JQ Festival 2017 – Open Studios
MadeOnTheCanal – second year at the Jewellery Quarter’s Open Studio event.
I have had an amazing 12 months in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This is mostly thanks to the great bars, restaurants and cafes that allow local artists to display (and in some cases sell) their work to the public. My work has reached such a wide range of people, from young families, young couples moving to the area, people desiring special wedding gifts, and residents moving away seeking a unique memento. As I do a lot of ‘collect in person’ orders, it’s a great way of meeting your customer base, to receive personal feedback and suggestions for future creations.
This year. pictures from MadeOnTheCanal are available to view in four locations. Including The Rose Villa Tavern, at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. This is a great bar with a constantly fresh selection of ale & cider, gorgeous burgers, and a real competitive pub quiz night Monday evenings.
1000Trades – Frederick Street. This is where it all started one year ago. The guys who run this bar love the culture and history that Birmingham has to offer, and this is shown in regular events held in their function room. A regularly changing kitchen menu keeps the restaurant feeling fresh and exciting!
The Pig & Tail – Albion Street. A beautifully restored Victorian pub, the former George & Dragon features an amazing cocktail and beer selection, there is always something different to try. The bright stained glass windows flood the bar with light, while still retaining a warm cosy feel.
Some of my latest work is on display in the Pig & Tail, and only available to buy there. If something catches your eye please ask a member of staff for assistance.
And finally we have Urban Coffee – Golden Square. My work has been on display here for just over a month, with a month still to go. It’s always a great feeling to watch people curiously point at and talk about the work on the wall, it is doing exactly what I wanted it to, that is to get people talking and interacting.
Everything on the walls within Urban Coffee is available to buy. And as there are no P&P charges, the prices are somewhat cheaper than on my website shop. Several pieces are unique to Urban and only available to buy there.
A colourful selection of images that were available to buy during the Open Studios weekend. As Hockley Port is a private residence, public access is not allowed, fortunately Urban Coffee JQ were kind enough to allow me to set up a table for my pictures. I have had an amazing time with them so far and hope to work with them again in the future.