Various venues throughout Birmingham
Until 9 January 2011
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Birmingham’s metal industries died in the Black Country Museum. Rusty coal shafts and enamelled roasting trays may be the prime features of our forgotten industries, but this ugly duckling saw many swans emerge from its tinkering in iron and steel.
Brilliantly Birmingham is the city’s salute to the rich history of jewellery-making that went on, and is still going on throughout the Midlands and the world today.
Back for its 11th year, Brilliantly Birmingham returns to show off all that glitters in the innovative and historic Jewellery Quarter, home to hundreds of creative businesses and still a global hub for design.
This year’s festival sees Taiwanese artist and Birmingham graduate Li-Chu Wu appearing as a profiled designer throughout the festival. Li-Chu creates paper jewellery and is inspired by the varied uses and sculptural possibilities of the material. Layering, cutting and arranging paper into wearable adornment, she creates unique pieces which develop traditional forms.
The festival takes in venues throughout Birmingham’s arts scene, including the newly refurbished mac in the south of the city. Mac will host FLUX, a unique event which helps generate exposure for up-and-coming designers and makers. The exhibition and selling event runs alongside the festival.
Brilliantly Birmingham is an internationally recognised festival which showcases inspiring pieces in a range of unusual materials and designs, and which puts a little more gold on Birmingham’s streets than just the autumn leaves. RC