Deadline looms for final pop-up gallery in I Am Visual Art

Thursday, 22nd October 2015

BUDDING I Am Visual Artartists have only until this Friday (October 23) to submit their artwork for the last in a series of pop-up art exhibitions designed to showcase the talents of local people.

The I Am Visual Art project will culminate in a final exhibition to be held at Tamworth Library from October 27 to November 6, marking the end of a year-long initiative which aimed to encourage people to flex their creative muscles.

South Staffordshire College Art and Design course leader Andy Nash hosted a final free workshop at Ankerside Shopping Centre last weekend where people were able to drop in, brush up on their technique and prepare pieces for the exhibition.

For the final display people are being asked to prepare portraits of themselves or others, in line with the Tamworth: The People and the Place theme.

All artwork must be handed in to Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street by 5pm on Friday, October 23.

I Am Visual Art is one of many elements of the ambitious 12-month I Am Tamworth initiative being run by Tamworth Borough Council’s Art and Events team to encourage people to get creative and try new skills.

Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, I Am Visual Art involved parts of the town centre being given over to art a total of three times this year with empty units turned into pop-up art galleries.

The final exhibition is being moved to Tamworth Library to make way for Ankerside Shopping Centre’s new tenants.

 Ankerside Shopping Centre deputy manager, Jeff Wigley, said: “I’d urge people to get their artworks in before Friday’s deadline and to go along and see work on show from next week.

“I am very pleased that Ankerside has been able to support this project through our sponsorship. It’s been great fun being involved with it and the team under Andy Nash have been excellent to work with. Feedback from our customers is that the artworks which have already been exhibited have really shown the town in a positive way.

“Because several new stores, including A Write Card and X Catalogue Kings, have opened recently at Ankerside we no longer have a suitable unit to ensure the latest exhibition has the space it deserves, which is why it is now at the library. I will be popping along to have a look at the work by these very talented artists and wish them well in the future.”

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy, added: “We’re grateful to the library for providing us with a great space in which to hold the last exhibition and I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of work on display in the final instalment of what has been a very exciting project.”

Visual art in any two-dimensional media is welcomed, from paintings to photography, depicting the people of Tamworth. A maximum of two art pieces can be put forward per submission and they must be no larger than A1 in size.

Submitted work will be judged by a panel of art professionals to ensure it is appropriate to the theme of the exhibition.

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.

More information is available at or from the Arts & Events team on 01827 709314.