Crossing The Bridge
In summer 2014, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) held a Sculpture Trail, Crossing the Bridge, linking Colmore Business District with the Jewellery Quarter. Taking place from 23rd June to 23rd August, the trail was part of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the first exhibition staged by the Birmingham Academy of Arts, the forerunner of the Society.
Encompassing 17 venues in Colmore Business District and the Jewellery Quarter and displaying over 50 sculptures, the RBSA Sculpture Trail highlighted the history and culture of the area and the connections between Birmingham’s artists and the city.
Co-funded by Colmore BID, sculptures were displayed at nine venues in the District: Birmingham Cathedral (Colmore Row), Clements & Church (Church Street), Home Is Where (Church Street), Urban Coffee Company (Church Street), Hotel du Vin (Church Street), Utopia (Church Street), Rutland House (Edmund Street), 45 Church Street (Church Street) and Embassy House (Church Street). Participating venues in the Jewellery Quarter included St. Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Place foyer and the restaurants, Cucina Rustica and Locanta in Ludgate Hill. Most of the sculpture was for sale through the gallery.
Through Colmore BID’s co-funding, there were four ‘Making Sculpture Demonstrations’ in Church Street Square and in the square outside Birmingham Cathedral. Exclusively for employees in Colmore Business District, there were also two free lunchtime guided trail walks led by a participating sculptor.