Published on 11/07/17

Thresholds Exhibition 2017

Developed In Birmingham is a season of exhibitions, events and activities celebrating early photography in the city, devised by curator and photographic historian Pete James.

Throughout the summer members of the public and photography enthusiasts can learn about historic photographic processes using a range of techniques to create their own cameras out of re-cycled materials, hear the artists and photographers involved talk about their work – how they create work and what inspires them, join in photo walks around the city looking again at familiar places and placing them within the history of photography as well as signing up to participate in portrait sessions using antique photographic techniques.

Conceived and developed by Mat Collishaw and Pete James, Thresholds restages one of the earliest exhibitions of photography which took place in 1839 when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward’s School in Birmingham. The experience is fully immersive with visitors walking freely through a digitally reconstructed room.

A soundscape for Thresholds includes the sound of demonstrations of the Chartist protesters who rioted in 1839 on the streets of Birmingham, and who can be glimpsed through the digital windows. Alongside the exhibition visitors can view rare archive material from The King Edwards Foundation Archive as well as a series of new works by sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker.  Thresholds can be visited up until 6th August 2017.  The exhibition commenced on 24th June. This short video gives you an insight into the Thresholds experience.

Thresholds by Mat Collishaw from Mat Collishaw Studio on Vimeo.

Colmore BID is a substantial sponsor of Thresholds.  £25,000 was invested early as it supports innovation and activity in the quarter, founded on our heritage in the core of the city.  The investment allowed the project promotors to seek arts funding with the security of a serious commitment from Colmore BID.

Colmore BID hosted a VIP event on 12th July 2017 to encourage levy payers within the district to visit the exhibition and experience this new technology translating our past heritage. Jonathan from the Colmore BID team tells you what he thought of the exhibition.

The Colmore BID team has participated and delivered events in the wider Developed in Birmingham programme.