Hidden Spaces at the Library of Birmingham

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Hidden Spaces at the Library of Birmingham

We had a fantastic weekend at the Library of Birmingham at the end of November. We worked alongside artist Lesley Imgart to provide architectural inspired workshops for younger library visitors, whilst we gathered oral histories from willing participants. The response was great and we'll be making some of these available to listen to in the New Year. In the meantime, why don't you have a look at some of our favorite pieces designed by the children here. 

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Hidden Spaces in the Birmingham Post

We're very pleased to announce that our brand new Birmingham's Hidden Spaces collection will be unveiled in the Birmingham Post on Thursday 18 and Tuesday 23 December 2014. The two-part supplement features 12 brand new spaces including the BT Tower, the Mailbox Tunnels, Victoria Law Courts and the Scala Cinema.

Working with the Post, Associated Architects has set about capturing and photographing the lesser-known gems of Birmingham, which has led to some fascinating discoveries about the city.

So make sure you pick up a copy of the Birmingham Post this week, or download the Post iPad app, to see the stunning collection of pictures from behind the scenes in some of Birmingham's best-known buildings, as well as some of the lesser-known treasures within the city.

 

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We're Recruiting for Volunteers

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and help us deliver a series of projects over the next 12 months.

A variety of unpaid positions are available working on an exciting range of projects and tasks and we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us.

 

Current Opportunities:


Event Assistants

At all of our events we need friendly and reliable assistants to welcome guests and answer questions. Assistants will support the team with promoting the event and getting feedback from visitors.

Whether it's a one-off event or a series of weekends, if you are able to spare any time to support our project, we would love to hear from you.


If you're interested in joining the team, please email us with a little bit about yourself and explain why you would like to be a part of the Hidden Spaces project: info@hidden-spaces.co.uk 

If you would like more info, please feel free to send us your questions about the roles.


Why Volunteer?

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving employment prospects
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Getting to know the city and learning about its heritage

  

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Heritage Lottery Funding

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Heritage Lottery Funding

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under the ‘Our Heritage’ funding programme. The funding will see the project extended to include more hidden spaces, further events and exhibitions and the creation of an online platform for sharing the information, to build a lasting legacy that will reach a much wider audience.

The news comes following the recent success of the Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces exhibition at the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, which attracted over 3,500 visitors of all ages, from across the Midlands. The free exhibition, which ran from 21-29 June as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) national ‘Love Architecture Week’, gave the public a unique opportunity to see inside the spectacular disused Victorian building, the world’s oldest surviving piece of monumental railway architecture.

The project, led by Birmingham based Associated Architects, working in association with the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Architectural Association, aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of the city’s rich and diverse built heritage, using a stunning collection of photography and video footage to tell the stories that have shaped the city.

Matthew Goer, Director at Associated Architects said: “Birmingham is a city that frequently undersells itself. It is a remarkable city with much to celebrate and we have found there is an underlying sense of pride in its people. The response to the exhibition has been astoundingly positive and we hope to build on this success in taking the project forward.

At a time when Birmingham in undergoing the most drastic architectural and city planning changes since WWII, we believe this is a vital form of social documentation relating to the built environment of the city. Primarily we aim to celebrate and acknowledge the past, to better inform and educate people, leading to a positive change in behaviour towards the built environment for the future.”

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Birmingham's Hidden Spaces Exhibition

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Birmingham's Hidden Spaces Exhibition


As part of the national RIBA Love Architecture Week, 21-29 June 2014, an exhibition of Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces was held at the Grade I listed Curzon Street Station, displaying the spectacular collection of Birmingham Post photography and a short video commissioned by Associated ArchitectsDuring the week the exhibition was visited by 3,590 people.

To complement the display of the Hidden Spaces, a bespoke exhibition system was developed as a collaboration between Associated Architects and Birmingham School of Architecture’s Co.LAB initiative. 


Exhibition boards and banners were printed and installed by Hollywood Monster

Exhibition boards and banners were printed and installed by Hollywood Monster

Exhibition and feature lighting was provided and installed by Atrivm lighting

Exhibition and feature lighting was provided and installed by Atrivm lighting

Following the week at Curzon Street Station, the exhibition was moved to the Library of Birmingham for the month of July.

The exhibition was sponsored by:

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