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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Birmingham Big Art Project - Why We Should Support This Creative Initiative

So, you may not be familiar with it but The Birmingham Big Art Project (BBAP) is currently an initiative set to become an iconic, public, art statement within Birmingham's creative scene.

Whilst I was at uni I was lucky enough to meet the BBAP chairman, Glyn Pitchford, when the project was emerging and he convinced me to get behind it.

If you have already read some of my arty stories then you will know this is something I have been following for a while and that I have written about in my magazine: The Fresh Palette. Click here to have a look.


The Project's Aim
Other towns and cities across the world have a cool and recognisable piece of public art within them. There's the Angel of the North in Gateshead and many major monuments in London. Then, a bit further away from home, there's New York's prestigious Statue of Liberty.

Angel of the North, Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons 2016.
As the second largest city, in the UK, what does Birmingham have? The Bullring's Bull comes to mind, which has become quite well known, and Wild in Art's trails, such as The Big Hoot, have started popping up but there is no permanent public artwork which makes us recognisable at a global level.

BBAP aims to change this by installing an iconic piece of public art in Birmingham by April 2018.

Bullring Bull, Courtesy of Google Images 2016.
Currently, there are 5 shortlisted artist's work on display at Birmingham Eastside Projects until April 23rd 2017 and they will also soon be exhibited at the Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Click here for more dates, info and to check it out; I know I will be.


Why We Should Support It
A lot of people moan about Birmingham but not many people are able or know how to improve it. I believe this is a creative mission that will.

It is a project we should all follow and support because after all it is going to make us proud of our city! If you want to help our city stand out then get behind the BBAP. For more information or to donate to the project visit http://www.birminghambigartproject.org.uk/


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