Time to put Tamworth in the frame in one final pop-up gallery

October 12, 2015

BUDDING artists of all abilities are being invited to put Tamworth in the frame one final time at 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 between October 27 and 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 will again be on hand to help people brush up on their skills and prepare artwork for the exhibition during a free workshop to be held next to Druckers Café in Ankerside Shopping Centre between 10am and 4pm on October 17.

More than 100 people attended Andy’s previous workshops where they were able to learn top tips on technique and contribute towards community pieces. Artists of all abilities are invited to attend, from complete beginners to professional painters.

For the final exhibition, 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.

The project, called 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 new tenants at Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Jeff Wigley, deputy manager at Ankerside, said: “It’s been great fun being involved with this community project and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the works on display. The feedback from our customers is that the artworks by the people of Tamworth have really shown the town in a positive way and brought back a lot of memories.

“However, because several new stores, including Revolve and Oh Pair have recently opened at Ankerside, we no longer have a suitable unit to ensure the latest exhibition has the space it deserves. I will be popping along to the library to have a look at the works by these very talented artists and wish them well in the future.”

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

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 www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk/i-am-tamworth/i-am-visual-art or from the Arts & Events team on 01827 709314.