Fine art student Ben Nichol will be opening his first solo exhibition at Friction Arts tomorrow, to coincide with August’s Digbeth First Friday.
Entitled Parched Ground, the exhibition explores Birmingham’s industrial heritage, following on from Friction’s Echoes exhibition held last year.
Once renowned the world over as the ‘city of a thousand trades’, Birmingham’s reputation as a global centre for manufacturing is largely a thing of the past. Today, once bustling and noisy factories are left to crumble, barely visible eyesores in a post-industrial landscape.
Parched Ground takes a multimedia and multi-sensory approach including photography, video installations, soundscapes, sculpture and found objects from the decaying remains of factories whose products were once exported across the world. The viewer is invited to touch and handle the work. To add depth to the exhibition, Ben has interviewed many of the city’s residents to learn from their experiences working in industry.
After tomorrow, the exhibition is open daily with Ben hosting a guided walk around the show on Saturday 9th August at 14:30. For more information, visit the Friction Arts website.