Gallery 37 gives Birmingham-based artists a career boost

Thirteen Birmingham-based artists are set for a career boost after they received coveted places on the 2019 Gallery 37 commissioning programme.

Each young performer, artist or filmmaker saw off stiff competition to win industry backing to create and debut their first professional piece of work.

Programme participants receive an investment of up to 80% of production costs, plus support and mentoring from industry professionals at Punch Talent, he UK’s leading creative development agency for young people from diverse backgrounds.

Punch CEO, Ammo Talwar MBE, said; “The list of Gallery 37 commissionees is like a roll-call of Birmingham’s creative future. Our alumni include Dee Ajayi, Jay L’Booth, Pharoah Draws, Tanny Tizzle, Tarik Rose-Cameron and Timeless Kings. All have established themselves in the industry and are enhancing the reputation of Birmingham as the home of authentic and diverse creative talent.”

Kerry Andrews, Head of Producing & Artistic Development, added: “Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to partner with Punch Records on the 2019 Gallery 37 commissions. As a co-commissioner of the scheme we are delighted to invest and support in regional talent at a critical point in their careers. As panellists we were impressed with the wide range of proposals and art forms that people are working in. Supporting regional talent is important to us and this programme extends our continued interest in opening our doors and looking at ways to engage a wide range of regional talent.”

The Gallery 37 2019 commissions include new works in a variety of media, including film, spoken word, music, visual arts and dance.

Artists are due to premiere their finished pieces at the Birmingham Hippodrome and The Gap gallery.
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