Monday, 16 December 2013

Mini-Review: Library of Birmingham: Reference Works

I went to the Library of Birmingham in October half term (and it was packed!) And whilst I was there we saw the Reference Works exhibition that is currently there, celebrating the opening of the new library. I only saw it briefly due to my younger siblings, but it was very interesting.

It showcased the work of 4 photographers, Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps. Some focussed on the building of the library whilst Griffin took portraits of people linked to the building.

My favourites were the portraits, because I thought they told me a lot more and were just more interesting to look at than the landscape shots. I thought that they said a lot more about people in Birmingham and what the new library would do for the city than, say, a picture of the building as it was being built.

Naturally, the exhibition wasn't really aimed at my exact age group and so it wasn't the most interesting thing for me to look at, but it gave me an insight to the new library, as it was first time seeing it. I also looked at the photos and saw how I could make my photos better.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Stuart Griffiths: Closer at MAC Birmingham

On the 11th of November 2013, I went to see a photography exhibition at the MAC Birmingham, called Closer (by Stuart Griffiths).  

The exhibition was about a man who had taken a camera to war and taken photographs, as well as visited many ex-soldiers after the war to take photos of the serious injuries and after-effects that had happened to them. The impact of the exhibition as a whole was immense; you got a huge insight to the actual happenings of war, especially since the Government cover things in these sort of areas up, meaning that we don't always know possibly the extent of what has actually occurred during something like a war. 

Although at some points I felt like some text would have been needed, the fact that none of the photographs had descriptions or even names had a huge emphasis in itself; you could clearly see what was happening and then interpret it for yourself. 

Every photo was photographed extremely well; and they all had a certain significance. Apart from the main section of the exhibition, there was a sectioned off block (due to strong language) which had some photographs but also some reproductions of letters and drawings that the soldier had done throughout the war, where we could see the feelings of the specific soldier. We could almost see that by the near end he didn't want to be at war; that the pride had worn off and he couldn't see, ultimately, why he was doing it. 

Overall, this exhibition was thought-provoking, and the insight I got towards war was phenomenal. I definitely couldn't have got that from a news report or a school textbook; and that, for me, was amazing. 

You can see a video of my group talking about the exhibition HERE


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fun With Cancer Exhibition at MAC Birmingham

The “Fun With Cancer” exhibition at MAC Birmingham is an exhibition created by young cancer patients to both let our their own feelings about cancer and let people know what happens, how they feel about it and ultimately, have fun with their own illnesses.
Because the exhibition isn’t in a room, it’s down a corridor, the first thing that really hits you are the videos, which are constantly playing. If you were just walking down the corridor as opposed to looking around it, you would definitely notice the videos. As you walk round, the visual images are the most interesting things, and the pieces of writing that accompany them are beautifully written, too. 

Once you’ve seen how these young people feel with their illness, and how they deal with it, you can really begin to understand how they feel and why that is. The creative impact of this exhibition is mainly that; the empathy, not sympathy, that you can feel for these young people. 

Even though the exhibition isn’t made up of beautiful artwork or particular photographs, the emotions and insight into how cancer feels is intriguing, thought-provoking and makes the exhibition really interesting to look at.     
The thing I liked the most was probably the wall of cartoons with slogans, such as one with a grim reaper thinking about a dog, saying “even death thinks about puppies”. I thought this gave a lighter feel to the illness. I also liked the concept of “cancer friends”. They gave each cancer patient and a friend £100 to go out and spend, doing whatever they wanted and having fun, before coming back with a full role of disposable film and a definition on what a cancer friend was. I don’t think there were any particularly negative parts of the exhibition, though some things could have more photos or information.

So, overall, this exhibition was an interesting insight to cancer and how it affects people, whilst showing how they had fun with it. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who either wants to learn more about cancer or just has a general interest in the subject. Even if you don’t, it’s a fun thing to see and learn more about.

Charli x


Welcome! My name is Charli and I'm working towards my Silver Arts Award. This blog will contain reviews of various arts events I have attended.

I run a book blog, To Another World which you can view here.

I also run a blog concerning law, politics and a justice campaign I'm working with here.

Here's my bio, so you can see some more about me...

I'm Charli, and I'm a bookworm, writer, photographer, Potterhead, Initiate, Tribute and Scriptette. I have a fetish for sticky notes and prefer to revise, read and blog to music (which naturally isn't allowed at school). I'm also a Scout, tomboy and I fail at sewing! I haven't worn jeans since I was 7 and I'm almost always seen in a pair of chinos and a hoodie.

I may as well live in my public library, or my school one, I'm not fussed! My favourite subjects are English, History and RE, even though I'm not religious.

My favourite authors are Sophie McKenzie, John Green, Holly Smale, Michael Grant, Sarah Crossan, Cat Clarke, Ally Condie, Janet Edwards, Amy Good, Cathy Cassidy, Meg Cabot, Cathy Hopkins and Veronica Roth! I like most genres, but my favourites are dystopia, contemporary, YA, teen and fantasy. 


My heart and soul is creativity. Whether that be writing, reading, photography, blogging or music, I love them all. I've always been a creative person, and that's the way it should stay, I hope...

 So, welcome to How Charli Sees Art. I hope you like it! 

Charli x