IGersBirmingham of Birmingham to Hold First Exhibition

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Members of IGersBirmingham will be showcasing their images at the group’s first ever exhibition early next month.

Part of the global movement IGers, which was created with the aim of helping photographers to enhance their skills via the app Instagram, IGersBirmingham is holding a public exhibition at Nest on Bradford Street, Digbeth on Saturday December 3 from 12-5pm.

IGersBirmingham, which was established in 2012, aims to develop an Instagram community in the city to promote photography in and around the city.

Today, IGersBirmingham has nearly 11,000 followers and is well recognised within the city through its daily “Photo of the Day” repost of a chosen image from the photos posted by the community. Around 150 images are posted to the hashtag #igersbirmingham each day, with over 105,000 posted in total. 

Crucial to the IGersBirmingham community is that it is also active offline, therefore members of the community regularly get together for events known as ‘instameets’. Anyone can attend regardless of their photography skill level, and whether they use a smartphone or a camera. Instameets take place at locations all across the city, often at the invitation of local organisations who wish to showcase themselves to new audiences via social media.

IGersBirmingham held 20 instameets in and around Birmingham in 2016, at locations such as the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Midland Institute, Balsall Heath (in conjunction with the Ikon gallery’s Varna Road exhibition), the Lickey Hills, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Soho House Museum, and Spaghetti Junction. It has also worked with organisations such as JQ BID, Colmore BID, Visit Birmingham and local photographers such as Ross Jukes, Tim Cornbill and Verity Milligan. The largest instameet of 2016 involved 150 IGers at the City of Colours festival in Digbeth.

The exhibition, which is the first of its kind in the UK Igers community, will celebrate what has been a rather incredible year for IGersBirmingham. There will be the opportunity to see some of the collection of incredible images from the community’s Instameets, and a number of ‘Photo of the Day’ posts. You discover more about becoming part of the IGersBirmingham – as an Instagramer or as an organisation wishing to work with IGersBirmingham, and take a look at some of the incredible images taken by members of the group. The team behind the community, Fraser McGee, Beth Astington and Annabell Lamba, will be in attendance throughout the event.

You can also discover more about becoming part of the IGersBirmingham – as an Instagramer or as an organisation wishing to work with IGersBirmingham, and take a look at some of the incredible images taken by members of the group. The team behind the community, Fraser McGee, Beth Astington and Annabell Lamba, will be in attendance throughout the event.