Thank you to everyone who gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate 48Sheet; artists, members of the public and 48Sheet associates traveled from far and wide to join in with the excitement.
48Sheet ‘pop up’ project space was intended for artists to talk, respond, create and collaborate. By Thursday 19th April it had culminated into a gallery of the project. 48Sheet artists exhibiting their work as part of the project and new work in response to the project space. Artwork by Faith Pearson, Ian Richards, Tidal Grace, Tom Tebby and Lee Crutchley was on display, as well as work by emerging artists and Birmingham Institute of Art & Design students James Gill, Leah Carless and Dan Cooper, alongside the fabulous Papergirl Birmingham exhibition launching on 24th April 2012.
Above image: Stephen Brandes (Cork) artists talk earlier in the day
In the evening, the space began to fill up again, and with all of the incredible artwork dotted around, and a DJ set by Tim Felton it was the perfect setting to mingle, chat and be merry.
48Sheet Advisory Board members and project partners Professor Chris O’Neil, Executive Dean of Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and Glenn Howells, Director & Founder of Glenn Howells Architects also Chairman of Ikon and EC Arts Director and creator of 48Sheet Claire Farrell gave speeches thanking the artists and project sponsors.
Waiting outside The Mailbox were two Double Decker vintage Midland Red buses supplied by Richard Gray and Aston Manor Transport Museum with Albert driving the magnificent vehicles; the perfect way to view the billboard tour ensuring people unable to cycle or walk the route could participate.
The artist works exhibited on the billboards were the center of attention, the bus toured one small city centre route approximately 40 mins of fun. The drivers parked up where possible along the way, giving everyone a chance to file off and have a closer look at the artworks and sip their ‘Artisan’ cocktails, courtesy of Julian Rose-Gibbs and Bitters & Twisted The Victoria, who provided the bar for the event. A brilliant evening all round, everyone at 48Sheet is delighted with the turnout.
The space is still open 10-5pm Monday-Saturday until Saturday 28th April. Drop in and see us; its a great way for those unable to walk or cycle the entire route to come in and find out more about the project. We are also very much ‘children friendly’ with some drawing activities with OHP’s available daily! With one week left there’s still time to come in and have a browse.
video by Craig Bush
photography by Leah Carless
words by Cat Dickie