Art & photography
Birmingham champions contemporary art- when it opened in 1991, The Drum was Europe’s first arts centre dedicated to promoting African, Caribbean and Asian culture.
Grand Union, Eastside Projects and The Lombard Method are just a few of the independent studios found in Digbeth’s industrial enclaves. Stryx, Sonia, Audhali and Joseph Welson are just some of the names redefining Birmingham’s arts scene...
Stryx is an artist led studio and exhibition space in Digbeth, Birmingham. Stryx is active in developing high quality exhibitions, developing individual and collaborative practice, and encouraging inclusion and access for the public, families and the community through free workshops and practical sessions.
Formed by six female graduates of Fine Art from Birmingham City University, 2012, Stryx's joint ambitions are to continue developing their art with the ever-growing cultural wealth of Birmingham, and maintaining support for artists internally and externally by creating an accessible community of practice.
Sonia Audhali – Photographer
Sonia graduated with a first class honours degree in visual communications a year ago. Now she’s launched her first exhibition to depict the lives of the Yemeni community in Birmingham.
'Little Yemen', captures rare images of the Yemeni community in the West Midlands. It's a collection of photographs showing life in the home, at work, during prayer and at leisure. Sonia's identity as both British and Yemeni influences her approach to celebrating a dual heritage. The project has been supported with an Arts Council grant and the backing of mac birmingham in its 50th year.
Joseph is one of the founding members of the Lombard Method, an artist-led studio and project space in Birmingham.
Originally from Devon, Joseph studied at the Margaret Street School of Art in the city, and lives with other like-minded artists and musicians. After seven years here, he now considers Birmingham his home. Joseph is also involved in the group Juneau Brothers, a musical movement which makes their own instruments and perform in abstract spaces
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