The Collective Birmingham

The Collective Birmingham has 5 members and was formed in Aug 2009. We use the founding group, London as a model of best practice on which to base our buying approach. We select a buying panel, research and share information on artists, organise studio visits. We have recently started a private group blog which we use to share information on private views and artists we are interested in purchasing. In our first year we took a conscious decision to save and spend time to get to know one another whilst discussing and sharing in our homes a portfolio collection on loan from the Founding Collective in London.
We aim for our collection to grow organically on our cultural journey; we don’t have any fixed rules or timeframe. There is a will to support local contemporary artists and up and coming UK based artists. We seek to buy original work. We want our collection to challenge us and we’d like to commission new work where possible. We have agreed that if we all want to purchase a work which is impractical for display in our homes – we may still decide to buy it. We are kindly supported by the Diversity Arts Forum who have offered us a small grant in order to fast track our collection’s development.
In 2009, we sponsored a Silver Birch tree from Simon & Tom Bloors first large scale solo exhibition in their home city, As Long as it Lasts. It will be planted in a forthcoming City Park. A plaque with the names of sponsoring individuals and organisations will be placed, promising a creative commitment of growth and regeneration for the new public place within the City. The exhibition As long as it lasts consisted of a body of new works inspired by the artists' interest in (public) modernist sculpture and flawed utopias set amongst an indoor grove of Silver Birch trees.