BUDDING artists who would like the opportunity to showcase their talents on a high profile public platform in Tamworth town centre have only a few days left to complete and submit their work.
People are being invited to put Tamworth in the frame as part of a series of pop up art exhibitions which will see vacant units in Ankerside Shopping Centre transformed into galleries for a two-week period this month.
It is the second of three exhibitions taking place this year for the I Am Visual Art element of I Am Tamworth – a 12-month programme of projects designed to encourage and inspire people to develop their creative talents.
Submissions in line with the theme of ‘Tamworth: The People and The Place’ must be handed in to Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street by 5pm on Monday, July 13.
Visual art in any two-dimensional media is welcomed, from paintings to photography, depicting the people and places of Tamworth. This could be a self-portrait, a landscape, or any other interesting interpretation of the theme.
Pieces will then be assessed by a panel of art professionals to ensure they are appropriate to the theme ahead of the exhibition, which runs from July 18 to July 31
A maximum of two art pieces can be put forward per submission. They must be no larger than A1 in size and in a two-dimensional format. Submissions must include the artist’s name, title of work, type of media used, email, phone number and address on the back. Tamworth Borough Council cannot be held responsible for any damage and artwork can be collected once the exhibition is dismantled.
For this project, Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team has teamed up with South Staffordshire College Art and Design course leader Andy Nash, who has been holding art workshops at Ankerside Shopping Centre, which is sponsoring the event.
Around 50 people attended the second workshop on June 27 to try their hand at drawing and painting and to contribute towards a collaborative piece for the forthcoming exhibition.
Andy said: “The workshop was great. The portraits worked well again and I introduced a collage workshop to replace the composite from last time and that when down really well. I also did more wet work with paint and that was exciting and very expressive. I got the impression that fun was had by all.”
Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Economy, Cllr Steve Claymore, said: “The first I Am Visual Art exhibition went down really well. It gave many people the chance to try something new and to show off their skills to the Tamworth public. I am looking forward to seeing what our budding artists come up with this time.”
Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, Pete Barber, added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the I Am Visual Art project and I have enjoyed seeing all the work that has been created at the pop up studio. We believe that Ankerside Shopping Centre is at the heart of Tamworth’s community and this project is a great way of bringing families together to celebrate the town’s achievements.”
More information is available at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/i-am-tamworth/i-am-visual-art or from the Arts & Events team on 01827 709314.