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For a while now I’ve been involved in Birmingham Photospace, a voluntary group dedicated to finding a permanent space for photography in the city.
It’s crazy that there are so many photographers in Brum, but no central space dedicated to photography. So, prompted by a post on flickr last year from Patrick Willcocks, a group of us have been meeting regularly to try and make it happen. The idea is that a Birmingham Photospace would provide exhibition and gallery space as well as potentially educational, studio and technical facilities. (And of course a cafe. Every good gallery needs a cafe.)
To this end, the Birmingham Photospace group are holding our first awareness-raising evening next month: a “flash” – as in “now you see it, now you don’t” – photo exhibition.
Photographers of all abilities are invited to bring their work along to exhibit at a spontaneous, free event at the Custard Factory on Saturday 21 March 2009. But there’s a twist. Everything exhibited can be offered as a swap.
Whether your photo has been created lovingly in the darkroom, digitally manipulated or just snapped on the run, everyone who brings a print will have the opportunity to swap their work for that of another photographer. It’s a great chance to show your work off to an appreciative audience, as publicly or anonymously as you like – and to pick up some unique, locally produced art for yourself.
How Does It Work?
Simple. For every print you bring to give away, you will be able to take another from the exhibition in return.
To take part, bring your images to the Vaad Gallery in the Custard Factory (next to the Medicine Bar), between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 21 March. Your prints will be exhibited in the Gallery for the whole of Saturday, when you’ll get the chance to meet other photographers and choose a print for yourself. At 5pm we’ll have an official launch – we’ll tell you a bit more about what we’re doing to try and make a Photospace happen; you’ll get a free drink! – and then from 7pm you can take your new piece of artwork home.
If you’re just interested in supporting the idea of a Birmingham Photospace, but don’t want to swap prints, do come along to see the exhibition anyway and show your support.
And if you can’t make it to the Flash Swap, but still want to help, follow the Birmingham Photospace blog and spread the word about a permanent space for photography in Birmingham. If you can help us to find funding, or have any other bright ideas for ways to make it happen, all the better!