Images Season @LibraryofBham

Butlin's Filey, Yorkshire, 1972.Conveyed in words, captured on film or conjured in your mind, images stand as perhaps the most universal form of human communication. The Images Season, hosted in Birmingham’s dynamic library building, explores how texts, photographs, diagrams and illustrations can express ideas, rouse passions and fire the imagination.

The season’s centerpiece, and its inspiration, is a major photographic exhibition, portraying an astonishing record of urban life in Britain in the 1970s and 80s. The exhibit, Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works, brings to Birmingham the work of the photographer who spearheaded the independent photography movement in the early 1970s. The exhibition, which opened in May, covers Meadows’ major projects plus recently discovered work from his archives, and is accompanied by a book published by Photoworks.

The Images Season also sees the premiere of 3 Summers, a new musical written and directed by local playwright Euan Rose, which kicks off its national tour at the Library in June (17-21). Set in the psychedelic 60s, the story follows four girls seeking fame and fortune.

As the third season of events and exhibitions put on by the library since its opening last September, the Images Season promises to keep the library as busy and vibrant as usual, with plenty of connected family events for the summer holidays, including family craft workshops, a 70s selfie day and much more.

See the library website for details of individual events. Advance booking is strongly advised for all events, even free ones, to avoid disappointment. SP

Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square | @LibraryofBham
Until September 2014

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