Nicklin Unseen celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Colmore Business District and digital photographic archive, Brumpic, have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant. £10,000 has been awarded for Nicklin Unseen, an exciting new outdoor photography exhibition which examines the work of Birmingham photographer, Phyllis Nicklin.

The exhibition launches on 1 October 2015 in Snow Hill Square, Birmingham and features over 50 images taken by Nicklin between 1953-69 at a time when the city was undergoing a major period of transformation.

Colmore Business District (CBD) - a business improvement district which was established to deliver improvements and services to the business quarter of Birmingham - will work alongside Brumpic and curators Pete James and David Oram to deliver the outdoor exhibition at the epicenter of Birmingham’s business quarter.

Nicklin Unseen has received additional funding from leading transport consultancy JMP and is supported by University of Birmingham, Library of Birmingham, and Reuben Colley Fine Art.

Commenting on the award, the Colmore Business District board director, Mike Best said:

“Birmingham City Centre is undergoing a considerable transformation at the moment, not unlike the one Phyllis herself witnessed almost 60 years ago. As the second city evolves with developments such as Grand Central, Paradise Circus and the Beorma Quarter all underway, we felt it was important for people who live, work and visit to look back at the last social, architectural and urban transformation which took place.”

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said:

“Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Colmore BID and Brumpic can embark on a real journey of discovery. 'Heritage' means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

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