Exhibition celebrates some of Birmingham’s most iconic architecture

The exhibition's take on St Martin's Circus
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Birmingham’s historic architecture and changing landscape is the subject of a new exhibition showcasing how the city’s skyline has been transformed over the last 20 years.

Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery is hosting the ‘Brummagem Lost City Found’ exhibition, which brings together a collection of large-scale prints, paper constructions and rare archive materials centred around some of the city’s most iconic sites.

The artworks, which feature artistic takes on Spaghetti Junction (below), the Inner Ring Road and New Street Signal Box, have been produced by two local artists, Birmingham City University Professor, Andrew Kulman and Sara Kulman.

Both Andrew and Sara are residents of Birmingham and use city’s transformation as the inspiration for their work.

The exhibition has been compiled in a bid to recognise and honour the Brutalist architecture which characterised the city’s architecture between the 1950s to the 1970s.

Professor Kulman said: “Over the last 20 years Birmingham has lost much of the Brutalist architecture that characterised the city. Most recently the Central Library was controversially demolished and is being replaced by brand new buildings.

“While it would be hard to deny the benefits to the city, there is an overwhelming feeling of loss as the old buildings fall and the city is reshaped. As the city is regenerated there is a sense of nostalgia among those who called the ‘concrete jungle’ home.”

Sara Kulman added: “Birmingham is a fantastic place for artists to work and exhibit, the changing city is a great inspiration. This exhibition has given me the opportunity to reflect on the city as it is today, to bring new life and a fresh perspective to the remaining structures that defined my youth, a city that I still call home.”

‘Brummagem Lost City Found’ is free for the public to attend and runs until at the Parkside Gallery on the university’s Eastside campus until October 27.

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