Join us for a creative session inspired by the craft of print making and sign-painting to explore some of the themes of the exhibition by making your own prints and ghost signs.

Participants will be invited to join two groups led by the artists and get the chance to try both types of arts.Join Jemma Gunning for a fun afternoon of experimental mono-printing. Using photographs that Jemma has taken from inside Alabaster and Wilson and Unity Works, you will get the opportunity to respond to them using mono printing processes. Jemma will demonstrate the tools and materials that can be used to create a one-off image so you are able to take home a set of unique prints. Tracey Thorne will be joined by Birmingham based sign-painter Jim Kerr (Seven 9 Signs) who will demonstrate the craft of sign-writing by live painting a sign for The Hive in the style of a ghost sign. The group will be invited to try their hand at making their own ghost sign during the interactive session.

No experience necessary just come and have fun experimenting with the different art forms. All materials will be provided.

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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