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Have you discovered The Parkside Gallery?

The Parkside Gallery is a leading art and design exhibition space within the Parkside Building, with an emphasis on, but not confined to, design-led practice.

Visitors can expect to see a diverse range of shows throughout the academic year, culminating in the University's very own Art, Design and Media graduate shows in the summer. The gallery is an integral part of the Faculty of Art, Design and Media’s teaching and learning environment, but is also an ideal space for the public to visit and be inspired. There is also an adjacent coffee shop and seating area for refreshments.

Since opening in 2013, the Parkside Gallery has played host to the work of Ian Emes – who created animated films for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Day and Hille - an exploration of the evolution of the polypropylene chair, and The Metabolic Landscape - an internationally significant photographic exploration of issues concerning renewable energy.

The Parkside Gallery is also one of stops alongside other prestigious Birmingham galleries on the biannual Art Bus trail.

What’s on at the Parkside Gallery

Is There Anyone Out There?

3 - 28 May 2016
No booking required

Is there anyone out there

2016 sees the thirtieth year of The Click Club, an opposite moment to explore and celebrate such a space and the scene it represented.

This exhibition draws upon the personal archive of Dave Travis whose posters, magazines, ephemera and photographic record detail a dynamic space and time.

Established in 1986 by promoter and photographer Dave Travis, ‘The Click Club’ was the name of a venue and disco associated with Birmingham’s alternative music culture.

Located at nightclub ‘Burburries on the Street’, on a pre-regeneration era Broad Street, capacity was limited to a few hundred attendees on any one night. However, there is case to be made about for importance of ‘The Click Club’ locally and nationally for the economic role it played as part of a touring circuit and for distributors and retailers of independent music. During its lifetime, the club showcased bands associated with the C86 collection issued by NME (Primal Scream, Fuzzbox, The Mighty Lemon Drops), the emergence of a group of ‘grebo’ bands from the Black Country (Pop Will Eat Itself, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin), the so-called baggy scene (Charlatans, James etc.) as well as many others.

This exhibition surveys the nature and value of ‘The Click Club’, locating it within the context of a wider set of cultural and economic activity. The exhibition enlists participant accounts in order to contextualize ‘The Click Club’ as a historical moment that remains important to its community and to the music and cultural heritage of Birmingham.

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