14 Oct 2016

Large-scale sketch of Birmingham on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) will be able to get a new perspective on the city as an intricate large-scale aerial sketch of Birmingham has gone on display at the museum.

Sketch, aka Carl Lavia, revealed and signed the artwork at BMAG on Friday 14th October.

Carl is a London-based self-taught sketch artist and has always felt connected with Birmingham having spent a lot of time in the city. The sketch is the first in Carl’s project to draw all 69 cities within the UK.

The cityscape sketch of the entire city features well-known Birmingham landmarks including the museum. The area depicted covers a radius as far north as Newhall Street, as far east as Ashted Circus, as far south as Park Street and as far west as Hagley Road. Carl chose to include several not yet completed regeneration projects currently happening within the city.

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Carl’s sketch of the city is breath-taking and we are delighted to be able to show the people of Birmingham his fantastic work at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

“We are sure visitors will be immersed in the piece finding landmarks and well-known places they know from across the city. That’s why we are pleased to offer visitors the chance to buy a mini print and take home their own copy of the impressive cityscape. Profits from sales will go towards ensuring we can keep caring for Birmingham’s unique collection and heritage, making sure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The 60x34cm size print is available exclusively from the BMAG shop for £25. This will be the first time Carl has made the sketch available in this mini print format, which is expected to be popular with local residents keen to see the cityscape in their own home. Profits from the sale will support the work of Birmingham Museums Trust and the continuation of Carl’s project.


Notes to editors

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is operated by Birmingham Museums Trust, an independent charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. It uses the collection of around 800,000 objects to provide a wide range of arts, cultural and historical experiences, events and activities that deliver accessible learning, creativity and enjoyment for citizens and visitors to the city. Most areas of the collection are designated as being of national importance, including the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Attracting over one million visits a year, the Trust’s venues include Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle.

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