Friday, 12 October 2012

Pop! Bang! Wallop!

TROVE’s 3rd Birthday Party
12th October 2012
5pm – 9pm

Newhall Square, off 144 Newhall Street
Birmingham, B3 1RY

TROVE started life in 2009 when independent curator, Charlie Levine, decided to write a 6 month programme of exhibitions entitled TROVE.

With the idea in place, but no current venue, Charlie’s exhibitions were held in different places. First was an exhibition by Birmingham curatorial/performance group aas, at Rea Gardens in Digbeth. 

The second, an exhibition of three films by Australian artist Sam Smith, was held in the atmospheric Engine Room of the former Science and Industry Museum in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. 

Charlie had to borrow electricity from the Queens Arms pub next door via several extension cables before the show could start. Amidst all the panic, was much satisfaction as the show was a hit. So much so that developer of the Newhall Square site, and keeper of the building keys, Neville Topping, allowed Charlie and TROVE to do another show there the month after and after that another show, and so on.  Until 6 months into the programme Charlie got her own set of keys to the venue, and 2 months later Neville switched the main power back on in the site allowing TROVE to become a fully fledged independent contemporary arts venue in Birmingham City Centre.

TROVE are hosting their third birthday party On Friday October 12th, as a way of saying thank you to their audience and supporters.

It is also a way of saying thank you to all the artists that have been involved over the past three years.  TROVE is mainly unfunded, and most of the artists that have shown at TROVE and all the people that have helped make it the success it is today, have all done so for free.  This party is a way of thanking them.

Over the past three years TROVE have worked with 146 local, national and international artists that have created, exhibited and performed as part of TROVEs programme.

TROVE have realised over 36 shows in the wonderful TROVE home, the Old Science Museum, and in offsite projects, with venues including Curzon Street Station, mac birmingham, Edible Eastside, DownStairs Gallery, FarGo, The Burlington Fine Art Club, Coexist and ARC.

TROVE is an independent art gallery who have worked with Fierce Festival, Hereford Photography Festival, Hedge Enquiry, Minnie Weisz Studio, Museum of Lost Heritage, Birmingham Architects Association, Birmingham City Council, Clarke Gallery, Birmingham City University and Crowd 6. |

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