Colmore Business District and digital photographic archive, Brumpic, have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant. £10,000 has been awarded for Nicklin Unseen, an exciting new outdoor photography exhibition which examines the work of Birmingham photographer, Phyllis Nicklin.


The exhibition, which launches on 1 October 2015 in Snow Hill Square, Birmingham, features over 50 images taken by Nicklin between 1953-69 at a time when the city was undergoing a major period of transformation.


Colmore Business District (CBD), a business improvement district which was established to deliver improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham, will work alongside Brumpic and curator Pete James to deliver the outdoor exhibition at the epicenter of Birmingham’s business quarter.


Nicklin Unseen has received additional funding from leading transport consultancy JMP and is supported by University of BirminghamLibrary of Birmingham, Reuben Colley Fine Art and The Birmingham Post


Commenting on the award, Mike Best, board director at Colmore Business District, said: “Birmingham City Centre is undergoing a considerable transformation at the moment, not unlike the one Phyllis herself witnessed almost 60 years ago. As the second city evolves with developments such as Grand Central, Paradise Circus and the Beorma Quarter all underway, we felt it was important for people who live, work and visit to look back at the last social, architectural and urban transformation which took place.”


Reyahn King head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Colmore BID and Brumpic can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”



The Nicklin Exhibition will also incorporate an exciting project with renowned Birmingham artist Reuben Colley.

Phyllis Nicklin’s photographs offer a unique insight into Birmingham’s history. They can also provide inspiration for artists today.

‘At Reuben Colley Fine Art, we represent a range of living artists, many of whom have strong connections with Birmingham. In collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Brumpic, we are inviting our artists to produce new work inspired by Nicklin’s photographs. Each artist will create his or her individual responses to the images which they find most exciting or intriguing. The results will form a major exhibition called ‘Nicklin Revisited’ at Reuben Colley Fine Art on Colmore Row in Spring 2016.


‘Nicklin Revisited’ will feature paintings and drawings by up to 15 artists, in styles ranging from realism to abstraction. Underlying them all will be the skill and vision of Phyllis Nicklin herself. A selection of the paintings will also be available as signed limited editions’


We are obviously delighted that the exhibition has become a reality and the many hours of scanning slides and shouting about these images has paid off. We at Brumpic would like to publicly thank the people that have made this exhibition and other projects happen. Mike Mounfield at Colmore Business District, Pete James from the Library of Birmingham, Steve Leigh and Jill Russell at the University of Birmingham, Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, JMP, Tim Ison, Henrietta Lockhart and Reuben Colley at Reuben Colley Fine Arts, Stacey Barnfield and finally Graeme Brown at the Birmingham Post. Thank you all.