Birmingham by Night: Exhibition

Birmingham by Night: Winter Exhibition

6 November 2021 – 27 March 2022
Roundhouse Display Space
Free to enter
Wednesday to Sunday
09:30 – 16:30

Birmingham by Night is co-produced with young curators from Beatfreeks’ Don’t Settle project.  The exhibition focuses on the perception of Birmingham’s night shift workers from the late Victorian period, and from today.

During the late 1800’s, night soil men and lamplighters worked throughout the night for the Corporation of Birmingham (a pre-cursor to the local council) and both used the Roundhouse as a base for their work.

These professions provided inspiration for our understanding of the roles, experiences, and perceptions of local night shift workers, then and now.

Through research and artist commissions, this display investigates opinions about the people who go to work whilst we are asleep to keep the city going.

The exhibition features newly commissioned work by:

Christian Asare
Olivier Jamin
Ahsen Sayeed
Beth Bennett
Ryan Hart

Our Don’t Settle curators and researchers are:

Ellis Winter
Raveena Kaur
Rahma Mohammed
Umar Sujad
Sampira Al-Fihri

This exhibition is a partnership between Roundhouse Birmingham and Beatfreeks’ Don’t Settle project, which aims to empower young people of colour from Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research, and governance.

Header image by Ahsen Sayeed

If you’re not able to make it to the Roundhouse to see the exhibition, you can view artwork from the exhibition online. Click the button below.


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