Gillian Wearing: A Real Birmingham Family

1 Jul 2011 – 1 Apr 2012

Regular hours

12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
15:00 – 19:00


Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Ikon presents a major new project by Birmingham-born artist Gillian Wearing; a quest to find, and immortalise in bronze, the ‘real' Birmingham family. Families can nominate themselves to represent how the twenty-first century family might be symbolised in the city. After short-listing, a panel of judges including prominent Birmingham figures will select a single family. In 2013 a bronze life-size sculpture of the selected family be placed in Centenary Square, near the new Library of Birmingham, becoming a lasting celebration of local residents. Its free to enter, anyone can be involved and a family can be whoever you think it is - traditional families, foster families, a group of friends or a single person - we urge all residents of Birmingham to nominate their families. Ikon started the project at the Pallasades Shopping Centre earlier this year (30 April to 12 June 2011) and will tour to different locations in the city during 2011 and 2012 where you can learn about the unique project, nominate your family and have your photograph taken on a replica plinth. Please check the website to find out about forthcoming locations. You can also nominate your family online:

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