23 Sep 2016

Faith Gallery Award Winners

In February this year we launched our band new Faith in Birmingham Gallery, created following a year of dedicated work by our team of Faith Working Group Volunteers. Their journey in the creation of the gallery is well documented on the blog .

Since opening the gallery has received over 58,000 visitors and hosted numerous events celebrating Eid, Islamic Awareness Week, Turban Tying, Buddha Day, International Women’s Day and Inter-Faith gatherings. 

Last week we celebrated another achievement when our volunteer team won the ‘Working Together’ award at the West Midlands Volunteer Awards. The Awards are funded through Arts Council England and are part of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Major Partner Museum and West Midlands Museum Development programme.

The Judges felt that the Faith Working Group deserved to win because 

  • They had a great collaborative approach in response to a specific challenge
  • They had created a tool to bring people together to increase understanding 
  • And ultimately the project should be rolled out nationally

Faith gallery awards winners

Left: Sarah Falkland. Centre: Representatives from the Faith in Birmingham Working Group of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (winners). Right: Ffion Davies, Volunteer Co-ordinator, National Museum Wales (judge). Image Credit: Lee Allen Photography.

The Working Group was made up of 20 people representing 6 different faith backgrounds, giving a total of 100 volunteer hours to the project. We are so proud of the team and are looking forward to displaying the award in the gallery! 

The Gallery also welcomed a new object this week, a 13th century stone figure of the Hindu god Ganesha.

Schist figure of Ganesha, Orissa, 13th centry © The Trustees of the British Museum

Image credit: Schist figure of Ganesha, Orissa, 13th centry © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Celebrating Ganesha is a British Museum touring exhibition visiting seven venues around the UK as part of the British Museum’s National Programmes. The elephant-headed Ganesha is one of the most popular Hindu gods - the creator and remover of obstacles. Here he is arriving in the museum and being put into place by our team of technicians.

Ganesh arriving and being put into place

Join us on Sunday in celebrating his arrival with a blessing of the sculpture and dressing of a Hindu shrine created by members of Birmingham’s Hindu community dedicated to Ganesha.

This is a unique chance to see this beautiful statue in Birmingham; Ganesha will be in the gallery until January 2017 so do come and visit!