This Tuesday sees the launch of the Portrait of Frankley exhibition at Frankley Library with a free family day.
The project is part of the Ikon Gallery’s commitment as Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champion for the district of Northfield until 2014. Inspired by the Ikon exhibition New Street by Swiss artist Beat Streuli last year, a group of parents from Deelands Hall Stay and Play group worked with local photographers Craig Bush and Jane Baker to create their own exhibition.
With the help of the professionals, participants took photographs of each other and their environment – Craig Bush helped them make photographic portraits of each other and Jane Baker explored Frankley with them where they made photographs of things we would not ordinarily notice: desire lines in the grass; patterns and colours in the street furniture; and the curves and corners of the paths they walk.
Many of the photographs they made during this project are displayed at the library for the duration of the Summer, including nine permanently installed images on the library’s windows.
To launch the exhibition, on Tuesday 30 July Ikon, Frankley Library and Frankley Plus Children’s Centre will be hosting a free Family Day 12-3.30pm. You are invited to a day of all things family, including having your family portrait taken by professional photographers. Get a free print to take home or add your picture to the Portrait of Frankley exhibition on show at the library during the summer holidays.
Everyone welcome, children must be accompanied by adults at all times.
The exhibition will be available to view at the library from 30 July to 6 September 2013
Read more on the Ikon’s work throughout Northfield on the Ikon Northfield blog