Image: Stephen 'Steppers' by Bishton, Homer & Reardon

Do you have family members or friends that lived in Handsworth 40 years ago? If you can get down to mac at Cannon Hill Park to see the Handsworth Self Portrait Exhibition you might be able to help identify some of the 500 contributors.

Way back in 1979 three local photographic artists Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon set up a pop-up photography studio in a terraced house on Grove Lane, Handsworth, and invited passers-by to take their own picture for inclusion in the original exhibition.  The resulting collection was an amazing snapshot of the emerging vibrant multicultural community, and we all thought selfies were a recent thing!

Four decades later the newly curated exhibition offers a unique and fascinating opportunity to look back and see what has changed, and organisers are keen to trace anyone whose picture is on display.

mac – Midlands Arts Centre


Until June 2nd

Free entry

Image: Raj Holness by Saadia Hipkiss

…And if that piques your interest perhaps you’d like to see some more fabulously immortalised Birmingham faces? Just head into town, visit Birmingham Hippodrome’s foyer gallery and take in their exhibition featuring all 30 images from local author Louise Palfreyman’s recently published Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women Who Dared to Dream. From the world’s first female programmer, to the first British woman to sail solo around the globe non-stop and Britain’s first female Muslim MP, here are vibrant illustrations featuring 30 of Birmingham’s most awe-inspiring women, past and present.

Each image was commissioned especially for the book, and all were created by up-and-coming female illustrators in Birmingham including Jan Bowman, Yasmine Bryan, Amy Louise Evans, Saadia Hipkiss, Chein Shyan Lee, Farrah Osseili and Michelle Turton.  The exhibition opened on Monday (08/04) and runs until April 18th. Entry is free, and proceeds from the book sales will go into a legacy fund which aims to help female pupils realise their own dreams.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Monday – Sat 10am-6pm

Until 18th April

Free entry