(Birmingham Hippodrome recently launched three new gallery spaces, showcasing artwork from established and emerging artists)
Today Birmingham Hippodrome will unveil its newest exhibition Once Upon a Time: A Visual History of Pantomime. The exciting exhibition features previously unseen archived pantomime imagery, celebrating the history of pantomime and its stars. For this unique exhibition, artists Craig Earp and Danny Lloyd created eye-catching pieces using original artwork and re-appropriated archived imagery.
Already in residence in Gallery Two is an exclusive collection from LSE Woman’s Library, marking 100 years since women were first allowed to vote. The Face of Suffrage depicts some of the phenomenal women who were involved in the suffragette movement. The sticking display complements a unique large-scale art installation created by Helen Marshall and co-produced by Grain, which is currently on view at Birmingham New Street Station. Consisting of more than 3,500 photographs the floor-based mosaic combines historical images of women involved in the movement and modern photographs submitted by local women.
Interestingly, friends of Birmingham Hippodrome are also getting in the picture with another exhibition, In the Wings: New Perspective featuring candid photographs captured by two of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s very own ballet dancers turned photographers, Tyrone Singleton and Lachlan Monaghan. Visitors will get a unique view from the wings of the company’s most iconic performances including The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.
Jonathan Harris, the newly appointed Visual Arts Producer at Birmingham Hippodrome commented: “There’s so much more on offer in our building recently, including some things that you might not expect, like our fantastic exhibitions.
“If you’re coming to see a show it’s well worth you coming in a little earlier or staying a little later to see what exciting pieces we have on display. Or why not just pop in to catch an exhibition and grab a drink in our Coffee Bar as a break from Christmas shopping!”
The artwork is on display in the corridors off the Stalls, Front Circle and Middle Circle foyers (levels 1, 2 & 3).
For more information on the visual arts programme, visit: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/once-upon-a-time-a-visual-history-of-pantomine