Join the artist Tracey Thorne for an interactive tour of her work featured in the exhibition and hear more about her original documentary photograph project recording ghost signs in Birmingham. Tracey will share during the session some additional photographic material and objects that help tell the story of the buildings featured in the exhibition. The talk focuses on how the craft of sign-writing helped add character and individuality to our streets which is important when you want to create places that matter to people.

The Fading City exhibition opens on 2nd March until 14 March at The Hive gallery, in the Jewellery Quarter. Entrance is free, opening times on weekdays is 8am – 3.30pm and 10am – 4pm at weekends. For further information visit The Hive website.

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The Fading City is inspired by the textures and typography of buildings that surround us, and calls on us to immerse ourselves in a world that might otherwise slip by. Both artists have produced new works for the exhibition using different printmaking techniques to draw out the character and souls of the buildings.

Jemma Gunning is a printmaker based in Bristol and has produced new work for the exhibition commissioned by the Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage project. For her commission Jemma visited two derelict buildings, Alabaster and Wilson and Unity Works to record their transient states, capturing our fading heritage. The use of intaglio and mono-printing processes resonate with the decaying structures she has recorded, preserving memories and documenting these extraordinary spaces.

Tracey Thorne is based in Birmingham and uses photography to explore the ephemeral painted walls found on the streets. The exhibition showcases ten screen-prints by Tracey Thorne that explore Birmingham’s disappearing faded advertising signs sometimes called ‘ghost signs’ found on buildings in Digbeth and around the Jewellery Quarter.

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