City skyline lit up by artwork for festival launch

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Some of Birmingham’s iconic buildings were covered in a range of artwork to signify the start of the City’s annual Inspired Festival.

Landmarks such as Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery, the Council House and Town Hall were just some of the buildings draped in colour between 10pm and midnight on the evening of Friday 10th June.

Birmingham City University helped organise the event which is now its third year of running with all pieces showcased courtesy of final year students studying subjects such as film, art and fashion.

The artwork explored a range of subjects such as photography surrounding plus size women and beauty, cutting edge fashion inspired by miners and working men’s clubs as well as a portrait influenced by Tim Burton’s ‘Beetlejuice’ film from 1988.

Projections for the launch event were aided through the help of a fully mobile, creative street art device called ‘The Light Cycle’. This device took on the shape of a bicycle to help transport the high power projector whilst managing its own sound system.

There’s something about discovering these unexpected artworks when you turn a corner, and seeing the bright, explosive pops of colour against the monochromatic buildings of the City.

Helen Osborn, a mixed media artist currently studying for her Masters in Fine Arts at BCU, is inspired by street culture and urban landscapes. She spoke about how her latest work made the perfect fit for the The Light Cycle event:

My piece is inspired by the vibrant, colourful street art in Digbeth in Birmingham. I originally started experimenting with spray painting in my artwork six years ago when I was on my BTEC Foundation in Art and Design at Birmingham City University. Around the same time I went on a weekend art workshop in Digbeth and spent a Saturday roaming the area taking photographs of the unique and eye-catching street art in the area.

Helen Osborn – Infinite Horizons, projected on to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Helen Osborn – Infinite Horizons, projected on to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

There’s something about discovering these unexpected artworks when you turn a corner, and seeing the bright, explosive pops of colour against the monochromatic buildings of the City that still really excites me and it was fantastic that other parts of Birmingham could experience this as part of the Inspired Festival light projections.

18 images and videos were selected through a University-wide competition which were projected across the City with other entrants seeing their work decorate tote bags and notepads which will be given away during the festival which runs from 11 to 26 June.

In addition to the artwork on offer, you will have the chance of participating in exhibitions held across the University’s campus with events ranging from music performances, fashion shows and technology demonstrations.

For more information visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/inspired 

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