwork into businesses across the city.

The exhibition has been curated by young people who came together for the city-wide Visualise Festival in 2010.

Cllr Mullaney explained: “The works on display in the Visualise Festival were outstanding and, as I'm very keen to promote the work of talented young artists from across Birmingham to a wider audience, I offered to help.

“I've given the young artists the opportunity to curate my office because I have regular meetings with influential arts and business figures from across the city and the wider region.

“Hopefully this will pave the way for other organisations to display the work of young Birmingham artists.”

James Lawrence Slattery, 19, Curator (Now living in New York) said: “This opportunity with Cllr Mullaney is a great way to continue with my curatorial practice as well as being able to show more art by young people in Birmingham.”

Fellow curator Cody Lee Barbour, 25, added: “I am interested in this opportunity as I have a keen interest in learning more as a curator.”

Staged in October 2010, the Visualise festival showcased work from artists aged 0-24 years and was the first large-scale festival of its kind to be held in Birmingham entirely made up of work by the city's home grown talent.

The festival was supported by Birmingham City Council Culture Commissioning Service, Gallery 37 Foundation, Arts Council England, and the Arts Mark Speight Foundation.

Now Cllr Mullaney hopes his office will be the first of many unusual exhibition spaces to open up across the city.

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For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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