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
 

How proud are we at TRH? Our Kate Eagle has been awarded the 'Champion of Champions' title at this years Arts & Business Cultural Champion Awards for all her hard work with Thrift Radiates Happiness.  WELL DONE, KATE! 

ARTS AND BUSINESS CULTURAL CHAMPIONS AWARDS 2013

Business people awarded for outstanding contributions to the arts in the Midlands.

On Friday 22nd March seventeen people from the Midland’s business community were awarded for their outstanding contribution to the arts at the Jaguar Land Rover Business Champions for Arts & Business event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Prince’s Charity Arts & Business organised the event as a way to say thank you to those individuals who have enabled arts organisations in the region to continue to thrive. Hosted by ITV’s Business Correspondent, Mark Gough.

Nadia Dooner, Regional Manager at Arts & Business says ‘We awarded some fantastic partnerships which highlight the strength of relationships between cultural organisations and local business, particularly individuals who champion the benefits of working with the arts.’

Of those honoured, a special recognition was awarded to Kate Eagle of Aedas as being the ‘Champion of Champions’ for her work with Aedas Presents and Thrift Radiates Happiness, which saw the vacant Municipal Bank on Broad Street transformed into a contemporary arts space earlier this month. 

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For further media enquiries and images please contact:
Peter Collins, Arts & Business Midlands peter.collins@artsandbusiness.org.uk

Tel : 07973 294 287

Notes to editors:
Arts & Business www.artsandbusiness.org.uk

Arts & Business is a Business in the Community campaign and registered charity in England (274040).

Arts & Business sparks new partnerships between commerce and culture, connecting companies and individuals to cultural organisations and providing the expertise and insight for them to prosper together.

The charity was founded over 35 years ago on the principles that a strong relationship between the arts and business worlds is mutually beneficial and encourages both to prosper.

Business in the Community Stands for Responsible Business.

Business in the Community is a business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice. It has a growing membership of over 850 companies and a further 10,700 companies engaged in its campaigns globally.

Aedas

Aedas, a leading international design practice, offers services in architecture, interior design, master planning, landscape, urban design and building consultancy within Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

We are committed to our core value of design excellence and are dedicated to research & development and sustainability.

Our 27 global offices allows us to apply international expertise with local knowledge and delivery thus supporting the communities in which we work.

Aedas Presents

Aedas Presents is the brainchild of Kate Eagle as Marketing Coordinator at global architectural practice Aedas and independent curator Charlie Levine.  Key supporters include the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design at University College Birmingham, the Birmingham Library and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

It was founded to support and showcase the work of emerging artists, students and graduates from local universities and colleges and to help them get on the first rung on the career ladder.  Aedas is a progressive practice dedicated to design excellence, sustainability and providing solutions for the built environment that benefit communities from around the world.

This ethos remains very much the way forward for the built environment and Aedas wanted to help invest in its future.  One way of doing this was to find a way to engage with young up and coming talented designers and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their work.  Helping them to climb that first rung of the design ladder will enable them to be seen and heard in what is a highly competitive work environment.

Thrift Radiates Happiness

Thrift Radiates Happiness is the first contemporary arts exhibition to be held at the Municipal Bank in central Birmingham, UK. 

One of Birmingham’s most historic landmark buildings is set to open its doors to the public for the first time in ten years when it plays host to a captivating four day contemporary arts exposition.

From 14-17 March 2013 the former Grade II listed Municipal Bank on Broad Street will showcase a creative programme of drawings, images, sound and light, video and music from local, national and international artists.


Arts & Business (A&B) is a registered charity in England (274040) and in Scotland (SC039470).


 
 
Press release

You can own a Turner Prize Nominee, Spartacus Chetwynd, print for just £2.00!

Thrift Radiates Happiness
Arts Exposition
14-17 March 2013
Municipal Bank Building, Broad Street, Birmingham
www.thriftradiateshappiness.com

The Thrift Radiates Happiness team is delighted to announce two new artists to the event.

Firstly we are thrilled to announce that British artist Spartacus Chetwynd, a 2012 Turner prize nominee, will be one of our artists at the Thrift arts exposition opening next month (March), in Birmingham UK.

