24th September 2019
The six museums selected for our Midlands round of Meeting Point came together for the first time in mid-September for a two-day workshop&go/see in Birmingham.
We spent the first day discussing ‘Ambition’ at Moseley Community Hub. We looked at some wonderful examples of contemporary art in heritage settings, many of them previous Meeting Point projects, and gave our new partners an idea of what to expect from the programme in the next few months. A particular highlight was a visit to the Moseley Road Baths, where we spoke to Indy Hunjan (National Trust), and Juneau Projects about their project working with the local community to create a new artwork to celebrate the reopening of the Gala Pool in early 2020.
On the second day we ventured out into Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, starting with Grand Union Studios, where we spoke to artists David Rowan, Joanne Masding and Mark Essen from the Modern Clay collective. Next stop, Ikon Gallery to hear from Director Jonathan Watkins and a presentation from artist Faye Claridge on her fantastic previous work. Lastly, we took a trip to Walsall to speak to Director Stephen Snoddy and Head of Exhibitions Deborah Robinson on a tour of the New Art Gallery
After a packed two days, the staff taking part in Meeting Point returned to their museums with, we hope, their heads brimming with inspiration and ambition.