I love JQ instameet

On Saturday 25th March, over 100 IGers gathered in a sunny St Paul’s Square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This is not the first IGersBirmingham instmeet to be held in this area, but this one was an instameet with a twist. Co-organised with JQ BID, the instameet was to involve not just exploring the Jewellery Quarter, but also exploring some of the area’s award-winning businesses. We were very pleased to work with JQ BID having worked with them previously when they kindly sponsored our exhibition in 2016.

After a short welcome speech, we got ready for the customary group shot. With such a large group we were glad of the assistance of local creative agency, Rebel Uncut, who made the short walk from their offices on Ludgate Hill with their drone. This certainly made getting the shot much easier! Rebel Uncut also generously donated a prize which would be awarded to the IGer that photographed their drone / operator in action.


#WWIM15 stands for World Wide Instameet 15, which took place over the weekend of the 25th and 26th March. It was great to know that there were thousands of other IGers attending instameets at the same time!

At that point, everyone set off on the route to capture each of the businesses (and the streets in between them):

Lily Jones Florist

  • 23 Augusta Street, B18 6JA
  • Twitter: @LilyJonesFlower
  • www.lilyjonesflowers.co.uk
  • Winner of three RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year Awards: Silver medal 2012, Bronze medal 2015, Bronze medal 2016


  • 1 Warstone Lane, B18 6JE
  • Twitter & Instagram: @barberology_uk
  • www.barberology.co.uk
  • Winner of Barbershop of the Year 2016 at UK’s Premier Annual Barber Awards 2016

Quarter Workshop

  • 13-15 Fleet Street, B3 1JP
  • Instagram: @thequarterworkshop,
  • Twitter: @quarterworkshop
  • www.thequarterworkshop.com
  • Winner of the Wedding Ring Special Touch of the Year in the Wedding Industry Awards 2017

 Newman Brother’s Coffin Works

  • 13-15 Fleet Street, B3 1JP
  • Twitter: @coffinworks
  • Instagram: @coffin_works
  • www.coffinworks.org
  • Winner of Birmingham Civic Society Renaissance Award 2014, RICS West Midlands Best Conservation Project 2015, RICS West Midlands Best Tourism & Leisure Project 2015, Conservation in the Community ICON Award 2015, Historic England Heritage Angel – The ‘People’s Choice’ Award 2015, Museums + Heritage Award for Customer Service 2016, and West Midlands Volunteer Awards – Outstanding Award for Excellence 2016.

It was great to visit each of the businesses – and all the IGers seemed very happy with the wide variety of things and people to photograph. The architecture and streets in between each one also provided many photographic opportunities for everyone. The beautiful weather held out for the entire instameet – a stark contrast to the weather for our January event in Deritend!

Nearly 1000 photos have been posted to the hashtag already – take a look here. Why not also watch this short video of the event, captured and created by Ross Jukes?

As part of the instameet we organised a competition, sponsored by printing company RetroLaborartory (visit www.retrolaboratory.comfor more info).  All judges agreed that it was incredibly hard to pick just three winners – there were hundreds of truly excellent images.

Runner up 1 and winner of a £20 Retro Laboratory voucher:


Shot by @Cliftonology, chosen by JQ BID.

Mat from JQ BID said “It was a very difficult decision because there are some absolutely stunning photos, however, we have agreed that this is our favourite from the day. We focussed on the theme of ‘I Love JQ’ and felt this shot of the Catacombs as discovered by this keen photographer really captures the essence of what the Jewellery Quarter is; beautiful, historical and full of surprises!”

Runner up 2 and winner of a £20 Retro Laboratory voucher:


Shot by @stevie_spencer1973, chosen by Beth Astington.

Beth said “I just love the composition of this photo, as well as the look of concentration on the barber’s face. Great shot Stevie!”.

Winner and winner of a £40 Retro Laboratory voucher:


Shot by @zee.zunaira, chosen by Fraser McGee.

Fraser said “I love this, the colours represent the diversity of the JQ and the diversity of our community”.

All excellent shots we’re sure you will agree. Stay tuned for more top photos, this time picked by each business…

Thank you to everyone involved in this fantastic day: everyone at JQ BID, Rebel Uncut, Lily Jones Florist, Quarter Workshop, Newman Brother’s Coffin Works, Barberology, RetroLabs, Ross Jukes, and 1000 Trades, as well as everyone that attended of course!