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The Thrift Radiates Happiness team decided the best way to continue the legacy of this project was to take it to Paris.  So in our own small way, we infiltrated the cultural hub of the city - Shakespeare & Company's book store.  This famous english book store is south of the river opposite Notre Dam http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com

Thrift Radiates Happiness in 'The Money Culture"
Amy sneeks Thrift Radiates Happiness into Shakespeare & Company's office
...while the rest of the team play chess!
 

It has been exactly a month since Thrift Radiates Happiness closed at Birmingham's Municipal Bank, Broad St.  Here's what everyone's been up to since...

The team:

Charlie Levine, curator - is now the Lead UK Curator for online gallery, Artfetch 

Kate Eagle, project manager - won the Arts & Business Cultural Champion and Champion of Champion Awards for her work on the show, and has recently launched Platform-e Marketing Ltd.

Amy Kirkham, project assistant - will be exhibiting in her final BA Fine Art exhibition at Margaret Street School of Art from the 10th June for a week, times 10-4.

Artists:

Elly Clarke - is continuing to research and shoot participants for her ongoing and acclaimed George Richmond Portrait Project.

Ellie Harrison - the popcorn machines, 'History of the Financial Crises', have been shipped off to Japen to be part of the 'Money after Money | Credit Game' exhibition, featuring other artists including Andy Warhol, and Joseph Beuys opening on the 29th April 2013.

Sparrow+Castice - have recently been awarded an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award for more ambitious and touring works - congrats! 

Nicole Wilson - has just been awarded a project grant for a large performance-based mold-making project through Northwestern University called the Graduate Research Grant.  Today is day 1326 of the National Debt Crises project and the show raised $5.92 to contribute to the cause!

Mary Yacoob - will be in a group show opening at PayneShurvell's offsite space in Camden from 2nd May - 15th June.  She will be showing drawings inspired by architectural plans and geometry. 
 
Thrift Radiates Happiness doors open queue.
Image courtesy of Elly Clarke
Elly Clarke, Half Crowns and Petticoats, audio, 2013
Tom Crawford, Millwall Hammer, originally 2011, recreated for Thrift Radiates Happiness, 2013
Image courtesy Elly Clarke
Making Money: Photographs of the Royal Mint by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1898, photographs from the Library of Birmingham Archive
Sparrow+Castice for Investment Project, 2013
Mecanno for Investment Project, 2013
Julie Tsang for Investment Project, 2013
Launch night
Caitlin Griffiths, Exchange (After Tracey Emin’s ‘Interview’), video, 2013 and Account, ink and cheques, 2013
Nicole Wilson, The National Debt Project, letters, 2009 - present
Image courtesy Elly Clarke
Ellie Harrison, History of the Financial Crises, popcorn machines and popcorn, 2009
Either Mary Yacoob or Elly Clarke for Investment Project, 2013
Library of Birmingham Archive print for Investment Project, 2013
Spartacus Chetwynd for Investment Project, 2013
 
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It is an absolute honour to be nominated for an Arts & Business Cultural Champion Award, let alone be selected, with the added bonus of winning the 'Champion of Champions' Award! This renowned annual award was won through initiating both the Aedas Presents and Thrift Radiates Happiness projects.

Arts & Business was formed 35 years ago on the principle that a strong relationship between the arts and business is mutually beneficial and encourages both to prosper.  So it is key that through these projects I have been able to spark new partnerships between commerce and culture and offer the expertise to both parties.

It is only through developing ongoing relationships, as I have with the Royal Institute of British Architects, Birmingham City Council and TROVE Gallery; that has meant that we, as established partnerships, can make such exciting dreams into reality.

So as this years 'Champion of Champions' (I will not get sick of using this!) that I would like to encourage anyone who has an idea for an event to start talking about it to your networks (whether cultural organisations or corporate), put in the hours, but don't think about it too much - just make something happen!  It is possible!  A story which I regularly tell is that Thrift Radiates Happiness was an idea that was stumbled across over a glass of wine.  But just by making the commitment, this event proved to be such a success: Over 1,500 people through the door: Over 600 favourites, comments and retweets on social media alone: Extensive coverage in local and national press including amazing reviews: A sell out of investment pieces before the end of the show!

Nearly four weeks on from Thrift Radiates Happiness I am still overwhelmed with the success of the event, and indeed loved every second of it, so am keen to get going on the next project!

I wish you all the success with your own projects!

Kate Eagle