Upon the celebration of its 25th birthday the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is hosting an exhibition of the photographer Verity Milligan’s stunning landscapes of the second city in its brand new gallery space. From the end of January Milligan’s exhibition will be open to all, showing off the beauty of Birmingham through her ability to display vibrancy and colour. In doing so Milligan manages to present the city to us as one that we can appreciate for all its complex beauty where its industrialised past is celebrated through her photography instead of shamed. Its setting in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is therefore very fitting if we are to consider the context of the museum – one which offers a glimpse towards the history of the famous Quarter, an ode to the industrialisation of the past. The 25th anniversary hopes to celebrate the creatives that now flock to this part of town and inspire even more through the opening of this new gallery space. Milligan’s photography will be there for the next six months so you have plenty of time to swing by. There will also be fifteen 12″ x 8″ prints of the iconic images on sale from £25. Her landscapes are stunning and whether you’re a city-sceptic or a staunchly proud city dweller, this exhibition is a perfect way to either change or affirm your opinions on what Milligan has managed to present – a bustling, vibrant and rather beautifully unique city.
Sat 28 Jan – Sat 29 Jul at Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse Street, Birmingham, B18 6HA. Free. Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 5pm. www.birminghammuseums.org
Published on: Mon 27 Feb 2017