A new art exhibition featuring colourful scenes from across Westside by some of Birmingham’s brightest budding artists is opening at Velvet Music Rooms next week.
Birmingham Art Zone is launching the City of Life exhibition at the Broad Street venue at 6pm on Tuesday 5 July, and the pictures will remain at the venue until September.
Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, arranged the exhibition after initially seeing a new painting by Paula Gabb that looks down on the canal over the Black Sabbath bench on Broad Street.
He then met with Paula and the wider leadership team of Birmingham Art Zone who prompted their members to capture more images of Westside, the results of which will be in the exhibition.
Paula is the founder of Birmingham Art Zone, which focuses on bringing art to the community around the West Midlands. She said: “Everyone is welcome to come along to this new exciting art exhibition at Velvet Music Rooms.”
The new work includes this psychedelic painting of the new tram tracks up Broad Street by artist Helen Roberts.
Mr Olley said: “We’re thrilled that Birmingham Art Zone were so keen to feature scenes from Westside and were only too happy to make the introduction to Velvet Music Rooms. We hope that this will be the first of many exhibitions by the many talented artists that Birmingham is lucky to have.”
Here’s a quick view of some of the other pictures featuring in the exhibition.
Dani Hadley, co-owner of Velvet Music Rooms, said: “I’ve been truly enthralled by the work of Birmingham Art Zone and we’re honoured and very excited to be providing a temporary home for these wonderful pieces.”
- Read Westside World’s first story on Paula Gabb’s new painting that featured the Black Sabbath bench here: https://westsidebid.co.uk/2022/04/26/local-artists-new-painting-captures-black-sabbaths-heavy-metal-bench/
- And read our story about artists spending a day capturing Gas Street Basin scenes ahead of the exhibition here: https://westsidebid.co.uk/2022/05/11/artists-spend-day-capturing-gas-street-basin-scenes-ahead-of-westside-exhibition/