Reference Works

The inaugural exhibition in the new Discovery Gallery at the Library of Birmingham.

 Brian Griffin

The largest photography commission ever undertaken in the city, Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps were asked to create visual responses to the old Central Library building and the new Library of Birmingham.

Each artist focuses on a different aspect of the project, so while Griffin portrays the people involved, Collins takes a topographical approach, using high vantage points and a large format camera to document the construction.

Meanwhile, Lacon's sculptural forms question the very idea of what it is to 'document' and Whipps draws on a body of research to compare the site with John Madin's 1974 Central Library ahead of its demolition.

Venue details

Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham West Midlands B1 2ND 0121 242 4242

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

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