Parkside Platform

Date and time
25 Jan - 19 Mar 2018 (8:00am - 5:00pm)

Birmingham New Street Station

Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4QA

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This exhibition is a collaborative show between Birmingham City University BA (Hons) Photography students and the Early Music Department at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Photography students were invited to respond to a variety of instruments from the Historical Instrument Collection, which is held within the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s archives. The collection includes hundreds of original instruments dating from the late 17th to early 20th centuries.

This collection is curated by Martin Perkins who utilises the instruments in demonstrations to students, showing how musical instruments were invented for specific purposes, and that the usual instruments that we’re used to playing, seeing and hearing are just variants of limitless possibilities. 

Martin Perkins, curator of the Historic Music Collection said:

Photography students were invited to respond to the instruments in a still life context, whilst also considering the unusual shapes and surfaces of the items. Through unique approaches to form and composition, the photographers have brought the instruments to life in portraits.  

Image credit: Charlotte Hilton (2018)

About Parkside Platform

In partnership with Network Rail, Parkside Gallery works with staff and students at Birmingham City University to showcase emerging talent on an international platform.

Parkside Platform is at the heart of a creative, connected city. Situated in Birmingham New Street Station, Parkside Platform connects Birmingham and its thriving artistic community.