Chetwynd studied painting at the Royal College of Art 2004 and celebrates occasions in cultural history that exemplify extremist behaviour and belief. 

For the Birmingham exposition, Chetwynd has produced a limited edition print that, as part of the Investment Project, you can potentially own for only £2.00 investment. 

Other artists partaking in the Investment Project include Mecanoo (architects), Sparrow+Castice, Mary Yacoob and an original archive image from the Library of Birmingham.

Charlie Levine, curator at the TROVE gallery said that it was a great accolade to have attracted Chetwynd to perform at the THRIFT exposition. “This is not only an amazing opportunity to have access to an incredible and usual closed building, but also to invest just £2 and walk home with some incredible limited edition (of 100 each) prints from the architects of the new library to Turner Prize nominee, Spartacus Chetwynd.”

The Thrift Radiates Happiness exposition is a showcase a creative programme of drawings, images, sound and light, video and music from local, national and international artists. Other artists involved in the exhibition include Elly Clarke, Tom Crawford, Caitlin Griffiths, Ellie Harrison and Nicole Wilson.

The Thrift Radiates Happiness title has been taken from an inscription found carved across a main beam within the building.  All the art projects featured will appropriately focus on finance and investment

Entry to the three day event, being held at the former Municipal Bank Building on Broad Street, Birmingham, is free. This is the first time that the Grade II listed building has been open to the public in ten years.

The event is the result of an arts and business collaboration between Birmingham based gallery TROVE, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA), Birmingham City Council and global architect practice Aedas.

It has been funded by The Arts Council, RIBA and Aedas. Alongside the art exhibition there will be an extensive educational programme provided by the BAA and RIBA, including a public debate, heritage tours and a student design competition. 

Visit www.thriftradiateshappiness.com

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For further information visit www.thriftradiateshappiness.com or call:

Jennifer Chatham, Chatham Communications (+44) 7775 912818

Jennifer@chathamcomms.co.uk


 
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Keys to one’s heart

There is far too much magic at the Municipal Bank in Birmingham to choose what would be my highlight of today’s site visit.  This image however captures what really fascinates me about the building…. the millions upon millions of secrets that are ready to be divulged.  This is only one drawer of keys which are linked to the 10,000 safety deposit boxes in the vaults.  One can only start to imagine the stories which each one tells, of people and their precious items, valuable or worthless, but that reflect what each owner holds dear.


Kate Eagle
Manager, Aedas Presents

 
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TROVE’s and Aedas Presents’ idea for Thrift Radiates Happiness couldn’t have come at a better time. With the RIBA focussing more and more on Public Programmes across the regions, being able to work with TROVE and Aedas Presents on this project was a great opportunity for us to get out there and support a great project that brings together so many aspects of what’s important to us.

RIBA West Midlands had previously worked with Aedas, holding events at their Colmore Plaza offices – from strategy workshops with the RIBA President to LEGO workshops and drawing exhibitions as part of Love Architecture Festival 2012 – and I had always been a fan of their art programme ‘Aedas Presents’ that Kate Eagle ran with Charlie Levine. 

Still, why Thrift? It’s a great chance to bring something unique and special to a public audience and is at the same time utterly relevant and every-day, touching on themes of art, investment and architecture.

While architecture occupies a fascinatingly ambiguous place on a sliding scale somewhere between art, culture & design, and construction & the built environment; aesthetics and commerce, its commonalities and symbiosis with ‘art’ and ‘culture’ are hard to overlook. 

Just like arts and culture, architecture makes a crucial contribution to people’s experience of a city, the happiness and connectivity within communities and overall influence on aspects that make cities tick: social cohesion, crime, health, well-being, visitor economy.

But just the same, these major impacts are often invisible or intangible, and especially in cash-strapped times like these it’s fashionable to question expenditure on things that are often perceived as luxury, such as the arts, or good design – even if they are in fact part of the solution.

