Jewellery Quarter bar 1000 Trades will next week lift the covers on a mural “the formative historical moments that have helped shape the contemporary Brummie mind” – at least in the view of Jon Bounds, local historian and man behind the Paradise Circus blog.
Bounds, one of the authors of 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World, has selected a series of historical moments that contributed towards making Brummies think as they do today.
Local artist, Helen Miles, utilising pictures from Brumpic and local photographer Tim Cornbill, plus other historical and some more quirky representations of the city’s growth, has created a mural that illustrates the moments selected by Bounds.
The mural, which moves from the Doomsday Book right up to the present day, will be launched at 6.30pm on Thursday 15 September. This is part of a series of activities at 1000 Trades as part of Birmingham Heritage Week.
“Working with Helen, Brumpic and Tim Cornbill to produce the mural has been really exciting, and even more exciting that I haven’t yet seen what they’ve made of the local icons I’ve selected. We might reflect only a small proportion of the multitude of things Birmingham has given the word, but so far 1000 Trades is living up to its name.”
Bounds will be speaking about the inspiration behind the mural at the event, which will also see the gallery space on the upper floor undergo a transformation with ‘New Heritage’, a collection of work by local artist Barbara Gibson, officially launched.
Barbara Gibson is a Photographer and Photo-Researcher whose work is generally concerned with Architecture and Urban Photography. While Gibson has photographed everywhere from Poland to Bolivia, her latest collection focuses on Birmingham. And is displayed as part of the Arts Wall at 1000 Trades, which is curated and managed by Tina Francis – founder of the JQ Open Studios Project.
1000 Trades will also mark Birmingham Heritage Week by hosting Diamonds & Pearls: A Music Tour through the Jewellery Quarter – a music-themed walking tour of the Jewellery Quarter.
Kicking off from 1000 Trades at 2pm on 11 September, it will be led by Jez Collins, founder of the Birmingham Music Archive – with over 20 years of experience as a social and cultural entrepreneur in the creative, and particularly music, industries in Birmingham.
This two-hour walk will reveal some of the hidden stories, spaces and places of Birmingham’s music history and heritage in the Jewellery Quarter, including Robert Plant and a young David Bowie – as well as notorious nightclub owners The Krays.
“The Jewellery Quarter is rightly world renowned for it’s high quality craftsmanship and products. And of course where you get factories and businesses you find pubs and clubs to cater to that workforce. What isn’t that well known about the JQ is the significant role it’s venues have played in Birmingham, and in some cases, the UK’s, popular music history. On this walk we’ll visit the site where a young David Bowie helped bring together one of the great Birmingham bands and where years later an infamous pitched battle broke out at a Cockney Rejects gig. We’ll take in the hedonistic house scene, the glamorous New Romantic’s and travel back to the 60s when a mobile pie shack was THE place to be seen”.