Showing until the end of January at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, the ‘IGers Birmingham: Best of Birmingham’ collection showcases the city’s talent and passion for photography — as well as the friendships and community that have formed on Instagram.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter feels like an appropriate venue for the new ‘IGers Birmingham’ exhibition; an intimate space in which to enjoy the work of a close-knit creative community.
Throughout the summer, local photographers submitted their work to the competition, launched by IGers Birmingham, Birmingham Museums Trust and Brumpic, and supported by The Jack & Ada Beattie Foundation. Twenty-five images were selected to be framed and put on display at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, whittled down from over 1,000 entries from the IGers Birmingham community.
“We’re incredibly excited about this project and collaborating with Birmingham Museums Trust, which is such a prestigious and important organisation,” says Beth Astington of IGers Birmingham. “The entries were of an extremely high standard which is a testament to the talent within the IGers Birmingham community.”
The show includes 18-year-old Sam McAuliffe’s photo of Gas Street Basin, which was announced as the judges’ first choice at the start of Birmingham Heritage Week back in September.
“It’s an exhibition of Birmingham, by the people of Birmingham, and for Birmingham,” says Astington. “With so many impressive images, it was a really tough job refereeing the judges!”
The collection comprises shots of Birmingham’s skyline, canals, and some of its most loved landmarks and architecture, as well as more whimsical shots where the city is used as a backdrop for the image. In ‘Ikonic Moment’, a pigeon drinks from a gutter, with a blurry Ikon Gallery in the background. In ‘Summer Day’ by @s01ash, the focus is on a hand holding a flower, but Victoria Square is clearly visible below.
Postcards of the most popular images will be on sale in the coming weeks, raising money for Birmingham Museums Trust. And the images in the exhibition are also available to buy — Sam McAuliffe’s winning image was immediately snapped up at the opening of the show.
The IGers Birmingham: Best of Birmingham runs until January 29. Check out more details here!