Thrift Radiates Happiness touches upon all those themes in one masterstroke. 
It opens a central landmark in Birmingham City Centre, right at the heart of one of its cultural centres – alongside the Symphony Hall, the REP and the New Library – that has previously been closed to the public. By doing that it not only breathes life into a piece of urban fabric that has somehow become invisible to passer-bys, but also illustrates the opportunities that these empty gems can hold: they can be concert venues, galleries, theatre stages, film screens, dance floors, debating chambers.

It thereby alludes to something that is key to what architecture is in part about: being a purposeful, well-designed frame to be used and enjoyed by people through how they utilise the building and in turn shaping their lives. It shapes the experience of the space itself and whatever is happening within it, forms memories in a place that gives identity and character to a city and its inhabitants.

And even more, Thrift Radiates Happiness gives us food for thought on a very current topic: what is the worth of money, what do we invest in and why, how can we keep providing for arts and our environment despite the economic circumstances through partnerships, and which role do art and architecture play in providing meaning and shaping the every-day reality we live in?

Carina Schneider, RIBA West Midlands

@carinacarinas
@ribawestmids


 
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There is clearly a demand for more Arts & Architecture Events in our City

As ‘Aedas Presents’ celebrates a successful 18 month term, (including an Arts & Business Cultural Champion Award!) I wanted to examine the impact that this region-wide arts and business initiative has had on local emerging artists and look at what the future holds for this programme that has gained significant momentum in the city within a very short space of time.


‘Aedas Presents’ has enabled the work of more than 30 artists from West Midlands’ universities and colleges to be showcased to over 2000 of Birmingham’s business and arts community at its Colmore Plaza home.

 
Aedas Presents is the brainchild of myself as Marketing Coordinator at global architectural practice Aedas and independent curator Charlie Levine.  Key supporters include the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design at University College Birmingham, the Birmingham Library and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

It was founded to support and showcase the work of emerging artists, students and graduates from local universities and colleges and to help them get on the first rung on the career ladder.  Aedas is a progressive practice dedicated to design excellence, sustainability and providing solutions for the built environment that benefit communities from around the world.

This ethos remains very much the way forward for the built environment and Aedas wanted to help invest in its future.  One way of doing this was to find a way to engage with young up and coming talented designers and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their work.  Helping them to climb that first rung of the design ladder will enable them to be seen and heard in what is a highly competitive work environment.

At the time of the idea’s inception we had recently moved into our new regional office home, Colmore Plaza.  With floor to ceiling glazing and an active frontage to the building this huge atrium was simply ideal to hold the types of showcase events we had in mind.

There is clearly a demand for this type of city centre showcase venue as we have already received an overwhelming expression of interest from a number of art quarters which means that we have showcased exhibitions beyond our initial one year goal.  It’s a great achievement and we look forward to continuing the Aedas Presents brand – in this hugely anticipated event, Thrift Radiates Happiness.

Kate Eagle

thriftradiateshappiness@yahoo.com

@AedasPresents

 
Aedas, a leading international design practice, offers services in architecture, interior design, master planning, landscape, urban design and building consultancy within Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Aedas Presents’ has enabled the work of more than 30 artists from West Midlands’ universities and colleges to be showcased to over 2000 of Birmingham’s business and arts community at its Colmore Plaza home.

Aedas Presents is the brainchild of global architectural practice Aedas and independent curator Charlie Levine.  Key supporters include the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design at University College Birmingham, the Birmingham Library and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

It was founded to support and showcase the work of emerging artists, students and graduates from local universities and colleges and to help them get on the first rung on the career ladder. 

 
Realising Thrift Radiates Happiness takes a huge team of people and many partnerships.  The core team leading the project, however, is made up of 6 people.  We are:

Kate Eagle - Marketing Manager, Aedas and Director, Aedas Presents
Amy Kirkham - Project Assistant, Thrift Radiates Happiness
Charlie Levine - Independent Curator and Critic, Director, TROVE
Kerry-Ann O'Neill - Director, Birmingham Architects Association
Gavin Orton - Regional Chair, RIBA West Midlands
Carina Schneider - Events and Communications Co-ordinator, RIBA West Midlands