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Since there is no thread for art at the moment, I thought I'd start one. This I guess is a repository for art in and around Brum and information about exhibitions, museums, arts and any photos of art you wish to put in - (media and art shouldn't be in the metro thread, strictly speaking they are Lunar)...

First up.. Twitter art by Scott Weston

BBC - 16 May 2014

Birmingham-based fine arts graduate Scott Weston has found a following on social media by giving his work away.

Since sending out his first drawing in early February, he has amassed almost 25,000 followers to his twitter account @drawnyourtweet.

The idea is simple - people follow him, and every day he selects someone's tweet to illustrate.

After a journalist re-tweeted one of his pictures he gained almost 8,000 followers in eight hours. In the weeks that followed, as word spread, the numbers following him shot up.

BBC News went to meet Scott and find out more.

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Anna Zaphiri
27th May 2014

Born in Birmingham to a Greek-Cypriot family, Anna Zaphiri is one of Europe's most exciting artists and her 'Chemical Reaction' collection is all about making art truly interactive again.

Always experimenting with new materials and techniques, Anna created a series of Latex artwork back in 2008 and following the success of 'Lartex Imagery' she wanted her journey of discovery to continue. Realising that she was more interested in the materials she was using than the things she was painting, Anna went back to basics to understand how raw materials could, quite literally, creating something out of nothing.

'Chemical Reaction' is a new way of creating art; Anna paints with pure natural ink pigments then applies a secret formula and integrates latex as finishing touch. This formula creates a stunning crackling effect that ensures each and every piece of work is a one-of-a-kind. An LED lighting system, inspired by natural sunlight, is installed behind the artwork and can be controlled with a remote device to keep the artwork ever-changing. As well visual stimulation, the materials used makes the art impossible not to touch

A graduate of Birmingham City University's School of Fine Art, Anna has taken part in high profile group and solo exhibitions in London, Berlin, Cyprus and New York, to name a few

 

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Rachel Tighe - Artist and musician. A painter of bold abstract depiction of the urban environment and one of Birmingham's own. Follow on Twitter

 

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More from Anna Zaphiri:

Birmingham Mail 04/07/2014



Art teacher's work sparks a reaction


When art and science combine the results can be pretty hair-raising. Zoe Chamberlain talks to an artist whose work is based on chemical reactions - and interactive installations you can tweet to.


Acocks Green artist Anna Zaphiri who creates chemical reaction paintings which are backlit by LED lights and can be changed by remote control.

When art teacher Anna Zaphiri was searching for a secret formula to create paintings from chemical reactions, the result literally blew up in her face.

But her experiment paid off as her work is now sold for thousands of pounds due to the fact it is so unique.

Anna uses an LED lighting system, inspired by natural sunlight, which she installs behind latex artwork. This enables each painting to be controlled using a remote control to keep the artwork ever-changing.

“I started by manipulating photographs onto latex,” says Anna, 27, and from Acocks Green.

“I found it made the picture more eerie, like it had been taken 30 years ago not recently.

“There is so much you can do with latex. Taking it into the garden and seeing the natural light coming through it gave me an idea of putting LED lights behind it.


Acocks Green artist Anna Zaphiri who creates chemical reaction paintings which are backlit by LED lights and can be changed by remote control.

“I began doing more experiments using natural ink pigments to create a secret formula.

“Then, when I was burning crystal particles, I blew my face up! I was wearing goggles and a mask but it still burnt my face and I had to go to hospital.

“I still have a couple of scars from that now.”

The latex Anna uses is extracted straight from the tree in Malaysia and she buys it by the litre.

“I visited Malaysia and spent a month finding out where the material comes from and how it’s extracted,” says Anna, who teaches art at Oldbury Academy.

“When it is first extracted, it looks like a really thick milk. It is only when it’s exposed to the atmosphere that it becomes a plastic.”

The rest of Anna’s materials come from Birmingham, much of it coming from industrial companies in Aston.

Her paintings are pricey because the materials she uses are expensive.

“It costs £80 for just 50g of pearl blue natural pigment,” she explains.


Acocks Green artist Anna Zaphiri creates chemical reaction paintings which are backlit by LED lights and can be changed by remote control.

