Here’s How You Can Have Your Photography Exhibited at Birmingham Museum

A new photography competition has launched encouraging photographers to explore the West Midlands and capture moments where two cultures collide and East meets West.

Launched by China West Midlands 2020 and Birmingham Museums Trust on Monday 15 July, the creative competition will run until Sunday 20 October 2019. Judges will pick 25 winning pieces to go on display at an exhibition at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from January to June 2020.

Photographers are encouraged to capture images that celebrate the people, places and objects in and around Birmingham where East meets West. It offers vast possibilities for photographers to explore and examine the unique mix of Eastern and Western cultures in the region.

The exhibition follows several successful displays at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s commercial gallery space, which have championed local artists. Past exhibitions include the first solo display of images by renowned photographer Verity Milligan. William Wigan’s mirco-sculptures  will also be on display, and a unique exhibition of intricate illustrations of Birmingham buildings by Thomas Parry – known as Made on the Canal.

Dr Yeow Poon, Chair of the CWM 2020 Planning Team and Chair of the Chinese Community Centre-Birmingham, said: “We are looking for photographs that explore the dynamics between Eastern and Western cultures. Not just in an abstract sense, but in ways that help to build mutual understanding, as well as show how multi-cultural societies can live, work, play and dream together.”

As part of the China 2020 celebrations, the 25 framed prints chosen for display will be sold at the end of the exhibition. Half of the proceeds from each sale will go towards supporting Birmingham Museums Trust, an educational charity which cares for Birmingham’s unique collection and heritage. The rest of the proceeds will be split between the photographer and WuWei CIC Ltd. The charity that provides community services such as healthy living, elderly services, carers support and a range of sports and cultural activities.

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “We’ve hosted a series of popular exhibitions at Museum of the Jewellery Quarter over the last two years, which showcase local talent. We are delighted to be partnering with China West Midlands 2020 to launch this competition.”

Photographers are welcome to submit up to three individual photographs by either emailing [email protected] or posting photos to Instagram between 15 July 2019 and 9pm 20 October 2019 using the hashtag #CWM2020Photo.

For full entry criteria visit chinawestmidlands.com/photo-competition/.

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