Museum’s Round Room undergoes transformation

23 June 2022

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s famed Round Room has undergone a radical transformation as part of the city landmark’s partial reopening for the Commonwealth Games and Birmingham 2022 Festival.

The Industrial Gallery has also reopened seven days a week with a series of new displays created by Birmingham Museums Trust curators in partnership with some of the city’s most creative organisations.

Elsewhere, the Bridge Gallery is showcasing a selection of gems from the civic collection and inviting feedback on what people want to see from the museum when it reopens fully. Meanwhile, Gallery 10 will showcase historic artworks and new acquisitions giving visitors the chance to step back and reflect on living through the pandemic

The popular Edwardian Tearooms and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Shop have also reopened for hot drinks, lunches, gifts and collaborations with local makers.

The reopening of five out of the museum’s 40 galleries has taken place while Birmingham City Council’s essential electrical works programme continues in other areas of the building. The areas that have reopened will close again in December 2022 to allow maintenance work to continue before the building reopens fully in 2024.

On display in the Round Room, We Are Birmingham reflects the people of 21st Century Birmingham. Presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival and co-curated by Birmingham Museums and a group of six young People of Colour from Don’t Settle, the new display will present a vivid celebration of Birmingham now as well as the city’s future aspirations.

Among the Round Room highlights are Bennie’s Babbies by Cold War Steve, The Wall by Anwar Shezma and The Past is Now by Sarah Maple, as well as work by celebrated photographers Vanley Burke and Pogus Caesar.

Meanwhile, the Sir Jacob Epstein sculpture, Lucifer, a recognisable figure at the museum, has been unboxed and is back on display.

Kiran Samra, curating activator for We Are Birmingham, said: “With the build-up to the partial reopening of the museum and the launch of the Commonwealth Games we are really excited for the project to open for public view at such an incredible moment in history.

“It has been a process of reflection, conversation and learning and we are excited to be sharing some incredible stories and artworks with the public.”

search news articles
Event Gallery