“Acrylic oil paints are very cheap to buy, but if you buy the core of a product, like I do, it is very expensive.”

A graduate of Birmingham City University’s School of Art, Anna’s work has been exhibited around the world.

Her latest project involves her working with a team of engineers to create a large piece of art under the flyover next to The Mailbox in September.

It will be interactive, so members of the public can text and tweet words which will then be showcased onto the painting.

“People’s reaction to my work has been astonishing,” says Anna, who was born in Birmingham and grew up in Cyprus before returning here at the age of 19.

“I know people like to touch paintings and with my work you can do that. There are all these dense bits, some parts thicker, others thinner.

“With each painting I provide a little latex spray that can be used to clean it.

“I have recently been commissioned to create a painting showing lightning over a motorway.

“This has inspired me to go back to my core of more landscape painting again rather than my work being entirely abstract.”

Anna can also implement text and images onto her paintings to personalise them.

Her most recent work is a chemical reaction table which retails at £1,500 and can be changed to suit the mood of the room.


Acocks Green artist Anna Zaphiri creates chemical reaction paintings which are backlit by LED lights and can be changed by remote control.

“The table was specially made by a carpenter in Aston so that I could slide the painting into it,” she says.

“I don’t really watch much TV, I prefer to sit with a cup of tea and relax with the glow of the table. It’s really tranquil.”

Anna believes there should be a natural fusion between art and science, especially to take art forward in the 21st century.

“Art should mix with everything so that it can touch people’s hearts,” she adds.

“People often forget how and where products, such as latex, come from, that they come from the earth.

“In 2014, we need to push ourselves in the right direction by using the resources we have on earth.

“There was a massive boom in the art world in the 1990s with the likes of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. I feel there has been a dry patch ever since. We’ve had a bit of graffiti from the likes of Banksy but little else.

“I believe this is the way forward. There’s a new MA course in art and science that has started at Saint Martin’s College in London. This is good, there should be no boundaries between the two.”
Interesting to note that Anna has been commissioned to create some work for the Mailbox... should be quite interesting
 

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From Street Art Birmingham:

Your support is needed!!
26 February

Help us transform Digbeth into the West Midlands largest outdoor art gallery, with street artists, DJs, dancers & lots more!!

Following the successes of See No Evil and Upfest in Bristol, on the 6th September we are bringing to Birmingham a new and exciting street art festival. A celebration of urban art forms we are inviting 80 artists to come and paint, with break dancing, DJs, live illustration battles, & other innovative and engaging visual arts. The festival includes a partnership of over 20 expert organisations including Street Art Birmingham, The Bench 504, GraffitiArtist.com, The Custard Factory, Boxxed, UTC and PST. Artists from all over the UK and wider will come and transform this part of the city, including the likes of of Roa, Broken Fingaz, Aryz, Phlegm and TATS CRU. From large murals, smaller walls to some pretty quirky canvases, the event will take place across venues such as the Custard Factory, Boxxed and the Old Crown. The festival will host four music stages, incorporating some of Birmingham’s biggest promoters, featuring hip hop, drum & bass, jungle, dub, reggae, soul and funk. A number of live performances will take place across the venues including break dancing, beat boxers, live illustration battles, cinema screenings, and other exciting visual art forms. With graffiti, dance and music workshops happening throughout the festival, people of all ages will have the chance to get involved!

This is where we need your help!! Please visit our kickstarter fundraising project and show your support. You will be rewarded with street art surprises and the knowledge of helping a new and amazing festival take place!

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100 graffiti artists at Birmingham City of Colours festival
22 July 14

Birmingham is preparing to host a festival of street art featuring more than 100 graffiti artists.

City of Colours will be held at venues in Digbeth on 6 and 7 September.

Street artist Inkie, whose work has included the transformation of a tram on Blackpool promenade, will be one of the artists at the event.

BBC Midlands Today's Nicola Beckford reports.
 

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WW1 ice memorial melts in Birmingham
2 August 2014

Five thousand ice sculptures have melted away after going on display to commemorate World War One.

Award-winning Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo has previously shown her installation Mini Monuments in cities such as Florence and Berlin.

On Saturday, she brought her exhibition to Birmingham, where crowds turned out to pay tribute.

Jo Black reports.
 
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