Birmingham launches first-ever social media photography exhibition

Birmingham’s first social network photo exhibition is set to showcase hundreds of photographs captured by Birmingham’s Instagram users at a one-off exhibition this week (26-29 November).

Taking place at the world-renowned Ikon Gallery, the event will reflect on Birmingham’s most exciting year in over a decade, through the eyes of its local community. The pop-up exhibition will see images captured and shared through photo-sharing site Instagram, displayed alongside the works of internationally acclaimed artists.

Organised by the city’s official leisure tourism programme Visit Birmingham in collaboration with the Ikon Gallery, the exhibition – entitled the More Birmingham Instagram Showcase – celebrates a successful series of ‘Instameet’ social media events that have taken place throughout 2015. The events have taken place during key milestones throughout this landmark year – ranging from the closure of Paradise Circus to the opening of the redeveloped New Street Station, and key cultural celebrations such as the Big Hoot and the Birmingham Weekender. Other featured themes include a sneak-peak into the city’s ‘hidden spaces’, as well as a spotlight on its growing urban street-art scene.

Bringing together hundreds of people from Birmingham and beyond, the Instameet events have aimed to showcase what the city has to offer to potential visitors worldwide. The thousands of images produced have generated over one million hits across social media throughout the year.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing and Communications at Visit Birmingham, said:

Birmingham’s highly popular Instameet events have created an online photographic legacy for the city, with thousands of remarkable images generated and shared amongst potential visitors across the world.
The More Birmingham Instagram Showcase is the perfect end to a phenomenally successful year, and the first event to actually document the milestone 12 months unfolding from start to finish. We hope residents and visitors alike join us at the Ikon Gallery as we toast our fantastic local artistic talent, and what has been a momentous time for the city.

Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director, added:

Ikon is internationally renowned as a champion of contemporary art and we pride ourselves in offering a vital platform for artistic expression. We are therefore thrilled to host this showcase with Visit Birmingham, to celebrate the passion and creativity of the city’s Instagram community.
This social media exhibition is not only a new venture for Ikon but a first for the city. We look forward to welcoming visitors to what will surely be a great success.

The More Birmingham Instagram Showcase will be running at the Ikon Gallery from Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 November 2015 and is free to attend.

The exhibition will comprise a mixture of print and projected photography. Key themes of the exhibition include: Birmingham’s architectural heritage, hidden spaces, urban street art, Birmingham’s evolving landscape, and art and culture in the city.  More information about the event can be found on the Ikon Gallery website:



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