Bar Opus joins forces with internationally renowned artist for second art exhibition

One of Birmingham’s best independent city bars, Bar Opus, is to showcase works by an internationally renowned artist as it launches its second art exhibition in support of local talent.

The bar at One Snowshill has joined forces with Sophie Hedderwick and Jewellery Quarter-based Argentea Gallery to present nine photographs by the artist, who creates multi-media artwork using light, film and textiles.

Opening on June 7, the exhibition is the second one that Bar Opus has hosted to celebrate the best of Birmingham’s cultural talent. The first took place in January when Mark Howard of Disorder Boutique combined his love of fashion and art to produce a range of thought-provoking pieces.

The exhibition will also host works of art from Birmingham-born innovators Key & Tam, the creative duo behind LOWLFE.

LOWLFE takes everyday objects that can be found just about anywhere, such as phones, plants, coins and dead insects and introduces them to the world of miniature people.

LOWLFE said,

We combine these elements to point the finger at issues we feel are bigger than us all; the decline of the planet's resources and inhabitants, our overuse and reliance of technology, the political figures that dominate our news feeds and what the world may look like once it hits the fan.

 With their whimsical approach and droll sense of humour, LOWLFE keeps the compositions playful but when carefully examined, there is an underlining message that sparks conversation and challenges the conventional.

Irene Allen, director, said:

We’re very excited to work with Sophie and LOWLFE and celebrate their incredible work here at Bar Opus. As an independent venue, we strive to do things a little differently and while the Opus brand has always advocated the local food scene and sourced produce from the region where we can, it makes sense to extend that support to the arts, which have a natural affinity with food.

Sophie Hedderwick’s work has been exhibited worldwide, featuring in Milan, New York, Tokyo and at the Venice Art Biennale 2009.

She will bring her multimedia show Swift As A Shadow to Bar Opus, which comprises large format digital prints, Polaroid collections and a video installation.

Inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, it explores the contentious pose of the original sculpture through photographing a contemporary ballet dancer in a series of movements.

By recording light traces from LED lights sewn into the dancer’s corset, the multi-layered images examine how the manipulation of the figure produces a sensuous art form that is not only beautiful but also challenging in its representation of female youth.

Sophie, a PhD researcher at the Birmingham School of Art who lives in the Jewellery Quarter, said:

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to show my work at Bar Opus. It’s a bright and modern place that attracts a varied clientele, so it will be fascinating to see their reactions to my work.

Jennie Anderson, of Argentea Gallery, which displayed Sophie’s show at the Argentea Gallery, added:

We were thrilled to have Sophie exhibiting her work at the gallery and to collaborate with Bar Opus is another great way to take her art to a bigger audience and engage with people who wouldn’t necessarily think of visiting an art gallery. I’ve no doubt that Sophie’s work will be admired because she is extremely talented, combining traditional and innovative techniques to create unique, experimental pieces.

Swift As A Shadow and LOWFE can be seen at Bar Opus from June 7.

For more information on Bar Opus, visit www.baropus.co.uk

In "RESOURCES"

Essentials

Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More

FROM TWITTER

RT @custardfactory: We got to play a special preview game @Ghettogolfbrum last night and it was AWESOME!Opens TOMORROW - book tickets: ht…

RT @custardfactory: WOW! Over £250k raised in @TheBigSleuth auction! We're so proud to have been part of the bear hunt this summer! 🔎🐻htt…

RT @birminghamcg22: Birmingham at its sporting best - from hardened competitors through to charity runners, well done to all #BrumBid2022 #…

RT @brumhippodrome: That’s a WRAP! Thank you @TEDxBrum for bringing a beautiful & inspiring day to @brumhippodrome challenging our city’s…

Festivals & events

Sporting highlights

Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More

Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More

Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More

Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More

Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More