Taking inspiration from the work of Birmingham-born and globally acclaimed visual artist Osman Yousefzada, recipient of an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, the exhibitions and workshops also explore ideas from the book ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italian author Italo Calvino, based on Marco Polo’s imagined descriptions of travelling through cities.
Shoppers and Birmingham residents will be invited to join students to create artworks, zines, and collective drawings, all recording their relationships and understanding of the city they live or work in to produce a collection of art, in response to Osman Yousefzada’s huge Selfridges exterior installation Infinity Pattern 1 as well as his Letter to Birmingham project.
Hidden Cities – where the public can contribute to a shared record of places of happiness across Birmingham
New Maps – in which participants can create a map of memories and desires based around familiar landmarks
Build Your Own City – a tracing and drawing experience
Our Birmingham– a freestyle workshop documenting what the city means to us
What Is Birmingham To You? - a reimagining of the city through urban collage
Organic Graphic Workshop – exploring how food can contribute to creativity.
A Collective Letter to Birmingham - create a collective letter to Birmingham within a group drawing exercise