IGers Birmingham: Best of Birmingham Exhibition

With less than two weeks until the launch of this year’s exhibition, this instablogpost answers all your key questions in one place. Any other questions? Get in touch! Our details are at the bottom of this post.

What are the details of the exhibition?

The exhibition will feature images of Birmingham and the surrounding area taken by photographers from IGers Birmingham,  a community of photographers in the city that was founded in 2011. The images are the top 50 photos from a competition that was run over the summer that attracted over 1000 entries.

You can expect to see images that showcase the best of the area: iconic buildings, street scenes, cityscapes and landscapes.

Sam McAuliffe

Of course this shot by Sam McAuliffe (that was the judges’ winning photo) will be included and you may have seen a sneak peek of other images in local media recently however you will only be able to see the full exhibition by visiting the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

You’ll find the 25 winning images that have all been printed and framed. They will be on display from the 8th of November until the end of January 2018 and are available to purchase. There is an additional digital display featuring a further 25 highly commended images which can be viewed for the entirety of the exhibition. The museum is open from 10:30am to 5pm every day from Tuesday to Saturday.

Are there any special events taking place at the start of the exhibition?

On Saturday 11th November we will be holding an informal gathering at the exhibition between 2:30pm and 4pm, with a short speech at 3pm. This event is open to all and will be followed by drinks at The Button Factory.

The 25 winning photographers have also been invited to a Private View in advance of the exhibition opening to see their framed prints in situ.

The whole IGers Birmingham community and the public can get involved in an aspect of the exhibition: all visitors to the exhibition from it’s launch until Saturday 11th of November will be able to vote for their favourite image, which will then feature on a commemorative postcard that will be sold to raise additional funds for Birmingham Museums Trust.

How can I buy images from the exhibition?

One framed print is available of each image and can be purchased for £150 during the course of the exhibition. The purchaser will be able to collect their framed print at the end of the exhibition. All proceeds from the sale of the framed prints will go directly to Birmingham Museums Trust.

The postcards will also be available to purchase from the museum for £1 from mid-November.

Where were the images printed and framed?

The images have been produced to a high quality by two Birmingham businesses – printed by Palm Labs on Rea Street and framed by The Framers in The Custard Factory.

Who is supporting the exhibition?

The exhibition has been kindly funded by Trevor Beattie through the Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation, and Palm Labs. It has also been supported by Birmingham Museums Trust and BrumPic.

How can I get involved with IGers Birmingham in the future?

There are lots of ways!

How can I find out more?

You can find out more by contacting us at igersbirmingham@gmail.com. We are always happy to hear from people that would like to get involved with IGers Birmingham – including local organisations that would like to discuss working with us!