Bournville Hub (community space)

Here’s a new identity design project I’ve been working on for the last couple of months alongside the larger-scale arts projects for New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Oxford University Museum of Natural History - a visual identity system for small community organisation Bournville Hub.

I love working with individuals on small community-based projects like this, I feel like the design elevates an already great project and has the opportunity to empower the client by making them even more proud of their work - which ultimately helps them to spread their message so they can reach more people within the community. Bournville Hub have a number of workshops, activities, meet-ups, classes and events, for all ages - and in particular I admire the work they are doing to tackle isolation in the ageing population by creating The Age of Creativity, a festival for 50+s, a group so often not given the spotlight.

It’s not often I post the straight-up logo and identity projects I work on - but these brightly coloured ‘diamonds’ have been cheering up some of the grey January days we’ve been having. This project launched at the beginning of January and is being rolled out gradually through their marketing and incremental changes to the building’s interior and website.

For more about Bournville Hub, the best place for info is their Facebook. A new website is in the works!

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Sculpture in Focus, New Art Gallery Walsall

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To coincide with the 60th anniversary year of Jacob Epstein’s death, in 2019 New Art Gallery Walsall are celebrating sculpture in all forms throughout their Collections programme.

I’ve been working closely with the Collections Curator, Julie Brown, on identity design, exhibition design, print and digital work for Sculpture in Focus. Julie has created a sculpture trail which highlights 10 key works in the NAGW collections; the Permanent collection, and the Garman Ryan Collection (set up by two power women - Kathleen Garman and Sally Ryan ). ⁣The collections at NAGW are laid out in 10 rooms thematically: Kathleen Garman wanted to show unexpected links and comparisons across the works from different cultures and centuries. ⁣

As part of the year-round celebration for Sculpture in Focus, in addition to the trail, there will be temporary exhibitions including The British Museum spotlight loan Rodin: rethinking the fragment and the first major solo exhibition of London-based artist Daniel Silver, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. I’ve created the marketing graphics for these too - and I’m really happy with how they turned out within the overall Sculpture in Focus identity.

The Season Launch of the Sculpture programme is on Thursday 7 February, 6-8pm. Sarah Taylor Silverwood (part of the Women Power Protest zine I wrote about in my last post) has a solo show (4th floor), opening same night.

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Image: Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Image: Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1880-81, The Burrell Collection © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Image: Daniel Silver, Peter, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Image: Daniel Silver, Peter, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Women Power Protest - zine

Close up details from the WOMEN POWER PROTEST zine for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery & Arts Council Collections’ partner exhibition, exhibition and zine curated by Emalee Beddoes-Davis and zine project managed by Helen Waite.

Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists, this zine celebrates women’s activism, research and creativity in Birmingham. It includes artwork by Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Baljinder Kaur, poetry by Amerah Saleh and Jasmine Gardosi as well as an essay by Dr Nicola Gauld about the Brummie Suffragette Bertha Ryland.

Printed so beautifully by The Holodeck - it has a glorious holographic hot-foiled cover which no photo I take will do justice of!

This zine is available at the Gas Hall main desk & in the BMAG shop on Level 2.

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Pocket Park Games

Pocket Park Games is another commission as part of the GOOD GAME project that I worked on in the summer with Ampersand Projects.

Anna ran a number of workshops in Warley Woods, a local park in Bearwood, where people were encouraged to play traditional games and then reinvent and remix them. She also worked with Polly Tisdall, a storyteller and theatre maker, to explore narrative games and how families could work together to create their own game-like worlds. Together, these activities informed the creation of Pocket Park Games, a compendium of games and activities that encourage people of any age to explore urban green spaces in new ways.

Pocket Park Games will be distributed to parks, green spaces and community venues in The Black Country and Birmingham from October 2018. To request a pack, please email: matt.andrews[at]ampersandprojects.org

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Photos by Matt Andrews, Ampersand Projects

Photos by Matt Andrews, Ampersand Projects