Historic Buildings Brought to Life in New Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Exhibition

Details of historic Jewellery Quarter and city centre buildings will be showcased in a unique exhibition of new illustrations by Birmingham based artist, Thomas Parry, known as Made on the Canal, on show at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Opening on Friday 15th June, the free exhibition, Made on the Canal - The Jewellery Quarter and A Little Beyond, will include over 20 new intricate illustrations of recognisable buildings across the Jewellery Quarter created especially for this exhibition. Artworks include Spring Hill Library and Manton Union Works, highlighting the ornate details of the buildings which are often missed when rushing past buildings on foot or in vehicles.

Popular Jewellery Quarter pieces by Parry will also be on display, including the Chamberlain Clock and St Paul's Church.

Images within the exhibition will be available to buy and aim to showcase hidden gems in the area, encouraging visitors to discover the buildings for themselves and slow down and look closely at the design and elaborate details.

As part of the exhibition Parry will be resurrecting Jewellery Quarter buildings that were demolished in the 1950s and 60s, with illustrations of the memorial chapel of St Michael at Warstone Lane Cemetery, and mortuary chapel of Key Hill Cemetery, to open visitors’ eyes to a history of the area they may never know had existed.

Gaining prominence across the West Midlands in recent years, Parry is a Birmingham based product designer and illustrator living and working on The Menace, a narrow boat that travels the Grand Union canal network. His works will combine portrait and landscapes to create a virtual representation of important landmarks in Birmingham. The artworks free the buildings from the Birmingham skyline and many of them have 3D elements bringing the buildings to life.

On his collaboration with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Thomas Parry says: “The Museum is an important attraction to the Jewellery Quarter. It gives people an amazing insight into what a working workshop looked like, and opens visitors’ eyes to how jewellery was made.

“And that is the point to all of my work. I create detailed images because I want people to slow down, look close, and appreciate the time and effort that went into building design. I want to open visitors’ eyes to the beautiful architecture around them. I can’t wait for visitors to see the exhibition.”

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Following the success of our previous exhibitions, we are establishing a really popular series of displays that showcase local talent, while raising vital funds for Birmingham Museums Trust.

“We are delighted to be working with Made on the Canal for our next exhibition. Thomas’ illustrations are stunning and through the intricacy and simplicity of his works, he truly showcases the beauty of the Jewellery Quarter.”

The exhibition will open on 15th June until 10th November. More details here birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery/whats-on/made-on-the-canal-the-jewellery-quarter-and-a-little-beyond